In the midst of trying to make sense of Mark’s less-than-happy diagnosis last Tuesday, it seems like we are running in circles! Well, I realize that isn’t true, but sometimes it feels that way! With Michelle’s busy college schedule, I am often taking her to school or retrieving her. Then there is the racquetball that she must play at the YMCA to receive her credits. Add to the mix things like going to the mall last Wednesday evening to watch the kids’ friends’ band play at a store….you get the idea!
As I thought about the maple syrup season this year, I committed to drilling the hole in the tree, setting the tap, and producing some syrup. Now, mind you, it takes 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of maple syrup. That requires a great deal of boiling down the sap. Since I only tapped one small tree, I have been making teeny tiny amounts of syrup every couple days.
Our weather went from wildly warm to bone-chilling cold recently. Yesterday, while we were running around, every time we had to leave the comfy cozy truck, as we opened the door, the icy wind felt as though it would slice right through us! This morning when we got up, the temperature was far below the freezing mark! This, of course, plays right in with the need for a fire to not only heat the house, but to boil down the sap…
I know this seems like a lot of work for the tiny amount of sweet syrup I’ve made thus far, but, oh my goodness!! I used some of my homemade syrup on pancakes one day and it far surpassed some of the dark maple syrup found in the stores. It is so sweet, it tastes much sweeter than sugar!
I’ve dreamed of clearing an area for our maples to be isolated into a maple grove for syrup, but thus far, it has remained as only a dream!
I’ll include one more photo I took as we arrived home last night. This was as it was just getting a little dark….