“Let the beauty we love, be what we do.” ~ Rumi
It's funny, as I sit here today with the rain coming down outside and our 2+ feet of snow melting quicker then I can boil down my sap, how contemplative I am. I am feeling compelled to write. If I didn't write, my day would be unfulfilled. I have a kitchen that needs to be scrubbed top to bottom, dishes from a day's kitchen adventures waiting and a new pressure cooker waiting to be filled with beef bones to make stock, but I choose to write instead. The living room is in now better state. My mind will not quite, it's all a buzz with the things of spring, the sheep hiding from the rain in their make shift hoop house and all the thoughts of babies, human or otherwise that need to be prepared for. That's only the last 15 minutes, before that it was nutrition, health and healing...a go to subject for my ever churning thoughts.
There is also the challenge of what to title this post...
My son turns 3 Saturday and I can't believe it. I want to do something special for him and I am at a complete loss. Thanks to the inspiration of Soule Mama I believe I will make him a felt crown to wear all Saturday as well as some fun new clothing if I can get myself together and do them while he's not hovering (so he is surprised!). I just adore the crown idea. I was also thinking it would be really fun to do a birthday spiral for him but I didn't order one in time and I'm pretty sure the hubby is all tied up with maple stuff right now to "throw" one together. Ah well, next year perhaps. I just can not believe it's been nearly 3 years. I look at him daily lately and wonder how he's grown so much (he has just outgrown another pair of shoes). I am baffled and amazed (and depending on the day, completely frustrated) every day. He's taught me so much and he's only been in my life 3 years!
That leads me into wondering about the child growing within me. What does this one have to teach me. Why was this little being sent to us? Who am I kidding, I'm already learning stuff from this one. When I pay very close attention I know just what foods bother me just a little (my son taught me what bothered me a lot). It's amazing, it truly is. There are also the overwhelmed thoughts of having an infant and a toddler. Having a farm. Having a garden. Having lambs and chicks and turkey's... OH MY! I just have to sit back and trust there is a reason for it all. Trust that this baby will be showing up in our lives exactly 3 years and 3 months after we were blessed with our son. I hope we can do it all (as my dishes dirty in the kitchen, the dogs cleaned up the cat vomit earlier ...gag... and there are toys all over my living space). Breath.
The rain is meditative to me today. The snow is revealing mud and leaves that were never completely dealt with last fall. I'm pretty sure I would have to bury raked up leaves on this property the way the wind whips across it. I have piles of apple branches sitting on the ground around my ancient apples as a result of me pruning most of them. I am hoping to get to the rest. I am boiling the sap down on our wood stove today because the rain has not let up and we have an open arch that we are cooking it down it. What a fantastic arch too, made of cinder blocks and a few grates. We boiled down nearly 20 gallons of sap yesterday in our turkey pans on that fire. I'm rather proud of us. There are a few sap buckets hanging crooked on the trees because of the wind earlier today. The view of the buckets on those trees gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling though. It also leaves me in complete awe, because years ago this was how maple syrup was done, by the bucket full. Now with all the lines and piping it is more of an industrial operation in some aspects. I bet our syrup will taste better then any I have ever had.
As far as babies, what are these lambs that are coming next month going to be teaching me? Oh I can only imagine. I've never dealt with a large animal being born on the farm so this will be a first. We do rabbits and chickens and ducks, but somehow I've convinced myself they are all different. The girls are devouring the kelp I keep supplied for them as well as their daily treat of black oil sunflower seeds. You would think we had them hooked on crack they way they fight for those sunflower seeds. Hmm... I am looking forward to the lambs.
As the snow melts from the garden plot I am trying to figure out my first move. It's March in the NEK so I'm pretty sure it's not a good idea to plant anything (not that I could even get a seed in the ground). But we are planting things inside. Seeds need to be ordered too. I have dropped the ball there. I have a ton to start with but there are a few things I need. We are also deciding what to do about chicks and have decided to try and hatch our own which means I need to order a fan for both of my incubators to increase the hatch rate. Our Delaware rooster has been the only boy in with all our Delaware girls for nearly a week now. After two weeks we plan to see how he's done fertilizing and start collecting eggs. We also plan on hatching some ducklings. Rabbit breeding will take place in April in line with the best moon it looks like. I'm experimenting with breeding them with the moon cycles. Lastly, turkey's and feed ordering... so much to do! Plus throw in the holidays, our anniversary and decorating eggs, it's going to be a busy few months.
I couldn't be happier honestly. Must make a to-do list and get that kitchen clean!
Hi there, Wysteria here. I will be writing as regularly as possible on behalf of my family and regarding our adventures in farming, food, health and things of the like. My interest range widely and my brain wanders far. Namaste.