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A Lazy Fourth…plus Odds and Ends

Posted by mrssmythe on July 4, 2017 in Books, Cooking, Crafting, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

We’re enjoying a warm, lazy Fourth of July here in Western Massachusetts – nothing on the agenda besides hamburgers and the finishing touches on a room swap we started on Monday (vacuuming corners, putting books back on shelves, that sort of thing). The past week has been equally (and pleasantly) low-key. I finished and framed a […]

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Summer Fun

Posted by mrssmythe on June 26, 2017 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Out & About, Seasons, Shopping, Week in Review |

Well, school is officially out for the year, and already the kids are bored. No – I’m exaggerating. But it has been an abrupt shift from readings and lectures to long expanses of free time. In an attempt to keep the days from devolving into non-stop Minecraft-fests, I’ve shifted into cruise-director mode, trying to get […]

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Father’s Day Fun

Posted by mrssmythe on June 19, 2017 in Celebrations, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Recently, we had snow of a different sort here in Western Massachusetts. It was cottonwood fluff season. There seems to have been more fluff than usual this year. Here, Pepper holds seeds from the “drifts” we found at the library. It’s also strawberry season. The plants on the porch are putting out some lovely fruit […]

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At Last, the Sun

Posted by mrssmythe on June 8, 2017 in Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Hello, everyone! To start: an update on the Kipper fur I put out several weeks ago… A definite success! I had to refill the “fur cage” this week (I have a whole sack of Kipper clippings in the closet to draw from). It’s fun thinking about all the little birds who are now bedding down in fur-lined […]

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Curbing the Lawn’s Enthusiasm…and other news from the yard.

Posted by mrssmythe on May 27, 2017 in Chickens, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Last weekend, I cut the grass for the first time this year. I should have done it weeks earlier, but between the rain and our schedule…well, it had gotten overgrown (to say the least). Can you see in the above photo? The most time-consuming part was the side yard where the bugle is growing. This is […]

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