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Spring Snow

Posted by mrssmythe on April 2, 2018 in libraries, Out & About, Seasons |

This morning, CPT A woke up laughing. I thought he was still asleep and having a dream. I thought he was laughing in his sleep. But, he wasn’t. He was simply looking out the window. It was snowing. Again. And, it’s still snowing. We’re supposed to get 2-3 inches today. Nothing earth-shattering, but still…. On […]

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Labor Day in Old Wethersfield

Posted by mrssmythe on September 5, 2017 in Books, Garden, Out & About, Travel |

The girls are studying American history this year, and one of the books Ginger will be reading is The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Have you ever read that book? I’ve read it three times. I think it’s one of my favorites. The book is set in Wethersfield, Connecticut – a town less than an hour from where […]

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A Day at Southwick’s Zoo

Posted by mrssmythe on September 2, 2017 in CPT's Lens, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, Out & About |

This past Monday, as a sort of end-of-summer hurrah, we drove to Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts. We hadn’t been to a zoo in years and probably wouldn’t have thought of going except Ginger mentioned one morning that she couldn’t remember ever visiting a zoo. (Which is not to say she’s never been to one. She’s […]

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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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Al’s Diner

Posted by mrssmythe on July 22, 2017 in Out & About |

For months, we’ve been driving by Al’s Diner in Chicopee and wondering about it. It’s the cutest little place. (And, by little, I mean little – just six booths and some stools along the counter). We wondered about the food. We wondered about the clientele. We wondered about the meat pies and whole hams advertised […]

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