20 12, 2016

Tis the Season

By | 2016-12-20T12:31:30+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tis the Season

What an incredible week. Like most people, the week before Christmas is very busy preparing for the special day – shopping, wrapping, and making plans to get together.  This year is especially busy for us with all of the changes taking place on the property. Fortunately, being busy this week will help as Christmas draws [...]

13 12, 2016

12 Days Until Christmas

By | 2016-12-13T20:05:17+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|2 Comments

This will be the first Christmas that we’re in a separate city from both of our sons. It’s especially difficult being away from our granddaughters. Now I realize how my mother & father felt during this time. Coming from a family of 3 brothers & 3 sisters, the holidays were a big deal at our [...]

5 12, 2016

What’s the Buzz?!

By | 2016-12-05T11:07:05+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|3 Comments

We have been fascinated with bees for several years.  We had plans from the beginning to raise bees in the future. But to our surprise, in early October, we discovered that bees had started to form a hive in our in ground water meter! Bee Movie Because of our interest in bees, Brian began reaching [...]

28 11, 2016

A Little History

By | 2016-11-28T07:43:35+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Little History

There are so many things about our house and our property we don’t know. For example, our house is built in three distinctive sections. About half of it is cement foundation and the other is peer & beam. We discovered hardwood floors in the peer & beam section, but the woods in the bedrooms are not [...]

21 11, 2016

The Battle of the Mesquites

By | 2016-11-21T08:35:09+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Battle of the Mesquites

If we were going to have people come visit our tasting room and vineyard, we had to get the property ready. To do this we had to clear the property of the mesquite trees. There is a chemical that you can spray on this invasive brush, but it is recommended that it be used on [...]

14 11, 2016

Sunsets and Sunrises

By | 2016-11-14T09:23:44+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sunsets and Sunrises

This is a little of topic, but I just love sunsets and sunrises. I’m a photography buff and love shooting landscape photography. There are some amazing scenic places to photograph, but none to me are more stunning than sunsets. Each one can be so different. Take advice from the great Phil Dunphy’s (Modern Family) book [...]

7 11, 2016

Pickers – Early, TX Style

By | 2016-11-07T10:22:39+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pickers – Early, TX Style

Our plan from the start was to use the existing barn on the property as our tasting room. We thought that we could get it cleaned up, built out, and opened by January of 2017. We learned quickly that our projected timing for the opening was way off. The cleaning out of the barn was [...]

31 10, 2016

Our Fixer Upper

By | 2016-10-31T08:54:30+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Fixer Upper

While trying to start a business, move & unpack, build a tasting room and start a vineyard; we have a house that needs to be remodeled. As mentioned in an earlier post, we are not sure how old the home is and it was definitely built in three phases over three different time periods. To [...]

24 10, 2016

Our First Expedition

By | 2016-10-24T10:52:12+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our First Expedition

The original purchase of the house included 8 acres. Since we planned to live on the property and grow grapes, to qualify for an ag exception, we needed at least 10 acres. We worked with the seller and were able to purchase an additional 3 acres. Shortly after moving in, we decided to explore our [...]

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