A New Hat, Geraniums, Chickens, and Old Navy

Posted by mrssmythe on November 21, 2016 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, libraries, Out & About, Seasons, Shopping, Week in Review |

I’m still chugging along on that sweater I told you about. The end is in sight, but, last Sunday, I took a break and grabbed a skein of Cozy Wool I’d bought on impulse at Michael’s. It was on sale. I think I paid $4. It was a great color – “Merlot” – and what really got me was the “Cozy Cabled Hat” pattern on the label. I love hats. I love cozy hats. I love cozy hats you can knit up for $4.


Be warned, though. As great as this hat turned out to be…it wasn’t much fun to knit. At times, it felt more like wrestling than knitting, and I was reminded of why I don’t often tackle cables. Cables with thick wool – and this yarn is categorized as super bulky – are especially arduous. At least I find them so. If you have discovered a secret for making this sort of knitting pleasant, please share it with me.

In other news, the geraniums at the library have managed to hold out despite the cold.


It was a treat to see them this past week, and all I can think is that they must be in a very protected area.

With Halloween well over and Christmas on its way, I thought it was time to start jettisoning the pumpkins. The first one to go went to the chickens who tore into it with gusto.


They’re such grateful little things. They love everything you give them, and they aren’t afraid to show it. It’s one of the many things I love about them.

And, finally, the Christmas decor is up at the local Old Navy – but at a price. Friday, I talked to a worker there who was assembling all of these cardboard presents.


“What a fun job!” I said, trying to make conversation.

“Hardly,” he replied, waving his hand at me. “I got a nasty paper cut.”

He had my full sympathy. Paper cuts are awful things. Especially paper cuts from cardboard.

And, it gives you a new perspective on store Christmas decorations when you stop to think that someone might have bled to put them up for you. I wish him swift healing.

From the dining room table, still raking up leaves and hoping to have them done by  Thanksgiving,

Mrs. Smythe


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  • mooshie says:

    Love the hat! What a great color!

  • TeaLady says:

    Really a beautiful hat – worth the effort! A few of my geraniums are still blooming out here in Idaho, too. Beautiful chickens, and such an assortment! The two multi-colored chickens are really stunning!

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