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Summer Fun

Posted by mrssmythe on June 26, 2017 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Out & About, Seasons, Shopping, Week in Review |

Well, school is officially out for the year, and already the kids are bored.

No – I’m exaggerating. But it has been an abrupt shift from readings and lectures to long expanses of free time. In an attempt to keep the days from devolving into non-stop Minecraft-fests, I’ve shifted into cruise-director mode, trying to get the kids out of the house and doing something active on a regular basis.

First stop – mini golf to celebrate the end of the school year.

Doesn’t that look idyllic? I love the Fenway mini golf course. We visited on a very warm day, and every time we do that, the final hole’s “pool” beckons to us. I wish you could swim at the end of your round. Wouldn’t that be fun?

We did manage some actual swimming at the Reynolds Pool in Longmeadow, which was surprisingly uncrowded for a Saturday afternoon.

And, of course, we made a trip to Forest Park –

a great place for bike riding and bird watching.

We even spotted a heron.

We did have some rain, though…

so, we squeezed in some shopping, too. Pepper wanted to get faux glasses for her Comic Con costume. She found these at Claire’s.

And, of course, HomeGoods is always a fun store to visit. I have a birthday coming up. Maybe I’ll ask for this barbecue. 😉

Actually, by the time I saw the barbecue, it had already sold. But can you imagine? Talk about a conversation piece!

Something I could buy – pineapple-themed kitchen decor.

I love this cheery yellow, and I’m seeing pineapples everywhere right now. Should I redo the kitchen? I’m sure I’d love it in summer…but would I like it as well in November?

When we’re not out and about, you can usually find us in the backyard playing badminton or Speedminton with the chickens running around on the lawn.

While we play, the chickens like to go after the inch-long black beetles that have recently invaded the yard.

(Sorry, for the blur, but it’s very hard to photograph a moving beetle).

I’m not sure what’s going on – mating season? They’re so large, you can see the beetles moving through the lawn from the porch!

And finally, a tiny bit of crafting…

a crocheted juice jug for Ginger’s play food collection. Next on her wish list…a water bottle. I’ll get right on that, Ginger.

From the dining room table, confessing that I did buy a set of pineapple salt and pepper shakers. (I couldn’t resist),

Mrs. Smythe

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4 Comments

  • TeaLady says:

    I love the dishes! I’ve had two yellow kitchens! So cheerful, and maybe a good idea also in November when it’s so dark and gloomy…..May I be adopted into your family? I think I would really enjoy all your outings!

  • Jenn M says:

    Those are some gorgeous places you have been!
    I often wonder who buys such things at Homegoods/Homesense. Sometimes I see people with a cart full of completely coordinated and/or weird decor pieces. I have convinced myself they must ge home stagers, because how many people can afford a complete decorative overhaul?
    I was thinking of getting a pineapple too☺
    Would you consider taking a photo of all the crocheted food you have made? They are all so cute.
    Happy days,
    Jenn

    • mrssmythe says:

      I think home staging would be fun, simply because you could overhaul things so often. But, you’re right, it would be pretty expensive to redecorate as frequently as the urge strikes. I’ll try and put in a photo of a crocheted food “banquet”, showing what I’ve finished so far. The pattern book I’m using has a ton of crocheted food items, so I imagine it will be a while before I’m totally done. (Ginger wants all of it). I’m using a book called Ice Box Crochet by Wai Yee Ng.

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