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Merry Christmas!
December 25, 2015, 7:00 pm
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December 25, 2015

Today is Christmas. The packages have been opened, the meal is a memory and the house is quiet. Our little ones will be in and out all weekend, so the celebration will continue. We will pause to give thanks for many things, including the birth of Christ.

We have a great grandson, who decided to come for Christmas too. He was not scheduled to arrive until February, but he had other plans. Cameron Robert Fraley was born on 12/22. He weighed 4 pounds 7 ounces and was 16 inches long. The little fellow is doing very well, but will be staying in the hospital for a while. He just needs to grow a bit more!

We all had a great Christmas. There was food a plenty and gifts galore. The animals were all given a bit more grain or a special treat. I made plans for horse work. I call it work, but it is more like play, but hey…it’s Christmas!



Horse work beats House work!
March 21, 2013, 9:20 pm
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Knight and Hoss pulling the maple sap sled

Knight and Hoss pulling the maple sap sled

March 21, 2013

Winter has returned, the trees have stopped running and some ice is in the sap bags. It is a big change from Saturday a couple of weeks ago when this picture was taken! Knight and Hoss had to bear down a little to draw the sled through the woods that day. They didn’t mind, the work felt good to them.

Tonight, I boiled sap that was collected earlier this week. It had a layer of ice on top and made for a little excitement as I started up. One of my fill lines was partially frozen. We noticed it in time, but it made a good lesson for my son to see just how quickly things could go bad!

We have six to eight inches of snow on the ground. The ground is not frozen. Only mud is underneath. Sloppy spring weather will soon return. The wet and cold is making good syrup, but we need some warm days to get the sap flowing again. They will come, of that I am sure … probably all at once 😮

The time for spring work is also coming fast. The horses and I will be busier than a one armed man in a row boat race. I’m good with that though …”horse” work beats “house” any day of the year. I will quantify that statement with, “so I have been told” … my lifetime of house work days, could be counted on my fingers… probably on just one hand 😮