the sweet life...I'd like to try to ignore the fact that it has been almost a full year since I last posted. In all honestly, it was a purposeful omission. My quest throughout the past months has been one where I try my best to be present. I took a much needed break from the mania of multitasking every five seconds. Sure, as a working mom, multitasking will always be a necessary evil, but I took a hold of the reigns and put down the never-ending juggle of my camera, notebook, and iPad and turned all my focus into whatever task at hand I was doing. It's been incredibly peaceful to simply immerse yourself and 100% of your focus into something. The downside? Well, I miss having my records and journals to refer back to, so crossing the ol' fingers to try to find a new balance between the zen and the mania.
It's been a very long, cold winter here in Maine. I don't think many states escaped the harshness of Mother Nature this season. And though we are buried under a few feet of snow with no hope for melting in sight, there are signs popping up that Spring may soon come once again.
Without fail, the true harbinger of spring began its siren call in the warmer temperatures of this past weekend...the sap started running! It's become a big celebration in our house to set the first taps in the sugar maples. The boys included, we each get a go at tapping one of the trees and setting the buckets. A small glass of the first ounces of sap are collected and passed around for us each to sip and take delight in the crisp, subtle, caramel sweetness.
Alas, we knew that our sap run was going to be stopped almost as soon as it started. The warm days and cold nights over the weekend, which coaxed the sap to run in the gallons, quickly froze up solid in Monday's frigid reality. The rest of this week is suppose to continue to be below freezing, so we probably won't see it run again until next week. But just the mere excitement to simply tap a tree, gives us such great hope that this winter will eventually come to an end and the woods will spring once more into life. Cheers!