The rain has started today and 8-14 inches of snow is expected by Sunday morning. To prepare for the storm Jim and Dave built a wood frame around the diesel engine and vacuum pump in the Homewoods to keep it dry. We used the plastic sheet from the Devils gate steel pickup tank to place over the wood frame. We used wood pieces from Jim’s farm and used screws to hold everything together since the diesel engine creates a lot of vibration. We started the vacuum pumps about 9AM. The sap ran slowly until the sun came out about 3 pm and ran till about 7. We shut down the vacuum machines since we didn’t feel the small amount of sap being pulled was worth the trouble. Dave checked the Harmons woods again with the ATV and discovered another 10 drops off and fixed 2 leaks. There was no wind so any leak was easy to hear. Hopefully all of the drops that had fallen off have been found now. All in all it was a fairly good week. No sap is expected until it warms up again on Monday the 15th. The weekend highs are forecasted to be in the upper 20’s. The week of the 15th should have a good sap run since the highs will be in 40’s and the lows in the 20’s. As of today we have collected 47000 gallons of sap and made 1425 gallons of syrup so the all time record of 1883 gallons is in sight. The record occurred in 2013 and also ran to late April ending on the 26th.