Drought in Massachusetts

Posted by mrssmythe on July 26, 2016 in Garden, Musings, Seasons |

We’re currently in the midst of a drought here in Western Massachusetts – the first we’ve seen since moving here. And, I’ll admit, one aspect of it has me baffled. The lawns. Very few people are watering their lawns. Which, of course, makes sense. But, it does surprise me. I grew up in the arid West where, […]

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The Smith Museum

Posted by mrssmythe on January 22, 2014 in Out & About |

We had another trip to the museums today – this time because Pepper was being fitted for her new skates and Ginger and I needed somewhere other than the cave-like skate shop to hang out while Pepper sat for an hour letting her new boots mold to her now adult-sized feet. CPT America stayed with […]

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The Springfield Museums

Posted by mrssmythe on January 21, 2014 in Out & About |

We spent the afternoon at our wonderful museum complex yesterday. The girls and I have logged a lot of hours there over the years – most often in the natural history museum, which is one of the more kid-friendly buildings with its aquariums and taxidermy. Here’s Ginger in the dinosaur hall. The museum has an […]

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Mattoon Street

Posted by mrssmythe on January 20, 2014 in Out & About, Pepper's Lens |

Our wonderful art museum debuted a new exhibit on art crime today (more about that in a future post), and I decided to take the girls downtown for the opening reception. We took Kipper with us because, of the three dogs, he’s the least able to make it for long stretches at home without a […]

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The Yankee Candle Company

Posted by mrssmythe on October 31, 2013 in Out & About |

The girls and I went to the Yankee Candle Company in Deerfield last week. It’s about forty minutes away, and I called it a field trip because there’s a small (very small, actually) museum on the site dedicated to the history of candle making. There it is. The whole museum. It’s just a corner of the […]

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