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Craft Updates and Chrysanthemums

Posted by mrssmythe on December 3, 2019 in Baking, Crafting, Garden, Out & About, Seasons |

Well, I’ve finished up quite a few craft projects since my last post. November seems to have been a month for tying up loose ends. First, and most important, I finally finished my fair isle vest. I’m very pleased with the result. And, since I’ve been working on this project since May, I’m very grateful […]

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Fair Isle Progress, the First Butterfly, and a Traveling Nest

Posted by mrssmythe on June 11, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

The fair isle sweater continues to cook along swimmingly. Here is my progress as of last week. I think it’s interesting how the colors in the sweater echo the colors I’m seeing in my yard right now. The purple of the irises… and of the clematis, which opened just a few days ago. The orange […]

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Iris Season, the Turkey Returns, and a Knitting Update

Posted by mrssmythe on June 4, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, libraries, Museums, Week in Review |

It’s Iris season! The lovely specimens you see below are currently outside the Smith Museum in downtown Springfield. Happily, I have irises growing in my own yard as well – though not in such spectacular profusion. Here is a yellow “volunteer” that popped up out of nowhere last year. Now I have several along the […]

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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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Latest Knitting, a Recipe for Cheese Pie, and some Tidying

Posted by mrssmythe on February 24, 2019 in Cooking, Crafting, Housekeeping, Old Books, Toys, Week in Review |

This week, we’ll start with the cooking. Have you ever had the toasted ravioli at Olive Garden? We’re huge fans and were hoping to recreate the dish at home. Pepper found a wonderful copycat recipe. You can access it HERE. It’s not very difficult, but I find (after making these twice) that the whole process […]

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