Posted by mrssmythe on June 18, 2018 in Garden, Musings |

There have been so many changes in our neighborhood this season. One neighbor pulled out an entire hedgerow of shrubs, leaving only juvenile trees behind in their place. Another took out a large stand of, ancient pines, dramatically changing the light on that end of the block. Finally, around the corner, an elderly neighbor either […]


Drought in Massachusetts

Posted by mrssmythe on July 26, 2016 in Garden, Musings, Seasons |

We’re currently in the midst of a drought here in Western Massachusetts – the first we’ve seen since moving here. And, I’ll admit, one aspect of it has me baffled. The lawns. Very few people are watering their lawns. Which, of course, makes sense. But, it does surprise me. I grew up in the arid West where, […]

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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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Soldiers on Rainbow Ponies

Posted by mrssmythe on February 1, 2016 in Musings, Toys |

I have a love/hate relationship with the toys the girls take into the bath. I dislike these toys because I frequently find them scattered all over the tub area – along its sides, behind the shower curtain, in with the soap and shampoo – too wet to be put away, and too jumbled to properly dry. On the […]

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I Found My Camel Hat!

Posted by mrssmythe on January 29, 2016 in Crafting, Musings |

Today was a happy day in many ways. CPT America took the day off. That’s always nice. The whole family went ice skating together. That’s nice, too. And, much to my relief, I found my camel hat. This hat (which measures 12″ when stretched out) has been my constant winter companion for more than two years […]

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