Branson Basket Winner

Mom, Dad and I traveled down to Branson MO last weekend to pour wine at the Missouri Wine Festival held at Chauteau on the Lake.  While we worked the booth, we also held a little gift basket drawing.  Congratulations go to Carolyn Johnson for winning the gift box with a bottle of Meramec, Whittenburg, and Late Harvest!!!!!

Don’t forget that today is the LAST DAY to enter to win a trip to Trout LodgeClick here for the information on how to enter.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the winner and (hopefully) another wine chat.  Cheers!

‘Watch Yer Head’ Head

We decided to turn a part of the pump house on our property into an outdoor camp bathroom for those times when someone is camping out, or when we just need an extra bathroom.  Clyde and Bob got busy working on it Monday.  They created the floor, set the shower stall and framed out the walls. Here’s what it looked like yesterday morning:

Wait Clyde!!! Stop!  The plumbing isn’t installed yet!  (Hehehehe – sorry I couldn’t resist!  What a position to capture, huh?!!)

As you can see, the ceiling is going to be very low in some spots.  Where you see the red tool box is about where the toilet will be going.  Clyde is facing the entrance to the shower stall, and a vanity will be going in just as you walk in the door.

The ceiling is so low over the toilet area, we are considering creating a rubber ceiling so it won’t hurt as much when you try to stand straight up!  Right now our nickname for this bathroom is the ‘watch yer head head’.  Ah, potty humor.  Anyways, I’m sure I’ll have a few more photos I’ll be posting as the plumbing is installed and the walls go in.

Don’t forget to enter to win the blog candy from last week (a get-away certificate to Trout Lodge).  Click here for the information.  Tomorrow is the last day to enter, so go and make a comment.  Cheers!

Weekend Events and Blog Candy!!!!

We have a busy weekend coming up!  On Friday, Clyde and Julie will be down in Cape Girardeau for the Community Benefit Wine Festival at the Bavarian Halle from 6-9pm.  For more information about that event, contact Larry Essner at 573-339-6109.

Meanwhile, my parents and I are headed down to Branson for the Missouri Wine Festival at Chateau on the Lake on Saturday and Sunday.  For more information about that event, just click here.

And now, the promised BLOG CANDY!!!!!!  This one is so fun.  Every year Clyde and I head to Trout Lodge for about a week to relax and play.  The lodge is a YMCA facility like no other!  Three meals a day (and no dishes!!!!), lots of swimming, boating, windsurfing, hiking, sports, crafts, and no dishes (oops, I mentioned that already.  No dishes = relaxation for me!).  Ahhhhhh.  Seriously, there is a ton of activities all included to enjoy there, or you can just sit back and enjoy the view.  It’s a definite favorite on our getaway list when we aren’t on our own front porch!

So for our blog candy this week, I have a gift certificate for two adults/two kids for 3 days & 2 nights to Trout Lodge!  I can’t believe I’m giving this away…I want it myself!  My thanks to Andy and to all at Trout Lodge for generously sponsoring this blog candy.  To enter, leave a comment to this blog entry by April 30 at midnight.  I’ll use the random integer generator to come up with a winner, and I’ll announce the winner on May 1 in a new entry.

Here are a few of the highlights from our past visits to Trout Lodge:

Well, I hope I’ve tempted you to go make a comment – good luck to you!  Amanda will be here on Friday & Saturday keeping the shop open and the cooler stocked, so be sure to come on down and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.  Cheers!