TWiP: For the Birds

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

I spent last week’s post whining about the rain, so you can imagine how happy the last several days of dry weather have made me! It rained again yesterday, but I’d had enough sunshine and warm breezes on my face by then that I didn’t mind so much.

I’ve spent a decent amount of time this week appreciating the great outdoors in my way. “My way” generally consists of opening all of the windows in the house and sitting next to one. It’s the best of both worlds – all of the breezy fresh air of outside, none of the bugs or uncomfortable seating options. Heh.

Uncharacteristically, I did make myself get all up in nature’s face last Saturday, even though it was raining for about half of the time I was out there. I think the trick to getting me out in the elements is to involve another person. I’d invited my sister to go on this nature walk, so I was pretty much locked in. If it had just been me, I’d probably have seen the rain coming down and spent the day in my pj’s sipping herbal tea instead.

That would have been nice, don’t get me wrong, but it’s good to step outside of your comfort zone once in a while. Let me tell you, there was nothing comfortable about the amount of mud we had to walk through that morning!

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

πŸ“· = taken with my Canon DSLR
πŸ“± = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram πŸ“±: Instead of spending the morning hanging out in my pajamas, I’m out in the rain taking a”migration walk.” [Taken at Primrose Farm.]

365 πŸ“·: 2016 128/366 – My sister and I went on a "Migration Walk" run by the Great Swamp Watershed Association this rainy Saturday morning. We took some pictures of birds and flowers, and stepped in a lot of mud. (So. much. mud.) Most of my images were close-ups but I did step back and get a few shots of the scenery, like this one. [Taken at Primrose Farm.]

Instagram πŸ“±: So, this has been a gross little adventure. Our shoes, socks, and pant legs are soaked. The things we do for our photographic art πŸ˜„ [Taken at Primrose Farm.]

Sunday

Instagram πŸ“±: I have teenagers who are still asleep, so I made my own breakfast in bed… if I waited for them I would starve πŸ˜‰. Happy Mother’s Day!

365 πŸ“·: 2016 129/366 – The boys agreed to do a photo shoot so that I could have a recent picture of the two of them for my desk at work (when I get a job). I set the self timer and jumped into the last shot myself. I β™₯ these guys.

Monday

Instagram πŸ“±: I had a lovely day yesterday with my people, but now it’s back to the grind. If you can call knitting a tiny sweater for a new pattern a “grind” πŸ˜‰

Instagram πŸ“±: Too. Many. Choices. What should I read at the beach later this month? Non-fiction recommendations please? β˜ΊπŸ“– [Taken at the Long Hill Library.]

365 πŸ“·: 2016 130/366 – We’ve got three quilts on this bed, all of them lightweight, all of them made by me, and none of them large enough to adequately cover the bed. One of these days, I will make one that is meant to go here. That day is not today, however. Today, I will be sitting here knitting the second sleeve of an itty bitty sweater.

Tuesday

Instagram πŸ“±: I switched gears this afternoon and assembled a few pairs of school spirit earrings while watching @taraswiger record a new episode of #exploreyourenthusiasm on Periscope. #pdc

365 πŸ“·: 2016 131/366 – Barefoot weather is coming… it’s not here yet, though. My toes are freezing right now 😜

Wednesday

Instagram πŸ“±: Uh oh. I ran out of earring cards. Guess I’ll just have to keep this pair πŸ˜‰ #pdc

365 πŸ“·: 2016 132/366 – You know, I was perfectly happy not paying much attention to the many birds of my neighborhood, but then I spent a day with my sister, who is kind of a bird maniac (sorry, Donna, but you know it’s true…😜) and now I find myself thinking, "I wonder what kind of bird that is" when I hear a particularly melodical chirping, or "where’s my 250mm lens?" when I hear a woodpecker going at it on the tree stump next door…

Thursday

365 πŸ“·: 2016 133/366 – This calls for some singing-while-I-work music. A little Indigo Girls, perhaps? Rites of Passage, cranked? Yes, I think that will do nicely.

Friday

Instagram πŸ“±: Good morning, Instagram! I woke up next to an open window this morning – a breath of fresh air and the song of birds – what a fabulous way to start the day! I’ve decided to stay right here in my bedroom and start my work day atop my favorite quilt for a while. Happy Friday!

Instagram πŸ“±: Thought I’d try a new place. And yeah, brownies are not the best lunch, but will you look at the size of that coffee cup? Probably should have gotten it to go πŸ˜‰β˜• [Taken at Ecoffea in Watchung.]

365 πŸ“·: 2016 134/366 – I hit the thrift shop today and got six dressy tops for $30! I took a chance and didn’t try them on until I got home. So, of the six, two are very awesome, two fit so terribly I will never wear them in a million years, and two are decent enough that I will hang them optimistically in my closet for a year before changing my mind and tossing them in the giveaway pile.

Instagram πŸ“±: So, it just so happens I had a new mug to photograph (#pdcmodfloralmandala ) at the same time that I had a new app to play with (#acolorstory ). Yay! πŸ“· 🎨

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on FlickrΒ and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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I am a polymer clay artist turned fiber addict. I can often be found here at Polka Dot Cottage, writing about my adventures in polymer, fabric, yarn, photography, and everyday life. I live in New Jersey with my husband, two sons, and entirely too many craft supplies.

2 thoughts on “TWiP: For the Birds

  1. Gosh, those earrings are so pretty! I am with you…I am more of an indoor person and that just would not be my fun place…but I think it’s great that you had fun! πŸ™‚ Sweet picture of the three of you…Happy Monday!

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