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What Every Home Needs

Posted by mrssmythe on February 10, 2019 in Critters, Family, Homeschool |

A kind neighbor passes along issues of The English Home to me when she’s finished with them. Are you familiar with the magazine? It’s wonderful. I always enjoy seeing the interiors of so many beautiful and, frequently, historic houses. One thing I’ve noted is that many of these homes have at least one dog in residence. And, when […]

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Post-Holiday Check In

Posted by mrssmythe on December 30, 2018 in Baking, Celebrations, Chickens, Critters, Museums, Shopping, Week in Review |

I had meant to post something earlier, but didn’t manage it. As a result, you’re going to get a hodge-podge of images from the previous few weeks to give you a fair idea of our holiday season. If it all seems a bit wacky and disjointed, well… that’s a bit how the month has felt. […]

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A Foray into Decorating, a List for Brides, and Some Completed Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on November 18, 2018 in Books, Critters, House, Old Books, Seasons |

I took a step toward holiday decorating this past week by bringing up my “Winter Animals” from the basement. They’re festive, but not overtly Christmassy, so I figured I could sneak them in early. This year I added a strand of twinkle lights for extra sparkle. The kitten in the stocking at the right (just below […]

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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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What’s Up with Mr. Wa?

Posted by mrssmythe on July 12, 2017 in Critters |

I often get requests for photos/posts about the cats – specifically Mr. Wa. And, while I’d like to oblige, this can be hard because Mr. Wa doesn’t do a lot. In fact, until recently, we rarely saw him. He had a tendency to lurk in the basement most of the day, or up in the comfortable […]

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