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Fall Fun – and a Sister’s Visit

Posted by mrssmythe on November 5, 2017 in Baking, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Family, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

First off, I want to share this fun photo of CPT A, working on his computer in the backyard with the dogs. Since this was taken, we’ve lost all of those colorful leaves in the back woods. A wild storm came through on Halloween and knocked everything down. Much of our town was without power […]

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Breakfast with the Chickens…and other odds and ends

Posted by mrssmythe on October 3, 2017 in Chickens, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Some mornings, it’s still nice enough for CPT A and I to pop out onto the patio and drink our coffee while watching the chickens. It’s good for the chickens. It’s good for us. This week, though, the chickens were extra friendly. Everest jumped onto my lawn chair. (I was so startled, I almost spilled […]

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Chickens, a Hawk, and the Hatching of a Monarch

Posted by mrssmythe on September 28, 2017 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

At last…Fall. For our chickens, this has meant rapidly decreasing daylight, molting, and – as a result – lower egg production. I actually had to¬†buy eggs at the store this week – something I haven’t had to do in over a year! Another challenge these days – hawks. Hawks are commonplace in our area, and […]

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Caterpillar Happenings and a Return to Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on September 10, 2017 in Chickens, CPT's Lens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about caterpillars. We found a monarch caterpillar in the hydrangeas getting ready to spin its chrysalis about ten days ago. By the time we’d finished dinner, it had finished the job. Since then, it has weathered several rainstorms, and, despite it’s delicate appearance, seems to be incredibly strong. […]

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Last Week of Summer…First Week of School

Posted by mrssmythe on September 1, 2017 in Baking, Chickens, Critters, Garden, Out & About, Seasons, Week in Review |

I went for a walk by myself yesterday. “By myself” meaning without the dogs. It felt strange…even a bit lonely. And I had to ask myself, “when did that happen? When did I become a ‘dog person’?” It was certainly easier to take pictures without a dog in tow, but even the neighbors asked where […]

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