Saturday, March 30, 2013
Early Spring, even in Missouri
(when nights are cold, and days reach 40-50˚),
the sap starts running in local maple trees.
My neighbor taps the sweet goodness
with sap buckets, collecting gallons of
colorless liquid at the end of each day.
At 2% sugar, the maple sap is tasteless,
showing no sweetness.
But he slowly boils the sap down into
a familiar amber syrup
and bottles his own sweet maple syrup.
(Or lets it boil down into sweet
maple sugar candy.)
Yes, it's so delicious
and easy to produce.
Friday, March 29, 2013
THE WONDER OF PLAY
Shooting pictures . . . playing Doctor . . .
rolling out pizza dough . . . making a pot of tea . . .
discovering shapes and tools.
So much to learn just by watching
Metta and Eli play.
"Play gives children a chance to practice
what they are learning."
-- Mr. Rogers
Thursday, March 28, 2013
TWO OLD U.S.
I've always thought
older American coins
were more beautiful
than today's modern versions.
More valuable, too.
Mostly because coins were
minted in 90% silver,
The first coin above (1899)
is worth about $30 today,
and a beautiful silver dollar design.
The 2nd coin (1794) is also a
U.S. silver dollar, in fact
believed to be the first dollar
ever struck by the U.S. Mint.
This unique coin recently sold
at auction for $10-million.