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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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Summer Crafting

Posted by mrssmythe on August 27, 2019 in Crafting, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, Toys |

The craft project photos have been piling up, and I thought it would be fun to devote an entire post to the things Ginger and I have been making these past few months. I’ll save Ginger’s items for last, as they’re the most spectacular. Here’s what I’ve been working on: First, a set of crochet […]

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Fair Isle Progress, the First Butterfly, and a Traveling Nest

Posted by mrssmythe on June 11, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

The fair isle sweater continues to cook along swimmingly. Here is my progress as of last week. I think it’s interesting how the colors in the sweater echo the colors I’m seeing in my yard right now. The purple of the irises… and of the clematis, which opened just a few days ago. The orange […]

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More Backyard Birds, More Crochet, and a Bit of Spring

Posted by mrssmythe on April 14, 2019 in Chickens, Cooking, CPT's Lens, Crafting, Critters, Toys, Week in Review |

Greetings! Here I am, yesterday, sitting in the sun in the backyard – the first time I was out and about in just about two weeks. Otherwise, I’ve been bedridden, overcoming a bout with the flu that slid into a case of pneumonia. It’s definitely good to be feeling better. And here, you see the […]

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What Every Home Needs

Posted by mrssmythe on February 10, 2019 in Critters, Family, Homeschool |

A kind neighbor passes along issues of The English Home to me when she’s finished with them. Are you familiar with the magazine? It’s wonderful. I always enjoy seeing the interiors of so many beautiful and, frequently, historic houses. One thing I’ve noted is that many of these homes have at least one dog in residence. And, when […]

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