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A Lazy Fourth…plus Odds and Ends

Posted by mrssmythe on July 4, 2017 in Books, Cooking, Crafting, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

We’re enjoying a warm, lazy Fourth of July here in Western Massachusetts – nothing on the agenda besides hamburgers and the finishing touches on a room swap we started on Monday (vacuuming corners, putting books back on shelves, that sort of thing).

The past week has been equally (and pleasantly) low-key. I finished and framed a very small (2″x3″) seed bead cross stitch project from the book, Stitch a Beaded Garden.

Any of the designs in the book can be done in basic cross stitch, but the beaded versions are beautiful, and I thought I’d give one a try.

In other news, Ginger has decided to read through the entire Nancy Drew series this summer. Meanwhile, I’m steadily working my way through Georgette Heyer‘s works. If you like Jane Austen, you’d probably like Georgette Heyer.

Biking has been on the agenda, too. East Longmeadow has a wonderful, though short, trail, called the Redstone Rail Trail. No car traffic – lots of greenery – pleasant cycling.

And, the “beach” has finally opened! There’s a pond near our house that we like to frequent. Below, you can see Ginger walking out to take her swim test (necessary if you want to swim past the ropes out to the docks). Pepper, now nearly 16, didn’t have to test this year – a first for her.

In the kitchen, we’ve been making lots of pizza. Lucy of Attic 24 has inspired me to be more adventurous with my toppings.

I can attest that spinach, tomatoes, and feta are an excellent combination.

And, in the garden, it’s tiger lily time!

Also, the cosmos, which self-sow freely in my front beds, are finally beginning to bloom…

…as is the borage.

I have a lot of borage this year. The bees love it.

In fact, I’m watching the bees right now, from the front porch, where I can keep an eye on both the garden and the crossword puzzle I’ve been working (how’s that for summertime multi-tasking!)

Hoping you had a lovely Fourth,

Mrs. Smythe

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