Saturday, March 10, 2012

Late Winter Snapshots: The Week That Was

It's been one of those weeks. Despite have more than enough to keep me occupied, I've managed to do the bare minimum. Why? Who knows? Somewhere, deep down, that procrastinator inside me was reawakened and I suddenly felt very, very sleepy.  It was an odd enough week anyway; both of us getting over a cold and a different work schedule for Andy.

But here are some snapshots from what we did do this week. 
On Thursday, we trekked back to "ye olde fishing hole." The forecast said it would be calm, overcast, and warm. Instead it was sunny and warm (not going to argue with that), but so windy that our footprints drifted in within an hour. We spent some time on the shore, hiding from the wind in front of campfire, but after catching one fish on a tip-up and not having any action while jigging, we packed it up pretty early in the afternoon.
 
I may not have gotten a great amount of work done this week, but yesterday I took a field trip out to one of the local maple stands for an article I'm working on about maple syrup. While freelance writing is often a rather unglamorous profession -lots of phone interviews and worrying about illustrations - I do love when a piece involves a field trip. The maple syrup operation I visited has 18,000 taps and an intricate vacuum system (pictured above) for getting the sap to their sugar house. Each year they produced about 500 gallons of pure maple syrup. (Wowzers!) With temperatures creeping up into the 40s (and above!) this coming week, the sugar run should be upon us very soon.

This is Elsie. My parents are dogsitting her and because I'm hanging out at home this weekend to get my annual fix of the Minnesota Boys State High School tournament, I'm the dogsitting assistant. Elsie is pretty sweet, but she's none too sure how about all of us.  Hopefully she'll settle down soon and get some sleep!
In other news, I turn 27 today. Yikes, where did that year go?! 

15 comments:

  1. Love MN's maple syrup and so do the red squirrels. They chew on our trees and lap up the sap! Happy B-day! I hate to break it to you, but it is true the older you get, time seems to pass quicker! Enjoy your Youth!

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  2. Herzlichen Glueckwunsch. Feliz cumpleanos. Tanti Auguri. Joyeux anniversaire. Hmm, what did I want to say? Happy Birthday, now I remember ;-)
    Have a great day and a wonderful year ahead.

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  3. Beautiful photos! Hope you're having a very happy birthday, and maybe you can get a sample of some of that delicious maple syrup :D

    Stopping by from the Not Mommy hop.

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  4. Oh goodness, can't say I envy all that snow. I apparently missed you mentioning you had your birthday but I hope it was a good one! That little Elsie is cute for being a dog (I'm not a dog person)!

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  5. Happy Birthday! Tomorrow I am visiting a maple syrup farm (Maine) with 30 first graders! They will learn about collecting, boiling, and of course, the best part, tasting!

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  7. This is one of the many things I've been meaning to do! Found you at the 99% blog hop and following now :)

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  8. I love the shadows of the trees on the snow in the first picture. Happy belated birthday! :)

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  9. Happy Birthday! I hope you had a good one. Now you're 27, which is the best age there is (my age, that is haha).

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  10. Happy birthday! Your snowshoes look like a heart. :)

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  11. Happy Birthday!!!! I am glad you've been keeping busy.... the maple syrup adventure sounds especially exciting!

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  12. Happy Birthday for Saturday!
    All that snow looks beautiful.

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  13. Happy Birthday sweetiepie! I loved reading about Laura I. Wilder's account of the sugar run, which is all I know about maple syrup.

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