I have been writing late at night after I come in from the woods which is a good plan in theory. The problem is that the days start early and run late; by the time I get home writer's block has set in. Today I'm going to get things started a bit earlier and write before going to the woods but our office is about 40 minutes away from the sugar woods so I don't actually get to see what is happening out there. On a busy day no one has time to stop and give me progress reports. Our son, Levi, and a team of Biomedical Engineers at the University of New Brunswick developed a system to monitor sap flow, temperature and vacuum on the trees from a remote location. Although Levi now lives in Chicago, he often knows more about what is happening in the woods than I do from the office. I can send him a message in Chicago asking if the sap is running and he tells me when the vacuum pumps were turned on, how fast the sap is running and if sap flow is trending up or down. My news so far today from Levi is that the sap has been running since about 10 am. We had a good freeze last night and are expecting a good sap flow. Life is good.
As I'm signing off I have one more message from Chicago, "Good flow. Twice as good as yesterday".