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More Snow, a Dog’s Haircut, and Too Much Baking

Posted by mrssmythe on April 25, 2020 in Baking, Critters, Seasons, Week in Review |

Spring continues to prove elusive here in western Massachusetts. We’ve had snow twice since my last post. Granted, the second time, it was simultaneously sunny. So strange. I refuse to be put off from yard work, though. Tired of waiting for warmer weather, I finally just bundled up and went outside to putter in the […]

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New Yard Visitors and a Traveling Turkey

Posted by mrssmythe on April 13, 2020 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Insects, On the Home Front, Pollinators, Seasons, Week in Review |

Things continue to wake up in the yard and in the neighborhood. These days, the corn we put out for the chickens draws a wide range of visitors – from chipmunks and birds to squirrels and, most recently, a rabbit. Meanwhile, the azalea in the front yard – one of the few things blooming – […]

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Chickens, Baking, and a Bit Too Much Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on March 27, 2020 in Baking, Chickens, Cooking, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Things have been a bit more relaxed around here of late. The other day, I caught Ginger with the chickens in our mud room. Chickens in the house! Actually, I read somewhere that some colonists did keep chickens in their homes. And, as fun as the sounds, it would be messy. Thankfully, Ginger shooed the […]

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A Jumping Guinea Hen, A Visit to a Cave, and Lots of Insects

Posted by mrssmythe on July 21, 2019 in Books, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Travel, Week in Review |

Greetings to you! I hope you’re staying cool in all of this heat – that is if, like us, your area of the world is currently sweltering! For once, it’s too hot even to go to the pond, so we’re all hunkered down inside, cuddling up to the fans and window A/C units. The chickens […]

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A Shift in the Color Scheme and a Shaved Cat

Posted by mrssmythe on July 9, 2019 in Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Quick! Does anyone know what sort of tree this is? I was walking in Holyoke last week and came to a full stop when I caught a whiff of its flowers. They smelled divine and the bees loved them! Meanwhile, in my own yard, the color palette is shifting from the purples and pinks of […]

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