• This week

    If you’re wondering what we’re up to this week, here’s a quick summary: Pesticide training and licensure Chili pepper planting preparation Last-minute foundation tweaking Backyard tilling Preparations for next week’s Spring Break extravaganza Septic prep fun And lots and lots of manuscript editing Due to that last point, I’ve not been out to the vineyard
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  • That smile says it all

    We are really, really close on the house now. Like three more weeks, give or take a few days. If it weren’t for the number of unedited manuscripts on my desk today, I just might start packing.

  • This week

    This week is a busy one for BSV. Our second grape planting is in full swing as is laying the floor in the new house. We’re also finishing up road work, filling out crop insurance paperwork, attending prenatal appointments, deer fencing, editing manuscripts, . . . oh, and my parents are here too. So if
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  • Deer fencing

    The deer fencing continues around the vineyard. You can see it here, behind the bundles of t-posts:   And here: There’s still a ways to go on that project. But it reminds me we’ll need to do a second deer fence around the new house if we ever want to nurture any sort of landscaping.
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  • Green cheer

    The crew has slowly been making their way around the deer fence perimeter painting the support beams. As much as we love the rusty industrial look . . . the cheery green gets my vote. Love those happy faces on such a cold day!

  • Irrigation system

    The vineyard’s irrigation system is more complicated than I expected. There are two levels to it: a shallow system for young vines (and drought conditions), and a deeper watering system for mature vines. Both levels are necessary in their own way. These are the routing valves. They control pounds of water pressure for each strip
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  • Houston, we have cabinets

    In the new kitchen we’re going with lower cabinets only along three walls (no uppers). On the fourth wall we designed floor to ceiling walnut cabinetry. This is the original vision, a sketch I poured over (and erased and re-drew and erased and re-drew) for months. The carpenter made it come to life. This week
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