A Very Pleasant Week – and a Birthday!

Posted by mrssmythe on January 3, 2017 in Crafting, Critters, Museums, Pepper's Lens, Science & Technology, Week in Review |

Things slowed waaaay down for us this past week. Most of the kids’ activities were on hold. School paused, and, with the holidays confining themselves to the weekends, we had a nice stretch of days where all we did was sit around the house. For me, this meant a lot of reading, crafting, and dog walking, […]

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The New Microsoft “Fetch” App

Posted by mrssmythe on February 13, 2016 in Critters, Science & Technology |

Cold temperatures keeping you indoors? Looking for something fun to do at home? Do what we did this evening and test drive Microsoft’s new “Fetch” App. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s pretty darn entertaining. So, here’s how it works. You take a photo of your dog with your iPhone. Then, the App takes a look […]

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Pepper’s Wandering Jew

Posted by mrssmythe on June 2, 2015 in On the Home Front, Pepper's Lens, Science & Technology, Tag Sale-ing |

Last summer, when Pepper and I were deep into tag sale-ing, we came across a sale where a woman was offering plants alongside her no-longer-needed household items. Intrigued, Pepper dropped three dollars for an interesting specimen with sparkly leaves. We had no idea what it was, but it was pretty. When we got home, Pepper took it up to her room. […]

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Fun with Translation

Posted by mrssmythe on April 16, 2015 in Art, Science & Technology |

A friend of ours recently returned from Tokyo, bringing us gifts of chopsticks and a fun little art book filled with beautiful reproductions. Everything about the book is intriguing – from the way it reads right to left to the text, which looks as much like art to me as the paintings. It doesn’t really matter that I can’t read a word. […]

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Color Theory

Posted by mrssmythe on August 1, 2014 in Art, Family, Science & Technology |

The other evening Ginger decided to “invent” a new color. “Do you think I can do it, Mommy?” She asked me. And, because I wasn’t really thinking (and because I’ve been reading enough science lately to be dangerous, but not enough to really know anything), I answered, “No, honey. I don’t think anyone can really ‘invent’ […]


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