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 many days of below zero weather, I took the kids to see if the river had frozen over. I knew it probably was not, but was still hoping 🙂  The only time we have seen it completely frozen was in 2014.

Megan thought the ice was fascinating.  She made a snow angel and admired how the river looked through the ice.  Then she just sat quietly and watched the geese for awhile.  I wonder her reaction if the river had been completely iced over.