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Ok, all windows (except one) and doors (except lower level – on order, and the back door – which will be custom constructed) are in!  They are beautiful (I hope you agree), and all inside feels soIMG_0714 IMG_0712 IMG_0708weather tight.  We still have trim and finishing to do, but much preferred to leaky particle board temporary covers!

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Last three windows installed:    Before                    and                          After

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The exterior of our long-term transitional housing had remained unfinished for a couple of years.  This year, Chris Carter, a local painter, took pity on us and finished the job.  Thanks, Chris!  Here he is on the 40′ ladder (we would like to sell).  Anyone needing an excellent painter, I can share his contact info!

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Thank goodness the working weather was wonderful this summer, b20140925_064326ecause it seemed Murphy was working overtime.  We had to replace our compressor, fix or repair a number of mechanical devices, and besides all that (and a family emergency – not Kim’s this time), our SUV which we used to transport berries (and many other things) broke down.  (Anyone want a nice vehicle without a working transmission?)  So, thanks to a Darlington Virtue Motors truck rental, we were able to keep necessary berry-related appointments, travel back and forth to the hospital, sell berries to Madison and Chicago locations – and eventually acquire a replacement truck.  A couple of action shots …20140912_165546_resized

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As part of our marketing focus this year, we were accepted as vendors at Hy-Vee grocery stores (East and Westgate – never made it to Fitchburg).   They requested demos for their customers.  Kim dished out the goodies while I hung out in their certified kitchen, crafting the delicacies.  We also took part in the “Farm to Fork” event at the Overture Center.  Busy, busy!

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We got to meet more of our neighbors … and to know some of our friends better.  Fun was had by all, even a 13 month-old, who really enjoyed the berries10615396_675607405860987_6238720911141033267_n CAM00538!

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