Musings on daily events in my unremarkable life as a retired person who has found way too many things to do.
By: osdianna , 8:46 PM GMT on June 06, 2014
During the Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival I had a sort of epiphany when I reached a snapping point; too much to do, no time left. The festival was sort of the last straw. Turns out my main problem was a drop in blood sugar (diabetes 2) from not eating on a regular basis. It was a wake-up call I now heed.
Since then (last weekend of April) I have learned how to say "No" to various requests for my time. Instead, I have been working in my yard, reading, and taking care of some previously agreed to jobs, though not as well as I should, and generally doing what needed to be done in MY life. I have accomplished quite a few things that needed doing; it is still a work in progress. My back yard is three feet high in grass, and the back 20 feet is thickly tangled with blackberries and salal. While it is a safe haven for a bunch of bunnies and who knows what else, it is fast becoming a real point of contention with my other self who craves order...plus runners of the blackberries are snaking their way across the yard under the overgrown grass. I can no longer use the excuse, "The goldfinches LOVE the grass seeds!"
I will be hiring somebody to take care of the job...one time only...to get me caught up. I have been looking longingly at goats, but even they would be overwhelmed. I know a couple of guys who have the equipment needed to accomplish the job. Meanwhile, I have begun hand-pulling the grass around my containers with roses...not a bad job as I get to do it at my leisure, keep company with the dog and cats who enjoy having my company outside and I am thoroughly enjoying the presence of baby birds in the nearby trees, the breeze keeping most of the mosquitoes at bay, and the off and on sunshine.
BriarCraft...I think you nailed it with the batteries with the Nikon Coolpix S6000...they don't seem to take a charge, so I will order some new ones. The Nikon 70Ds is another story; I think the card needed formatting, so I did that and now the battery needs recharging, I hope. I have new batteries and a new recharger, but need to switch them around to find the right combination of tasks...hopefully. If that doesn't work I'll just break down and send it off to the Nikon folks to figure it out. I'm tired of messing around with it, and I miss my BIG camera!
The new camera is a real change for me...a Canon PowerShot SX510 HS. This is my first Canon, and it's too bad it has to be a Chinese-made product...lots of plastic, but it has a 30x optical zoom and takes really nice video too. Mostly it is a geek's dream and I am not a geek, but it seems to do everything I need...and that's all I care about. It's awfully small.
My computer issues indicated to the tech that the hard drive is failing, so I bought a refurbished tower; it arrived today and will require that I learn how to transfer files from one machine to the other...something I have never done. Like I have time for this right now! sigh
Anyway...it seems I am on a path of new beginnings, so what the hay....I will post pics of a few things I have taken with the new camera as soon as I get a chance.
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