Friday, April 1, 2011

Bits and Pieces

This is what I see when I look outside my window right now. I love how the snow and later the freezing fog clung to every surface it touched. It makes the woods look so much prettier while they wait on being clothed in their pretty spring garb.
Our small town has been having their annual Maple Festival. I had hoped to be able to attend again this year but it's almost over and the way it looks I'll have to wait until next year.

We did have a chance to get some fresh maple syrup which the family has been enjoying on their pancakes. I don't like maple syrup at all, though I wish I did because it always looks so good and almost everyone I know really likes it.

I blame my aversion to it partly because for several years when I was a little girl it was the only option for sweetner my parents used. Every cookie, cake, and pie tasted like maple syrup. Even canning strawberries, peaches and other fruits maple syrup was used instead of sugar. I can taste the awfullness of it just by thinking about it.

Thankfully that phase lasted for only a few years and I have been maple syrup free since then.
There is a big fat fly buzzing clumsily around and around the room. I can't remember where I put our fly swatter and I'm having a hard time trying to ignore it. It's amazing how annoying something so small can be.
I'm celebrating that I have finally caught up on all my email. I appreciate every note I receive from you and apologize to those that had to wait a little longer for a reply.

I have decided to make that leaving anonymous comments is no longer an option. For everyone that read the one yesterday before I deleted it would you join me in praying that God will bless this person with peace and joy that comes only through Him?


Monica @The Mennobrarian said...

I didn't see that comment and I guess I'm glad I did not.
Growing up, we lived close to several blueberry farms that had u-pick operations. Every summer we picked gallons of blueberries and my mom canned them. We ate blueberries all the time, on pancakes, in jam, just ANY way they could be worked in to something. Can you guess what my personal "maple syrup" is? I'm done with blueberries.

The imPerfect Housewife said...

It would be nice if you could put "NO MORE PSYCHOS" but alas, you're much more civilized. I think if you have to be "Anonymous" that says something right there. Either say something nice and own up to it, or keep your pie hole shut. Although that doesn't make sense if you're typing, but you get the point!! ♥ P.S. Meredith won't eat maple syrup either - good to know she's in good company.

Elizabethd said...

I didnt see it either, but I am so sad that people feel they need to leave unpleasant comments.
Maple syrup....oh yes please!

The Rheinlander's said...

Sorry to hear that you have experienced such ugliness!! It is sad that people feel the need to try and bring others down! Thanks for stopping by Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's. I'm not big on Maple syrup... very rarely I will use it!! Have a wonderful Weekend!!

Treasures Evermore said...

Our family loves maple syurp...not that fake Aunt Jemima stuff that has so many "crap" ingredients that you cannot even pronounce them LOL.

But Maple syurp here is SO expensive and with our large family...well, let's just say we use it sparingly.

Sorry about the anonymous comment.

Have a blessed day.


Humble wife said...

I am not a maple syrup fan myself. I prefer a jam on pancakes or nothing at all!
I have been enjoying your blog and am glad I have found it!

Pat said...

Here in Pennsylvania, we enjoy maple syrup on our pancakes, sausage and scrapple! So sorry about your unfortunate experience with the anonymous poster.

Irishlady said...

When I was a child I also didn't eat syrup. My pancakes always had butter and white sugar on them. I still prefer them that way but will eat syrup now.

Sassy Granny ... said...

Thank God that He has, and does redeem your experiences in such a way as to wizen & inspire us.

NeKisha said...

You are a gracious lady to respond the way you have. What you said is the response I should have more often when in situations like yours. Thank you for the good example!

Janie said...

Thank goodness our snow has melted. We had a lot of it this year. It does look pretty from your window, though.
I get some weird anonymous comments sometimes. Maybe I should get rid of that option, too.

Kathleen said...

Irishlady...that is how I ate them as a child too. (Probably why YOU do!) I still don't like maple syrup much, but oh, my! I've found some good ones at TJ Maxx. Almond syrup, Raspberry, multi berries too. I like brown sugar and butter too. Please, no maple stuff though.

MaryAnn...good job on your response to the 'mask wearer.' It's too bad people think they can say/write anything that comes into their heads without a thought of how it might hurt. The tongue is a two edged can build up or destroy.

Colleen's Blog Long Island NY said...

I thought that I was the only one who put sugar on pancakes as a child. Must be that Irish thing. I don't especially like maple syrup but I do like maple candy. Isn't that strange?

Joy said...

I love syrup but a little goes a long ways.
It seems to be a rash of unkind people posting comments on blogs lately.I had to start a silly little blog about my dogs so I could comment on friends blogs. Cause a lot of them no longer take anonymous comments either. I do really look forward to reading your blog. Joy

Happyone : ) said...

I will pray for that person with you.

Elizabeth said...

Butter and honey. My very favorite for pancakes and waffles.
A metal hanger, twisty ties and an old greeting card. Living in the country with a lost fly swatter and a long way to buy a new one. I have some experience.
A prayer for blessings on the lost, that they may find the way.

Maggie in Tally said...

I used to loathe maple syrup too. Then I grew up, moved away from the North Country & was introduced to fake maple syrup. Ptoooooey!

I learned to like the real stuff after awhile.

Felisol said...

Nice meeting you.
I prefer honey to syrup, but maple syrup is supposed to be better than the ordinary, I think.
If linked to bad memories nothing tastes good.
Have a blessed week-end.

Downhook said...

Someone once said that flies were the national bird of hell. I think of that everytime one if pestering me!

Susie said...

I only use real maple syrup. I grew up on the real thing and that is what I share with my children. Nothing else will do. :)

Richard said...

It snowed alittle in the Lancaster area this morning, but thats pretty much melted now. Richard from Labanon countys Amish community.

Clisby said...

I've never liked maple syrup. I think it's because I grew up eating cane syrup on pancakes, and when I was finally introduced to maple syrup, it just tasted strange.

The Mieczkowski Family said...

Thanks for the comment on our blog!
Love all the content on your blog here!
Such great information!
Also, there's nothing like fresh maple syrup!


Mountain Mama said...

Your showy picture is so serene. You live in a gorgeous area.
I have never tasted real maple syrup, but I can imagine it would get tiresome.
Flies are hatching out here too and coming out of hibernation if thats what they do. I have my swatter quite handy.
Have a lovely week end.

Becky said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I'm glad to know that people actually read it from time to time. Blessings to you!
:) Becky

The Jacobs Family said...

I must admit how jealous I am of your scenery as I am so in love with the snow and winter in general.

Kristina said...

I love blueberry or boysenberry syrup! We tried this a few years ago just to have something different. However, some brands are better than others, so you definitely have to find your favorite.

Joanne said...

I have the same aversion to candy corn and those awful yellow marshmellow peeps. ugh! Blessings, Joanne

Toriz said...

Having that much maple syrrup would make it difficult to enjoy it afterwards. It's true what they say... You can have too much of a good thing!

Prairie Rose said...

My mother used Maple Syrup as a sweetner quite often as well.
I have always enjoyed the taste, and of course, as being a fan of Little House on the Prarie, I always think of them making Snow Maple Candies with the fresh syrup:)
I did not see the comment, I agree, MaryAnn, these people that spread such ugliness, need to be prayed for.

Hope your weekend is Lovely!

Love that Pic, so beautiful!!

Peggy said...

The maple syrup is in full flow here in NY. I love it on my pancakes and also as ice cream and maple sugar candy. But DON'T "flavor" something with it if it is supposed to be sweet. Maple syrup has a distinct flavor all on it's own and shouldn't be "disguised" as regular sugar!!

I missed the rude posting and can't imagine anyone doing this to Maryann. Thank you for the way you have handled it!

Toyin O. said...

Praying with you for that person; may they find taht peace that only comes from Jesus:)

Becca said...

Golden syrup is much cheaper than maple syrup here in Cape Town, South Africa. I like both and grew up in West Virginia....went to summer camp in the Pennsylvania Poconos where we had the best maple syrup and fudge in this world.

And blessings on your 'enemy'. If they're still reading, may they find that they are restless until their heart rests in God....and that love is a much better response ALWAYS.