Maple Sugaring Season Just in Time!

So it seems that tapping 2 maple trees gives us just enough syrup to get through until the next maple tap.

But I knew as soon as my family got a taste of this, I’d have to be making more. So, along with their annual garlic allotment,  I’ll be adding 2 more trees into maple production for this year.

Though, at the moment, with daytime temps in the minus digits, it’s looking like we’re still a few weeks away. It’ll be a race to the finish.

winter outdoor landscape

 

Speaking of which, if you haven’t read this book, it will change the way you think about trees. And […]

By |2020-02-15T10:08:42-05:00February 15th, 2020|My Garden / Recipes, Nature|0 Comments

Egos Everywhere

It’s hard to listen to the news without being aware of leaders with rampant egos running amuck. I think this sums up a significant part of the problem:

The ego is set up to

defend, protect,

and attack.

Defend and protect

one’s fabricated identity,

and attack anyone

who would question the authenticity

of this fabrication.

It’s tiring. All this puffing up and positioning. And constant lying. It’s shocking that more people don’t see through it.

“Us” against “Them” can never make lasting progress or achieve any kind of real resolution. Only “We “can do that.

Aren’t you tired of the slamming see-saw?  I know I am.

By |2020-01-15T16:16:02-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Life|1 Comment

Crowd-Sourcing Finding Lost Pets – Brilliant!

instagram post of lost Aussie

 

There is nothing more heart-wrenching than losing a beloved pet.

When I was 5 years old, I remember spending hours walking around and tacking flyers to every outside flat surface I could find when we had lost a beloved dog.  Then the world evolved to also placing lost and found ads, and so on.

Now there’s a much better way. You can reach potentially tens of thousands of people through social media.

Just came across this well-done example on Instagram. Multiple photos of dog. Phone number to call. Website to visit.

Oh, and by the way, if you know anything about Jackson, you know what to do.

By |2020-01-15T16:28:34-05:00January 15th, 2020|Just Dogs|0 Comments

With all of the Holiday Love Going Around – Food for Thought

white paper cut out pine treesIn this season of giving and thinking of others, I came across this quote (can’t find the original author). It brought me up short.

“And if I asked you to name all of the people that you love, how long would it take you to name yourself?”

My holiday wish for you is that not only do you make it onto your list but that you decide to land at the top.

By |2019-12-10T16:44:08-05:00December 10th, 2019|Life|0 Comments

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

maple leaves blowing in wind
I overheard Cait explaining to someone recently that what I do for fun is to spend time outside, especially on windy days.  I intuitively understand the benefits of being out in nature—I don’t need scientific proof.

But if you do, there is actually a word for this: uitwaaien. “It’s basically the activity of spending time in the wind, usually by going for a walk or a bike ride. Today, the practice is so common that it’s known as ‘uitwaaien.’ It ‘literally translates to outblowing,’ explains Caitlin Meyer, a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Dutch Linguistics.

In a Nautilus blog post, Alice Fleerackers […]

By |2019-11-24T17:31:55-05:00November 24th, 2019|Happiness is..., Nature|2 Comments
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