Monday, December 28, 2009

Feast and Fondle Week

Some eighteenth century silver -- and no, not my dining room table.

Some years I have gone all out formal, with candelabra and chargers, brocade and linen, ruby glass and glitter - but not this one. The pack are dispersed and could not all congregate.

So we just shoved the piles of papers and laundry to one end of the table and ate at the other.

Still, I am so stuffed with bird and wine, with Belgian chocolate and exotic cheeses, that I should be on a plaque on the wall.

And, ignoring my Luddite timidity, my daughter gave me a digital camera. I fondle it, fearfully. I hope it has directions for dummies. She assured me it did, but I am dubious.

There are those, like Scott, Gabrielle, and Frank, who capture scenes of sheer magic, pictures that linger in the memory, many-worded photographs that send my imagination soaring. I do not have their skill, but it will be fun to try.

The world revolves from night to day.

Waes hael to the New Year!


jason evans said...

Wishing you a wonderful new year, Bernita.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Jason. Wishing you the same, ten-fold.

Scott from Oregon said...

The beauty of digital, is that it's free.

My two cents on learning to take good photos with your new camera...

Find one thing you want a great photo of. Keep taking pictures of it from all angles, under all lighting conditions.

Be observant of the results.
You'll have the knack in no time!

Natasha Fondren said...

Oh yes, Scott is right! The wonderful thing about the digital camera is that you can take eighty-six pictures of a turkey that lands in your driveway. (Er..) And a couple are bound to be good.

My digital camera broke, and I'm supposedly getting one for Christmas. (*taps fingers on table*)

fairyhedgehog said...

Pushing piles of papers and laundry to the end of the table is how we mostly manage!

I'm glad you had plenty of delicacies to eat. You can't have too much chocolate.

I do hope the New Year brings good things for you.

raine said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your informal Christmas, Bernita (my favorite kind, lol).

I think you'll love the camera.
Although I have a sentimental preference for my old 35mm, the digital I got a couple of years ago is quicker, easier, and definitely has intriguing possibilities.

And of course, we'll expect to see the results. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Lana loves her digital cameras. She takes hundreds of pics every time we leave the house.

Jade Blackwater said...

Bernita! It's so wonderful to read your words once again.

May the New Year bring you many wonderful surprises and much happiness!


Chris Eldin said...

I am soooo looking forward to your photos! What fun! I hope you have the best year, Bernita.

archer said...

That subject line is definitely a grabber.

Carla said...

Best wishes for the New Year, Bernita!

You'll love your digital camera. I was apprehensive at first, but as Scott says, the great thing about digital is that it's free, so you can try things and learn what works for you.

pjd said...

drinc hail, Bernita!

Digital cameras are to most people as the female body is to adolescent males: An unfathomable number of complexities and features, yet on average only three or four are ever extensively explored. (One could remove "adolescent" from the above and it would still work out.)

Happy holidays.

Bernita said...

"Knack," Scott? Erm, I'm not sure about that. You take totally professional photos. (I'll be happy if they just look like what I aim at!)

Broke? Oh, dear, Natasha! I hope they don't break easily, she said fearfully.

Fairy, no flat surface seems to survive uncluttered here, for more than one day.I hope 2010 is shiny for you.

Eh, Raine...the food seems to taste just as good without fancy table settings and the company is just as much fun.(Washing up is easier too!)

Lana is an artist, Charles.

Thank you, sweet Jade! I wish you the same, overflowing.

You too, dear Chris. Don't hold your breath for photos thoough. Need to screw up my courage.

Archer, 'tis accurate. I like to fondle my presents for a week or so before I deploy them - except for chocolate. Which I ate.(burps.)

Thank you, Carla.May your dreams be fulfilled.
I am definitely apprehensive but now a little reassured. My only previous experience is with the flash 'n smash cheap type of camera.

Bernita said...

~bumps cups with pjd~
PJD, thank you.
You've just convinced me I'm right - male technology is unfathomable, just like men.
I'll be quite happy if only one exploration is successful!

BernardL said...

You will enjoy your camera, especially uploading images onto your computer. The digital camera has made my day job much easier. A picture is sometimes indeed worth a thousand words. :)

sylvia said...

So we just shoved the piles of papers and laundry to one end of the table and ate at the other.

Your descriptions are worth a thousand photographs ;)

Still, I suspect you will have great fun with your camera and I hope you'll be sharing the results :)

Bernita said...

Bernard, that part I haven't figured out yet.
The point 'n click part I dimly understand.

What a neat and charming compliment, Sylvia! Thank you.

StarvingWriteNow said...

cool! New gadgets can be fun as well as fearsome. I take bad and good pictures with my digital camera--and the great part is that I can just click on "erase" and they're gone!

Hope you have a happy new year, dearest. Keep warm!

Bernita said...

"just click on "erase"

Oooh, one can? Hot dog! Have a feeling that's a function I'll be using regularly!

Thank you, my Lovely. All good and wonderful things to you.

writtenwyrdd said...

digital cameras are very easy to use, Bernita. I adore mine. Just got a 12mpx camera with an (I think) 20Gb memory card.

You can email me if you need help. I've used a number of different ones, and they all are pretty similar.

writtenwyrdd said...

Oh, and the free thing? That's the best part. You can't lose because if you take a huge volume of shots, you are bound to get some good ones.

Bernita said...

Bless you, Written. I will.

Lana Gramlich said...

Enjoy the digital camera, hon. They're so liberating! W/o the limitations of "traditional" film, you can take as many shots of a single subject as you like & surely one of them will come out good! It does help to read up, too. For my own cameras, I bought the instructional videos. They were lifesavers (or photosavers, at least!)

...and did you say...Belgian chocolate? *drooling*

Happy New Year, Bernita.

Whirlochre said...

Happy New Year.

And if it helps, digital cameras make great paperweights.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Lana. A happy New Year!
Chocolate? I ate it. No, I pigged it! No wonder they refer to some forms as "truffles!"

I hope that won't be its fate, Whirl! Happy New Year!