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A Turkey at the Door, More Christmas Decor, and Some Holiday Shopping

Posted by mrssmythe on December 9, 2018 in Celebrations, Chickens, Critters, House, Out & About, Seasons, Shopping, Week in Review |

Are you wondering how the turkey is doing? The turkey is doing just fine. The turkey, and even the guinea hen, are now both sleeping in the coop. At night, it’s one big, cozy flock. Things are pretty chummy during the day, too, though the turkey gets irritated when everyone’s not hanging out together. Do […]

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Wild Turkeys, Sunrise Knitting, and the Start of Advent

Posted by mrssmythe on December 2, 2018 in Chickens, CPT's Lens, Critters, Seasons, Week in Review |

We’ve been up with the sun this past week. Not that we weren’t before. We were. But this past week, there’s been more of an urgency about our mornings. We’ve wanted to make sure the new birds are doing well, so, at the first sign of light, CPT A has been popping out of bed, […]

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A Foray into Decorating, a List for Brides, and Some Completed Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on November 18, 2018 in Books, Critters, House, Old Books, Seasons |

I took a step toward holiday decorating this past week by bringing up my “Winter Animals” from the basement. They’re festive, but not overtly Christmassy, so I figured I could sneak them in early.┬áThis year I added a strand of twinkle lights for extra sparkle. The kitten in the stocking at the right (just below […]

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Moving Into Fall…

Posted by mrssmythe on October 8, 2018 in Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Well, I would say Fall has truly arrived here in Western Massachusetts. We’re starting to see some beautiful colors, though the warm weather lingers. And, continued warm weather means continued flowers. My hydrangeas are still putting out blooms… …and the zinnias remain colorful and are a favorite with the bees. The salvia has gotten its […]

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Posted by mrssmythe on June 4, 2018 in Garden, Out & About, Seasons, Week in Review |

We’ve been having beautiful weather here this past week. Today, I went for a walk along Main Street in nearby Hampden, a little town that was first settled in 1741 (though called by another name at the time). Here’s the town’s Historical Society building, still done up in the bunting that went up, I assume, […]

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