New drains at winery, Aug 16, 2012I’ve been distracted. The shot above shows one thing that’s been demanding my attention—I’ve been bird-dogging the construction of new drains at the winery space; drains that have to be done before I can do any bottling or pick any grapes this vintage. This is Critical Path #1: no picking unless the drains are fully functional. Critical Path #2 and another distraction is getting our production licenses and tax bonds transferred to this space. Delay here won’t hold up harvest, but we won’t process any fruit for custom crush clients without it. Critical Path #3 is the vineyard itself. This year I have succumbed to being a foolish farmer; I am emotionally invested in how great this vintage is shaping up to be. I have been spending a lot of time in the vineyard keeping tabs to make sure we have the best chance to bring this beautiful crop to ripeness. Nature has a way of smacking down such aspirations, but after the last 3 years I’ve got to believe that the odds are better than even. Critical Path #4 is bottling; need tank space!

These “distractions” (HA!) have been keeping me away from posting here. There are only so many hours in the day available for writing. And there’s the rub; it’s not just a heavy workload keeping me busy. I’ve been actively engaging in a little benign neglect with respect to regular posting here. Novel idea Yes, I’m trying my hand at something… longer. I’m giving myself a year, devoting most of my prime 9:30pm-1:00am writing slot with a goal of 500 words a day. Posts here will be shorter and come out at more random times (granted it’s pretty random already, but you get my drift).