Six More Weeks of Winter

A few days ago, my husband announced, "All the snow will be gone is six weeks." He didn't literally mean that all the snow would be gone---it's 3 feet deep in the woods, and much deeper in banks along road edges. Piles will stick around a long time. But he did mean that most of … Continue reading Six More Weeks of Winter

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My Longest Ski Ever, and Saving $80

One of my major goals for this quarter has been to ski the 25k version of the Great Bear Chase, our largest local cross country ski race. Up until now, the longest I've ever run is about 13.5 miles (one half-marathon and a relay leg of about the same distance). I've raced a 6 mile/10k … Continue reading My Longest Ski Ever, and Saving $80

The Cheap and Easy Way I Tap My Maple Trees for Sugaring (video)

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)

Clouds are for Everyone

Although it's still winter, there are signs that spring is on its way. A week of unseasonably warm weather made me start a gardening project in February and we'll be making maple syrup before too long. Like most years, I slipped into a bit of a funk starting sometime in November, which lasted into January. I … Continue reading Clouds are for Everyone

Gardening Experiment 1: Raised Bed Gardening (in February!)

Okay, I couldn't help it. We had a week of unseasonably warm weather in mid-February. The sap started running on February 17th (no tapping yet, though). The snow melted back severely and we didn't even know if we would be able to snowshoe to the cottage without trudging through 18 inches of "mashed potatoes." So what else … Continue reading Gardening Experiment 1: Raised Bed Gardening (in February!)