Monday, February 27, 2012

Busy February and tapping Maple Tree's

Whew, February has been quite busy.  It has been so warm in my AO that I have actually started my March and April "To Do list" already.

One task that I had to do in early March was to tap my maple tree's, but with the very warm weather, I figured that if I didn't do it now, I might not get a chance to do it before it got too warm.

I have never done this before, but after reading pretty extensively and it doesn't seem to be much to it.  Drill a hole, get the spile, tap the tree, get the liquidy goodness.

I only have 2 tap-able tree's, so I won't get a ton of usable sap, but I mainly just want enough to know that I can do it and develop the tools and the skills needed to consistently repeat it.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

DoomsDay Preppers

Overall, I was basically, Meh.

The first episode set the stage for those expecting it the show to be about whack-o's and weirdo's.  I sat through it mainly for its entertainment factor.

The second episode (aired right after the first) made me sit up and pay attention.  I really liked the "gourmet prepper" folks.  They seemed like they were living well, prepping well, and overall had a pretty level head on their shoulders.  They weren't giving up living to secure their life.  They had some serious food prep items, but the best part to me was the fact that she knew how to use it.  It wasn't all about beans and rice (I feel ashamed) but about real actual good food.  Plus I will certainly be implementing the process that she showed on how to long term store fresh eggs.  When I saw this, my chickens took on a whole new aspect to me.

To me, the jury is still out on whether this show is worth spending time on, but for now, I will continue watching.