Shelter In Place

Shelter in Place - Cook Forest Fire Tower area, Pennsylvania
Shelter in place. Sometimes it's the only option. When you have a sense that something is not right, that something has gone wrong, that there's just something about the day ... the place ... the people. It's a waiting game that depends on your determination to walk in patience. Continue Reading

Sap suckers and tech experts

Making camp for boiling maple sap.
Do sap suckers require a tech expert? Maybe not, but we sure miss having him around. That was my dawning conclusion this morning while starting the coffee pot. With a loud yawn I pushed bare feet into mud-caked boots and trudged outside with the dogs. Need to fill the wood burner to keep the house warm, feed the dogs, start a second fire in the barrel stove. I talked through my morning list while surveying remnants of last night's gathering ... Continue Reading

Winter At Last

Winter finally arrived on Feb. 16, 2016. It's a marshmallow world!
Winter arrived today. He tiptoed in during the dark night, and we awakened to a marshmallow world complete with flickering lights and breaking branches. A walk in the snow was absolutely silent except for the panting of my faithful companion and the sound of limbs snapping. The snow continues and weight of winter presses down. We are thankful, so very thankful, fire and the cozy glow of home through the trees. Continue Reading

Buzz-worthy Food Science

Honeybees, honey and the food we eat!
Do you like mustard or ketchup on your burger? Thank a bee. Enjoy jelly with your peanut butter sandwich? Heck, enjoy peanut butter? Thank a bee. We need to thank farmers for growing the plants we eat, and we must be thankful for bees that pollinate those plants. Continue Reading

Wait One Hour

Wait One Hour - the best advice I've ever received.
Sometimes the situation deserves a little fire and brimstone. But trust me, one hour will make the difference between devastating firestorm and graceful reproach. Don't react in 60 seconds. Respond in 60 minutes. Continue Reading

Hang On, Dear Heart

"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness." ~ Lamentations 3:22-23 Continue Reading