The first is maple sap, which is good as a drink or added to chili. Then syrup, maple cream, candy and then maple sugar!
The weather has warmed up. Audrey noticed this raccoon hanging around our sap buckets this afternoon. She tried chasing it away by banging a spoon in a pan. It only ran up our maple tree and then took a nap. It is still enjoying its cozy napping space.
While it slept, we made sure all the lids were tight on the sap buckets and then put a heavy brick on each one. We do not want a nosy raccoon to ruin the sap we collected!
After getting over a foot of snow last week, and then having it all melt in the last two days, along with rain–my dad’s rain gauge says 5.05 inches, we have a lot of water in the yard. On the side of the house, the water was halfway to Adrian’s knees. The air ducts under the house are full of water.
The girls spent most of the day wet vacuuming the ducts dry. Megan practiced keeping tally of all the times the vac was emptied (at least 240 times). Allan and Adrian worked on creating a ditch to divert some of the standing water to the back acre.
Hopefully, the rain will stop soon, we will get a breeze and everything will dry up quickly.
I told the kids that the next time it snowed, we would take the morning off and go sledding. It was 5 degrees at 8:00 this morning, but we still headed out to the park. We were happy that it warmed up quickly and we had a great morning.
We also had the chance to play. We painted with light sticks, roasted marshmallows, played with more bubbles, watched a hula hoop artist and enjoyed being outside.
Megan even made a new friend who was around two. When it was time for us to leave, he followed her wanting to play some more. He was very disappointed that she had to go home so she could warm up!
In order to make glowing bubbles, carefully break apart a few highlighter markers. Take the filters out and place in your favorite bubble solution. After they soak awhile, enjoy using a black light to see the bubbles glow as you blow them.