Monthly Archives: May 2011

A Quick Update…

It has been months since I last posted here on my blog.  Life has been incredibly busy and other things have taken priority.  I decided it was time to take a few moments to post an update about life here on the farm, even if it is just a quick one.

1)  My hubby spent three months this past winter in China for his job (November – January).  I single-parented in his absence and absolutely nothing else got done around here.

2)  In early February, our oldest received an appointment to West Point.  He had worked towards this goal since his freshman year, so he was very excited.  And of course, we are very proud of him.

3)  Later in March, he received an appointment to the Air Force Academy and faced a difficult choice between the two.

After much deliberation, he chose West Point.  I think it will be a good fit for him.

4)  With the news that we would not be forking out cash for college tuition this fall, we decided to take one last family vacation over Easter break.  So, we went to Hawaii for 10 days.  It was wonderful.  I could write volumes about how much I love this place, all the fun stuff we did, the memories we made, etc.  But instead, I’ll just post this one picture.

5)  Somewhere along the way this spring we managed to find time to make maple syrup.  We had a little less sap than last year and ended up with about the same amount of syrup.  Everything went really well except the filtering again.  We still need to figure out how to improve on that part of the process.

6)  Just to keep things interesting (and because our laying hens are getting old), we got 35 baby chicks this spring.  About 15 of them are new laying hens and the rest are just temporary residents that are destined for the kitchen table.

7)  We also got our new honeybees:  one package and one nuc.  They seem to be doing well so far, despite the cold and rainy spring we have had here in Minnesota.

8 )  And besides all of this, we are in the midst of all the chaos of having a senior in high school:  final concerts, award ceremonies, banquets, prom, baccalaureate, graduation, and planning a graduation open house!

9)  I’m terribly behind in the gardens (it’s been wet and cold here).  So far I have only planted lettuce and cilantro in the vegetable garden.  I have cleaned up most of the perennial gardens but need to go to battle with the dandelions and other fierce spring weeds.

10)  Our oldest leaves on June 26th for West Point.  Once I have him out the door, I will try to gather myself together and put one foot in front of the other…and then resume running around with the other two that are still at home!  🙂  And maybe, just maybe, I’ll have more time to start blogging more regularly.

Hope your spring is going well!



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