Mother Nature has blessed us the past couple of days with some early spring temperatures. Gorgeous weather combined with a wonderful visit from family didn't do anything for my productivity. As the length of daylight seems to grow so does the to-do list. Sometimes you have to stop and enjoy family and playtime lest that piece of paper makes you its slave.
Ignoring the mountain of items to do and while playing king/queen of the snow pile, you can't help but notice the air thick with the smell of boiling sap. Two days of sunshine and warm temperatures have the sap running full bore. There will be no boiling on this farm again this year. An inexpensive, used and in-need-of-repair hobby rig and salvaged wood shed is in the plans for next year if only to supply us and our baked goods for market with that sweet gold.
Little man and his Pop (my father) played in the snow; I am not sure which one of them is more tired! Pop also took a look at my oven/electrical problem. Farmers market is looking a lot more promising now that the oven appears to be working again. I have learned how to fix and build a lot in my years, but one thing I don't monkey with is electricity. Replacing a light fixture or an outlet are not out of the question; changing out breakers in the main circuit panel - not by these two hands. Thankfully Pop has more than my lifetime's worth of experience in that area.
With a couple of days away from the off-farm job, this weekend's list is especially ambitious. After family departs tomorrow, there is hope that the kitchen wall project will finally come to conclusion. Tomato starts, which are already a couple of weeks late, will finally see their place in pots, albeit inside the house for now. Minor vehicle maintenance and perhaps some jams and jellies from that which was frozen at the peak of freshness will also be crossed off the list. The incubator will be double checked, cleaned and fired up before weeks end. Three or four dozen eggs into the incubator means three or four less in my refrigerator.
Warmer weather and melting snow have encouraged the chickens to venture further than the garage and across the dooryard. Spring is fast approaching, this farm will be amazing this year and this woman is ready to make it happen!