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TWiP: Ups and Downs

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

Hello. I’m a little late with today’s TWiP. Normally I write these up on Friday nights, but last night I ended up hunting Pokemon and making Wineberry Crisp instead, and this morning I’ve been taking my time (as I do most Saturday mornings).

I actually had a very eloquent few paragraphs written in my head last night as I was falling asleep, but as is often the case for me, I can’t remember much of it in the light of day. And what I do remember, I have thought better of.

So, by way of introduction this week, let me just say that it’s been a sadder week than I’m used to, and I’ve spent a lot of time with my head in the past. I think that must be a natural reaction to losing someone who was such a big part of your childhood as Michele was to mine.

I’m feeling much better at the end of this week than I was at the beginning, that is for sure. I’m happy to see the wineberries coming in, right on schedule, and all of the simple pleasures of summer are in full swing. Life goes on, eh?

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.

?? = taken with my Canon DSLR
?? = taken with my Samsung phone

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



365 ??: 2016 191/366 – We visited downtown Quincy, and spent a long time wandering around Hancock Cemetary, looking at the old 17th, 18th, and 19th century graves, many of which belonged to members of John Adams’ family. He himself was buried here originally, but has since been moved (along with Abigail, John Quincy Adams, and Mrs. John Quincy Adams) to the basement of the church across the street. [Taken in Quincy, MA.]



365 ??: 2016 192/366 – Packing up to go home. [Taken in Quincy, MA.]



365 ??: 2016 193/366 – I said goodbye to my friend today, and then I bought this little rose bush to plant in her honor. When we were in high school, she loved red, and I think I am going to enjoy seeing it bloom every year. RIP, Michele.



365 ??: 2016 194/366 – There’s nothing like a refreshing glass of ice water on a hot day.



365 ??: 2016 195/366 – I think maybe I’ve figured out why we had kids: Somebody has to go after the hard-to-reach wineberries!



365 ??: 2016 196/366 – That face Aidan makes when he’s photobombing me cracks me up. It’s too bad he’s mostly blocked out by my hair, LOL! What a nice, carefree day this was. I needed a little bit of that this week. [Taken at my parents’ house.]



365 ??: 2016 197/366 – The beauty of Wineberry Crisp in individual ramekins, is that I can customize them to everyone’s taste and dietary needs (Neil: more fruit, less crisp; Aidan: more crisp, less fruit, no peaches).

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 Flickr 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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4 thoughts on “TWiP: Ups and Downs

  1. Lisa, losing a friend does pull one down for a bit. I’m glad you remember the good days and have pampered yourself some. My grandboys have been visiting from Colorado, so this message is a little late. Your travels, cooking and knitting are great! God bless!

    1. Thanks, Chloe. It’s been hard, but it’s getting better ☺. How fun to have your grandsons visiting! Have a great time with that ❤

  2. I’m so sorry about your friend, Lisa 🙁 Grieving is such a crazy, hard thing, and the good-bye part is the worst. Just be easy on yourself and do whatever it takes for you to work through it. Big hugs to you…xo

    1. Thank you ♥

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