Simple Pleasures

I took a long scrap sheet of paper and folded it many times as Hope watched. Snipping scissors quickly left white flakes of paper on my lap like snow. Her eyes went wide as I held the paper doll’s hands, spread my arms and unfolded many. Magic is the first time you see a paper doll chain expand. Were these little children all friends she asked. I said yes but they were mere shadows. So Hope added eyes, mouths and clothing to make the dolls complete.

Outdoors: 28°F/11°F Mostly Sunny, 5″ Snow
Farm House: 57°F/48°F six logs
Tiny Cottage: 49°F/38°F SE window plasticed

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4 Responses to Simple Pleasures

  1. Julie says:

    I often think children are more perceptive than adults because they haven’t yet been taught that the square peg doesn’t fit in the round hole.

  2. pablo says:

    This is really very sweet. She is a perceptive chile, and she’s lucky to have such a dandy daddy, too.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey Walter,
    Thanks for getting back to me on the amount of pigs you have and rotate per acre. That truely is a lot of work (but rewarding I see). Now, in another month are you guys going to make any syrup? Thanks, Chris

  4. The work on the pigs isn’t bad. They handle the manure distribution, moving and all the hard work. Pigs are resilient, tough and stretchy – like silly putty – so they adapt well to almost any situation and are very forgiving of our mistakes.

    On the syrup, we won’t be making any significant quantities. We used to tap 4,000 trees but we lost half our sugar bush in the ice storm of 1998, along with another 150 acres of hard wood maple lumber. That hurt. After the storm we had to do two thinnings of the damaged trees and then the overstory seed trees spaced five years apart to help the forest recover as the regen grew up. It worked and things are on their way back. The sugar bush won’t be ready to produce again for a while. It is important not to stress the trees again so soon. So right now we just make enough for us.

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