Our foundation was dug this week! Doesn’t it look great?! Monday and Tuesday of this week were chalked full of disappointments and more setbacks, but we motored through it and made it to Saturday! Lundblad’s pushed hard this week and got the foundation dug so next week Shane Blair and his team at Gateway Construction can get it poured. Progress like this feels so good! In the picture above, the laser is standing on what the will be the basement floor. Other than a few trees along South Lakeshore, we will have a pretty unobstructed view of Lake Minnewaska from our future patio. It’s going to be beautiful!
Yesterday Joe worked on taking some trees and scrub brush out to improve the panoramic view from atop of the hill, and I put about 8 hours these last two days on the lawn mower getting caught up on grass cutting that had gotten away from us. The boys have been pretty patient this week with their busy parents and we celebrated tonight with a campfire and s’mores!
It’s our town celebration this week with Waterama festivities going on all week! This week was full of activities celebrating all the wonderful things Glenwood has to offer! Unfortunately we didn’t make it to much this year because of our laundry list of things needing our attention on the farm, but I am thankful I was able to run to town yesterday for a short time and soak in some of the energy. I found a couple of screws with a lawn mower tire and got a flat 10 minutes into starting. So I had to get it fixed and was able to say hi to a few friends during the Crazy Days sales. Tomorrow we are hoping to relax a little at the parade and let the kids be kids.
This summer is flying by and school will be starting soon! So we are going to try and do a few more fun things with the boys before we have to think about that!
...and ours seems to be tested on a daily basis these days. This spring and summer has been a doozy as far as the weather has been concerned. Lundblads, who are building our road, seem to make a little progress on the road project, then it rains, and couple of days are needed to dry things up, they work for a day or two, and then it rains again. This seems to have been the weather cycle all summer long. So, we are about 3 weeks behind on construction from where we would like to be, but slowly we are making more progress each week that goes by.
This week they pushed hard to get the road finished and are now hauling in gravel to complete it. Of course it rained again on Friday and Saturday LOL.
The next step will be to prepare the building pad and get the foundation and footings set. We are still waiting on our State Plumbing Plan approval and are not able to pour any concrete until that plan has come back as approved. We are also waiting on our Federal liquor license from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) so we can submit for our State Farm Winery License. We are not allowed to make any alcohol until we receive all of our licenses back, so we are really getting down to the wire! There are so many moving parts to this project but I think we are managing it all OK - some days better than others. I may have lost a few more hairs and Joe may have gained a few more grays, but things are still moving along and all of the plates are still spinning as far as we know :)
On a positive note, we received our Plan Review approval from the MN Department of Ag last week so we can move forward with our tasting room and kitchen plans with hopefully zero delays! Wooo Whoo!!!
This week's vineyard project has been to get the vines tucked up into the wires, get caught up on mowing, and do some vine training. Throughout the growing season the vines grow every which way and can get pretty gnarly, but by getting the vines tucked up into the wires the fruit will absorb the heat, take in the sun light, and start making sugars that are essential to the wine making process. Good wine is really made in the vineyard!
If you follow us on FB you might have seen our add for a farm hand. If you know of anyone that is looking for a job, and is willing to be flexible and work outside, please send them our way!
I'm hopeful by next week we will have made some strides on getting started on the building and will be back with another update!
Last November Joe’s older brother Jon and brother-in-law Mike visited Minnesota to celebrate Thanksgiving and their parent’s wedding anniversary. We got to talking about visiting them in Denver and the boys got really excited. REALLY EXCITED!
Fast forward to April, when we received financing for the winery, we started questioning whether or not we should still go because we would be in the middle of construction for the winery. We talked to our contractor, consulted with some family, and ultimately decided to take the trip. Our future summers will be busy with the winery, so we think it was a good decision :) And because of the crazy weather we have had and all of the delays that the rain has caused, I'm so glad that we decided to go.
Our first stop was in Omaha to visit the Zoo! I unfortunately only snapped a few pictures, but we saw a lot and had a really good time! Here’s one of the boys checking out the helicopter.
Our next stop was Denver, CO to see Jon and Mike. They took us to the museum where we learned about dinosaurs, mummies, and our senses, we played Legos with Uncle Mike, played with their dog Zoe, ate ice cream, and went swimming with Uncle Jon. It was perfect! The weather was beautiful and they were fabulous hosts! ☺️
Our travels took us to South Dakota next where we were full time tourists for a week. We rented a cabin near Keystone and did 2-3 stops a day, which was plenty for our family. First we stopped at the Mammoth Dig Site in Hot Springs, SD where the boys got to dig for dino bones as Jr. Paleontologists! The actual museum was really interesting and Joe and I would have loved to spend some more time there. But traveling with 3 boys made for some interesting times, especially with a 2 year old, so we did the museum tour and then headed to the kids dig so they could burn off some bottled up energy.
We also visited all of the things that Western South Dakota has to offer. Some of our favorite places were the Cosmos Mystery Area, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Reptile Gardens, Prairie Berry Winery, and mining for gold! One of the best things that happened was running into Joe's sister Jill and her husband Chris while we were out here. The boys had no idea they were going to be here so it was a great surprise!
All together, we were on the road for 13 days and put over 2200 miles on the van. We made lots of memories and are so glad that we paused from the chaos that life seems to always bring us, and made memories with our boys.
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I'm Melanie, co-owner of Rolling Forks Vineyards, boy mom & wine lover.