WEATHER: Gray and calm, with the temp arcing from 31.5 F to 40 back to 31.5 at suppertime. The fields are bare of snow, but the sugarbush retains a base.
HOW’S IT RUNNING? Not well today, although the vacuum pump is on.
BOILING STATUS: The first boil of the season occurred on Thursday night, Feb. 25th as the predicted heavy rain yielded to snow and cold.
CRASH SECTION: I can’t tell you what went badly or what went well that night since I wasn’t there. Sugar season 2016 changed in an instant on Tuesday when I fell while ice skating on Waterbury Reservoir and broke my left wrist. That was five long days ago: I have settled into the reality, the pain is settling out, and it is finally settled with the orthopedics team that I will report for repair surgery on March 8th.
Oh, but I flew over the ice. Then my blade must have caught a crack. It happened so fast, of course. I took off my mitten and knew right away. My friend and I skated a mile back to the car, past an ice fishing family who were tending a couple holes.
I can blog with one hand; I can drink sap. Others will do the boiling and scrubbing, the cooking and carrying.