|first batch of finished syrup this go around~ we won't get close to the 4.25 gallons we made last year, but should get a bit more before all is said and done|
today we woke to secret valentine's messages from papa (off to work at 6:30 this morning) on our windows and homemade construction paper cards at our places at the table. a menu for a day-after-valentine's-day breakfast in bed he's planning for tomorrow. she had a pile of cards to bring to buddies at ballet and afterwards we went out for hot cocoa and coffee.
home, then. where it was a balmy 53 degrees. heating with wood and not seeing the point of starting a fire when you wake since you'll be away and unable to tend it for a couple hours makes for a chilly homecoming a bit later on. that, and we are ever so quickly approaching the end of our seasoned wood pile, so…….. a bit frugal with the wood around here lately. now we've been home a few hours and I've got it up to 62 and climbing. it is supposed to be 7 or 8 degrees here tonight, cold for the week to come, and they're saying maybe snow. oh I hope so. a good snow where we can get out and go sledding, make a snowman, throw some snowballs…… and then spring may arrive directly.
this afternoon she is content with her pile of books and blankets. walking around the house singing songs from The Sound of Music. maybe there will be a couple sparkle stories and some painting. and she just made this adorable little doll all by herself. her name is Poppy.
for me, the rest of the day is shaping up to be kitchen time mostly. soup, sauerkraut, granola…. I'm also hoping to get through the rest of Cold Mountain, which I am very much enjoying. hot tea, too. there will be lots of that. and laundry. I've given up trying to organize our mess in the mudroom, where a mountain of shoes battles over space with a thawing chicken waterer and miscellaneous winter attire. and other things as well.