Sunday, June 01, 2014

Off Topic: That Was the Week It Was - June 1, 2014

Welcome to my off television topic weekly reflection on the week gone by in both words and photographs I've taken along the way. I did post a bit about Big Brother and Fargo this past week and will be posting on Falling Skies in the upcoming days as I've seen the two first episodes of that show on pre-release screener copies. I was happy to watch the new season premieres of So You Think You Can Dance and America's Got Talent. Both of those shows are in their audition phases and I'll probably stop following one or another when I get bogged down with Big Brother. The CNN ten episode series The Sixties is going to be a must see for me even if it does go up against the Thursday night live BB eviction!

Hey, this post isn't about television!

Um. What did I do this past week? Well, I napped a lot. I watched television. I read. I hung out on the computer. I cooked. I baked. I did some housecleaning. I napped some more. I didn't take any day trips. I basically goofed off.

But, it was worth it! I feel very relaxed. Onto the photos, as few as there are, for the week --

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Scotch Plains Farmers Market

Plainfield has a farmers market each year, but that one's small, on a workday for me and I don't think they've started it yet. The Scotch Plains Farmers Market has several different vendors -- not just one farm with produce and flowers. Lots of produce limited only by the season, but there's also pastries, ethnic foods from different countries, a Picklelicious tent, even a local winemaker. Our growing season has been off this spring. I only bought some asparagus and a few beautiful green peppers.

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Deadly nightshade

I keep seeing this in new and different places each year. This time it's growing along a fence at East Front and Berckman streets in Plainfield.


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I love an iris

The very colorful irises on Berckman Street a few doors down from this house have passed. These are rather small, but delightful.

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Most of the allium blooms are gone as well. This one is hanging in there on Berckman Street.

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Alas, these too are in their last days and most are already gone. Also on Berckman Street in Plainfield.

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Merry Monks!

I had this fairly local microbrew (Easton, PA,) a few years ago in a bar on an evening out with a friend. I've been watching for it ever since. I'm not a huge beer drinker, but I enjoy many of the small brewery efforts. I found the Park Beverage in Scotch Plains is carrying it. Yay! I indulged. I bought a six-pack.

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Yep, they're red

Flowers growing in front of a house on Berckman Street.

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Pretty in a planter

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Yet another planter

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Spring Saturday

Yesterday was a picture perfect late spring day -- blue skies accented with harmless puffy white clouds, temperatures around 70. This is the view looking down East Second Street at the intersection with Berckman Street in Plainfield.

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I ordered a lot of fruit in my Peapod grocery delivery this week. If you ordered $20 worth, they had a promo code for $5 off. I've made blueberry muffins, had dishes of blueberries and strawberries, made a version of mini-strawberry shortcakes, snacked on watermelon and bananas and made a big fruit salad. Mmm.

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One spoiled Vincent

With me on a staycation almost to the literal sense of the pseudo-word, Vincent has been in his glory this past week. I obviously took the week off just to spend it as a cat couch, a cat playmate and a tender to all cat needs.


Petals said...

I love the night shade. Hello Vincent!

Becky said...

Hey, Jackie and Mr. V. This is the first time all summer that I have managed to come check out the pictures. Beautiful flowers.