Warmer Days and Some Completed Projects

Posted by mrssmythe on May 19, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Toys, Week in Review |

Finally! The weather is improving.   I was able to get some good gardening time in this week, and the girls were able to have some outdoor fun with the chickens. We’ve discovered that the chickens love mealworms. They’ve learned to distinguish the sound the container makes when we shake it, and they come running from all […]

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The Sweater is Finally Finished! (plus some kitchen news and a birthday)

Posted by mrssmythe on November 28, 2016 in Baking, Celebrations, Cooking, Crafting, Toys, Week in Review |

Pepper’s still cooking up a storm with her Great Courses “Everyday Gourmet” class. This past week, she made Vietnamese Noodle Salad as part of the stir fry lesson. Delicious! The kids weren’t overly enthusiastic, but I loved it. In other kitchen news, I ended up making two pumpkin pies this past week. Neither one was for Thanksgiving. The […]

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An Icelandic Yoke Sweater – Finished!

Posted by mrssmythe on February 19, 2016 in Crafting, Critters |

This week, I was down with a head cold. I do not, in any way, approve of head colds, but, in this case, my down time led to some productive and enjoyable hours. Basically, I sat in front of the fire and knit. (And, yes, those are sock monkey pajamas you see under my knitting.) I knit so […]

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Phoney Seams

Posted by mrssmythe on February 9, 2016 in Crafting |

Lots of snow Monday. Schools were closed again, and the roads were dicey. Meanwhile, I’ve been working on the sleeves for a sweater I found in Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitting Workshop. It’s knit “in the round”, which means you knit in circles, making separate tubes for the body and sleeves, hook these together, knit some more, and then pull […]

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