Browsed by
Category: Uncategorized

Not So Bad Week

Not So Bad Week

After 6 days, the fire and smoke clean-up is pretty much done. Steve’s aunt, who worked for a fire department at one point, suggested an ionizer to get rid of the smoke smell. Unfortunately, every place that we could find rentals for one were closed for the weekend, and we were looking on Friday evening. In the meantime, we bagged up every scrap of cloth we had ranging from clothing to linens to stuffed animals and filled each bag with baking…

Read More Read More

Giving New Meaning to Ash Wednesday

Giving New Meaning to Ash Wednesday

I almost did not post this as it was not one of our better moments. But, if we only posted our better moments I think that’d leave the wrong impression. So, here we go. Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. We went to church for 9 am, and afterwards I came home with the boys while Rachel stayed. She works for our church, and would be spending most of the day there. When we got home we…

Read More Read More

Homemade Maple Syrup IS Worth The Effort!

Homemade Maple Syrup IS Worth The Effort!

After a full day slaving over the evaporator (umm, not really, I more or less just sat there), I can say that homemade maple syrup is worth it. It has a much rounder, whole flavor than any syrup I’ve ever tasted. Plus, after we brought it in from outside to finish it on the stove, the whole house was filled with the delicious aroma of maple. (And then I burnt two eggs and everything just smelled acrid. Go figure.) Anyway, I shared…

Read More Read More

First Maple Sugaring Season

First Maple Sugaring Season

I’ll be candid with you, it was a toss up for the title of this post between ‘Caught Unprepared’ and ‘What Do You Mean You Don’t Sell Handtools?’ I vacillated back and forth and could not decide, so you are left with the thoroughly uncreative ‘First Maple Sugaring Season.’ The two parts of the story are so well intertwined that it would be a disservice to give one the title as though the other part were some how less relevant. Cut…

Read More Read More

A Soft Spot for Ducks

A Soft Spot for Ducks

I have to take a quick moment to just say: I love these darn ducks. Steve doesn’t care for them, and he definitely hasn’t kept his sentiments to himself.  But before you start worrying that the poor ducks are are waddling around unloved and unappreciated, don’t, because I think they’re my favorite animals around here. And what’s not to love? Let’s start with the way that they’re always playing, especially when there’s water around:   Then there’s the fact that in…

Read More Read More