Tiny Sequoias, Pond Cleaning, and a New Afghan Project

Posted by mrssmythe on April 25, 2017 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

CPT A brought his sequoias home from the office this past week. He has two now (from an original batch of eight) that he’s nurtured from seed. They’re two years old, and it was time for them to be repotted…a nerve-wracking procedure as CPT A has grown rather fond to them. But, here we are, two days later, and […]

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The New Babies

Posted by mrssmythe on August 24, 2015 in Critters |

Eight weeks ago, we brought home two goldfish for our backyard pond; one orange and one black. Over the course of the summer those two fish grew. They grew a lot. Then, last week, CPT America noticed that their number had increased. Suddenly there was an entire school of fish darting about – all varying shades of orange and black. Blast! Being […]

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Mornings on the Back Patio

Posted by mrssmythe on July 14, 2014 in Critters, On the Home Front |

One of the perks to being the first one up in the mornings is that I get a bit of quiet time to myself on the back patio. The sun comes up, the pond gurgles pleasantly, and the dogs entertain me. It makes for a great start to the day. One of my favorite things to […]

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Adventures in Weeding

Posted by mrssmythe on June 21, 2014 in CPT's Lens, Critters, Garden |

I’m always a bit hesitant to weed in our backyard. Surprising things pop out of the greenery. One year, I startled an entire family of baby rabbits. I pulled out a clump of grass and they went running in all directions. They were very wee and very adorable, but also very unexpected. I screamed. I screamed loudly. I […]

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