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Chickens and Firelight

Posted by mrssmythe on March 27, 2017 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Seasons, Week in Review |

More snow. More chickens.

Well, technically not a lot more snow, but it did snow here this week,(very briefly) and the stuff that was already on the ground looks to be in no hurry to leave.

We did have some nice, sunny days, though, which prompted more sessions in a lawn chair against the barn, soaking up whatever rays I could. I also let the chickens out.

One of the chickens (Everest – our Lavender Orpington) behaves more like a cat than a bird. After pacing back and forth for a few minutes at my feet, she finally worked up the nerve to jump into my lap.

It made knitting a little difficult.

(By the way, she’s the chicken that Ginger takes sledding. Quite a character!)

We finally lit a fire in our fireplace this year. This was the first winter we haven’t had a ready supply of free wood on hand, and it pained me to spend money on the stuff after years of getting it for nothing (ridiculous I know) – so, we just didn’t have fires. But, after that tree came down a few weeks ago, our supply was replenished, and we’ve been squeezing in some fireside reading these past few blustery nights.

Manny, who is a connoisseur of comfort, was so glad we finally came to our senses.

Whenever a fire is lit, he’s right there, absorbing as much heat as he can.

He’s kind of a character too.

We are seeing some signs of Spring, despite the snow. This emerging daffodil was putting on a brave face on outside the church Sunday morning.

Until the daffodils appear in earnest, I’ve been buying them by the bunch at the grocery store. Anything for a bit of Spring.

And, finally, my most recent crafting –

I’ve been working on a fair isle slouch hat that probably won’t be terribly “slouchy” because I’m using a thinner yarn than the pattern calls for. But I think it will work. Anyway, it’s colorful and enjoyable to work on, and it keeps me from thinking too hard about the snow. All good reasons to keep going.

And, you keep going too! If, like us, your winter is lingering and you’re finding it rather depressing, take heart! Spring is just around the corner. (At least that’s what I keep telling myself!)

From the dining room table, getting ready to order an Easter dress for Ginger,

Mrs. Smythe

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