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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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Wildlife in the Yard…and the Tail End of Summer

Posted by mrssmythe on August 20, 2017 in Critters, Seasons |

The yard has been brimming with wildlife these past two weeks! One visitor I’m still not thrilled with – the snake. This is the same snake I’ve mentioned in earlier posts. But he’s larger now. CPT America insists he’s only big enough to be eating insects, but, if that is the case, insects must be […]

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Pond Doings, a Rabbit, and Cosmos

Posted by mrssmythe on August 7, 2017 in Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Last week was a great week for the pond. We had warm, sunny days and plenty of free afternoons for swimming. A huge “field” of water lilies sits just outside the main swimming area at the pond. Pepper and I swam over one afternoon to investigate and found that many of the lilies’ stems curl […]

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Summer Baking

Posted by mrssmythe on July 14, 2017 in Baking, Seasons |

Ginger has been using her freer summer days to try out new recipes. Specifically, cupcake recipes. Ginger has a passion for cupcakes. In the past, I’ve tried to steer her to recipe books, but she prefers to gather her recipes online. A recent discovery,¬†Sally’s Baking Addiction, yielded a good recipe for frosting:¬†Favorite Vanilla Buttercream. Ginger […]

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A Visit to Old Sturbridge Village

Posted by mrssmythe on July 11, 2017 in Books, Crafting, Museums, Old Books, Out & About, Seasons |

The girls and I were back at Old Sturbridge Village last week. We planned our visit for the day after the Fourth of July because, if you’ve ever been to OSV on the Fourth, you know how congested it can be. Wanting to avoid that sort of thing (and preserve the illusion of having stepped […]

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