Fall Fun – and a Sister’s Visit

Posted by mrssmythe on November 5, 2017 in Baking, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Family, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

First off, I want to share this fun photo of CPT A, working on his computer in the backyard with the dogs. Since this was taken, we’ve lost all of those colorful leaves in the back woods. A wild storm came through on Halloween and knocked everything down. Much of our town was without power […]

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The First Tiger Swallowtail of Summer

Posted by mrssmythe on July 28, 2015 in Critters, Garden |

Today, we saw our first Eastern Tiger Swallowtail of the season. It was hanging around the butterfly bush in the front yard, looking fresh and dainty despite all of the thick heat. I say “thick heat” because that is exactly how the air felt. Thick. It was incredibly humid – one of those days where just […]

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Potting with Lego

Posted by mrssmythe on July 9, 2015 in Crafting, Critters, Garden |

Today was one of those days where I hung out on the front porch a lot. At one point, Ginger hollered out the window, “You’ve been out there a long time, Mommy!” And it was true. But, in my defense, I’d been coming and going. I’d clean the bathroom, then head to the porch. Then I’d clean […]

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More Signs of Fall…

Posted by mrssmythe on September 16, 2014 in Crafting, Garden, Seasons |

There are many ways (besides the ever present pumpkin) to tell that Fall is on its way. I’ve been keeping a mental list this week, and here’s what I’ve come up with: 1. In the shops, patio furniture is now on clearance and boots have replaced sandals. 2. The donuts have changed their sprinkles. 3. Pepper has pulled out […]

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Cucumber Pets and Other Happenings

Posted by mrssmythe on September 13, 2014 in Critters, Family, Garden, Homeschool, On the Home Front, Seasons |

This was Ginger’s pet cucumber. She found it in the garden. It should have been picked much earlier, but it wasn’t, so she adopted it and took it with her to skating lessons where she was genuinely irritated that I wouldn’t let her take it out with her onto the ice. The next evening, we celebrated the last “Super […]

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