Als ich wisse das Morgen der Erde enden wuerde, immernoch wurd ich mein Apfelbaum pflanzen.

Even if I knew the world would perish tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree. - Martin Luther

"Factory work's easier on the back, and I don't mind it, understand, but a man becomes what he does. Got to watch that. That's why I keep at farmin' although the crops haven't ever throve. It's the doin' that's important." Madison Wheeler in Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon

Sunday, February 7, 2016


We spent the weekend in PA - a day on the mountain to ski, and a day at the farm to bring in the sugar season.

My dad has had learning to ski on his bucket list for over 20 years.  On Friday, with a little encouragement and a lot of bravery and determination, he got suited up and took a lesson.  I hope I'm still willing to try new things and push myself when I'm in my 70s.  I'm very proud of him.  We had a great day at Hidden Valley with family.

Dad had already put out 50 buckets the previous week when the temps soared into the 60s, so we helped him put out another tractor load.  It was too cold in the morning to catch the drips on our tongues, but sugar season has begun.  I love seeing the kids know how to do so many of the jobs.  We'll be up at least one more time, and maybe twice before the season is over.

Drilling the hole.

Putting in the spile

Hanging the buckets.  It was freezing - don't ask me why she's in shorts.

Buckets of joy indeed!

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