Friday, October 30, 2009

Day Two on Gainey Ranch

This morning was nicer than yesterday, a little warmer and lots of sunshine. We teed off at around 10:00 am at Gainey Ranch Golf Club. This is the same club that we are staying at. Our gracious host, John Dimetra, has not only allowed us to stay in his condo, but invited us to play at his course. It was a great day to play golf. Here are three pictures of today's round.

I must say, as far as scores go, I personally did better today than yesterday. Tomorrow we are playing at the Golf Club of Scottsdale, so things could turn for the worst. That course is supposed to be the toughest one of our three day stay. An added bonus is that we will be playing with our childhood neighbors, John and Kurt Peterson. Wish us luck.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Well Day one is over

It was a long day but a good one. My Dad, Patrick and myself are staying in a condo on a golf course at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. This morning we went to the Gainey Ranch Pro Shop and my brother and I took a half an hour lesson from a pro named Randy. He helped Partick and I a lot. It was a great half and hour lesson. We left straight from there and drove about 30 miles up to the mountains to a golf club called Desert Mountain. Pictures are below, but let me just tell you we lost many golf balls, and enjoyed spectacular views. After golf we had dinner with some friends from Chicago, and now we are about to relax for the evening. More to come.

Our First Day in Phoenix

Well my brother, Patrick along with my Dad, Ed, and myself arrived in Phoenix Arizona Last night and it began. It was like we were kids again. Just laughing and being boys. We went to bed late and got up early. Day one of golf is today at Desert Mountain, it should be fun. I will post more as we go. Here is our Morning Picture.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

An Interesting Weekend

Well it has been awhile, but I thought I would send out an update. Life with Joe and MJ is great. We have spent every evening for the past two weeks tying grape vines to the posts they will grow up for the next thirty years. We both got to work and come home around 5:30 or so and tie vines until we finished a row. Each row takes about two hours to tie the 125 vines. Then we eat dinner and fall over.

Well this weekend we finished the vines, but not before a four foot surprise on Saturday morning. MJ and I were in the garage about to get in my car and head to the bank to clear up a mistake, and IT happened. The sound that most Texans know and never forget rang out in the garage. It was loud. The distinct vibration of a rattlesnake's tail caused MJ, who was about six feet from it, to stop and turn right around. I proceeded to ask her to get the dogs, who were also in the garage, and take everyone into the backyard. I went and got a hoe and drug that four foot long snake into the driveway and decapitated it. Below are some pretty good pictures of it post injury. It had been nearly a year since the last rattlesnake murder, so it came as quite a shock. On top of that, Monday morning while tying vines we came across another little rattlesnake curled up under a vine that I happened to be kneeling down to work on. This was just a baby, but it also fell victim to the hoe and is no longer with us.

Here are just a few pictures of the vineyard taken this Labor Day weekend. You can see just how much they have grown.

This is MJ and our yellow Lab, Zoey, entering the vineyard.

Here is the view from the Master bedroom window. I do not know about you, but to me that seems like a lot of grape vines.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Christmas in August

Well MJ and I got the opportunity to go on a Christmas vacation in August. Marilyn, MJ's mother, decided a while ago to take a vacation for Christmas this year. So we went to The Sandals Royal Carribean in Jamaica the first week of August. My parents, Ed and Arlene, went along with MJ's brother and sister in law, Jammie and Britain Brewer, and her parents J.E. and Marilyn Benham. We had a great time in the sun with great weather. Highlights included, great food, a trip to Dunn's River Falls, some magic, a plantation tour, and two rounds of golf. Overall we had a great time and here are a few pictures of the trip.

MJ and Joe one night before Dinner

One of the Holes on the Half Moon Golf Course, an awesome view.

Ed and Arlene Waldron, Joe's Parents

Joe and MJ, then J.E. Benham and Britain Brewer

Ed Waldron teeing off at White Witch Golf Course.

All of us on the plane going to Jamaica.

All of us once we arrived at Sandals on Sat August 1st.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

We have a WInner

I just wanted to show everyone the growth we have had at JMJ Vineyards. As you know in the end of May we had some damage to all our plants from Thrip bugs that looked like this:

In June the Vineyard looked like this:

Today it looks like this:

The Winner is one particular plant that has grown so well that it has reached the 51" wire and is now growing along it to its right. I know this sounds confusing, but each plant needs to get to the 51" wire for optimum fruit growth and this plant has already done this in just under 3 months, and I am as proud as a new born baby's daddy. Well not really, but you understand.

Hope you enjoy these.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Chicago Update

Wow what a difference 990 miles makes.... Low 60's at night, and highs in the low 80's. No air conditioning and fun by Mom and Dad's pool. Marijon arrived on July 10th and we have had a great time visiting our Illinois friends. We have had a great time visiting with the Janeks, Swaffords including baby Eli who is awesome, LaMores, and visiting our old Church River Valley Christian Fellowship. Life has been good. Mike Janek and I have had a great time riding bikes until he was forced into a crash last Saturday and here is a picture of that result.

He actually was very lucky for someone who crashed a road bike at 20 miles an hour because the guy in front of him got caught up in a set of railroad tracks they were crossing. He gets his stitches out Tuesday and we are going to ride again before I leave to come home to Texas.
We have had some fun in the pool. Shown here...

The dogs wanted in the pool really bad, but my mom was very against that.

Then my dad secretly made a plan to get them in the pool and we were successful, and my mom was very upset. This is Zoey swimming. Both our labs love to swim.

And here are a few vineyard pictures from late June when my parents, Ed and Arlene, were in Childress. I put them to work in the vineyard and they did great.

Me and my Momma in JMJ Vineyards getting rid of weeds, fun right?