May Update – lots of animals, some baking, and a bit of gardening

Posted by mrssmythe on May 24, 2020 in Baking, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Pollinators |

It’s hard to feel isolated when you’re surrounded by animals. That’s one of the things that has helped our family during these past weeks of self-isolation. The pets keep us firmly set in our routines. They provide us with companionship. They entertain us. I’m beginning to view them less as dependents and more as contributors […]

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In Bloom

Posted by mrssmythe on May 26, 2016 in Garden |

Lots of pink and purple in the yard this week… Near the front door, the Columbine is in full flower. The girls gave this particular plant to me for Mother’s Day years back, and it’s still one of my favorites. Next door, the smaller of my Bleeding Hearts is flowering – along with some violets (which are […]

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Garden Ornaments

Posted by mrssmythe on August 17, 2015 in Garden |

At the garden center this past Saturday, I spotted this fine bit of statuary: It looks so much like CPT America, I had to take a picture. Admittedly, the nose is off. CPT A’s isn’t so wide. But, still – the resemblance is striking! Now, something like that would look completely out of place in […]

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The Peony

Posted by mrssmythe on June 4, 2014 in Critters, Garden |

I have a single peony plant in my garden. It was here when we moved in, and when I first noticed it, it was kind of gangly. It had been plopped into a tricky area of the yard that tends toward shade as spring progresses. The peony wasn’t thrilled. It had grown leggy, and when its three walloping buds finally opened, […]

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