We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy New Year. We are thankful for our successes and trails from 2014 and look forward with hope to 2015. We were able to see all of Alethea’s family (all 13 siblings get together for a family gift exchange the week after Christmas) and my sister Teresa flew in from Dallas for a week at home on my parents farm. Sadly my brother Peter was not home. He left the day after Thanksgiving for a 6 week research assignment in Antarctica. With the holidays a fading memory our attention turns to maple sugar preparations. 6 weeks from now we will be tapping trees, but hopefully between now and then we can squeeze in some pond hockey and sled ridding.