Road Trip – Part 15 – Visiting Aimee & The Children

Wednesday, April 15

After leaving Japheth’s shop, we went to their house to see Aimee and the children.

1 (1)They have a great woodlot and property for children to run, explore, and play.

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DSC_0024Loraine and Rose were enjoying the warm sunshine.

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DSC_0048Japheth Jr. and  Aimee were doing school work.

DSC_0052Jeremiah was doing school work on the computer.

DSC_0050Rose and Lynne were assembling a toy.

I somehow missed taking a picture of Jaden – and I think Lily was taking an afternoon nap.

DSC_0026Violet and Lynne wanted to see a “read aloud” story in my Nook.

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DSC_0029I asked Lynne if she would take me to see the goats.

DSC_0046Along the way I noticed their neatly stacked wood pile.

DSC_0043There are three female goats – and each is pregnant.

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DSC_0032We had never seen their house or property, so I was glad we had time to visit on this trip.

Road Trip – Part 14 – A Stitch In Time – Japheth’s Shop

Wednesday, April 15

The last time we visited Bob and Doris, we were in a TFC tractor – on the way home from delivering a chapel to Calgary, Alberta – so we did not drive to Bemidji to see Japheth’s new shop.

0aThis time we were in our car, and made time to go to Bemidji. I lost count of how many times we saw the Mississippi River on this trip.

0Lake Bemidji had open water close to the road, but there was still ice a short distance from the shore.

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2 (1)Japheth was expecting us, because we asked him what was a good time for us to visit.

2 (2)He has any color thread you may need.

2 (3)Samples of his stitching.

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3 (3)He has a wide variety of sweepers he has for sale.

3 (1)If you are a serious – or maybe not so serious seamstress – you probably know about Baby Lock sewing machines.

3 (4)His two employees assist is sales and repairs.

3 (5)When we went to see his storage area, he pointed out this door that was once part of a doctor/dentist office in Bemidji – they think in the early 1900s.

3 (7)There were many more samples of stitching and quilting on walls and tables.

3 (9)If you purchase a machine from him, you can come for classes and learn how it works.

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3 (15)These last two pieces certainly look like something from northern Minnesota.

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8This cute display was just around the corner from A Stitch In Time.

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Thanks, Japheth, for taking time to show us your shop.

Road Trip – Part 12 – Gathering Buckets & Taps

Tuesday Evening, April 14

Sometime during the day Bob and Doris decided that this was the day to shut down their maple syrup production for the year. It suited Japheth’s family (their oldest son) to help, so plans were made to begin gathering buckets and taps before supper.

Gathering Buckets (1)We are off to the first woodlot – some on the four-wheeler, some on back of the trailer, and a few of us in the pickup truck.

Gathering Buckets (6)Buckets were removed from taps, taps pulled, sap emptied into the portable tank, and buckets, lids, and taps taken to the trailer Cerwin pulled behind the pickup truck.

Gathering Buckets (10)Bob, Jeremiah, and Jaden

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Gathering Buckets (3)Jeremiah

Gathering Buckets (4)Japheth, Jr.

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Gathering Buckets (14)Japheth, Sr.

Gathering Buckets (9)Aimee, wife to Japheth, Sr. – and mother of their nine children

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Gathering Buckets (16)Removing taps with a crow bar.

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Gathering Buckets (19)This woodlot is finished.

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Gathering Buckets (21)Ready to go to the next lot.

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Gathering Buckets (25)Japheth, Jr. and Cerwin

Gathering Buckets (26)They picked up Loraine when they went to the house for fuel.

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Gathering Buckets (31)About this time I decided that if I was going to move to this north country, this is the spot where I would want to build a house.

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Gathering Buckets (34)The trailer is filling up with buckets, lids, and taps.

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Gathering Buckets (38)Cerwin checking out the landscape to see where the truck and trailer will fit through the woods.

Gathering Buckets (39)Bob showed him where to go.

Gathering Buckets (40)We’re not finished yet.

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Gathering Buckets (47)Jaden found a chair.

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Gathering Buckets (50)The last bucket.

Gathering Buckets (51)The last tap.

Gathering Buckets (52)One hour and thirteen minutes later we were finished.

Gathering Buckets (53)308 buckets and 385 taps gathered.

Gathering Buckets (54)The trailer and pickup truck were filled with sticky items.

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Then it was time to eat a delicious supper of tomato soup and pizza which Doris prepared while taking care of the four youngest girls – Lynne, Violet, Lily, and Rose.