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TWiP: Close to Home

This Week in Pictures, Week 33, 2021

Unlike Week 33s past, the 2021 Week 33 did not involve any beachy day trips, weekend getaways, or intercontinental travel. I barely left the house. On the plus side, I did manage to procure a bouquet of zinnias, which inspired some photo play and kept me plenty entertained.

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TWiP: Window Box Chicken

This Week in Pictures, Week 31, 2021

I don’t know how the time manages to pass so quickly, but it always does. It’s August already. I feel like the summer just started, and yet we’re only a few short weeks away from pumpkin latte season. I’m starting to feel a little desperate to make sure I’ve availed myself of enough summer joy while it’s still here.

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TWiP: Instant Gratification

This Week in Pictures, Week 30, 2021

It’s been a little over two years since I bought my first instant camera, and in that time, I’ve taken a few photos that I love, and a whole lot of photos that are kind of terrible. I don’t know what keeps me plunking down my hard-earned cash on yet another pack of film, or worse, a whole new camera to love/hate, but here we are. As of this week, I’ve got four instant cameras and two and a half photo albums full of evidence of my misadventures. I do think, though, that I may have finally turned a corner with my latest purchase…

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Reasons to be Cheerful: Fall Edition

Fall in the back yard

It’s a yearly tradition for me to go on and on about how much I love the fall, yet here we are in mid-October and I have yet to fill my quota of autumnal gushing.  Clearly this must be rectified at once.  One look out the window (or several errands out in the car) this morning will tell you that this is Autumn in New Jersey, and it is Good.  It puts me in the mood for some Reasons to be Cheerful.

Fall in the front yard

Blooming mums

365 day 292 - Itty bitty pumpkin

  • 55 degrees and drizzly on a day when I’ve got nothing pressing to do.  I took care of the most important tasks on my list yesterday. I may just spend the next few hours knitting and watching movies…
  • A breakfast experiment gone right: heaping spoonful of canned pumpkin stirred into my vanilla yogurt and topped with Vanilla Almond Agave Granola.  Quite good.
  • The mums my mother-in-law brought over a few weeks ago are really starting to bloom nicely.
  • Homemade pumpkin lattes.  I still haven’t gotten the mix quite right for my own taste, but there’s fun in the experimentation.  Bonus: Eamonn absolutely loves the pumpkin milk.
  • The Pandora station I started five+ years ago and am still enjoying listening to and tweaking.  It’s good Fall listening, if you’re interested.
  • Daydreaming about future projects. I’m thinking: Ripple Blanket, crocheted for Eamonn. After I finish knitting Aidan’s sweater, that is.
  • Mini pumpkins.
  • And lastly, I am quite cheerful to report that the results of the biopsy are in, and the growth I had removed from my throat a few weeks ago is of the completely harmless variety. Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. I appreciated it!

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  1. Holy moly! I somehow missed that you’d had a biopsy. So relieved to hear nothing evil was lurking there. Thank you for the beautiful dose of Fall, and the good news!

    1. Thank you, I was relieved to get that call! And thank you for answering my pathetic cry for attention on Twitter 😉

  2. Very happy to hear the biopsy was Nothing Serious! And fall is in full swing here though not as bright and colourful (fewer trees, more empty and harvested, brush cut fields)

    I’m not quite sure pumpkin anything qualifies as edible though. I’ll stick to the apples we’re currently devouring.

    I will ponder, shoot some pics and make a Something to be Grateful for post. It should help my case of the grumpies.

    1. Thanks 🙂 And, Oh, I wish I had been more on the ball apple-wise this year. I never did load up on them, fresh from the farm, like I like to. Hope your grumpies are short-lived. Never any fun feeling that way!

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