157: Sunday signage, a snowman and some tapping

(Sign for s sign store in Mantua, Ohio.)

First things first:  Thank you all for your well wishes.  It must have worked.  After the best night’s sleep I’ve had in weeks, I woke up this morning pain-free and feeling great.  Thank you, thank you, and thank you.  And you too.  🙂

M and I did go skiing today.  We have to drive through the town of Mantua to get to the place where we most like to ski (Chapin Forest Reservation).  Not everyone appreciates driving through Mantua, mostly because you have to slow down to 25 mph to go through town and the local cops are usually ready, willing, and able to give you a ticket for speeding.  (Frankly, it’s a speed trap, especially in the summer months.)  One of the reasons I enjoy going through Mantua is because it was (well, still is) the home of one of my favorite signs (pictured above).  I love the play on words.  The place is for sale now.  I don’t know if that means they moved or if they went out of business.

(The promised snowman.)

This blown-up doll of a snowman was not the only snowman we saw today.  The snow has finally acquired a texture good enough for making snowballs, snowmen/women, snow penguins, and snow forts.  It’s been a strange season in that regard, with snow so fluffy and dry that making a snowball (much less a snowperson) was almost impossible.  Kids of all ages must have been out having a good time yesterday and today, building snowpeople in their front yards.  We passed quite a few of them on our way to the ski trails.

We had a great time skiing.  I almost didn’t want to stop.  We went further than we have before, which is par for our skiing course.  Each time out we go a little further, a little longer.  This will probably be out last chance to ski this season.  Rain will be arriving tonight and it will be warm tomorrow.  It will cool down a bit after that, but it won’t be a major winter-type cool down.  Upper 30’s, low 40’s.

(Do you know what this is?)

I was thinking of leaving that caption hanging out there without an answer but that hardly seems fair.  One of the other things you would see right now if you were to drive through Mantua are collecting buckets hanging from the maple trees.  Any idea what they might be collecting?

I wrote this post a couple of year ago, describing the annual tradition that involves maple trees, taps, and collecting.  I didn’t have many visitors to this blog at that time.  Perhaps it’ll get a few more readers now.  Just in case you don’t feel like visiting an old post, I will tell you that the bucket represents a sign of spring in these parts.  The maple trees are being tapped for their sap which will be turned into some of the tastiest maple syrup you’ve ever had.  I know most folks think of Vermont or Canada or other places up that way when it comes to maple syrup.  But Ohio has some really tasty maple syrup, too.  If you want to read more about it, go see that old post I linked to a few sentences ago.

We capped off our day with margaritas on the porch.  The sun was shining, it was warm and lovely out there, and it seemed a good day to do a little celebrating.  M is firing up the grill for our black bean burgers as I type, reminding me that I should get upstairs and get to work on the rest of our dinner.

The only slightly sour note to the day is that I seem to have lost a year’s worth of photos from my external hard drive.  C’est la vie.  We’ll either figure it out and find them or we won’t.  I’ve been having a series of problems with the computer lately, things working off and on, and M did some maintenance on it today.  It may be time to look into getting a new one.  In the meantime, I will continue to sing love songs to my current computer as it seems to me electronic equipment (and cars) work better for me when I tell it how wonderful it is and give thanks every time it works.

It is a custom that began with my first car, a 1960 VW beetle.  The car was only 15 years old when I started driving it, and it lasted a few years after that.  M and I gave it up when the front end fell off on our way to a picnic.  The guy at the shop said you can only weld so much before there is nothing left to weld on to.  We replaced the VW with a 1963  Ford Ranchero.  But that’s a whole other story…

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17 Comments on “157: Sunday signage, a snowman and some tapping”

  1. Marianne says:

    Glad you are feeling better, Robin. It is wonderful that you had a great time skiing. We had a few inches of snow overnight and freezing rain today. Someone told me they saw a Robin. Maybe it will be Spring before we know it.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Marianne. 🙂

      I’ve seen robins throughout the winter. The bird that represents spring for us here in the Bogs is the red-winged blackbird. They had a photo of one on the local news the other day. A viewer had sent it in, saying she spotted it in her yard. That’s a great sign. 😀

      • Marianne says:

        Oh, that is interesting. Now I know where the robins go for the winter. I’ll keep my eye open for the red-winged blackbird.
        Today it’s windy and above freezing so everything is melting. It rained during the night. Bye for now.

  2. Glad to hear you’re feeling better, but so sorry you might have lost some photos. That would be tough for me. Take care, Robin!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂

      It is tough for me, too. But I got lucky this time. The external hard drive booted up fine this morning and everything is there. I’m going to have to come up with another way to back up my photos.

  3. Nawfal Nur says:

    Nice blog and photographs. I would guess the tapping photo is for maple syrup, and then after getting further into your text, yes, I was correct. Very nice, wish I had some for my pancakes – yum! When you tap trees here in Malaysia, it is usually for rubber – not very tasty (LOLOL).

  4. That Maple syrup bucket brings back my own memories of when my father used to tap the trees and we made our own maple syrup. It’s amazing how much you really end up with after all that boiling.
    Thanks for the photo tour Robin. Glad you are feeling better.

  5. penpusherpen says:

    Oh? you do it too? I talk to my PeaCe, (PC) and she responds you know? She tells me when she’s in a foul mood by going so slow that I feel I want a handle on the side to wind up her internal workings!! (but that would be daft!!) and as for losing stuff…she’s the Worlds expert…Good luck!!
    Glad you’re feeling better,Robin, must be all the healing waves via WordPress, I think it should be bottled and sent Worldwide… The love I see online is a wonderful thing …shared thoughts, ideas and good wishes, what a perfect commodity in this world where so much is taken for granted..xPenx

    • Robin says:

      I talk to all sorts of things, Pen. It may land me in the loony bin one day. lol! I love the idea of handle on the side of the computer to wind up when it slows down. If only… 🙂

  6. Small town America. Nothing like those humorous signs and characters to go with it. Glad you are feeling better. A day out probably helped chase away the blues.

    Cooking on the grill already? Lucky you!

    • Robin says:

      That it did, Scott. 🙂

      We tend to grill almost year-round, or at least whenever there’s a decent warm up during the winter months and we can get to the grill without shoveling snow.

  7. I’m so glad you’re feeling better!
    Would you mind sending those cops to my town and ask them to hang around the highschool in the afternoons? They could make a FORTUNE in all kinds of traffic tickets (incomplete stop at the stop sign, speeding through the school zone, illegal left turns, etc.)
    How sad that you lost so many photos. I hope you can recover them. It does sound like you need a new computer (and possibly a new ext. hard drive as well?). I recommend one with a DVD burner so you can back up your photos on the ext. drive AND the DVDs.

    • Robin says:

      LOL, Michaela! I would gladly send those cops to your town if I thought they’d go. Isn’t it weird how there is never one around when people are driving like idiots?

      I did recover everything on the hard drive. I used to burn my photos to DVD’s, but my burner died last year and I haven’t wanted to spend the money to replace it. It’s time I stopped being so cheap, methinks. 🙂

  8. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Happy you’re feeling better now, Robin! I love noticing the wordplay on signs, too. Mmmm… Real maple syrup! Soon!


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