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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Mornings on the Back Patio

Posted by mrssmythe on July 14, 2014 in Critters, On the Home Front |

One of the perks to being the first one up in the mornings is that I get a bit of quiet time to myself on the back patio. The sun comes up, the pond gurgles pleasantly, and the dogs entertain me. It makes for a great start to the day. One of my favorite things to […]

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Adventures in Weeding

Posted by mrssmythe on June 21, 2014 in CPT's Lens, Critters, Garden |

I’m always a bit hesitant to weed in our backyard. Surprising things pop out of the greenery. One year, I startled an entire family of baby rabbits. I pulled out a clump of grass and they went running in all directions. They were very wee and very adorable, but also very unexpected. I screamed. I screamed loudly. I […]

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In the Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on June 9, 2014 in Critters, Garden, On the Home Front |

Can you find the frog in this photo? Elsewhere in the yard… The wild yarrow is in bloom. It’s such a useful herb – though I don’t do anything with it other than look at it. From what I’ve read, it’s edible, healthful, antiseptic, and can even be used to staunch bloodflow. Which means CPT America could […]

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The Chocolate Mint

Posted by mrssmythe on June 2, 2014 in Critters, Garden, On the Home Front |

Catmint isn’t the only mint I have in the yard. I also have chocolate mint. A lot of chocolate mint. Have you ever smelled this herb? It really does smell like, well, chocolate mint. Delicious. In some areas of the yard, it’s crawled into the lawn, and when I mow over it, it’s almost like […]

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