What We Do When It Snows

Posted by mrssmythe on April 19, 2018 in Art, Baking, Critters, Seasons |

Spring is certainly dragging its heels this year. I think it’s snowed three times since I last wrote at the beginning of April.

At this point, I have no patience for the cold. It makes me cranky. But, as there isn’t much point in complaining, and there certainly isn’t anything one can do about the weather, we have been trying to make the best of it – entertaining ourselves as best we can while we wait for warmer temperatures to arrive.

What do we do, you ask?

We dress up the dog.

Between snow storms, Ginger walks the rabbit.

As you can see, there’s very little green in the yard.

Ginger also designs houses on Minecraft. This one is my favorite.

We dash out to the barn (in the snow) to collect eggs.

The snow melts, then the next day, it snows some more….

I paint. If I can’t see blue skies, at least I can create them.

And, when all else fails, Pepper bakes us chocolate chip cookies.

Here is her no-fail recipe (similar to the Toll House recipe, but with less butter):

Pepper's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by well-rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack until completely cool. Makes about 36 cookies.


My sincere hope is that you are seeing more of Spring than we are right now. If you aren’t, you have my deepest sympathy. In the meantime, I think I’ll dig out a couple of logs and have a fire this evening. It’s truly that cold.

From the dining room table, with more snow in the forecast,

Mrs. Smythe


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Spring Snow

Posted by mrssmythe on April 2, 2018 in libraries, Out & About, Seasons |

This morning, CPT A woke up laughing. I thought he was still asleep and having a dream. I thought he was laughing in his sleep. But, he wasn’t. He was simply looking out the window.

It was snowing. Again.

And, it’s still snowing. We’re supposed to get 2-3 inches today. Nothing earth-shattering, but still….

On Saturday, we had bright blue skies and warm sunshine.

I did not work out in the yard like I had planned. Instead, I took Pepper to her art class and visited the downtown library where the trees are starting to put out their first blooms and buds.

I sat on a park bench and read in the sun. It was wonderful.

But, it was very brief. And now we’re back to snow.

Such is Spring in New England.

From the dining room table, thinking we probably won’t have to shovel…(but still!),

Mrs. Smythe





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Signs of Spring

Posted by mrssmythe on March 29, 2018 in Garden, Seasons |

I was both happy and dismayed to see signs of Spring in the front yard this morning.

Happy, because it will be so nice to see the plants and leaves return. (Those are the tiger lilies, by the way).

Happy, too, because I’m ready to be warm again. (Those are the sedum).

But maybe a tiny bit dismayed because I’m not quite ready for yard work. (Those branches belong to my favorite lilac – the one near the chicken coop).

I was just reflecting today that I need to trim the butterfly bush, tidy up the rock wall, prop up a baby tree, cut down last year’s dead stems…and so on and so on.

What I really need is one good, warm day with lots of sun. That will get me motivated to work in the yard again. Saturday might be just the day. Here’s hoping the weather will cooperate. (By the way, that’s creeping sedum above – not to be confused with the other sedum in the second picture).

From the dining room table, with a full list of pre-Easter activities to fill the coming hours,

Mrs. Smythe



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Crochet at the Quadrangle

Posted by mrssmythe on March 26, 2018 in Crafting, Museums |

I spent some time this weekend at the Springfield Quadrangle – the spot where all the city’s museums are clustered.

The weather wasn’t particularly nice – as you see from the photos, we’re still a long way from Spring here – but I managed to sit outside for about thirty minutes and work on my latest crochet project – another “Blanket Scarf” (a.k.a. Blarf).

This one is a study in red, teal, and neutrals – all yarns that I have leftover form other projects. Blarfs are always satisfying to work on because they work up quickly and manage to put a pile of leftovers to good use.

Also, I enjoyed getting reacquainted with the exterior of the Smith museum – such an interesting building.

It has some striking details – these door handles, for instance.

Aren’t those fun? They’d be a bit much on our door at home, but they work really well at the Smith.

From the dining room table, hoping, hoping, hoping for some warmer weather this week,

Mrs. Smythe




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The Peace Lily Bloometh

Posted by mrssmythe on March 21, 2018 in House Plants with Comments closed |

Ginger’s peace lily is blooming!

She’s had this plant for over a year now, and this is the first time we’ve seen it bloom. I’m so impressed, mainly, because my mother always made a big thing over peace lilies blooming. She, herself, had terrible luck getting peace lilies to bloom, while my sister, she said, could always manage it. From what I’ve read, it has much to do with light conditions – something about peace lilies needing moderate to bright indirect light. That’s exactly what Ginger has in her room which probably explains why the plant is so happy. In fact, this is one of three blooms the plant is putting out right now – well-timed for the season, don’t you think?

From the dining room table, still waiting for the snow to hit,

Mrs. Smythe




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