Aniin (hello), I really love this time of year, the sap starts moving in the Maple trees and I get to hang out with my good old Dad! We have had some unseasonally warm weather here in Ohio, so I took advantage of it and started tapping trees at the begining of the month and have already boiled down around 50 gal. of sap. I think the thing I like the most is having Dad and my Uncles around during the cooking time and hearing the stories they have about the old times and knowing that these same stories I am hearing I will be sharing with my kids and grandkids one day. The girls used to help with the gathering and the cooking, but they are teens now and have more important things to do right now, I am not mad, (maybe a little sad)... I chose that path one time too, I just hope they dont take as long of time as I did to come back to hear the stories! I dont know why I chose to share this with everyone other than I just felt I needed to get something off my chest I guess and my Wife is probably tired of hearing me whine about it...hahahaha Anyway, I guess I am just trying to say I am really really thankful for Family and I hope you all are having just as much of a good ride as I am this time of year!! Thanks for letting me ramble on!!!