Today was one of those days in which we were reminded of how bountiful the earth truly is.
It started Friday night, when Mama Daughter and Mr. Field&Stream saw a car hit a deer. The driver didn't want the deer, and so after it was tagged by the police, Mama Daughter and Mr. Field&Stream brought it over here. Deus Ex Machina spent the afternoon butchering it. We didn't weigh it, but there's probably a months' worth of meat ... if we ate deer meat every day for that month. It's a lot of meat.
We put part of it on the grill, where we cooked it over wood chips to give it a smoked flavor. It was very good.
And even though the weather has been rather wonky of late, the maples still gifted us with enough sap to boil another batch of syrup. It was slushing (kind of rain/snow very wet and messy precipitation), and so Deus Ex Machina put up a lean-to over the fire so that the stuff wouldn't fall in the sap.
We ended up with another 1/2 gallon of syrup. The total, so far, is about three-fourths of a gallon of syrup. We need another two and a half gallons to get us through the year. Hopefully, we get a lot more than that, but we'll see.
It was a lot of work processing all of the sap and meat today, but it was also a very good reminder of how much we have available to us, if we just know where to look.