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Late Summer in the Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on August 6, 2018 in Critters, Garden |

I think late summer is my favorite time in the garden. So many of my favorite flowers really come into their own in late summer. The yard is filled with color and happy pollinators. Finches land on the zinnias. I love to just sit out on the front porch and watch all of the comings […]

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Fall Fun – and a Sister’s Visit

Posted by mrssmythe on November 5, 2017 in Baking, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Family, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

First off, I want to share this fun photo of CPT A, working on his computer in the backyard with the dogs. Since this was taken, we’ve lost all of those colorful leaves in the back woods. A wild storm came through on Halloween and knocked everything down. Much of our town was without power […]

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Last Week of Summer…First Week of School

Posted by mrssmythe on September 1, 2017 in Baking, Chickens, Critters, Garden, Out & About, Seasons, Week in Review |

I went for a walk by myself yesterday. “By myself” meaning without the dogs. It felt strange…even a bit lonely. And I had to ask myself, “when did that happen? When did I become a ‘dog person’?” It was certainly easier to take pictures without a dog in tow, but even the neighbors asked where […]

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The Week in Review

Posted by mrssmythe on September 18, 2016 in Baking, Critters, Garden, Photography, Seasons, Week in Review |

Leaf Report: We’re starting to see patches of fall color here. Many of the trees have smudges of red  and orange, but, overall, the bulk of the scenery remains a stalwart green. With school in session again, there are lots of books laying around house. I’m just as apt to leave mine around as the girls. Here […]

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Technicolor Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on August 27, 2015 in Garden |

In the eighties, Lois Ehlert wrote and illustrated a children’s book that talked about how she and her mother “planted a rainbow” every year. They planted bulbs. They planted seeds. They planted seedlings from the garden center, and all with the intent of reproducing every color of the rainbow in flower form. Nothing exotic. Nothing difficult […]

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