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Saturday Morning with the Squirrels

Posted by mrssmythe on July 18, 2015 in Critters |

This morning, I woke up to squirrels at the bird feeder. Normally, Manny keeps this sort of thing in check. He sits at the window and barks loudly whenever one of the squirrels climbs up the screen or shimmies down the hook. Sometimes the squirrels listen to him, and sometimes they ignore him, but, overall, […]

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Squirrel Surprise

Posted by mrssmythe on May 7, 2015 in Books, Cooking, Critters |

I’m still deep in the stack of outdated cookbooks I picked up earlier this week at the library’s used book sale. Since I last blogged, I’ve moved on from The Modern Family Cookbook (1943) to The Yankee Cook Book, first published in 1939. My copy is the revised edition, published almost forty years later, but it can’t be too revised, because […]

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Manny and the Chipmunks

Posted by mrssmythe on June 22, 2014 in Critters |

What is Manny watching so intently? A chipmunk! Manny loves chipmunks. He’s been obsessed with them ever since they came out of hibernation this year. He follows them from window to window in the house, clawing at the glass, barking. Every time a chipmunk stops by the wildlife feeder, Manny alerts us. He can’t understand why we […]

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Sunflower Eulogy

Posted by mrssmythe on August 27, 2013 in Critters, Garden |

The sunflowers have been savaged. This happens every year. And this is the reason I had stopped growing sunflowers in the first place. It’s just too heartbreaking to watch them cut down in the prime of life – before they’ve ever even gotten a chance to produce seeds. All right, I’m being melodramatic, but it […]

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