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A Lazy Fourth…plus Odds and Ends

Posted by mrssmythe on July 4, 2017 in Books, Cooking, Crafting, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

We’re enjoying a warm, lazy Fourth of July here in Western Massachusetts – nothing on the agenda besides hamburgers and the finishing touches on a room swap we started on Monday (vacuuming corners, putting books back on shelves, that sort of thing). The past week has been equally (and pleasantly) low-key. I finished and framed a […]

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And Then There Were Four

Posted by mrssmythe on February 6, 2017 in Books, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Seasons, Toys, Week in Review |

More snow this week… About 2 inches is all, but it came down all day, and the snow dogs – Kipper and Ursa – were thrilled. Kipper, in fact, didn’t want to come in out of the storm. When we finally got him inside, his coat was covered in snow and he had to be […]

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Odds and Ends – Plus a Good Book

Posted by mrssmythe on July 29, 2016 in Books, Critters, Family, Shopping, Week in Review |

Some recent items that weren’t enough to prompt a post of their own but are still fun to share… Hollyhock dolls! This is the reason I grew hollyhocks in the first place. I’d always heard about hollyhock dolls, but had never made one of my own. I think this is such a clever idea. You can’t beat […]

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Color Me Beautiful Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on May 9, 2016 in Books, Crafting, libraries, Musings, Old Books |

I found a treasure at our library’s recent book sale – that old 80’s classic: Color Me Beautiful. Do you remember this book? The first time I heard about it, I was listening to my aunt and my mother discussing which “season” they fit into. My aunt had recently had her “colors done”, and she’d been […]

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Something “New” to Read

Posted by mrssmythe on February 4, 2016 in Books |

I participated in a church-sponsored book exchange over the weekend. Actually, it wasn’t supposed to be an exchange, per se. Rather, the idea was for each of twelve people to bring in thirty books. The resulting 360 books were then set out on tables and offered up to anyone interested. All of this took place after services, […]

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