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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Cloning Amy

Posted by mrssmythe on May 15, 2016 in Crafting, Toys |

Ginger brought another toy to me this weekend to be mended. This time it was “Amy” – a stuffed cat she’s had for years. Amy had already been repaired before (see HERE), and, as I examined her, my thought was that she was really beyond patching. Full-on limb replacement was what she needed. We had already done […]

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Stuffed Animal Hospital

Posted by mrssmythe on December 28, 2015 in Crafting, Critters |

With the holidays, the dogs did not get their regular walks on Christmas Day. Nor did they get walks on the day after Christmas. Nor the day after that. For three days, they watched us come and go, and that was all. No walks. They were thoroughly bored. Each of the three dogs behaves differently […]

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A Bit of Surgery

Posted by mrssmythe on June 30, 2015 in Crafting |

Manny’s been at it again. He found one of Pepper’s tiny stuffed animals the other day and gnawed on it. Pepper brought it to me, hoping I could help. I could. I have rudimentary sewing skills – the sort that are useful for hemming things and sewing on buttons. But more often than not, I end […]

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Amy’s Turn

Posted by mrssmythe on February 26, 2015 in Crafting, Toys |

A while back – in December, actually – Ginger brought me one of her little stuffed cats, hoping I could repair her. The cat’s name is “Jean” and I write “her” a bit hesitantly because Ginger told me last night that Jean is sometimes a girl and sometimes a boy, depending on whether Amy (the […]

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