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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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TWiP: Wineberrypalooza

This Week in Pictures, Week 28. 2021

At the height of wineberry season last year, it was brutally hot in New Jersey, and our air conditioner was broken. The idea of picking berries in the sun and then having no reliable way to cool off after we were done was less-than-appealing. So we opted out of berry picking and all of the delicious baking that went along with it.

It didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but there was more than one day this past winter when I lamented the lack of wineberries in the freezer. Sometimes you just want a taste of summer on a January afternoon, you know?

This season, with our air conditioner replaced, and the ability to once again cool off after time in the sun, we’ve more than made up for last year’s lack of wineberries. Not only did we pick them in our own yard, but Neil and I took a few buckets over to the office building where I work, and we picked berries there around the perimeter of the parking lot. Twice!

I’ve baked two Wineberry Crisps in a week, and frozen enough of the leftovers to make another three crisps sometime in the next year, whenever the urge strikes. Or maybe I will use them in scones. Or muffins. Whatever I do with them, it’s a nice feeling to once again have a berry stash in the freezer.

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

It’s a roundup of the little (and big!) moments I have captured all week. Some of these images are posted on Instagram, but many aren’t posted anywhere but here. Some days there may be no photos, and other days there may be multiples. It’s more laid back than the Project 365s of previous years. You can learn more here 🙂

Photos taken with 📷 (Canon EOS 80D) or 📱 (Samsung Galaxy S9).

TWiP Clips

Here’s a very short video, featuring 1.5-second moments from the week:

Saturday

NOW it’s #wineberryseason 😁
@clarkesworld came with me to a spot that I know that is rich with berries, and we each filled up a container with #wineberries, #blackraspberries, and #blackberries ❤️🖤
We could have gotten more, but the heat and the bugs got to us.
Sometime in the next few days I will bake a wineberry crisp 😋

Monday

Making wineberry crisp during my lunch hour so I’ll have a nice delicious snack during the afternoon slump.

I got bored knitting my brown sweater, so I unraveled it and switched to crochet. The pattern is the #eyeletyokecardigan by @lindamade and the hook is a vintage Susan Bates H hook with a fancy new polymer clay handle (in the “Seaside Calico” design) made by me 😁
More berry picking tonight. There were so many interesting little critters, including these colorful bugs.

Tuesday

Working on the couch in my PJs and enjoying some wineberry crisp for breakfast.

Wednesday

Instead of watching some dark British murder mystery over lunch (as is my usual), today I am reading. This book comes highly recommended by a fellow documentarian, and so far it’s a good read. This is a library book, but I might need my own copy 😀

Thursday

I made another wineberry crisp. And a big old mess.

Thanks for helping me celebrate the week! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Instagram ♥

Same Week Previous Years (2014-2020)

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