The air smelled different today. The weather vane turned south. The temperature was above freezing. I went down to the woods to tap maples. The tractor almost got stuck a few times in the foot deep wet snow. I texted Hilarie from the woods, "I am happy!" When I got back up to the yard I set up the evaporator and started a fire to melt the snow and burn the coatings off the old sink and flue pipe.
Grace and Henry came out to see what was going on. They wondered if we would make syrup today, but unfortunately the sap was not running yet.
Henry's cairn of snow began to melt. The eave troughs dripped, and the chicken manure thawed. Lucky we had fresh pine flakes ready to compost the manure in the coop.
In the afternoon I went inside for a snooze. Meanwhile, Grace and Henry built a snowman.
In the evening Keith Thomson and I went to the Ithaca Meat Locker launch party and to dinner at Viva Taqueria. A transformer exploded and the power went out at home. The kids drew pictures for me in the candlelight. Here is Grace's drawing of our chicken coop.
When I got home, Hilarie and I sat in the kitchen. I worked on writing a new novel and we talked about the day. I felt that today was the first day of our new year on the farm. I am excited for the future.