Sunday, March 18, 2018

Around Here

It's still winter here.  As in it's really, really still winter here.  There's a cold wind blowing, snow on the ground, we seem to have a storm once a week and I feel like Harris never, ever goes to school.

The biggest thing we've had going on is something that I haven't written about.  We had something so odd, jarring, sad and strange happen that we are still processing it.  A week before Christmas, Harris' beloved teacher, came into work, left at 11:30 and hasn't been back since.  Whatever happened is super top secret but it has really and truly thrown us all for a loop (at Waldorf, teachers stay with the class year after year so the children are very close to their teacher).  Teacher's simply don't just disappear, except that he did.  So Harris has had a substitute and will continue to have a substitute for the rest of the year and a new teacher next year.  Such a bummer.

February didn't see much snow at all but March sure has come in like a lion.  We've enjoyed the snow but not the snow shoveling.  Unfortunately, the snow caused Bryce's guys sailing trip to be delayed by two days.  He decided to go anyway and was so glad he did, even though we were insanely jealous!

The renovation is still not done.  It's getting closer but not yet done.  I'm in the process of deciding on fabrics and finishes and I'm finding it overwhelming especially since I"m not a designer and don't have access to some of the fabric/lines that I love.

I bought lots and lots of seeds to plant a small part of the field with.  We are starting really, really small and hoping to offer market bouquets at a road side honor stand this summer.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


About a month ago I got a bee in my bonnet that we needed to tap our 21 maple trees (they are all in a row as if someone planted for nursery stock and never moved/sold them).  So I bought a book, really rather more of a pamphlet, some buckets and spigots and we got to tapping!

The only problem?  I was really, really not prepared for the amount of sap that we would get.  It turns out that our trees are wonderful producers and our two stock pots that I thought would be sufficient for evaporating down the sap, weren't.  

On day three, we finally got to a system that was much more productive but still required constant maintenance.

Turns out that having the proper equipment really is important.  Next year, we will be prepared with sugaring pans and tools because we are hooked.  How could you not be when you get these beauties from your own backyard?

We had a sugaring celebration where we had these darling dutch pancakes for dinner.  Of course, we drizzled our very own syrup on top of them!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Sweet Sixteen

Grace didn't really want a large sweet sixteen party but opted for a family (with friends that are like family too) party to celebrate.  We had dinner and cake together and I think it was a special evening for Grace.

Funny story about the cake we made Grace. When she was a baby, I spotted this cake (a much more elaborate version) in Martha Stewart Weddings and thought it would be a cute nod to sweet sixteen.  I've kept it mind this whole time and sure enough Grace was willing to let that be her cake!  I think it was so sweet and appropriate for 16.  I love the little jelly bean hearts at the top!

We love you Grace and hope that all your wishes and dreams come true!

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