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Continued Cold and Snow

Posted by mrssmythe on January 15, 2018 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Seasons, Week in Review |

Snow and frigid temperatures continue – except for one strange day when we reached 60 degrees and all of the snow melted in a matter of hours. Lawns flooded, then froze again into shallow ice rinks the next day. Strange. Ursa has been enjoying this winter very much. When we go for walks, she veers […]

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Cold, Cold, Cold

Posted by mrssmythe on January 6, 2018 in Critters, Seasons, Week in Review |

The past week has been frigid, to say the least, and Thursday we had nearly a foot of snow dumped on us. Most things shut down. Meanwhile, CPT A battled our ailing snow blower, pausing in his plowing to perform multiple repairs to its tires and drive spring…he even slogged to Home Depot at one […]

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Snow, a Fruitcake, and Some Recent Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on December 13, 2017 in Baking, Crafting, Critters, Week in Review |

I wonder what question the bug was asking when he carved a question mark into this oak leaf. Ginger found it today on our walk. Maybe he was asking why the fruit you bake into a fruitcake always sinks to the bottom. What a sad fruitcake. It tasted all right, but it had a tumultuous […]

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Knitting, Baking, New Quarters for the Chickens, and a Birthday

Posted by mrssmythe on December 3, 2017 in Baking, Celebrations, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, libraries |

Have you started your holiday baking yet? Ginger and I began last week after she received a cookie press for her birthday. The spritz you see here were the happy result. We used the Taste of Home Lemon-Butter Spritz Cookies recipe which made 12 dozen, though it felt like more. By the end, we were completely “spritzed” […]

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Mammoth Pumpkins, Hugelkultur, and a Bit of Knitting (for fun)

Posted by mrssmythe on November 15, 2017 in Crafting, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

It’s traditional here in New England (and probably lots of other places as well) to set out a pumpkin or two on the porch steps in celebration of autumn. Historic Deerfield, though, takes it a step further. During a walk there with my sister, we saw plenty of porches just loaded with pumpkins. Some of the […]

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