Christmas Preparations, a Fish Food-Eating Dog, Hats, and Chickens

Posted by mrssmythe on December 5, 2016 in Celebrations, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, Week in Review |

Ginger decided it was time to set up the creche this week.

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She has four boxes of figures now, and her display spans three small tables. This is definitely one of her favorite things to do each December.

What Ginger does not like is the way the cats get involved with the scenery.

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Shadow really should find another place to take her bath.

Other pets have been misbehaving too.

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Manny developed a taste for fish food this week. We ended up buying three tubs of the stuff before we finally remembered to put it out of his reach.

And, I suppose if we are going to dwell on misbehavior, I should admit that I bought a box of chocolate-covered cherries for my mother on Saturday (I was getting a jump on my Christmas shopping), and broke into them before they’d even been in the house an hour.

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(I’m sorry, Mom. I’ll be sure to get you another box before Christmas.)

Having finished last week’s sweater, I moved on to hats. Simple, small, wonderful hats. (It was such a relief after the many details and decision-making required for a sweater). The first hat I made used the “Comfy Ribbed Hat” pattern in Kris Percival’s book, Knitting Pretty.

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I used Isaac Mizrahi Craft Skyscraper yarn in “Woolworth” (on clearance now at Michaels, see HERE), but any bulky yarn will do.

The second hat was the Daydream Hat by Red Heart, knit using Lion Brand Heartland in “Olympic”.

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These are both soft, comfortable hats. Not incredibly warm (I’ll still be using my camel/alpaca blend beanie for dog walks), but suitable for errands and things of that sort.

The chickens are managing the cold so far.

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But, this morning, we woke to snow, and they were a bit wary. They haven’t left their run yet, in fact, but I’m sure they’ll adjust. In the meantime, we’re looking for ways to give them some more protected (from the elements) space.

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And, finally, returning to the topic of Christmas, I appreciate all of the holiday decorating local businesses have done this year. Maybe oven more so because I haven’t managed to do that much around my own house yet. This tableaux was in a nearby McDonalds:

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And, as I admired it, I realized that, although you don’t necessarily need a Christmas tree at the drink station, it’s awfully nice to see one there.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for more fun seasonal decor in the coming weeks.

From the dining room table, thinking it’s about time we got to work putting up a tree of our own,

Mrs. Smythe

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