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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Fun Twist

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread had a birthday and she gave me a present! Now isn't that a fun twist?

Dinner was on the table yesterday when John brought in the mail. I had worried about the lack of dessert and figured that I might just have to open a can of peaches, but those yummy little Reese's peanut butter eggs worked delightfully. Thanks, Kathy! The bookmark is beautiful and the little tag has also been made into a wonderful bookmark. What a great birthday party it was with wonderful birthday favors!

Has anyone read The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey? After just finishing one of Beth Moore's books written in a conversational style, we are finding Yancey's quite intense and thought-provoking, even mildly disturbing. That's good. We need to be disturbed from time to time.

In other news...

Yes, it's the end of sap season in the Maple Grove. I forgot to tell you that I was able to enjoy something that I've always wanted to do because of the sap collecting going on right next door. I was able to have a cup of cold sap to drink straight from the bucket. It was really very tasty and thirst-quenching. Some time, if I'm blogging next maple syrup season, I'll share more about this strange wish of mine. Sorry that we didn't document it! Just imagine my neighbor visiting one day and my sharing this long-held wish and even my considering borrowing stealing a cup in the dead of night. He laughed and said, "The time is now!" Yes, he's getting a gallon of maple syrup, but the sad thing is that he is allergic to it. I've never heard of that before.

John would like to thank you all for your sweet comments on his great-grandfatherhood. He's feeling a little old these days so he most appreciated those that included some surprise and shock that such a thing was possible. =D

I'm off to help take my grandmother to the doctor and for some tests today even in the rain, but I hope to be around later to visit. Enjoy your day!



  2. Congratulations on your beautiful gift Vee. I have never tasted maple sap but it is something I would like to try someday. The book sounds like a good read. I hope you have a lovely day ♥

  3. A whole cup?! Wow you must really like it. Did it run slowly out of the cup? I'm picturing a slow-mo thick liquid...

    Thanks for sharing your party favor, the book sounds very interesting.

    Have a great day!

  4. Not very sweet and not thick...more like a mildly flavored water. ~Vee

  5. Hi, Vee! I have always wanted to taste fresh maple sap as well, but tapping maple trees is not something that is done around here.

    Congratulations to Great-Gran Papa John!! I always think it is wonderful when a family starts a new generation:-)

    Hope all goes well for your Grandmother at the doctor.


    BTW Wisteria goes wild everywhere here. This time of year, you can see it hanging from the tallest trees and its blossoms are strewn around all over the place. It can be something of an invasive weed if left unchecked, but it is so beautiful, it is worth the effort.

  6. How fun to get birthday presents from the birthday girl herself! SO, is the sap thick? Sweet? I guess it isn't maple syrup straight from the tree huh? Oh well..then all we'd have to find is a pancake bush...hahahhaa - be careful in the rain :-)

  7. Belated Congratulations to John! Assure him to just be proud of the accomplishment, and not count the years. :-)

    Now I have to know, from where and why you developed a 'yen' to drink maple sap, fresh from the tree! Please don't make me wait, all that long, till next maple syrup making season.

    And the poor man, collecting all that sap and being allergic to the delicious results.

    Does he do the whole maple making thing? Boiling and all? Or does he sell the sap, to someone else, who does the processing? Interesting...

    'Aunt Amelia'

  8. Don't you just love surprise goodies!?! ...and chocolate too!!!
    Have a blessed day Vee!

  9. How nice to receive a present on somebody else's birthday.

    I have read with interest your post and subsequent comments on the maple sap. I would have never thought about drinking the sap and I suppose if I did I would have imagined it to be very sweet.

  10. I hope all is well with your grandmother!

    That was a nice surprise by Kathy! I'll have to remember that reverse birthday gifting idea!:-)

    You'll have to tell us more about that book as you read along. It sounds intriguing.

    I LOVE pure maple syrup so I'd be so sad to be allergic to it -- do you think your neighbor will pass it on to you?

    Glad John realized he's a young great grand! It won't be many more years till my older brother will be the same It's the reward for living well and having children young :-)
    Hugs, Pat

    PS I promised the tour guide I'd profile his tour on my blog so it was a little repetitious in the beginning but the next part will be mainly all new sights :-) If I weren't so shy I would become a tour guide!

  11. What sweet gifts!! have a great week my friend..m.

  12. Wow! Drinking sap straight from the tree? I love maple syrup, but didn't realize it was drinkable. I guess the boiling is what makes it syrup-y.

  13. Hmmm...sounds like a pretty sweet drink! I heard somewhere that there is a maple syrup diet (you add water, lemon juice, cayenne...and who knows what)...and you not only lose weight, but live forever (or something like that). That sounds like a little too much of a good thing. I will stick to putting it on pancakes.

    I like Philip Yancey...he never dodges the tough questions. I have his book...'What's So Amazing about Grace?'

    Hope all is well with your Gram.

  14. Thanks for your visit today, I will gladly send this heat wave your way darling....97 today, yuck!

    I've been catching up on your last couple of posts, congrats on your "fun twist" present, isn't that sweet! Loved your bunny post and all the great pics too!

    Happy Wednesday tomorrow!

  15. That was such a sweet thing to do! What lovely gifts you received! I always imagine it as coming out thick not like water. But I guess it doesn't get thick untill they boil it down. Sounds wonderful!



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