So Much To Update

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Hi all!  So sorry to be absent for so long, especially because there has been soooo much that’s happened around here lately.  In the blink of an eye we’ve now got a framed building!

The framing crew started last week on Monday morning and by the end of the week, we had walls, walls, walls, and a subfloor.  Check out the video above for a peek at all the progress they had finished about half way through the week.

Framing the New Winery Building

Framing the New Winery Building
This week the crew placed all the trusses for the roof and is getting all the sheeting done.  Plus placing doors and windows!

Framing the New Winery Building
I’ve been cheerleading and trying not to get in the way too much with my camera or cause any extra headaches.  Both important jobs. 🙂

To say that this is making us excited is a big understatement.  I keep wanting to play the theme song to Rocky while running up and down the porch step of the cottage pumping my fists in the air like a mad woman.

When that urge comes on strong I try to remember important job #2 above. 🙂

Framing the New Winery Building

As thrilling as all this is, I have an even MORE exciting announcement tomorrow.  So come back and I’ll spill the beans.

In the meantime, check out more construction photos below!

Framing the New Winery Building
Here’s our contractor Gerald of On The Level Construction hooking up the roof sheeting bundles to a crane which lifts the bundles up into the building.

Framing the New Winery Building
Gerald brought in help to get everything done that he needs these last two weeks. His hunting buddies from S&S Construction in Kirksville, MO came all the way down to work on the building. Plus our neighbor Scotty and Gerald’s Dad, Daryl, all pitched in to help where they could.  In the photo above, Gerald is measuring( in the blue shirt), while Daryl and Scotty supervise Shaun’s work at the saw.

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A peek inside the framed up wine cellar.

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The view from behind the winery as the bundles go sailing out over the building. Nope. I wasn’t nervous. Not at all. I had full faith in that crane.

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Brandon directs where bundles are to be placed.

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The first roof truss being lifted into place.

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Gerald directs Brandon and Smoothie has they guide the first truss and get it fixed in its spot.

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The view from way down below the back of the winery as they fix that first truss in place. Gerald’s crewman Luke has joined them up on the step ladder.

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Back down on the ground, Daryl attaches the crane’s hooks to two trusses at a time.

Framing the New Winery Building
Someone told Scotty to go fly a kite. Hee hee, no I’m kidding. The line Scotty is holding is attached to a corner of the trusses and he makes sure that the corner he is holding is delivered to the correct spot of the roof as well as keeps the trusses from swaying around too much.

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Gerald jumps up to the top of the roof to help get the final trusses in place.

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Last truss!

Framing the New Winery Building
What a historic moment for Peaceful Bend! I’m so glad we could watch. And so utterly thankful that these guys aren’t afraid of heights. 😉

Be sure to check back tomorrow afternoon to hear the big news!

Sparkle Farkle Winner & Foundation Tour

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Hi all!  Fourth of July week turned out to be a busy one around here.  I hope you all enjoyed the holiday too.  The photo above is myself with the winner of the Sparkle Farkle Tournament, Steve Leonard, along with Zimm from Red Moose Winery (who kindly opened up for us that day to host the tournament).  Steve chose a bottle of Red Moose’s semi-sweet red wine called 38th Parallel for his winnings.

Here are a couple more photos of the fun from the tournament:

Sparkle Farkle Tournament 2017
I couldn’t resist giving the winner rabbit ears, meanwhile, making myself look ridiculous.

Sparkle Farkle Tournament 2017
The winner of the first Sparkle Farkle tournament, Bob, shows how happy he is that he didn’t win this year. Aww…better luck next year Bob!

Sparkle Farkle Tournament 2017
Speaking of Awww…after the tourny was over, I captured a quick shot of lovebirds, Judy and Gary chatting with Amanda.

While we were Farkle-ing, our construction crew was busy, busy, busy getting the foundation forms set up on the holiday so that they could pour concrete the next day. After most of the dust settled at the end of the week, I made a little video tour to show off the progress and document this stage. Give it a watch if you have a couple minutes:

This week our contractor is focussed on putting tar on the foundation walls and setting drain tile in place. It’s so hot that they start early and have to move to another cooler job by noon, but they are still making good headway.

I hope you all are enjoying the summer so far. I’ll be back again with more updates soon!

Good things coming!

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Hi all!  I’m so excited to post this update since we have a couple of pieces of big news.First up, the excavator is out here today clearing trees and brush for the new winery building.  The picture above is looking across the driveway from the cottage around 6:30(ish) this morning.

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That’s a closer look at the tangled woods that have to come out.  Clyde has been sitting on his hands to keep from playing with driving this bulldozer!

Fortunately the professional equipment operator kept his keys!  And put in a good morning’s work – here’s what the same spot looks like now:

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Whoa! I have to admit I was a bit in shock when I looked out the window late this morning, and could see our hay field instead of those trees. It was a little taste of what everyone will get to enjoy once we have the new building up and running.

By the way, if you’d like an idea of what we’ll be putting up, check out this post for a peek at our plans.

The other piece of news is that Clyde is making wine at our wonderful winery neighbors, Red Moose Vineyards.  He started three batches of wine last week in their empty tanks, and has one more load of juice coming in this afternoon.  Hopefully by the time the building is ready, we’ll have at least a few of our normal wines available to purchase again.

Right now we hope to have the production area of the new winery ready to go by harvest time in August, but I’m not sure on when the tasting room will be ready.


It feels so good and uplifting to have all this forward momentum going on here.  I can’t thank everyone that has donated to us, given us a shoulder to cry on, or sent us an encouraging note – you’ve been lifesavers!  I’m really looking forward to seeing you all again very soon.  Cheers!