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Continued Cold and Snow

Posted by mrssmythe on January 15, 2018 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Seasons, Week in Review |

Snow and frigid temperatures continue – except for one strange day when we reached 60 degrees and all of the snow melted in a matter of hours. Lawns flooded, then froze again into shallow ice rinks the next day. Strange.

Ursa has been enjoying this winter very much.

When we go for walks, she veers off the path and plunges into the snow.

Then, she rolls around on her back. It’s almost like a bird dust bathing. This time of year, we have to work hard to get her back inside after we let her out.

Someone else who enjoys snow…Ginger!

Ginger was thrilled to find piles and piles of the stuff at a nearby park. Crews had cleared the parking area and, in so doing, had created great snowy mounds perfect for scaling. Ginger would have stayed all day if I’d let her, but the wind was biting, and I lured her back home with the promise of hot cocoa.

I also wanted to get the rest of the Christmas decorations taken down that day. Shadow wasn’t much help:

In other pet news, the chickens have been very good sports about the recent weather. At one point, our back yard hit -26 (F) overnight. We did what we could to keep them warm, and they came through very well. None of them seem to have suffered any ill effects. I think we even escaped the dreaded frost bite that can occur on their combs when the weather gets truly awful.

One funny moment, though – Pepper forgot to open the door to their run one day and the chickens weren’t able to get to their coop at sundown. They took it in stride and holed up in the barn, with Mabel – our Easter Egger – scaling a ladder to find a nice lofty spot to roost.

When Pepper discovered them, she helped Mabel down…

and sent them off to their beds.

Now, more than ever, I’m grateful CPT A made the barn alterations he did this fall. I can’t imagine what the chickens would have done without its shelter.

Meanwhile, I’ve been sheltering in the house, spending what time I can working on that sweater vest I showed you a while back. I hope to finish it in the next day or two. This past week, I cut the steeks for the neckline and armholes. It seemed a bit unnatural, taking scissors to something I’d put so much work into…

But, everything turned out all right. Here you see the neckline, mid-process. Nothing came unraveled, which is always the concern.

Now, here we are – already halfway through January. Winter is settling in with more snow on the way. Ginger and Ursa will be thrilled. CPT America – maybe not so much. He does the plowing, after all. But – as long as I have needles, yarn, and a good book, I think I’ll be fine.

From the dining room table, getting ready to pick up said needles as soon as I finish here,

Mrs. Smythe




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Cold, Cold, Cold

Posted by mrssmythe on January 6, 2018 in Critters, Seasons, Week in Review |

The past week has been frigid, to say the least, and Thursday we had nearly a foot of snow dumped on us. Most things shut down. Meanwhile, CPT A battled our ailing snow blower, pausing in his plowing to perform multiple repairs to its tires and drive spring…he even slogged to Home Depot at one […]

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Arctic Temperatures and an Accordion

Posted by mrssmythe on December 28, 2017 in Celebrations, Chickens, Critters, Garden, Mrs. Smythe, Seasons, Week in Review |

Did you have a white Christmas like we did? Wasn’t it nice? Or, maybe it wasn’t so nice for you. Maybe you had to drive somewhere and the roads were treacherous. That’s never fun. But, if, like us, you were spending Christmas at the at the next door neighbor’s house and had only to walk […]

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Snow, a Fruitcake, and Some Recent Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on December 13, 2017 in Baking, Crafting, Critters, Week in Review |

I wonder what question the bug was asking when he carved a question mark into this oak leaf. Ginger found it today on our walk. Maybe he was asking why the fruit you bake into a fruitcake always sinks to the bottom. What a sad fruitcake. It tasted all right, but it had a tumultuous […]

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Knitting, Baking, New Quarters for the Chickens, and a Birthday

Posted by mrssmythe on December 3, 2017 in Baking, Celebrations, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, libraries |

Have you started your holiday baking yet? Ginger and I began last week after she received a cookie press for her birthday. The spritz you see here were the happy result. We used the Taste of Home¬†Lemon-Butter Spritz Cookies¬†recipe which made 12 dozen, though it felt like more. By the end, we were completely “spritzed” […]

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