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Waiting for Spring

Posted by mrssmythe on March 3, 2019 in Baking, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, libraries, Seasons, Week in Review |

A pretty slow week here. All of our attention seems to be on either waiting for the snow to leave or dealing with the new drifts that arrive. Most everyone is thoroughly tired of snow and chomping at the bit for Spring.

Here, Ginger shows that coop-cleaning must go on, regardless of the weather.

On cold days, the half melted snow freezes solid and the yard becomes an ice rink. On warmer days, like today, it starts to melt and the yard becomes a bog. This is always the most challenging season for keeping the floors clean.

Someone who will be sad to see the snow go – Ursa.

If I manage to get the dogs out for a walk (which isn’t as frequently as I’d like), she cavorts in the drifts along the road, flopping over and making snow angels or slowing down to sniff what lies beneath. What does she smell? Rodents? I wonder.

Since opportunities for outdoor play are low this time of year, we focus on what we can do indoors. Craft classes are offered frequently at the local library, and Ginger and Pepper stopped in this past week to make DIY “bath bombs”. Here’s one Ginger put together:

She used it in her bath last night, and all of the little shrunken sponge animals she hid inside popped to life in the warm water.

It made for a very entertaining bath.

And, finally, I chased away some cold weather blahs with a round of bread making this afternoon. Here you see the results of the “Light Rye Bread” recipe I found in my KitchenAid recipe book (the book that comes with the machine).

I love rye bread, but haven’t had a lot of success making it. This was my best batch yet. If you’re interested in trying the recipe (a simple one), you can find it HERE. Happy baking!

From the dining room table, anticipating another round of snow tomorrow,

Mrs. Smythe

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