Summer Fun

Posted by mrssmythe on June 26, 2017 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Out & About, Seasons, Shopping, Week in Review |

Well, school is officially out for the year, and already the kids are bored. No – I’m exaggerating. But it has been an abrupt shift from readings and lectures to long expanses of free time. In an attempt to keep the days from devolving into non-stop Minecraft-fests, I’ve shifted into cruise-director mode, trying to get […]

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Chickens Don’t Like Bubbles

Posted by mrssmythe on April 3, 2017 in Chickens, Garden, Week in Review |

The turkeys are back. We heard them before they saw them this past week. They were gobbling through the woods just behind our house. Moments later, they appeared in the neighbor’s backyard. Ginger took Mabel over to the fence so she could see them. Mabel thought they were very large for birds. (We haven’t told Mabel about […]

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Crazy Gourds, Fair Isle Socks, and a Blue Egg

Posted by mrssmythe on October 16, 2016 in Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons |

Fun things we’ve seen around town this week: This bird statue. We saw this outside the vet’s office (where we were getting a booster for Kipper’s Lyme vaccine). And these pumpkins. These were outside the pet and garden store we frequent. Back on the home front, I finally finished up the pair of socks I […]

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The Week in Review

Posted by mrssmythe on September 25, 2016 in Crafting, iPhone photography, Out & About, Photography, Seasons, Travel, Week in Review |

The weather was beautiful this past week. To take advantage of it, we spent as much time as possible outside. On Wednesday, we hit Forest Park in Springfield – a perfect place to practice with the Prisma App. Even ho-hum photos of tree roots can come alive with the right setting. Here’s a photo without […]

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Forest Park

Posted by mrssmythe on August 27, 2014 in Out & About |

The girls are growing up. I took them to Forest Park today and nobody wanted to play on the playground. It was shocking. I’m trying not to feel too sad about it. The girls would, however, play on the trees. Forest Park has lots of wonderful old trees – many of them donated by civic groups or high school […]

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