Archive for April, 2009

What a Way to End a Day

April 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Poor RJ.  He had a rough day yesterday.  His one big goal was to get the concrete pads poured for the feet of our slab oak bench.  As a reminder, this bench came from one of the oak trees we had to cut down due to disease.  Our friend and glass blower, Dave Johnson (Ol’ Dave Johnson to us locals) took the log and milled it into a giant slab for a bench.  We still haven’t figured out where we are going to get the 16 men and 8 mules required to put it in place.  Back to my story….  Unfortunately, RJ had to cover for me in the tasting room for a couple of hours so he didn’t get to his concrete project until the end of the day.  First he had to dig out the dirt (keep in mind this is a dairy farm with all that is left behind (so to speak) and it has been raining, so the stench is quite bad.  Then he made the forms and leveled them very carefully.  Just as he finished the final smoothing, the skies opened up and down-poured, puddling his beautiful concrete.  About all he could do was rescue his tools while getting soaked.  But that’s not the end.  He had used the old (not to be confused with Ol’ as in Dave) Ford Tractor to haul the concrete and parked it at the end of the ramp in the backyard.  Just like last Friday when the tractor was parked across the main driveway, it decided not to start.  On Friday (and Saturday morning), RJ performed all sorts of automotive/tractor surgery (things I have no clue about; things like bypassing solenoids), before he just got a bigger hammer and whacked the starter a few times which worked.  Unfortunately, last night we couldn’t find a bigger enough hammer, so alas the tractor stayed out and the seat will be wet waiting for RJ to work his magic.

Just In…

April 29, 2009 Leave a comment

I am trying not to inundate this blog with sales pitches about the gift shop, but sometimes, I get so excited about what I have found and the ideas I have, I can’t help it.  First, we just got in our reusable 6-pack wine shopping bags, so if you buy 6 bottles, you get a bag free and 10% off and every time you bring the bag in and buy 6 bottles, you get a 10% discount.  Also, if you are looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift, we have plenty to choose from and many under $10.00.  In fact, I just got some Cat Tea mugs (very cute) that would go great with the other tea items, including a tea gift pack.  I also have some very inexpensive wine/grape related things such as spreaders, wine journals, wine charms.  A few of these in a basket would be a great gift for under $20.  I would happy to custom make the basket.  For fun, we have grab bags with at least 6 trinket, spa or jewelry items.  And don’t forget to bring your Mom out for Mother’s Day weekend for a picnic.

A Good Week

April 27, 2009 Leave a comment

We ended up with a very nice week this week; steady customers today following a good day yesterday.  We had about half repeats and half new, including 3 sets that who sat out on the patio with glasses of wine.  Henry and Joyce planted some flowers in the back patio garden.  Can’t wait until they spread out.  I don’t think I mentioned our new marketing strategy.  We get fishermen on their way to and from Hagg Lake, so we decided that we will change our winery sign to “Winery and Bait Shop.”  What do you think?  🙂

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What A Day

April 26, 2009 Leave a comment

As usual, our day started out slow which gave me a chance to get a few projects done, including some refusbishing of some decor’ items including some new pictures for the green bathroom.  And then at noon an old friend whom we haven’t seen in almost 9 years stopped by.  It was great to catch up.  Then about 2 or so, t hings started hopping.  We had people from them until 7:30 tonight including some friends who had a barbecue.  We had really great guests today; all very fun to visit with.  See what you’re missing if you don’t stop by.

Beatrix Potter and Ebay

April 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Today was a weird day at the winery.  It was the first day this week, actually in two weeks, that we did not have a single customer.  But I did get alot done, weird things as I said.  I unboxed a collection of Beatrix Potter music boxes that I had acquired at a garage sale several years ago.  I cleaned them all up (heavily coated in dust, the sticky kind) and listed them on ebay.  I have 8 of them.  If you want to see my listing, go onto ebay and searcher for seller “viking-su.”  I also have a small collection of other Beatrix Potter memorabilia at the winery; some from the same source, some from others.  They included puzzles, a tea set, a book, etc.  I also planted flowers in the chicken coup flower boxes, finished 3 of our Snowman trios and cleaned up the backroom.   I’ve attached a picture that has no relevance to anything in this post, but it is cute.  This is when RJ first injured his hand a month or so ago.dscn0597We’re expecting a good weekend because the weather is in our favor.  Come our for a picnic.

Steady Progress

April 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Well, we had a good weekend last weekend with a steady stream of people enjoying the nice weather.  Don’t forget we have a great picnic area on the patio; covered or uncovered your choice.  This week, we’ve had several sets of customers each day.  James has been faithful in bringing people by in his Willamette Tours limo.  The group of three on Monday were especially fun; Ricki, Alan (not sure of spelling) and Angela.  Had a great time with them.  We have a small party scheduled for Saturday late afternoon.  Ghost and the fountain continue to be the center of attention.  RJ’s burned hand is healing well, but the tendonitis in the right hand is killing him.  He is going to therapy.  We had a craft day here on Monday with our church group.  We made fence board snowmen trios, dryer vent pumpkins, puzzle pins and tea party favors.  Quite a productive group.  Darn, I forgot to take pictures.   Below is a picture of Ghost in the pond.  It may be duplicate but it’s cute anyway.  Wait until you see him make a bed out of my flower bed right after he was in the pond.


I’m On Twitter

April 15, 2009 Leave a comment

I now have a Twitter id.  It is plumhillwine.  Not sure what that will give me, but I’ll try anything.  We had a good week last week even though we were closed on Sunday for Easter.  We are getting to be a destination winery for people to hang out at the end of the day.  Wait until the weather gets better….  If you haven’t seen our patio cover, you are missing something.  Can’t wait until the rest of the patio is done.  No special events planned until Memorial Weekend.  So far our lineup for then is live music on all days, snacks as usual and artists demonstration(s).  RJ’s hand is healing nicely and for the first time in our marriage we had to file a Federal Tax filing Extension.  Ouch!  I am really trying not to feed Ghost any more people food (he’s getting a ponch), but before I took that vow, I gave him a whole dried up donut.  What you’re missing in the picture below is the drool hanging down from his jowels.  Speaking of disgusting, we have gone green.  I found this loaf of bread in our bread drawer.  Guess, we got behind in our kitchen clean-up.



Whew! What a Ride

April 8, 2009 Leave a comment

If you missed last weekend’s North Willamette Wine Trail, you missed a good time, great wines and great new friends.  We estimate that we had over 200 people, 95% or more whom had never been to our winery.  It was a great time and several people took advantage of the bottle dipping as well as the covered patio out back.  Attached are a couple of pictures taken by one of our guests on Sunday.  She even got Ghost jumping in the fish pond.

Never a Dull Moment

April 1, 2009 Leave a comment

We had a very traumatic/dramatic week last week.  We had guests, Pat and Susan McKee.  They were VERY helpful in helping to get things caught up, cleaned up and made up.  Susan helped me price/inventory and redid the Easter/Spring display.  She also cleaned like crazy and sanded the dresser I plan to use for a display.  Pat put together the propane heater and our picnic tables and helped RJ with a number of projects.  Then came Thursday.  RJ was grinding the metal frames off the windows in the calf barn in preparation for new windows.  At first he was wearing a fleece shirt with big sleeves.  The sleeve got caught in the grinder and tore skin off his arm in 3 places.  The shirt was all ripped up, so he put on a quilted flanned shirt with polyester lining.  A spark hit the polyester and it went up in flames in his face.  He batted the flames with his left hand and the melting nylon burned to his hand leaving him with 2nd and 3rd degree burns.  We rushed him to Urgent Care and now he has a wrapped mit over his injured paw.  But life goes on.  Since he can’t do any projects, RJ is pretty much confined to the tasting room and office.  Fortunately, we had a good week of sales (maybe people felt sorry for RJ :)).  This week the deck covering has been put up.  Only the roofing is left to be done.  Pictures included.  Don’t forget about the North Willamette Wine Trail this weekend.  See there website.  It should be a great event.  Save $5 per ticket if you buy them by end of the day Thursday.patio-roof-stage-4-011

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