What Every Home Needs

Posted by mrssmythe on February 10, 2019 in Critters, Family, Homeschool |

A kind neighbor passes along issues of The English Home to me when she’s finished with them. Are you familiar with the magazine? It’s wonderful. I always enjoy seeing the interiors of so many beautiful and, frequently, historic houses. One thing I’ve noted is that many of these homes have at least one dog in residence. And, when […]

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Cooking with Pepper

Posted by mrssmythe on September 20, 2016 in Cooking, Homeschool, iPhone photography |

Pepper is taking a cooking course this semester – The Everyday Gourmet, offered through The Great Courses. She just completed lesson three, which means she’s spent the past two weeks studying two things – kitchen equipment and cutting techniques. Her first “assignment” was to make a vegetable bean soup. That was last week. This week, she made Ratatouille – that […]

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Math with Manny

Posted by mrssmythe on October 24, 2015 in Critters, Homeschool |

Pepper and I opted to do math on the couch this week. It was much more comfortable than doing math at the dining room table, though it did make it easier for the dogs to get involved. Manny, especially, wanted to get right in where the action was. That meant he was sitting on my […]

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The Best Laid Plans…

Posted by mrssmythe on September 1, 2015 in Celebrations, Homeschool, iPhone photography, Musings, Out & About, Seasons |

Yesterday was the last day the girls had before school officially started, and I wanted to do something special to mark our “end of summer”. So, I planned a trip to a spot in Connecticut we’ve been wanting to visit all summer – Sonny’s Place. They have quite a bit to do there – go-karts, batting cages, a […]

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Cucumber Pets and Other Happenings

Posted by mrssmythe on September 13, 2014 in Critters, Family, Garden, Homeschool, On the Home Front, Seasons |

This was Ginger’s pet cucumber. She found it in the garden. It should have been picked much earlier, but it wasn’t, so she adopted it and took it with her to skating lessons where she was genuinely irritated that I wouldn’t let her take it out with her onto the ice. The next evening, we celebrated the last “Super […]

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