The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. We have done a lot of winter activities, took in the boys' Christmas concerts, attended the annual meeting for CHS Inc in Minneapolis, done some Christmas-ing, and tried to keep up with the progress on the winery! Where should I begin?
You are likely here to get an update on our building progress, so that's where I will start.
Your eyes are NOT playing tricks on you!
We started pouring concrete for the production space late last week! A lot of preparation went into making this happen and it feels so good!
The trench drains were installed, the waste oil interceptor installation was finally completed, lots of insulation was put down, miles of rebar were laid down, and water lines were installed.
The concrete will be poured in three phases, all of which were delayed because of the below zero temperatures that visited our area last week. Yes, more delays, but we still made some progress! Shane brought in some extra help to make this happen and we are so appreciative! Thursday of last week we poured just around the drains to set them in so they wouldn't shift when the rest of the floor was poured. Friday they poured the west half of the room and the east half will be installed later this week due to more cold temps in the forecast. Then the clock can start ticking and wine making can begin!
When the floor is finally complete, we can install the garage doors, ceiling, and blow the insulation in the attic. It's been pretty expensive keeping this space warm in preparation for the concrete installation - we have been taking deliveries of LP almost every 2 weeks - so having the building sealed up even more will be so nice!
In other news, Joe and I were contacted in October about being nominated by our local CHS board to attend their Young Leaders Conference and Annual Meeting, which was to happen in December in Minneapolis. We were honored to be selected but a little apprehensive about going because of the construction project. We realized that we wouldn't be in the building yet and there wasn't much more we could help with, so I called my dad to see if he could come stay with the boys and help them get to school, and we took off for the week to learn as much as we could.
David Horsager from the Trust Edge Leadership Institute was the keynote speaker for the Young Leaders Conference. We also had some learning sessions about stress, grain marketing, and the changing landscape of farming as we know it. We learned a lot and brought home some good tools that we will be able to use in our businesses, farm, winery, as well as in our family. Thank you Prairie Lakes Co-op for the opportunity!
It was a long couple of days but we were excited to come home and see the boys. They made some really great memories with their Grandpa while he was here as well, going to two lighted parades, the community supper here in Glenwood, Christmas concerts, and Pizza Ranch!
We also carved out some time to get our Christmas tree, finish decorating, spending some time with cousins, and taking in a youth basketball tournament for my niece.
They call this work/life balance, right? I think we are doing a pretty good job at that and making lots of memories with the boys!
One last thing! If you are looking for last minute Christmas gifts, we have them here! Lots of merchandise items - wine glasses, tumblers, hats, etc, clothing, and of course gift certificates!
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I'm Melanie, co-owner of Rolling Forks Vineyards, boy mom & wine lover.