JDubbs has been hard at work collecting sap and boiling away to make maple syrup for us this winter, and to my surprise, his number one assistant is Miss Em. She loves to watch the process and keep him company; she’s the Jesse Pinkman to his Walter White while he “cooks.”
JDubbs built a firepit by our driveway and has his gear (and some of our firewood) ready to go for stage 2 of the syrup-making process. Boiling, boiling, and more boiling.
I don’t know how he knows when to stop, but it takes something like 30 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup. In other words, they’re out there for a long time. If the weather is right, he’ll be out there all day, with Em coming and going when she gets too cold or hungry.
They’re actually a lot alike, JDubbs and Em, a bit more quiet and observant than Jax and me, and just enjoy each other’s company and the country music that JDubbs plays as loud as he wants, with no one to hear but the deer and bears.
Even as I write this, we are all over at my in-laws’, hanging out while JDubbs is at home boiling away. We’ll have his syrup through the spring and hopefully into the summer, and they’ll both have something to be proud of.
And lots of great memories to go with it!