Ginger Gets a Bike!

Posted by mrssmythe on June 20, 2016 in Family, Reminiscing |

For Father’s Day, we chose to celebrate with a time-honored father-child ritual…learning to ride a bicycle. Specifically, Ginger learned to ride a bicycle. Now, Ginger is eleven – a bit older than most children are when they first learn to ride, but her age, along with the balance and coordination she gained in activities like ice skating and dance, […]



Birthdays and Grandmothers

Posted by mrssmythe on July 18, 2014 in Celebrations, Family, Musings, Reminiscing |

My birthday is this week and birthdays always get me thinking about family. This year, my grandma Ruth has been particularly on my mind. I’m not sure why. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that she was the one who first bought me a bakery-made birthday cake. That was huge for me. Frosting roses […]

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Cape Cod Side Tables

Posted by mrssmythe on July 13, 2014 in House, Mrs. Smythe, On the Home Front, Reminiscing, Tag Sale-ing |

I was out tag sale-ing again this weekend. I have a plan to furnish our living room in 1950’s Colonial Revival furniture and I’m hoping to find all of it second hand. This is all to be blamed on a blog called Retro Renovation which I’ve been spending a great deal of time on lately. It’s filled […]



A Luging Story

Posted by mrssmythe on February 18, 2014 in Reminiscing |

The Winter Olympics always remind me of the time CPT America and I went luging. We did this years and years ago. Before we had children. Before the term “mom jeans” had been invented. Before Germany had switched from the Deutsche Mark to the Euro. It was a long time ago. We’d signed up for […]

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Cookie Time!

Posted by mrssmythe on January 19, 2014 in Musings, Reminiscing |

I dusted off the old scrapbook this evening to show the girls that I was, indeed, once  a Girl Scout. There I am, pigtails and all. Since I was only eight at the time, I was technically a Brownie, but I did sell 49 boxes of cookies, and I still have the “certificate of merit” to […]

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