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

Posted by mrssmythe on May 24, 2020 in Baking, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Pollinators |

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 beginning to view them less as dependents and more as contributors […]

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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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Seeking Color

Posted by mrssmythe on March 12, 2020 in Mrs. Smythe |

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 have been helping me recently as I wait for the flowers […]

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Iris Season, the Turkey Returns, and a Knitting Update

Posted by mrssmythe on June 4, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, libraries, Museums, Week in Review |

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 out of nowhere last year. Now I have several along the […]

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