Greetings and salutations! Happy weekend! Here in Ontario, Canada it is a holiday weekend. Monday is Family Day, which is quite literally what it sounds like: a day mandated by our government that is to be set aside to spend with family. One of the smarter moves from our government in recent times.
On Monday we are going with friends to a maple syrup festival (how very Canadian of us, eh?). It should be fun!
I have fond memories in my childhood of heading up to the maple sugar bush that my grandparents used to run each spring as a hobby. We would go trudging out in the snowy forest, checking the cans to see if the sap had been running enough to collect. Then with rosy cheeks and wet mittens we’d cozy up in the cabin, warmed by a wood stove. We’d eat some sort of delectable packed lunch, or perhaps supper warmed on the fire. Something gourmet, of course, like pork and beans or sandwiches or stew. Everything tastes better in the woods, you know. Meanwhile in the boiler shack, forty gallons of sap would be boiling down to a single gallon of precious liquid gold, commonly known as pure and perfect maple syrup. Midway through the boiling process Grandpa would scoop of bit of that bubbling gold out, drizzle it on the snow, and with our eyes big as saucers we’d break off pieces of that golden candy and pop it in our watering mouths and savour it slowly.
Lately I’ve just been enjoying blogging so much. Despite the tension of having more ideas than time to write them, I am loving the little community that has been forming here. Y’all bless me by reading and coming around again. Each time someone tells me they enjoy my blog and my writing, I am complimented to the very depths of my being, to the point of being feeling a little silly and embarrassed. So if you tell me you like my writing and I awkwardly giggle like a little kid, well, it’s just because it means so much to me and I’m not very good at receiving compliments. But… thank-you. Ahem, and that is all.
So, I wanted to just share some links for your weekend reading. I’ve got umpteen million tabs open on my browser again (as per usual) so I’m gonna offload a few onto you. You don’t mind, right?
Top 5 Friday: LENT @ AnnieBlogs
20 Ways to “Reset” When the Kids are Having a Hard Day @ The Pennington Point
Home Sweet Dream Home @ This Sorta Old Life
You Can Be the Parent Your Child Always Wanted @ Aha Parenting
Parenting a Boy and His Penis @ The Momiverse
The Trouble With Nicknames @ Crappy Pictures
Getting Started With Homemade Ice Cream @ Simple Homemade