May Update – lots of animals, some baking, and a bit of gardening

It’s hard to feel isolated when you’re surrounded by animals. That’s one of the things that has helped our family during these past weeks of self-isolation. The pets keep us firmly set in our routines. They provide us with companionship. They entertain us. I’m…

New Yard Visitors and a Traveling Turkey

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…

Chickens, Baking, and a Bit Too Much Knitting

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…

Seeking Color

There’s always a sort of color “drought” between the months of January and March, and I find myself strongly drawn to anything bright and cheery during this part of the year. Do you feel this way, too? Here are some of the things that…

Iris Season, the Turkey Returns, and a Knitting Update

It’s Iris season! The lovely specimens you see below are currently outside the Smith Museum in downtown Springfield. Happily, I have irises growing in my own yard as well – though not in such spectacular profusion. Here is a yellow “volunteer” that popped up…