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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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New Yard Visitors and a Traveling Turkey

Posted by mrssmythe on April 13, 2020 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Insects, On the Home Front, Pollinators, Seasons, Week in Review |

Things continue to wake up in the yard and in the neighborhood. These days, the corn we put out for the chickens draws a wide range of visitors – from chipmunks and birds to squirrels and, most recently, a rabbit. Meanwhile, the azalea in the front yard – one of the few things blooming – […]

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Sugar Gliders and Other Ways We’re Passing the Time

Posted by mrssmythe on March 20, 2020 in Mrs. Smythe |

First off – I hope you are well and in possession of toilet paper. Has your life changed as drastically as ours has? Here in Massachusetts, we’re doing our best to self-quarantine, dashing out for groceries about once a week and otherwise staying home. Pepper is on spring break, soon to start online versions of […]

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Summer Crafting

Posted by mrssmythe on August 27, 2019 in Crafting, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, Toys |

The craft project photos have been piling up, and I thought it would be fun to devote an entire post to the things Ginger and I have been making these past few months. I’ll save Ginger’s items for last, as they’re the most spectacular. Here’s what I’ve been working on: First, a set of crochet […]

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A Shift in the Color Scheme and a Shaved Cat

Posted by mrssmythe on July 9, 2019 in Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Quick! Does anyone know what sort of tree this is? I was walking in Holyoke last week and came to a full stop when I caught a whiff of its flowers. They smelled divine and the bees loved them! Meanwhile, in my own yard, the color palette is shifting from the purples and pinks of […]

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