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More Backyard Birds, More Crochet, and a Bit of Spring

Posted by mrssmythe on April 14, 2019 in Chickens, Cooking, CPT's Lens, Crafting, Critters, Toys, Week in Review |


Here I am, yesterday, sitting in the sun in the backyard – the first time I was out and about in just about two weeks.

Otherwise, I’ve been bedridden, overcoming a bout with the flu that slid into a case of pneumonia.

It’s definitely good to be feeling better.

And here, you see the cats – my constant companions while I was bed-bound. Cats can be very good for morale…especially when you’re sick.

Whilst I was on the mend, the family stayed plenty busy…especially CPT A, who took time off from work to keep things going smoothly around the house.

The biggest happening, was the addition of several birds to our backyard flock.

Here you see the old birds (outside the barn) peering in at the new birds (inside the barn) on their first day home. CPT A and Pepper adopted the birds from an assortment at an animal rescue organization near Boston. I believe the ones we brought home ended up at the shelter because they were presumed too old to lay eggs. This has since proven false…at least for one of the birds – a pleasant surprise!

Here are the new birds – as photographed by CPT A.



And Sedgewick.

Yes, I realize these are all female birds and two have been given male names, but the girls like to name the chickens after characters in The Great Escape. (Though “Clementina is not from The Great Escape – she’s from an episode of Jeeves and Wooster – it’s complicated). Anyway, I wish the girls would not name the birds after Great Escape characters. I think it gives the birds ideas. Roger is already a prodigious digger and Sedgewick manages to pop over the fence regularly to visit the neighbor’s bird feeder.

Here are another couple of photos – this time of the turkey and the guinea hen.

They’re a very amusing pair and two of our best egg-layers at present. In fact, we’ve got more eggs than we know what to do with these days. The turkey lays an egg a day, and we’ve collected three from the guinea hen just this week.

Here you see their eggs in relation to a chicken’s egg (center). The guinea hen egg is at left, the turkey egg at right.

Another shot of the guinea hen egg:

All are excellent for eating, with the turkey and guinea hen eggs being considered the most healthful because those birds are “foragers”.

And what have we been doing with all of these eggs?

CPT A has been cooking and baking with them. Here’s his skillet lasagna, which he made using a turkey egg. (Probably the best lasagna I’ve ever eaten!)

CPT A is enamored with skillets right now and has been using the two we own to make all sorts of things.

Things like pizzas…

and pies…

He and the girls even baked a pineapple upside down cake in the skillet. It’ll be fun to see what they come up with next.

Meanwhile, Ginger has been busily producing more crocheted creations. To her collection of cats, she’s added a dinosaur – something she put together without a pattern, a feat that always amazes me since I’m so pattern dependent, myself.


And, finally, a weather report…

Spring must be here since my giant allium have finally emerged. Also, the lilac and the apple trees are budding, but those are about the only signs of spring in our yard. We’re still far behind many of you, as I only saw one tree blooming on the way to church this morning while photos my sister shared from Idaho showed her prom-going daughter standing beneath a blooming cherry tree. One of the rough things about living in New England is that regardless of what the calendar says, Spring comes late.

BUT – it will get here eventually. And, hopefully, something in the yard will be blooming by the next time I post.

From the dining room table, with the windows wide open and a bit of rain pattering down,

Mrs. Smythe




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Ballroom Dance and an Escaped Turkey…Plus Crochet

Posted by mrssmythe on March 27, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Museums, Week in Review |

Sorry for the delay in posts – it’s been a busy couple of weeks! Last week’s craziness was a ballroom dance competition in Connecticut…Pepper’s first. Here you see her fresh from hair and makeup the morning of the competition. She went in looking barely awake and very low key and left with false eyelashes, bright […]

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More Snow…and a bit of Crochet

Posted by mrssmythe on March 10, 2019 in Crafting, Critters, Seasons, Week in Review |

I don’t mean to harp on snow, but that seems to have been the theme of our week here. This photo was taken on Monday: And this photo was taken this morning, as we drove to church. Fresh snow plus Daylight Savings Time made for a very sparse crowd in the pews. But, back to […]

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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 […]

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Latest Knitting, a Recipe for Cheese Pie, and some Tidying

Posted by mrssmythe on February 24, 2019 in Cooking, Crafting, Housekeeping, Old Books, Toys, Week in Review |

This week, we’ll start with the cooking. Have you ever had the toasted ravioli at Olive Garden? We’re huge fans and were hoping to recreate the dish at home. Pepper found a wonderful copycat recipe. You can access it HERE. It’s not very difficult, but I find (after making these twice) that the whole process […]

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