on the 4th (2017)

So I am just going to pretend that I haven’t been absent from here since March, k?  I’m also not going to hem and haw about how my memory card that held our entire maple syrup season as well as all of spring adventures was wiped out by a well meaning child of mine.  Nope, not going to do that because it can’t be undone so its time for me to just come back here and get on with it.  I love this space and I especially love all of the readers and friends that have come from my being here over the years.

So yesterday, we had a few friends over to celebrate the 4th of July.  A few friends who filled every corner of our home with love, laughter and great conversation.  Did I mention that they all brought yummy food with them and I forgot to get a picture of the table full to brim.  Just imagine every little bit of space on our table, completely full of wonderful dishes.

I got bit by the decorating bug the day before and the girls and I made a new wreath for the door to replace our 3 year old one, decorations for the table and some outfits (which I also forgot to get a picture of).  I love it when our home is full.  Friends are such a blessing to us.  We ate and laughed.  There may have been adult jello push pops involved as well as cupcake pushpops for children.  The winning entry of our dessert contest was an amazing cheesecake with beautiful wild picked raspberries and blueberries.

Poppa got to use his new toy received for Fathers Day and his upcoming birthday to pull everyone around for a hayride over and over again and the weather cooperated for us to spend the entire day and evening outside.   I do think that the fireworks and sparklers managed to keep the bugs away and the evening was finished with a bonfire that was bigger than this mama would have liked but it all ended well and then men folk were happy with all the fire and fun.   The refrigerator at this moment, cannot hold one more piece of food thanks to the leftovers which  we are still eating as I type this though the little break from the kitchen is quite a good thing today.  Rest is good after so much fun.

We even got our little baby raccoon rescue adopted out to a good home (I should probably tell you about this tomorrow as it has been quite an adventure raising a little wild raccoon).

So much goodness happening here everyday and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.  I hope your 4th was fun and full of love and thank you to those of you who are here with me.

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maple syrup festival

Spring is finally a reality and so is the non-stop flurry of activity and things to do.   Our bodies have been indoors, keeping busy with the business of staying warm and cozy, cooking thick heavy meals, preparing for warmer weather and planning for the spring rush.  Last week, the rush happened.  All at once as always and it always manages to catch me by surprise.  We are finished with our maple syrup season and I will be sharing with you tomorrow how it went.  So much fun and sweetness but it took a week to get the wonderful smell of campfire smoke out of everyone.

Two weekends ago we went on our annual trip to the local maple syrup festival.  It was quite cold but it kicked off the beginning of spring for us and now it seems as if so much has happened around here since then.

We love this festival.  It’s an excuse to be outside the whole day and see how the pros go about producing maple syrup for the masses while we are over here hoping to produce enough for our own needs.  Thankful for another year of having my children come with me and still want to.  I have a little negative sound in my head that tells me that someday they will not be interested in this way of life but thankfully, they still do and I hope they always will love everything we do and have done to live more naturally.  That is my hope as a mother.  To raise good and strong people who will love God and their faith, will have a strong connection to nature and know how to take care of themselves and live a natural life.  The rest is details and time will tell but so far we are doing pretty good and I am grateful for it.

Well,  I am off.  I have many more seeds to get started, wild edibles to pick, garden beds to prep and the perfect weather to do it all!  See you tomorrow!

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