Friday, April 29, 2011

Not Quite What I had Planned.

Have you every woke up thinking you have the whole day planned? I do. All the time. I have a rough sketch in my mind of what I think the day will hold, leave a big of room for margin and maybe even have an idea of what I'll be making for dinner. Yesterday was one of those days. I woke up, got ready, wore my new favorite GAP jeans and thought the day was going to be a good. Just before lunch, my day took a very sharp right turn and completely changed everything. I was laid off. Yes, I am currently unemployed. I won't go into the details, that's not the point of this post. It's a long story and one that I would readily tell you, just ask me and we'll go grab a cup of joe.

The point of this post isn't to bash, rant and rave. From day one of starting my blog, I have promised to myself to be honest. So, here are my honest feelings about where we are at. This is a scary place to be. The hubs is searching for something more permanent and career-ish, but is working, so that's good. I have some possibilities too, but not for a little while off. Being here is scary because it requires something that doesn't come easily to me. It requires faith. Faith that we'll be provided for. Faith that we'll someday look back and see why we are going through yet another bump in the road. Faith that this will be used to bring us together as husband and wife in ways that only this kind of situation can. Faith that I can trust God. Whew. Faith is hard, you can't see it, you just jump in wholeheartedly and hope-pray to be caught mid-fall. The craziest part about all of this, I have peace. For the first time since I know, I slept like a baby through the whole night. People, that never happens. Ever. I woke up this morning and didn't have an anxiety-filled-sharp-pain stomach ache. I have peace. I cleaned my entire house, singing Rascal Flatts and talking to Aruba and Remy the entire morning. Peace. Complete peace. Weird, eh?

So, this is going to be short because I have errands to run and flowers to plant while the sun keeps shining all afternoon. Yes, Mr. Weather finally got the note that May is in 2 days and a bit of sunshine is needed! Another rain system is moving into tonight, but I am going to soke up all of the golden rays I can today. Please say a prayer for the Hubs and I as we yet again enter a difficult part of journey together.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Smacked by a 2x4




Relationships are important. I'm not just saying this because I am a woman. Not just because I grew up in a household with a ratio of 6 women to 1 man (Almost 2 if you count our neutered cat). Not just because I enjoy getting together for a cup of joe with a girlfriend where we talk about everything under the sun in two short hours and fifty miles an hour. While all of those things are true, I'm saying relationships are important because every once in a while, I am reminded of their importance. Somehow, it's like I forget only to be reminded by a 2x4 slap across the face with reality.

This time, reality smacked me good as my friend at work put in her two week notice today. To say I am bummed is such an understatement. Everybody is where they are for a reason. I am here for a reason. God is big enough to be able to handle something like that. I know I am at my job for a purpose. Part of that being that I need to learn about Kylie. Learn how I work, what makes me tick and what does not. My friend putting in her notice smacked me into next week as I realized why I am so disappointed and bummed. I need friends. I crave relationships. Hear me out, we are not just talking acquaintances here people, deeper than that. The friendships where you spend significant amounts of time together, you can take on each others differences, appreciate their ideas and thoughts and agree to disagree. I crave that. Yes, I know it's not the end. But as reality hits again, it's just a hard one to take. A hard lesson to learn yet again.

On a happier note, t-minus 6 days until yet ANOTHER sister comes to visit. Can I just say how excited I am? I am SUPER excited! I cannot wait! I had Boda Girl #4 come visit just over a week ago and it was fabulous. And just a couple weeks before that, if you remember right, my mother was here visiting. You can read about our adventures: Avoiding Good-Byes. It's been a fabulous spring! Now, next week Boda Girl #3 is going to be here for a week. Hopefully, just hopefully Mr. Weather will get his act together and stop threatening us with snow, hold off on the rain and bring in some 75+ degree weather. I really don't think that's asking too much, right?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Harry Potter & Puppies

I want nothing more than to curl up on my huge over sized couches, with a steaming cup of hot chocolate (made with 2% milk, not water or it's dairy equivalent, skim) and read Harry Potter. It's rained almost an inch in the past 24 hours, making our driveway just about un-walkable. Fantastic for potty training a baby puppy, let me tell you! It's super windy too! You feel like you're stepping out onto the Oregon Coast. That is, when you do actually decide to venture out because you have to go to work despite the hot chocolate and Harry Potter calling your name. Yes, I am complaining. In case you don't follow the calendar, today is April 26. That is 4 days away from May. Oh, and in case you don't live in Minnesota, there's a possibility we might get snow tonight. For three seconds, just bear with me, feel bad and I can move on.... Okay, I'm headed home in 48 minutes. I will bare the stormy outdoors, but I'll make it. I'll be fine.

The Hubs and I recently started "intense puppy training." By recently, I mean yesterday. Remy was starting be a bit of a turd to put it very nicely. Obviously, we got a male puppy which comes with certain characteristics. He likes to push his boundaries, trying to establish that he is in charge and the leader of our "pack" of McCoys (including Aruba). We both noticed a recent change in his behavior and so, I did a bit of good ol' internet research. Did you know that a dog that likes to sit on your lap is really just establishing that he (or she) is in charge? Yeah, I didn't know that either. Oops. And I just thought that Remy thought that he was a lap dog. Did you ALSO know that a dog that is still wired and bouncing around the house after a long, lonnnggg walk is really just not getting "mentally" exercised? Apparently, dogs need to be shown that they are not in charge and not the leader for them to relax. Yeah, didn't know that either. Sorry, Remy, apparently we kinda screwed up on you a bit. However, at least it's a puppy and not a small child. Whew. So, starting yesterday we decided to do a couple of things:
  • Use his crate as a "HIS area" - meaning we put him in it when we are cleaning up the kitchen, folding laundry, etc. He stays in the same room as us and we move it when we go to a different room, so he observes and is still a part of the fam.
  • Strict potty training - after he eats, he goes straight into his crate for 30 minutes then we take him out to "eliminate" (that's the word the training websites used, I prefer pee or poo, but whatevs). If he doesn't go, he goes back in his crate. If he does go, he gets rewarded with playing with us and being out of his crate. 
  • Establishing that humans are in charge (this one is the hardest for me). It includes silly things I never even thought of before like: he must walk behind people when going for walks (the leader walks in front), he has to exit/enter a door after people, he must come to you when you call him (don't go to him), he must sit before going outside and coming inside.
Obviously, there is more to it, but those are the major basics. Can I just say that even last night, I couldn't believe Remington was the one and the same puppy that took off running home on our regular early morning walks? That's probably what stemmed this whole training process. I took him for our morning walk that we go on every single morning before I go off to work. Well, we were about half way to our turn around point, so we still had quite a ways to go and he suddenly decided that we were going to have a change of plans. He looked right at me, our eyes met, there was a pause and then he turned around and TOOK OFF sprinting to the house. Not cool dude, not cool. But after even an afternoon of this new approach to training, he was relaxed and chill. Like a totally different pup. Obviously, since we're establishing that we're in charge and making the decisions, he didn't have anything to worry about. It was fan-flippin-tastic. Example: we knew that Remy understood the word sit. But since he thought he was in charge, he didn't feel it was necessary to listen unless we pushed his cute little tushy down. Last night and today, I just have to look at him and say, "Sit." I have never seen a little tush plop down so quickly. Love it. 


Oh, and on a totally different note from loving adorable animals that just give you fuzzies inside... Yesterday morning, the Hubs shot a turkey. Yes, kind of gross to have freshly cut piles of meat in your fridge. However, to have battered, fried delicious turkey with Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce for dinner made it all worth it. It even made finding a turkey feather on my gallon of milk worth it. It was amazing. The Hubs is an incredibly talented cook and once again surprised me with a scrumptious wild game dinner. There's nothing quite like killing your dinner before breakfast, oh what a life.... Apologies if you are vegetarian or vegan....


To leave this windy, blustery Tuesday afternoon on a happy thought, here's a picture of the little turd-turned-awesome-baby-puppy that will melt the hardest of hearts:  

(please note the camo collar, Remington brand of course)





Monday, April 25, 2011

Early Sunrise

It is Monday. My least favorite day of the entire week. This is going to be short & sweet.... I do apologize..... This past Easter weekend the Hubs & I really enjoyed our days off together. We spent time with Remington working on his behavioral training. (if anyone has or has had a puppy, please send any tips our way!). We went on many walks, enjoyed spending time together and catching up. It's amazing how busy and caught up in life we get. It's just way too easy. The Hubs got to go turkey hunting. I got to do some baking and tried out a new flourless chocolate cake. Can I just say that it was Uh-maz-ing!

I am not much of a morning person, which I believe I have alluded to many time on here... However, Easter Sunday, I woke up kind of early to the sun coming up over the cemetery graves across the road from us. It was beautiful and even though it was short lived, it was a quick reminder to me of how special the day was.I wanted to share a quick pic I snapped from my phone of how gorgeous it was.....



More thoughts and bumblings to come later....

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Skipping Easter

Holy Week is a powerful week. Or, I should say, Holy Week can be a powerful week. If I make the conscious decision to slow down, reflect on history, look towards the future and dwell in the present, Holy Week can be a good time to reflect on why I am here. Life gets busy. Who doesn't feel this constant pull to be "doing" and always "going"? Who doesn't understand and fight against busyness? At one point or another, we've all been there. I think Holy Week is during a time when a lot of people are very busy. It's spring, a new season when people start coming out of the woodwork from hibernation. We begin working in our yards as we rediscover where we planted flowers last year. We go for walks and enjoy the beautiful outdoors and trees begin springing back to life, birds singing their joyful songs. We start up spring church league softball seasons... Life picks up during spring and makes this time of year very hard to slow down. I wonder if this is why I often feel like I miss out on this week. I miss out on the important of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, only to realize that it's Monday and the Easter Lilys will soon stop blooming and life will continue with the busyness as normal.

Hold on. Let's back up and make sure everyone is on the same track. This time of year should be important to all Christ followers because this is the time when Christians reflect and remember the sacrifice Christ made for every living, breathing human being, regardless of race, background, history and future. Jesus chose death. Even when he could have easily stopped being whipped by a cat of 9 tails, stopped the crown of at least 3 inch thorns being pushed into his head, stopped the guards from driving spikes into his hands and feet. Every painful, torturous second that turned to minutes that turned to hours, Jesus chose to be there. He chose to suffer. He made that choice for me. He made that choice for you. His choice led to him dying on the cross. This choice conquered all sin, all darkness, all hatred, all evil. Jesus conquered everything that I cannot. Including death. Insane.

Reflecting on the choices that Jesus made thousands of years ago that will effect me forever is so hard to even begin thinking about. I don't know if my mind will ever even begin to wrap itself around understanding how incredible his choices truly were and are. It's so awesome, I just get wrapped up in it. Enveloped in the fact that I was chosen to be so special that someone died for me.

Okay, so I know this is a bit of a heavy blog. I just re-read what I've written and I couldn't agree more. I don't mean to stop your week, to guilt anyone who hasn't even stopped to think what this week means, I just hope that you'll take the chance to read over the Easter story and the events that led up to the cross. Let Jesus' choices sink in. Yes, it's hard to think about, but it's an amazing story of love. Just don't miss out or soon you will realize it's Monday. We have the chance to reflect on history, look towards the future and dwell in the present.



Pain reminds us this is not our home.


 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Morning Walks

The Hubs and I got really lucky with our kitten and puppy. Our cat, Aruba was potty trained within 10 minutes of her arriving at our house and she has been fantastic ever since. She has the best personality, full of fun playfulness and likes to play fetch (Yes, you read that right. She will bring you toys for you to throw and then she will retrieve them and play fetch - basically she's awesome). We also got a really good puppy. We don't leash him when we take him for walks in the pasture, he only has accidents when we don't realize why he is whining and he really just wants to cuddle on your lap. This morning when Remington and I went for a walk, I didn't even have to call for him, he just stayed close and always checked to make sure I was still close enough for comfort for him.

I'm starting to like this puppy thing even more. I started my morning with a walk this morning. It was a short walk, but was filled with the songs of birds and wind moving through the tree branches. Remington and I enjoyed our morning walk that is becoming a habitual trek down to the tree line as he scouts out the best bathroom spot and sniffs for small animals throughout the grass. I have been on more walks around our property since we first got married. I love being outside and letting the stillness just wash over me. It's relaxing and refreshing, reminding me why I am alive. Why I am here. I love having to get up a little earlier in the morning (I'd still like it more if it was sunny and warmer and we did not have a winter storm warning in effect until tomorrow, but you just have to take what you can get, right?). Early mornings are hard to adjust to, but there's just something refreshing about them. I think it's knowing that you have a full day in front you, you have the opportunity to start new, choosing how you respond, choosing how you will live this day to the fullest of it's given potential. For who know me a bit better, know that I am not a morning person. I need coffee, a hot shower and at least 30-45 minutes to just wake up. Yet, there is still the anticipation of a new day that gets me going.

Those are my thoughts as I start off my Tuesday morning. Yes, I am choosing to be positive, I hope it isn't too obvious... I am excited to go home for lunch with Remington and Aruba and then hangout with the Hubs tonight.... 7 hours to go!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Just One More Puppy Post! Promise!


Trying so hard to get along with Aruba!

So sleepy after a busy day

Friday, April 15, 2011

Remington McCoy


Meet the newest addition to the McCoy family. He is a 12 week old lab mix. The Hubs and I have been talking since we got married about someday adopting a puppy. I had been contemplating that it would be a pretty awesome birthday present and the Hubs confirmed that when he told me he would poop his pants if I got him a puppy for his birthday. Well, that did it. Need a guy say anymore? I do not think so!!! We started looking, getting the necessary supplies for the little guy and actually found a puppy this week that was perfect. We looked into different adoption agencies. Just a little tip, if anyone is looking, there are a lot of options and a number of good adoption programs that make sure the dog is a good fit for couples and/or families. However, the Hubs and I decided to go with the good ol' Humane Society.  The Hubs is picking up Remington this afternoon as he has recovered from his neutering surgery (poor lil' guy) and then he'll be all ours. I can't wait to see him today, or introduce him to our beautiful (and sassy) kitten Aruba. Oh, this weekend is going to be so much fun!!! 


Here's just one more picture of Remington 
Isn't he just the cutest thing?!



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Monday, April 11, 2011

Wonderful Weekend

What a fabulous weekend. The Hubs and I completely filled up our Saturday and Sunday. A couple of fun things happened this weekend: First, I started my Saturday morning off to the smell of marionberry pancakes that the Hubs was cooking in the kitchen. We met some family friends out at the Sugar Shack for fresh pancakes, sausage all topped with freshly cooked maple syrup. To call our breakfast fantastic would be an understatement.We spent the rest of the morning and afternoon out at the Sugar Shack, cooking down the sap to get about 13 gallons of syrup (which for those who do not have my years of experience in the maple syrup business, I do believe that 13 gallons is a lot.), pulling all of the taps out of the trees, washing all of the equipment, and bringing out Maple Syrup season to an end. It really was a lot of fun and the Hubs and I even had the privilege of being taught how to can the syrup since maybe someday we'll be ones helping run the show. It was so much fun, sad that it's come to an end, but fun.

The second exciting thing from this weekend is getting paint for our mudroom. Yes, I know it sounds wonderful and fantastically aventurous to go to the paint store and buy paint. I know, I know... however, buying paint means we get to finish the last room on the main floor of our good ol' farmhouse. Everyone other room is finished, but the weather turned too cold this fall to be able to paint and finish it all up. So, now I cannot wait. Seriously. The mudroom is the first room you see when you walk into our house, so it should be cute. I picked out some fun yellow & beige colors with white waynes-coating (spelling? can anyone help me here)... 

Lastly, I asked the Hubs to take the Strengths Finders test this weekend. I thought it'd be helpful for writing resumes, cover letters, interviews, plus knowing how to communicate with him better and what motivates him, etc, etc... I was really excited, we got him set up, he took it and called me over to see his top 5 strengths were. Okay, this is the weird part. His top five: achiever, relator, belief, responsibility (sound familiar) and restorative. Let me refresh your memory, my top 5 were: achiever, relator, belief, responsibility (see the weirdness?) and developer.  Remember now? Yes, 4 of the top 5 of our strengths match. Here is the difference between our restorative and developer strengths: the Hubs is a restorer, he sees something broken and fixes it. He likes resolve and need to see it to the end until it is finished. I am a developer, I see where something is weak and needs to be strengthened. I don't need something to be finished, I just need to see small signs of improvement. Crazy, hey? Obviously, we are very different people, but I wonder it makes sense how we work well as a team, we can get a lot accomplished together.

Kind of a random weekend, but I am excited for the weekend ahead. One of my lovely sisters is coming to visit and I cannot wait. So far, just my mum has visited us since we got married. Now I get to have a sister stay with us for almost a week! So tonight, I'm catching up on laundry, dishes vacuuming and making her bed....

Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Arrived!


This beautiful lonely flower is blooming in one of my gardens below my large dining room window. It's only 2 inches tall, but the promise that this tiny flower brings is so encouraging. Spring is around the corner. Last weekend, hundreds of robins arrived in full force as we heard them singing from treetops and the fields. This week as we have had 50+ degree weather, small green hopefuls are springing up throughout my gardens. Yes, some of them may be weeds, but at this point I will take anything that is not dead and brown or cold and snowy. I cannot wait for the trees to burst with lush, light green leaves, our grass to green up and the temperature to keep climbing above the 60's. I've already busted out my flip-flops and a couple sundresses just to keep my enthusiasm going until it's actually warm enough to wear them and not have goosebumps all morning till the sun warms everything. I am determined and so is my little flower. Come on spring!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies

For those who do not know this fun fact about me, I have Celiac. This means I can't eat most normal breads, pizzas, cakes, pies, rolls, cookies, sandwiches, burgers, and the list goes on and on and on. Not exactly good news for someone who thinks of cakes & desserts as their own food group. I found out that I have celiac 3 years ago this spring and it's been an adventure ever since. I have tried so many recipes with weird ingredients I've never heard of or have flopped beyond failure and went straight from the oven to the trashcan. However, through my trial and errors, I have found two cookbooks that I absolutely love! They have normal ingredients (for the most part) and I haven't found a recipe that isn't good yet....

 I recently tried a recipe for Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies out of the Gluten-Free Bible and thought I should share due to the incredible popularity from the gals I work with and deliciousness of these amazing cookies!!!

Ingredients:

     2 packages semisweet chocolate chips
     1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks so it's easier to melt
     2 eggs
     1 teaspoon vanilla
     3/4 cup plus an additional 2 tablespoons sugar
     2/3 cup Pamelas Pancake & Baking Mix  

           (Or a GF flour mix that you like)
     2 tablespoons unsweetended cocoa powder
     1 teaspoon baking power
     1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
     1/4 teaspoon salt


Bakin' Instructions:
  1. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper (I would recommend using lighter cookie sheets since dark ones heat up too fast and often cause unnecessary struggles when cookin' gluten free)
  2. Combine 1 package of chocolate chips & butter in large microwavable bowl. 
  3. Microwave on high for 30 secs, stir and repeat until all of the chocolate chips are melted and smooth. Let cool slightly.
  4. Beat eggs and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until blended and frothy. 
  5. Add sugar, beat until thick. 
  6. Add chocolate mixture, beat until well blended. 
  7. Add flour blend, cocoa baking powder, xanthan gum and salt, beat until combined.
  8. Stir in remaining bag of chocolate chips.
  9. Drop dough by rounded tablesspoonfuls 1 1/2 inches apart on your cookie sheets. 
  10. Refrigerate 30 minutes. (I wanted to speed up this process, so I stuck mine in the freezer)
  11. Preheat oven to 325F. Bake 16 to 20 minutes or until cookies are firm. 
  12. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets 
  13. Remove to wire racks. Cool completely.
[ Pre-baked chocolate fudge cookies ]

     Makes about 2 1/2 dozen

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    Bright Valleys

    Everyone has heard the expression about being on bright mountain tops and in dark valleys... Right? We are talking about life, hard times and good times. Sometimes life gets rough and it's hard to see a way out, it's hard to look at the circumstances and truly believe they are temporary. Mountain tops and valleys, we all experience them, we all know what they look and feel life.... Now that everyone is caught up and on the same page, we can continue.

    Usually dark valleys do not come with any surprise. The bright mountain top fades as you slowly sink down in the dark valley. Emotions change and you can feel it every step of the way. The people around you can attest to your mood swinging a different direction. Dark valleys gradually surround us, but we sense and experience it every step of the way. Perhaps that is what makes valleys so much more difficult as we can see the brightness fading. We know what once was but will no longer be. At least for the time being.

    I think I am in a valley. I'm not sure if I am on the down-swing or up-swing of things. The reason I say, "I think" is because I drove home from work last night with the uttermost sense of overwhelming-ness (Yes, that is a word and the only one that describes this). I had tears in my eyes as I thought of all that the Hubs and I have gone through looking for jobs... learning how to go through this journey as a couple... learning how to adjust to married life both the good and not-so-easy... learning how to be a housewife (maybe someday I will enjoy laundry and washing dishes, but let's be realistic people...) and how downright tired I felt. The overwhelmingness I felt wasn't that I can't do it. It wasn't that I just cannot go on, I think it was God getting my attention and working in my heart to see that I need to acknowledge these feelings. For me acknowledging is dwelling, shedding a few tears, writing from my heart and processing. Acknowledgment allows me to move forward, to see a bigger perspective and the bigger picture, to see what is ahead.

    This valley is a shallow one. I can see brightness on either side, both behind and ahead of me. I can see all of the incredible things the Hubs and I have learned, how our relationship has blossomed just in the several months we have been married. Behind us lies solid testimony to God's ability to work in what seem impossibly dark and discouraging circumstances. But now that we have moved forward in time, we can see God was moving through everything. It makes me hopeful for tomorrow and what that may bring. This shallow valley cannot last long because of the hope I have and the joy I cling to. Sometimes when valleys are inevitable, you must choose to look up, not down. It sounds crazy, but I'm going to do my darnist to make this valley as bright as I can. Bring it on!



    ‘What is essential is 
    invisible to the eye’ 

    says the fox in The Little Prince 
    by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    Friday, April 1, 2011

    2 hours 57 minutes & 43 seconds

    The weekend starts in 2 hours 57 minutes and 43 seconds. I wrote earlier about my ridiculous excitement about Sundays. Well, Saturdays are most definitely my second favorite.  There are some obvious reasons: sleeping in with the most comfortable pillow-top mattress in the whole world, waking up to a quiet farmhouse,  making delicious puffed apple pancake, knowing you have at least a solid 36 hours to relax and enjoy time with your wonderful husband. Those are just a few reasons... honestly, who doesn't enjoy a good relaxing weekend?

    But as I realize how much I enjoy weekends, I am struck by another thought. Perhaps I enjoy the weekends so much because I have the opportunity to relax and enjoy quiet time. In my heart of hearts, I know just how valuable down-time can be. Not just because I am an introvert and need to set aside time to recharge. Yes, I am sure that is a part of it, but just a small portion. On a deeper level, I think I enjoy weekends so much because I have the chance to reflect on the week. Somehow the weeks just fly by and before you realize it, Friday afternoon has rolled around yet again. The weekend brings sweet relief to reflect on what God is doing through me, in me and around me. Getting wrapped up in my lists, laundry and never-ending sinkful of dishes is way too easy to do during a busy week filled with worship practice, running errands, bible study and of course the regular 8 to 5 work day. Weekends are my time to take a deep breath, thank God for bringing me through another week and pray for what he has in store for me tomorrow, next week, next month and even the month after. Weekends not only recharge me, but if I spend time in the Bible and in prayer, the time away from the bustle of everything else is downright encouraging and uplifting. I absolutely look forward to weekends not to escape work or housework. I look forward to weekends to

    This weekend is going to be a good one. I can feel it in my bones! If the gloomy, rainy whether lets up, the Hubs and I just might take dinner out to the Sugar Shack (remember? where we collect & cook maple syrup). And then tomorrow we just might have the long awaited Maple Syrup Cook-off where we cook all of the sap until all of the water has evaporated and the only thing left is delicious, thick, sweet maple syrup. Just you guys can picture the Sugar Shack and all of it's wonderful outdoor essence, I attached a photo below. The stove is on the left hand side and the piles of split firewood is on the backside. Then there are benches and log chairs scattered about to lunge while we wait for the sap to cook down or while we enjoy some grub. Yes, it is going to be a good weekend!




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