Purple Flowers and More Wallpaper

Posted by mrssmythe on May 23, 2018 in Garden, Renovations, Week in Review |

Wallpaper removal continues. I found another pattern this past week – this is the fourth I’ve seen. As I work, I’m definitely getting faster. But, I’ve also sliced my hands twice with a putty knife. Surprising how sharp those things can be. Outside, things are just glorious. And so green! All at once, we have […]

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Lots of Flowers, Lots of Bubbles

Posted by mrssmythe on May 2, 2017 in Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

This week, CPT A set up a bird feeder in the back yard for any birds that might prefer a more secluded setting than our driveway dogwood affords. (Actually, he put it up because he found it in the garage and thought it looked cute). Anyway. It’s been very popular with all of the wildlife – […]

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Currently in Bloom…

Posted by mrssmythe on May 6, 2016 in Garden, Seasons |

Lots in bloom in the yard right now, even though the weather has been disappointing. (Cool temps, rain, etc.). Purple and pink are the dominant colors, beginning with the wash of Creeping Phlox around the backyard pond. These are wonderful as they seem to increase in number every year. I love their starry centers. Another plant […]

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Spring Snow

Posted by mrssmythe on March 21, 2016 in Garden, Seasons |

We woke this morning to a world of white. It wasn’t completely unexpected – the weatherman had been sounding the alarm for about a week. But still – coming as it did a day into Spring – the wintry landscape was a bit of a jolt. Dog walking took place regardless. Here, Kipper inspects a neighbor’s bank of day […]

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Springtime Shawl Planning

Posted by mrssmythe on February 29, 2016 in Crafting, Seasons |

Last Christmas, I bought a lovely skein of hand-dyed, lace-weight yarn. It was an alpaca/silk blend (very nice), but I used only a fraction of it to make a gift for Pepper. The rest – approximately 800 yards – has been sitting in the hall closet ever since. And this has bothered me, because truly it is one of the nicest skeins […]

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