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Maple Sugaring Season is in Full Swing, Finally

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

We’ve been greatly delayed by the enormous snowfall we’ve had this winter, but the maple sugaring season is finally underway!  For the longest time Dave couldn’t even get into the woods due to the depth of snow to tap trees.  The past few weeks has resulted in a whole lot of snow melt so slowly he’s been able to get into our different tapping locations and tap trees.  Today we collected a whole lotta sap!!  Tomorrow we’ll have a roaring fire in the evaporator and finally get to making the commodity of our family business.

While Dave was out collecting sap all over the countryside, John and I worked in the sugarhouse finishing some much needed organizing and cleaning.  Critters always manage to get into the sugarhouse during the winter and make nest of every scrap imaginable.  So now it is totally cleaned and reorganizing.  Of course, I did the organizing so poor Dave is going to be forever finding things in there.  John was great while I was busy.  He wondered around just outside the sugarhouse and played at poking leftover snowbanks with various tools he’d raid from inside.


Saturday, March 12th, 2011

On Friday evening, Dave came up with wonderful news.  He got a much deserved (my word & opinion!) promotion at work.  His new boss is pretty awesome.  He has only been there a short few weeks, but went to the next person in the hierarchy and said he thought Dave deserved this promotion.  The answer was an immediate, “I agree”.  So that was pretty fantastic!!

Lenten Plans

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and thus the beginning of Lent.  Dave and I are actually ahead of the game, for once.  We’ve actually discussed our Lenten plans BEFORE Lent began!  WHOO-HOO!!  As a family we are going to say the Rosary every evening…a habit we also hope to care through outside the Lenten Season.  We are also going to purge the house of all the silly clutter and extras we have piled up everywhere.  In other words, we’re going to have a spring cleaning on steroids.

We are also hoping to get back to some of the simpler ideals we hold great value in, but fail regularly to follow through with.  Maybe more on that as time passes.

Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

This evening we went to Dave’s parents’ house for a lovely dinner of roast beef w/ horseradish, Irish soda bread, mashed squash, mashed potatoes and a side salad.  After dinner we had a homemade apple pie!  YUMMY!  A fantastic Fat Tuesday was had by all.

John at 18 Months (well, actually 19)

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

So John had his 18 month check-up yesterday.  It was a month late due to circumstances so he is actually 19 months as of Sunday.  Little guy is doing great.  He is 26 lbs and 34.5 inches tall and right on track otherwise.  Dave was able to make it to the appointment too and that was nice.  We’ll post a recent picture here pretty soon.