An early start for us today.
Brian and Caroline are off to New Hampshire to pick up our new evaporator pan, the last piece of our sugaring outfit before we can start making syrup. Jack is doing some last minute work on the sugarhouse – getting the arch bricked up and the firebricks primed. It’s a heavy job, that. But he’s amazing – strong and hard-working. I am so proud of the man that he has become. His future wife will be blessed in him.
The rest of us are inside doing Saturday chores and preparing for keeping the sugaring crew fed through the long days and weeks ahead. We are baking bread, and preparing meals ahead wherever possible.
12 hour days up in the sugarbush and in the sugarhouse – back and forth with sap and empty buckets – makes everyone really hungry. I won’t be participating much in the actual sugaring the first couple of weeks because I am smack in the middle of a nasty flare. It is messing with my mobility and fine motor function, to say nothing of the pain. Tylenol is about the extent of the medication I can take (which is fairly useless) while I wait for the insurance to clear so that I can increase my infusions.
I’m hoping to have enough good hours here and there to finish the longies that I am designing for Georgie. I’m loving them so far. The yummy green is so appealing. We have been longing for spring and something GREEN. It has been a lovely long winter, and I love the snow, but it is time for some colour, no?
These longies will be joined by a jumper (sweater) and a hat, perhaps some wee socks or booties. Once I have the draft pattern completed, I’ll be looking for three or four beta knitters to make up sets and see how the pattern works for them. You can leave a comment below if you’re interested in knitting along, and sharing your progress.
And in other news (perhaps you saw my announcement on Facebook), Brian and I are pursuing the adoption of a beautiful brother and sister from Bulgaria. We have to move very quickly – something we are not very good at here. I beg your prayers. We have had our hearts broken so many times in the past. The story of how they came to be known to us is truly amazing. I will share it at some point. Really, truly the hand of God.
We have decided to set aside all of the proceeds from our remaining birch syrup for our adoption fund, if you are interested in having something sweet on your table, and doing something sweet with that purchase. I will also be putting all of the proceeds from my portrait photography toward our adoption, and getting the house ship shape for our new additions. That means clearing out the room that I have been using for my sewing and crafts to use as a studio here on the farm, so that I can increase my available hours. I’ll figure out later how I’m going to get my sewing accomplished (two first communions coming up and lots of photography props to make). Nearly everything is portable, so I can have some sweet soul lug the machines down and back as needed.
The younger children don’t know anything about the adoption plan yet. But I am preparing a Bulgaria unit study for all of us. We will learn about the history, culture, music, art, language and food, about the geography and industry and government. Jack, Caroline, and I previewed a beautiful video about Bulgaria this week and are completely smitten. What a beautiful place and people.
I am finding so much to be inspired by for my artwork and photography. I’m sure you will begin to see hints of it on the blog.