Super Excited!

Many people have a “bucket list” of things they want to do. One of the silly ones I had, was to find morel mushrooms in the wild and get some pictures. Yes, I would like to taste them also, but finding them myself was something I have been trying to do for years!

Today, I went out with my sister and she showed me how to locate them. Lauri pointed out the first one and then I discovered a nice one! Adrian and Megan found a few each, but they were still very small, so we left them for a few days. My sister will check on them later.

Now, I want to go explore a few places that I have heard the mushrooms can be found.¬† I had so much fun locating these (more fun than finding Easter Eggs ūüôā ) and spending time with my sister, kids and nephew and listening to everyone excited each time they found a mushroom .¬† When they started saying “hush, or poachers with come”, they only got louder and sillier.

The only negative?  Discovering at least three ticks after our hunt.


This has been a tough year for getting pictures of my favorite spring flowers.  The weather is most of the culprit!  We have been to the park twice looking for Hepatica (also called liverleaf or liverwort).  Today we found a lot, but the wind was so strong taking pictures was very difficult.  It is supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow, so I am not sure if will have the chance to try for more pictures.

It is That Time of Year Again!

The set up is very similar, but the helpers are different!

I discovered the following picture from 2011 of when the kids were interviewed because we boiled maple sap at home. This was one of the first years that Mark was responsible for most of the process.

We usually get enough syrup to last us a year, though sometimes it was because a friend offered us what he did not need. Sometimes, we had enough to share.

I can’t remember when we started, but the first year’s syrup was so poorly done. We thought we followed directions and we were so proud of it, but it was very weak!

Or the time we tried boiling the sap in the house because the weather was awful and we were afraid the sap would go bad. We had so much humidity in the house we had to open all the windows and it was still humid.

We often sat and read by the fire and the smell of the syrup boiling because the weather was beautiful and we wanted to be outside. We grilled our dinner on the grates sometimes just for fun.

The syrup was ruined a few times because we got busy and over boiled it. Or we spilled the almost finished sap while pouring it into a new container.

Most of the children learned to chop wood to keep the fire going, and they all learned how to start fires in the cold and keep them going all day.

Such wonderful memories!

Frozen Bubbles Take 3

“Sea Shell”

Last night I took a little break and played with bubbles again. So far, these are my favorite.

Which one is your favorite? If you click on a picture, it will show the bubble without the title.