TWiP: Rainy Days and Peonies

I had a birthday this week, and something I was worried about came to a happy resolution. Also, we have beautiful peonies to photograph and bring into the house to enjoy… I’m standing here on the threshold of a long holiday weekend, knowing that I have a lot to be grateful for. Truth be told, I nearly always feel this sense of gratitude, but I rarely put it into words. I thought maybe it was about time I did that.

Have a lovely weekend!

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the occasional when-I-feel-like-it theme for 2017 is “words”), 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

365 πŸ“·: 2017 140/365 – Game night tonight! And a little early birthday celebrating for me. I made fruit crisps with the last of the 2016 frozen Summer berries, and the dregs of the baking supplies left in the kitchen cabinet.

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #gettinggrounded It’s a lot cooler out today than it was yesterday. My weather app says a 26Β°F difference! This is more spring-like anyway β›…

Sunday

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #afreshface cut the first peony today. There’s one more open so far… Currently debating whether to bring it inside, too, or leave it on the plant 🌸

365 πŸ“·: 2017 141/365 – Oh, Lazy Sunday, how I love thee. I’ve got my crochet hook in hand, a project nearing completion, and a Doctor Blake Mystery ready to go.

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #apastelpallet it looks like my 6-year-old Day 7 prompt is different than the current Day 7 prompt, but that’s ok. Pastel colors fit right in to what I wanted to photograph anyway 🌸🌸. So, I brought the 2nd peony inside, and they’re living among the mandala garden that is my nightstand πŸ˜‰

Monday

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #thesparkleofspring Today’s prompt calls for rain drops and mother nature has been kind enough to provide them. Apparently she is going to continue to be so kind all. day. long.

365 πŸ“·: 2017 142/365 – It’s my birthday, and I’m trying out the gift Neil gave me. It’s a waterproof case for my camera! It’s a little silly to be using it now, but when the summer is here, I will be stalking my parents’ pool in search of the awesomest underwater shots I can get πŸ™‚

Instagram πŸ“±: Quiet time πŸ’Ÿ

Tuesday

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #everydaybeauty This prompt would have been a lot easier, back when I worked from home πŸ˜‰. Just the same, I do try to inject some beauty into my work environment… Crochet coasters, paper straws, my vacation photos as computer desktop backgrounds… [Taken at work.]

365 πŸ“±: 2017 143/365 – My favorite quilt is back on the bed. (It’s a beach quilt, so it has been sandy for the last week.)

Wednesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 144/365 – It’s a plethora of peonies getting ready to pop. I am waiting for 3 to be ready at exactly the same time, so I can clip them and take them in to work to liven up my desk.

Thursday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 145/365 – Another rainy day. At least the little droplets are pretty πŸ™‚ [Taken at work.]

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #heartshapedworld Is it me, or has this been a more rainy May than usual? I decided not to go out at lunchtime, so I wandered around the office building looking for hearts for today’s prompt. Found some in the second floor lobby πŸ’š [Taken at work.]

Friday

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #awakening Looking around our rather chaotic front garden for something appropriate for this prompt, I was so happy to see a few buds on the yellow rose plant I’d bought in memory of my grandmother six years ago. It doesn’t bloom every year (see above re:chaos) so I’m always happy to see it when it does!

365 πŸ“·: 2017 146/365 – I’m exercising an incredible amount of self control by leaving this flower on the plant. It smells incredible, and I’d really love to put it on my windowsill. I’m hoping by leaving it there we’ll get more than two of them next year. Fingers crossed!

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TWiP: First Blue, Then Green

We went to Ocean City a week earlier than we’ve been going in recent years, and that gave us cold, wet weather at first. The last few days, though, were warm and sunny, and they made me wish I’d packed something other than jeans and sweaters πŸ˜‰

As usually happens when we spend 4 days near the ocean blues, and the sandy browns, and the vibrant cobalt of our hotel, home seems very, very green when we return. It’s possible that spring just sprang a little harder while we were gone, but it is also maybe just a trick that our eyes play on us. Either way, all of that green, and the pops of pink as the peonies emerge make for a nice consolation prize of having to leave the shore before we’re ready.

It wouldn’t be May at TWiP, if I didn’t have one post that started off unbelievably blue, and ended in an explosion of green!

I noticed on Instagram this week that there is a new session of Picture Spring that has just begun. I would have loved to officially join the class, but when I thought about what my $40 would get me (or more importantly, how much use I would get out of it right now), I decided to just play along on my own with the prompts I saved from six years ago.

The class consists of daily prompts, but it also has a community aspect to it. I already have the prompts, so I’d be mainly paying for the community. Last year, I’d have jumped at that, but I have a lot less spare time now and I doubt I’d be able to invest as much in the community as I might have in the past. So, I’m taking my old prompts and playing along by myself on Instagram πŸ™‚ (Only it’s not entirely by myself, because #hashtags!)

I started a few days late, so I’m doubling up here and there until I catch up.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the occasional when-I-feel-like-it theme for 2017 is “words”), 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“±: So it’s a little bit wet today… [Taken at our hotel in Ocean City, NJ.]

365 πŸ“·: 2017 133/365 – So, maybe we won’t be sitting on the deck, watching the ocean today… πŸ˜‰ [Taken at our hotel.]

Instagram πŸ“±: Lunch time. Still raining. When I get tired of reading stuff on my tablet, I think I’ll brave the downpour. [Taken at our hotel.]

Sunday

Instagram πŸ“±: #iloveocnj [Taken on the Ocean City boardwalk.]

365 πŸ“·: 2017 134/365 – What a contrast to yesterday! It’s such a nice day, I think everyone and their mother is here πŸ˜‰ We’re not used to having to share the boardwalk with so many people. [Taken on the boardwalk.]

Instagram πŸ“±: It’s possible that I am biased, but I found this collection of short stories my 14-year-old wrote to be truly entertaining! 🌞 [Taken on the Ocean City beach.]

Monday

Instagram πŸ“±: Now *this* is how you Monday. Wish every week could start off like this! [Taken on the boardwalk.]

365 πŸ“·: 2017 135/365 – Well, that was fun. And far too short as usual πŸ™‚ [Taken on the boardwalk.]

Instagram πŸ“±: Back home today. Our long weekends here always go by so fast! [Taken on the boardwalk.]

Tuesday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 136/365 – Well, it’s back to work today, and what a beautiful day it is, too! I went out for lunch, and when I came back, I spent 10 minutes just sitting in the parking lot. It’s a shame to go back into canned air, when the outside is so nice. [Taken in the car at work.]

Instagram πŸ“±: I guess since I’m done knitting my sweater, and I’m done being on vacation, I should probably get back to this #crochet project that’s been hibernating.

Wednesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 137/365 – The peonies are almost ready! We’re going to have a lot of the light pink ones this year. Get ready for an onslaught of peony photos…

Instagram πŸ“±: Barefoot weather is back πŸ‘£ And I think I’m going to jump on the #picturespring bandwagon… I still have the prompts from when I took it in 2011 😊 #beginnings

Thursday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 138/365 – I used to read blogs in the morning. Now it’s the NY Times.

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #goodmorningsunshine That first sip of coffee after I’ve gotten settled at my desk. Mmmmm. [Taken at work.]

Friday

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #stepoutintospring Neil is away today, so I’m temporarily back to making lunches and seeing the kids off in the morning. 30 steps brings me to the end of my front path, where the driveway begins, and from where I can see my high school junior walking away to catch his bus.

Instagram πŸ“±: #picturespring #theskyisthelimit The air conditioning is cranked up in the office and I forgot to bring a sweater. I had to take a 5 minute break to step outside and feel some warm sun on my skin. Think I’m going home for lunch so I can retrieve my sweater πŸ˜‰ [Taken at work.]

365 πŸ“·: 2017 139/365 – The first peony popped open today!

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TWiP: All. About. This. Sweater.

It has seriously been The Week of The Sweater around here. It’s all I could photograph, for several days. This sweater that I frogged twice before settling on the current design. This sweater whose colors are so hard to accurately capture. This sweater that I’ve actually gotten to wear in MAY because the weather is completely nuts.

Seriously, it’s been far too cold for May, and if I didn’t have a brand new knit that I was excited about, it would be making me pretty miserable. But I do have a brand new knit that I am excited about, and so I will not gripe about this weather. Not too much, anyway.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the occasional when-I-feel-like-it theme for 2017 is “words”), 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

365 πŸ“·: 2017 126/365 – Had a nice visit with my parents today, and now I’m going to cozy up with my knitting for the evening. It’s really something else, how I can breeze through knitting the body in a few days, and then take a week to finish a single sleeve. I’m losing my will to continue, but I must persevere!

Sunday

Instagram πŸ“±: No more fooling around! This sweater gets finished Today. I’m hereby plugging myself into some Acorn.tv and I’m not disconnecting until this sleeve us done. Or until lunch is served… Whichever comes first πŸ˜‰

365 πŸ“·: 2017 127/365 – Finally. The sweater is finished and having a good soak. I hope I like it after all of this πŸ˜‰

Monday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 128/365 – I still have a few ends to weave in, but aside from that, it’s done! And I do think I really like it. It’s going to be a chilly day tomorrow, so I’ll probably have a chance to take it for a spin somewhere other than my bathroom.

Tuesday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 129/365 – I took a little walk today at lunch time. I think I’m going to do this more often. It’s a pretty campus, with lots of trees, and it’s good to get out of the building and get some fresh air. Truth be told, I do go out most days, and while I get plenty of fresh air, I don’t get much exercise riding around in my car with the windows open πŸ˜‰ [Taken at work.]

Wednesday

Instagram πŸ“±: I can’t even drink ice water in a normal glass like a normal person. [Taken at work.]

365 πŸ“±: 2017 130/365 – My pretzel stash is dwindling, and the future of afternoon snacking is in peril. [Taken at work.]

Thursday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 131/365 – I’m glad I checked the forecast, but I’m not thrilled about what I saw when I did. A suitcase destined for the beach in May should not have this many heavy sweaters in it.

Instagram πŸ“±: I finished #knitting my sweater! And I’m at the beach! So, basically, everything is awesome. [Taken in ocean city.]

Friday

Instagram πŸ“±: Enjoying some shade by the ocean with my breakfast and my fam. [Taken in ocean city.]

365 πŸ“·: 2017 132/365 – We’re in Ocean City again, and it’s pretty chilly, but we have sun! And I got to wear my new sweater yesterday, so there’s another silver lining. Today I’m wearing my rainbow Porthole Pullover, and I found a matching beaded bracelet in a favorite shop (so, of course, I now own a matching beaded bracelet…) [Taken in ocean city.]

Instagram πŸ“±: Time to start this season’s hot beach read. #nothingbutgarble #eamforthestars [Taken in ocean city.]

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TWiP: Unusual Lighting

Whether it be provided by nature in the form of dappled sunlight, or provided by a technology in the form of a pair of color-changing bulbs, my photos this week have their share of unusual lighting.

I always find it interesting when an unplanned theme emerges from my image collection.

Yesterday I wore my “I’m blogging this” t-shirt to work, and now that I have mentioned it here, I am no longer lying πŸ˜‰

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the occasional when-I-feel-like-it theme for 2017 is “words”), 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“±: What a beautiful morning! Slept with the window wide open last night, and I’d be breakfasting outside right now, if not for the 5am thunderstorm that came through and soaked everything. It’s ok, though. This spot on the bed is actually much more comfortable, and I think I’m going to go find some cheery morning music to listen to while I dive into this #artfulblogging – it’s been too long since I’ve picked up an issue!

365 πŸ“·: 2017 119/365 – Is it bad that I’ve pretty much spent all day in the same spot? Next to an open window, feeling the lovely breeze, nerding out on my tablet and laptop, reading a magazine, listening to music… I did leave this room for the ever important Saturday afternoon trip to Starbucks for a soy peppermint mocha no whip frappuccino, so there’s that.

Sunday

Instagram πŸ“±: All I need is an afternoon with a good movie on in the background, and I can totally finish the body of the sweater today. Yay! Also? We put my favorite quilt on the bed last night (#pdcskinnerblendquilt). Yay! Also? We booked our annual long weekend getaway to Ocean City NJ and now I have something to look forward to in the next month. Yay! #reasonstobecheerful

365 πŸ“·: 2017 120/365 – For as long as I have neighbors with pink trees and a 250mm lens, there will be images like this in the spring πŸ˜‰

Monday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 121/365 – I don’t mind dandelions. This is a good thing, considering how many of them we have around here…

Tuesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 122/365 – It was a beautiful sunny day today, perfect for driving home with the windows open and the music playing loudly.

Wednesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 123/365 – We got some colorful light bulbs today, and the first thing I did was turn the room my favorite color πŸ˜€

Instagram πŸ“±: Starting the second sleeve! I’ll definitely be done within a few days, assuming I stop taking pictures and actually do some #knitting πŸ˜‰

Thursday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 124/365 – The novelty has not worn off with these light bulbs… I call this arrangement "3d glasses."

Friday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 125/365 – Rainy day today, but I mostly missed it, being indoors and all. [Taken at work.]

Instagram πŸ“±: My favorite candle is lit, my lights are set to “cozy” and I’ve got a Roku full of entertainment. Friday night, let’s DO this thing! #tgif

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TWiP: Fewer Words


I came to a decision this week about my Project 365 theme of “Words.” I had such grand plans with this theme – I envisioned myself seeking out profound commentary in street signs and found phrases. The reality was more along the lines of this: I’d come home from work with little-to-no light left, and quickly snap a shot of anything I could find around the house that had words on it.

Maybe this would have gotten better in the summer when the light was more plentiful, and I ventured out of the house and the office more, but I’ve already lost too much enthusiasm to give it a chance.

So. Starting this week, I’m going to keep my eye out for intriguing words, but if I see something else that I find more appealing, I’m going to shoot that instead. Seven days in, and I’m already much happier.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the unofficial, when-I-feel-like-it theme for 2017 is “words”), 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

365 πŸ“±: 2017 112/365 – There are Rs of many shapes, sizes, and colors at the ol’ Rodriguez homestead. [Taken at my parents’ house.]

Sunday

Instagram πŸ“±: I started my #pdcvernalpool sweater again, this time with a new design and a tweaked color palette. The motifs take up several fewer rounds each, and I’ve removed the two shades of Gray and replaced them with another green and another aqua. I’m about 2/3 through the yoke and already am much happier than I was with my previous attempt. And how great is it to have a whole #lazysunday to work on it? Super great. I may even finish this yoke today 😊

365 πŸ“·: 2017 113/365 – Lazy Sunday knitting, and the late afternoon sunlight creeps across the bed.

Monday

Instagram πŸ“±: Ooh, I am glad I started over with this. I really like this so much better than the last version 😊

365 πŸ“·: 2017 114/365 – This is just a guess, but I’d say maybe Eamonn’s seasonal allergies have kicked in…

Tuesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 115//365 – I want a background for my desktop at work that’s not so busy that it fights with the icons, but is not as boring as a solid color. So I took this very out-of-focus picture of my current knitting project, and tweaked the colors a little bit in lightroom. I think this will do nicely.

Wednesday

365 πŸ“·: 2017 116/365 – I thought it would be prudent to try it on this time, *before* I go to the trouble of knitting the entire body. The fit is perfect so far. Phew! (P.S. Hi there!)

Instagram πŸ“±: We always eat so healthily when @clarkesworld isn’t home…

Thursday

365 πŸ“±: 2017 117/365 – I picked Aidan up early from school on my lunch hour, and took him back to work with me for the afternoon for Take Your Kid to Work Day. I loved these tulips I saw on the school grounds, so I had to stop and take their picture, of course πŸ™‚ [Taken at Aidan’s school.]

Friday

Instagram πŸ“±: TFW your coaster coordinates with your vintage sheet shirt. πŸ’“ [Taken at work.]

Instagram πŸ“±: Lunch hour outdoor #knitting FTW! 🌞 [Taken at work.]

365 πŸ“±: 2017 118/365 – Sometimes I remember just as I’m climbing into bed, that I forgot to take a 365 picture. This is not an ideal situation, but it beats remembering it the following morning when it’s too late to do anything about it 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.

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