Floored

We were literally floored this week. On Sunday morning, our contractor’s crew pulled in to rough in the plumbing for the new winery building. We felt for them; working in the full sun on a hot day had to be tough, but they were finished by a little after noon.

On Wednesday, the concrete crew came in to build and install the floor drain we need in the cellar. They finished their work just in time to clean up and head out before a big rain storm.

After a day to let things dry out, the concrete crew came back Friday. Trucks of concrete started rolling in, and by late afternoon we had a smooth, hard concrete wine cellar floor.  It’s Pepe approved, as you can see in the video!

Next week brings the crew back to pour the outdoor loading dock/press pad on the back of the building. I’ll be sure to video the next phase too – thanks for taking a look at the progress.  Cheers!

R.I.P. Spark

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I’m here with sad news this morning. Our older cat, Spark, died sometime last night of old age.  She provided many moments of love and mirth around here over the years and will be missed.

20151130_150454She will be remembered fondly for her ability to warm laps, her haughty expressions, conning food out of even the most ardent of cat-haters, and a rather evil dexterity when it came to beating up my neighbor’s dog Paco the chihuahua.  Happy trails Spark.

First snow of 2017

Maggie & Pepe check out the Meramec river during the first snowfall of 2017

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Does Pepe have a bad case of dandruff?  No, silly!  Actually, do dogs even get dandruff?  Hmmm.  In any case, all that white stuff on Pepe’s head and neck is our first snow of 2017, decorating his fur.

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According to Aristotle, nature abhors a vacuum and after all the holiday decor around here was packed away Tuesday night, I guess Mother Nature decided to do a little brightening up of her own to fill the void.  These sycamore seed balls are the perfect natural ornament, all spruced up with snow!

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Maggie had fun on a hike to the Meramec river with me on Thursday morning.  It’s so peaceful in the winter down at the bottom of our hills. Plus, there are plenty of squirrels to chase this year, so we both stayed entertained.

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But somehow I think Pepe and Maggie both long for the day when we will have another tasting room and they can beg for treats instead of tromp through the snow with me!

Hope you are enjoying a peaceful, scenic start to 2017.