Tuesday, November 10, 2009

better late than never

I cannot believe it has been that long since I last posted! A few weeks, yes, but not over a month. To all 6 of my readers, I apologize.

The photo class is over, and I enjoyed it. This class featured the use of the Nikon D40, which I had recently bought. It is a humdinger of a camera, although only 6 MB resolution, I find it makes great images of normal 4x6 or 8x10, and what would I do with a bigger photo? I've reached saturation with even 8x10, for framing and displaying...

The first photo is of Raven and Magpie playing in the hose, to demonstrate stop-motion. The second photo shows extremely short depth of field from a wide aperture, although (the instructor pointed out) the ladybug is not quite in perfect focus. I hate ladybugs. This one is actually dead and thus sat very still for the photo. Sometimes we get hundreds of them perched on the side of the house, then some get in, make the cats go nuts trying to catch them (lamps kicked over, papers scattered, glasses tipped over, it's a real fun scene) and then when you whack them, they really stink. I am not a big fan of any bugs, actually. There were originally 5 people in the class, but by the end, only two of us finished. It puzzles me why people would pay $200 for a class and then not do the assignments. More money than sense, I guess.

Rachel went to the beach with her friends and returned safely, sunburned and bearing lots of stuff, since it was the end of the season and everything was super cheap.

Tomorrow someone comes to give us an estimate on re-doing the bathroom. I figure it will be high, but we will have something to compare to while we look at other places. Rachel, who never wants things to change, was demanding Why now? I resisted the impulse to say "because we are thinking of selling the house" which would have sent her into a total tailspin, aren't I mean? Really, though, this place is 30 years old and it really shows in the bathrooms.

My insomnia continues to be a problem, but right now I'm feeling very sleepy, so off to dreamland.

Bumper sticker for the day: If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?