A Snowy Morning, a New Haircut, Homemade Hamburger Buns…and a Few Other Things

Posted by mrssmythe on February 3, 2019 in Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

More snow this week…

Wednesday morning, CPT A was up bright and early cleaning up after our most recent storm. I joined him, though I did more picture-taking than snow-shoveling. It was beautiful…bright blue skies; sunshine; crisp, clean snow…

The woods were especially pretty.

And the garden looked like an entirely different place with its layers of white.

There are still a few milkweed seeds hangin around…

And, some of the leaves have dried into curlicues.

While I was photographing all of this, CPT A was busily at work, plowing snow.

He looked like a train – the snow being the “smoke” rising up over the hedgerow. So fun to see.

The snow was followed by bitter cold. The chickens are laying again, and we learned we have to gather the eggs quickly when temperatures are so low. If we don’t get to them in time, the eggs freeze and the shells split.

It was warmer today, though, and the chickens were actually able to leave the barn. Pepper made inroads with the guinea hen who submitted to being held…

…though not for long.

And, speaking of Pepper – she got a new haircut!

I think she calls this a modern bowl cut – but it reminds me a bit of the Dorothy Hammill I had in the 80’s.

I’m still doing quite a bit of bread baking. This week I tried homemade hamburger buns.

I used a recipe I found in Five Dollar DinnersI was surprised – they were easy to make, and pretty tasty, though not as “smooshy” as the ones you buy at the grocery store.

And, speaking of grocery stores – signs of Spring are beginning to appear in the floral department.

Aren’t these sweet? And, so soft! I love pussy willows. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have an entire tree full of these. I wonder if they’re hard to grow…

From the upstairs bedroom – because the rest of the family is watching a loud movie in the living room, and I need to concentrate,

Mrs. Smythe

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  • Sandy von Tagen says:

    I found a pussy willow tree (bush) about 3 years ago. It has done fabulously and is ready to burst forth with white furry buds. It’s always filled with birds. They seem to love sitting in it, despite it’s name!

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