What I like most!

As you may or may not know, I love to take close-up photos. Showing the fine details of the photo subject is fun. I would love, someday, to have a macro lens. They are quite pricey, though. So, for know, I bought myself a lens extension tube. It attaches to the lens and allows for shots that are zoomed in closer than what the lens would normally allow. I have been thoroughly enjoying playing around with it and have gotten some pretty decent shots. I’m amazed, that, with my shaky hands, I can get clear shots. Christopher got me a gorilla pod for Christmas, and I have been using that for every shot I’ve taken with this extension tube. I love it!

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Here are a few pics that I’ve taken with the extension tube. Not perfect, I know, but I’m having fun and getting lots of practice.

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While I’m finding a lot to get pics of during this cold weather season, I’m really looking forward to getting more close-up shots in the warm weather months. Bring on Spring!

 

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Internet

Yesterday, when I got home in the early afternoon hours, the cable and internet were out. I tried the usual thing we do when we have a problem such as this: unplug and wait a few seconds, then plug back in. No luck.

When I was pulling in the driveway, I noticed that there was a truck from our local cable/internet company in a driveway a few houses down. So, once I discovered that ours was out, I wondered if there was a connection.

Since the usual trick of unplugging and plugging back in did not work, I called to find out if there was an outage in our area. Nope. No outage. So, they scheduled a service call for later that evening.

Adam would be home from school soon, and I knew not having internet service would be a big deal for him. I was right! He was not a happy camper! “How did you live without internet, mom?” This made me chuckle. He’s 16, so he’s never known a time when the internet did not exist.

The service guy arrived, late, and already knew the problem was outside, at the pole, a few houses down. Exactly where I had seen the truck earlier. It seems the lines at the pole were chewed up by squirrels. For whatever reason, our line was not tagged, and the guy that was there earlier working did not know which house that line belonged to, so he did not reconnect it. What???!!!??!! It was a simple fix, and within minutes of our service guys arrival, the cable and internet were back on. Hooray!

The comment Adam made, about not having internet, got me thinking about how different things are now. So much is different now, for my own kids, than it was for me growing up. There was no internet. We didn’t have computers. When we needed to research something, we looked it up in the encyclopedia or went to the library. Remember the card catalogs? Oh my how things have changed!

We didn’t have multiple tv’s. And there were no remotes. If you wanted to change the channel, you had to get up and walk to the tv and change it. And there was no cable. We didn’t have fancy video game systems. We had Pong, and we thought it was great!  We didn’t have cell phones. There was a phone on the wall in the family room and if you wanted to talk to someone on the phone, you did it right there in the family room. We didn’t spend all day looking at electronic gadgets. They didn’t exist. We played with toys, or games, or spent the day outside.

My kids think it’s funny that we were so excited when we got our first microwave when I was a kid. It was the new thing, and it was pretty cool! How did we ever live without it? lol

I remember riding my bike on the bike path that ran alongside the expressway near our house. Sometimes by myself.  I would never, in a million years, let my kids do that now. It’s a different world we live in now, sad but true.

While we enjoy all the conveniences of modern life, it’s fun to look back at how things were when we were growing up. And, it’s fun to hear the reactions from my kids when I share stories like these. They will have stories to tell their own kids one day, about their own childhoods, and I’m sure their kids will react in much the same way. It’s one way we keep the memories alive.

Have you taken a trip down memory lane lately? It’s good for the soul!

 

 

Granola

Today, I made Lisa Leakes’ granola recipe. Remember Lisa Leake? From 100 Days of Real Food? I’ve been wanting to try it for a while, and this morning I made time to make it. It’s a pretty simple recipe, easy to throw together.

It’s fantastic! I love to add granola to plain, Greek yogurt. I also love to just eat a handful. This is good stuff! You should give it a try.

Here is the link to the recipe:

 

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/04/04/recipe-granola-bars-cereal/

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! 2016 is in the books, and 2017 has begun! I hope you all enjoyed ringing in the new year last night. Tim and Adam and myself did our usual, dinner, movie, then home to watch the ball drop on tv.

I am not one that makes resolutions for the new year. I’m not starting a diet or exercise routine, simply because I already exercise regularly. And eating healthy is something I started taking seriously last year, so I’ll just continue. I’ll admit, though, that I ate more junk during the holidays than I should have. And I’ve been paying for it with stomach issues. So, it’s simply time to get back to more fruits and veggies and less junk.

One new thing that I will be helping with this year is wedding planning. That’s right! There’s going to be a wedding! Christopher proposed to Sarah on Christmas Eve, and she said yes! We are so excited for them! They are hoping to get married in January or February of 2018, so, a little over a year away. Can’t wait to watch all of this come together. They are perfect for each other, and I am so excited for them to start their life together!

I hope to amp up my photography this year. I’m not sure, exactly, what that will entail. But, I’m really having fun with it. I got a new 50mm lens for Christmas, and a filter for it. I also got a new camera backpack, which I used to take my camera gear to Colorado. It’s pretty awesome! I also got a Gorilla Pod tripod. Adam has been using one of these for his vlogs, and I think it will help me.

Maybe I’ll look into how I can sell some of my photos. There are a lot of online sites to do this, but I’m not quite sure where to start. But, I’ll look into it.

I also need to download some editing software on my new laptop. I think I’m going to purchase Lightroom. I downloaded a trial on the computer a while back, just to try it. I really like it. That’s probably what I’ll go with.

All in all, I’m excited for this new year. 2017 is going to be great!