Continued Cold and Snow

Posted by mrssmythe on January 15, 2018 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Seasons, Week in Review |

Snow and frigid temperatures continue – except for one strange day when we reached 60 degrees and all of the snow melted in a matter of hours. Lawns flooded, then froze again into shallow ice rinks the next day. Strange. Ursa has been enjoying this winter very much. When we go for walks, she veers […]

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Chickens with a Side of Dog

Posted by mrssmythe on May 28, 2016 in Critters |

It’s the sweetest little scene. Just a girl and her chickens… …and her dogs. Those dogs! They’re fascinated by the chickens. At the time we took this photo, we were letting the chickens walk around freely behind their fence – despite the dogs. Since then, we’ve found out Manny can jump the chicken fence. So, for […]

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Getting the Dogs In

Posted by mrssmythe on February 10, 2016 in Critters, Seasons |

The snow, while beautiful, has brought new challenges with the dogs. Simply put, they don’t want to come back inside. Well – no, not all of them. Manny is pretty good about coming back in. Even though he thoroughly enjoys the snow, he likes getting treats more. And, since I give treats when the dogs […]

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Snow Day

Posted by mrssmythe on February 5, 2016 in Critters, Seasons |

We woke up to snow today. Snow on the ground, snow in the sky. Snow that continued to fall well into the afternoon. Schools closed, traffic slowed, and, for a while, at least, the world was very, very quiet. One of the first things I did was walk the dogs. There’s always something fun about […]

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Advice From the Dogs

Posted by mrssmythe on November 30, 2015 in Celebrations, Critters, Musings, On the Home Front |

At first, I planned to plunge right into Christmas. I was on a roll. I didn’t want to lose momentum. I was looking up fruitcake recipes the moment the Thanksgiving dishes were done. However, better sense prevailed. Perhaps a bit of a pause was in order. After all, there is such a thing as catching one’s breath. […]

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