Friday, July 20, 2012
My computer has been giving me fits for the last few weeks, allowing me only very small pockets of time before shutting down again for the unforeseeable future. Husband-dear finally decided he missed my blogging enough that he fixed the problem (yes, he reads my blog. Hiya Mattie! *muah*) This is why my blogging/emailing has been sporadic lately.
My camera, though having been in a sorry state for some time, has become even more sorry after having a jug of ice water poured all over it in the van coming home from a state park. Yes. Lovely.
Before, the camera was
~ not allowing for other lenses to be put on (no macro, my friends)
~ no automatic settings---everything must be manual.
~ random ERR 99 codes every few days, forcing the camera to shut down.
And since the water spill, the brokenness includes:
~ the manual aperture can no longer be changed (!!!)
~ SOMETIMES the shutter speed gets stuck too
~ a newly charged battery needs to be put in EVERY SINGLE TIME the camera is turned off.
It is really, REALLY a pain and rarely results in a decent photo. Incidentally, it is also really, REALLY hard to commit to saving for something that you really, really want/need! You know I am a "don't buy it if you don't have the money first kind of girl"....this is where the rubber meets the road. Saving up for things before buying them is no problem when it comes to a pair of shoes or a couch, but for a camera? That takes some serious discipline. This is why I rarely pick up my camera anymore.
It is all good though~ even with less blogging and less picture-snapping, time still seems to slip through my fingers. Tell me it isn't just me??
Garden harvesting is a must now....a very happy must. We eat like kings and I put all the extras up. Still in the flash-freezing stages of food preservation though, and blessedly so, since who wants to can when it is almost 100 degrees every day for a week? Not I.
I have no less than 12 bouquets of flowers around the house. I pluck and I pick from our yard every day and the children have grown accustomed to me swerving to the roadside by a particularly lovely patch of color. It is just what I do. The other day Matt brought me home a bouquet of bee balm that he had picked along the creek (saying, "I don't have any idea what they are but there are tons of them along the creek and I thought you would like them..." um...YEAH.) A happy surprise. A patch of creek-grown bee balm?! It is like a present just for me!
It has been crazy hot here and terribly dry and each day I have to decide whether a dry well or a watered garden is more important. But today it is raining and there is nothing so pretty and happy than to see a sky of gray and practically *feel* the earth heave a sigh of relief as it slurps up the rain. I will celebrate by cleaning. Because, in all truth, cleaning a hot house by my hot self on a hot day wasn't on my agenda for the last week. Instead, I opted to read-even then, working up a sweat. So the fresh and cool rainy outdoors has me ready to make things fresh indoors too. I'll be tackling the School Room and the Spare Oom today.
How are you spending your day today?