The sky turned white and it snowed (sideways) for 36 hours this weekend. With the return of feels-like-January weather, I can feel that I have a severe case of cabin fever (it's a real thing). cab·in fe·ver noun (informal) irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter. Yes, … Continue reading Snow, Snow, Go Away (Cabin Fever)
Hi everyone! I'm trying something a bit different today. We've been fortunate to have sunny and gorgeous weather around here the past few days, which means that it's time to tap maple trees for sugaring. This is the fifth year that we'll be making maple syrup as part of a community effort that involves three … Continue reading The Cheap and Easy Way I Tap My Maple Trees for Sugaring (video)
The trout lilies are blooming! This is a good sign that spring is really here, and a great time to go out in the woods and check out all the spring ephemerals before the mosquitoes come out. Trout lilies also provide a great opportunity to do a little bit of citizen science. The Trout Lily … Continue reading Look at Your Trout Lilies!
Foraging is something I've said that I want to do more of this year. I keep waiting and waiting, but it's still early spring. Even a week ago we had enough snow to cover the ground. The forest is just starting to wake up for spring. And, in this case, waking up seems to be … Continue reading Early Spring: Wild Leeks (and Recipe Roundup)
Audrey over at AudreyWanders.com is instigating a nature challenge for the month of May, and you should sign up! Here's the description of the challenge: 31 Days of Nature is a challenge to spend every day of May 2017 outdoors. All you have to do is spend at least 30 minutes outdoors each day. In … Continue reading 31 Days of Nature Challenge
April has flown by, and I can't believe that it's been over a month since I last posted. It's not like anything too out of the ordinary has happened—there was work travel at the beginning of the month, maple sugaring on the weekends, and a lot of time getting our cottage up and running for spring—but … Continue reading Escape to Silver Mountain
I have a lot of questions. Many of these are of the existential what-does-it-all-mean variety that I suspect I'll never have answers to. But, for the purposes of this blog, I generally have two big questions that I'm trying to learn more about: 1) What are the ways that nature can enhance our health and happiness? I think we … Continue reading Two Big Questions on My Mind
Admission: I avoided snowshoeing for the longest time. It always seemed so slow and boring compared to cross country skiing. My thinking was: Why plod when you can race?!?! But I changed my tune this winter and have been snowshoeing a lot, to visit the cottage, to find chaga, to gather water (more on that … Continue reading Winter is for Snowshoeing