I spend half my time at family events taking photos. Yes, I’m THAT person. In fact, I was nearly tarred and feathered at a recent baby shower because I didn’t have a camera glued to my hand. I ended up taking pictures with my phone the entire time.
I digress, as usual.
So, like you, I value pictures. But today, so many of our pictures are held prisoner on tiny cards in our cameras, in our phones or on our computers, and we can only see them there.
So this Christmas, release them.
Get some prized pictures printed and put them into a small album, a collection of lovely silver frames, or one of those collage frames we love to hate. Enlarge one to 8 x 10 and frame it for a desk. Make it even bigger and frame it for a statement piece on a wall. (Our kids did this last Christmas and it’s a prized possession.)
I’m off to buy some beautiful new frames. Here’s Jeff to keep you company.
Winebits 361: Thanksgiving 2014 edition
Thanksgiving wine suggestions from around the Internet:
• Keeping it simple: From Real Simple, part of the Martha Stewart magazine empire, “affordable” wines for Thanksgiving. And who says we’re not making progress on the cheap wine front? The recommendations include so many wines that I’ve reviewed here that I think the author may have visited the blog once or twice. They include Gruet sparkling (though the article says it’s New Mexico, which hasn’t been true for years); the Pine Ridge chenin blanc blend (and can the 2015 $10 Hall of Fame be just seven weeks away?); and the Sicilian Planeta red. One caveat: This is a dated post, despite its high Google position, and some of the wines listed will be hard to find.
• Surprisingly simple: From Forbes, which offers mostly affordable wine, including too many that aren’t all that good. Still, one of the world’s great wine values, the $12 Acrobat pinot gris, is included. Equally as bizarre — the $10 Handcrafted chardonnay, about as simple as chardonnay from a Big Wine producer gets, is next to the $60 Sea Smoke, a 14.9 percent California monster with 16 months of oak and a critical darling. The only thing those two wines have in common is that they have grapes in them.
• Never simple: From Eric Asimov at the New York Times, whose annual Thanksgiving column, which I always enjoy, is not unlike the Passover Seder scene from “Annie Hall” — lots of arguing between people who mostly agree about they’re arguing about. His choices include a $14 white Loire from Fournier Pere et Fils, made with sauvignon blanc that I’d love to try. But I’ve never seen in a store and Wine-Searcher.com says it’s only available from east coast retailers. The rest, as delicious as they sound, seem to be as New York-centric as the Fournier.
I wish you all a delicious, peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving with friends and family.