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Irises, The Rock Garden, and a Rose I Should Kill

Posted by mrssmythe on June 11, 2018 in Garden, Week in Review |

We’re now well into June, and there’s plenty happening in the garden. Irises I got last summer from a friend have begun to bloom – aren’t they pretty? Another gift from a gardening friend – these Foxgloves: These are actually the descendants of foxgloves she gave me years back. This year, I finally moved them […]

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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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Strictly Ballroom…Almost

Posted by mrssmythe on May 28, 2018 in Garden, Out & About, Week in Review |

On Friday, Pepper and I attended a ballroom dance competition in downtown Springfield. Pepper is interested in DanceSport now, and we thought it would be fun to see a competition firsthand. To get to the hotel where the competition was held, we had to walk across a sky bridge – something I’ve always wanted to […]

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Purple Flowers and More Wallpaper

Posted by mrssmythe on May 23, 2018 in Garden, Renovations, Week in Review |

Wallpaper removal continues. I found another pattern this past week – this is the fourth I’ve seen. As I work, I’m definitely getting faster. But, I’ve also sliced my hands twice with a putty knife. Surprising how sharp those things can be. Outside, things are just glorious. And so green! All at once, we have […]

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Peeling Wallpaper, Dragon Fruit, and Blooming Flowers

Posted by mrssmythe on May 14, 2018 in Garden, House, Seasons, Week in Review |

Things are hopping here on the home front. Inside, I’ve decided to (finally) tackle the kitchen walls. These should have been painted years ago, but I’ve put off the job because it wasn’t a matter of mere paint. There’s wallpaper under all that paint, and it needed to be stripped before any more paint was […]

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