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Posted by mrssmythe on June 19, 2017 in Celebrations, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Recently, we had snow of a different sort here in Western Massachusetts. It was cottonwood fluff season. There seems to have been more fluff than usual this year. Here, Pepper holds seeds from the “drifts” we found at the library. It’s also strawberry season. The plants on the porch are putting out some lovely fruit […]

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A Shift to Beading, Afghan Update, and Flowers (of course)

Posted by mrssmythe on May 18, 2017 in Baking, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

This Mothers’ Day, I sat down at the dining room table and spent several hours playing with a beading kit I’d picked up some weeks back. It was at a bargain store and very inexpensive. One of the projects was this necklace. I love it. It’s light, easy to wear, and goes with several things in […]

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Tiny Sequoias, Pond Cleaning, and a New Afghan Project

Posted by mrssmythe on April 25, 2017 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

CPT A brought his sequoias home from the office this past week. He has two now (from an original batch of eight) that he’s nurtured from seed. They’re two years old, and it was time for them to be repotted…a nerve-wracking procedure as CPT A has grown rather fond to them. But, here we are, two days later, and […]

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Easter, a Downed Tree, and a Whole Lot of “God’s Eyes”

Posted by mrssmythe on April 19, 2017 in Celebrations, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Ginger's Snaps, Seasons, Week in Review |

The daffodils are out at Springfield College! The girls and I noticed them (and whole-heartedly approved) when we were on campus last Friday. Other welcome spring color… Glory-of-the-Snow. Isn’t that a wonderful name for a plant? These are popping up in unexpected spots in the yard. I love them. The Flowering Quinces are getting ready […]

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Chickens and Firelight

Posted by mrssmythe on March 27, 2017 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Seasons, Week in Review |

More snow. More chickens. Well, technically not a lot more snow, but it did snow here this week,(very briefly) and the stuff that was already on the ground looks to be in no hurry to leave. We did have some nice, sunny days, though, which prompted more sessions in a lawn chair against the barn, soaking […]

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