Warmer Days and Some Completed Projects

Posted by mrssmythe on May 19, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Toys, Week in Review |

Finally! The weather is improving.


I was able to get some good gardening time in this week, and the girls were able to have some outdoor fun with the chickens.

We’ve discovered that the chickens love mealworms. They’ve learned to distinguish the sound the container makes when we shake it, and they come running from all corners of the yard whenever they hear that sound. It makes rounding them up much easier!

Ginger has even gotten them to run laps of the yard by shaking the mealworm bucket.

Pam, our guinea hen, continues to find new ways to surprise us.

Last week, Pepper woke up to find her on the roof, greeting the sunrise.

And we’re having a hard time keeping up with all of the eggs at this point. Everybody but the turkey is laying, and even with eggs for breakfast almost daily, I’m falling behind.

We bake some and are always on the look-out for recipes that use eggs, but, in the end, we give a lot away to friends and neighbors.

A different sort of chicken:

This is one of Ginger’s newest crochet creations.

She made up the pattern herself, and, we’re trying to persuade her to make more to resemble the other birds in our backyard flock. Wouldn’t that be cute?

In knitting news, I finished the raglan sweater I’d been working on since March.

I used a pattern I found in Elizabeth Zimmerman’s book, Knitting WorkshopI’ve made two of these sweaters now, and both had been successful. And, I’ve even gotten to wear the sweater a bit, despite its being wool, thanks to last week’s cooler weather.

I had enough yarn left over to make this vest:

This time, I adapted another Elizabeth Zimmermann vest pattern to suit the yarn I was using. The project came together quickly and was so fun that I ordered yarn for another vest…

…and started working on that this week. My goal is to be finished with it by fall. It will be knit with much smaller stitches and will be more complicated than the solid colored vest, but I think it’ll be doable. I’m really excited to start working with all of those beautiful colors!

Other colors that please me – the blossoms on my Bleeding Heart…

…and, the pretty pink blossoms of our backyard apple trees.

Isn’t it wonderful to see things growing again and to have weather that makes spending time outside a joy? Don’t the warmer days make such a difference? I sure think so!

From the dining room table, listening to Pam making her “goodnight call” to the neighborhood (Go to bed, Pam!),

Mrs. Smythe




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