Happy Friday!

Naptime

Need some furry cuteness to kick off your weekend? Check out the Furry Friday group on Flickr for some cute and furry fun.

Have a great and restful weekend everyone!

Warm Feelings on a Cold Night

Beyond the Rooftop

It started snowing around 8 am this morning and it’s still coming down – we’ve got about 4 inches so far. But soon the snow will stop and with the clear skies will come the cold temperatures. By cold I mean that the highs for the next few days MIGHT make it over 0 by a few degrees at the most, and the lows will be in the -15 ballpark. Tonight we’re expecting wind chills that will make it feel like -25, and just as the sun went down I could see the wind picking up and the freshly fallen snow swirling back up into the trees.

So tonight I’m thankful for a warm apartment with working electricity and lots to keep me busy. I’m glad to have a hot meal to eat, and a wonderful husband and two toasty furballs to keep the bed warm tonight. I’m happy to have friends, family and hot tea. In trying economic times like these, where I’ve gotten only a few job leads in the past few months with no prospects on the horizon and hear doomsday predictions each time I turn on the news, it can be hard to remember that I really have it pretty good.

Happy First Year

Good Morning!

This past Tuesday was the one year anniversary for this blog, and it sure has changed in one year, as have I. I’ve managed to get the post count up, and I hope work up to posting almost every day.

I wanted to take this opportunity to mention some of the other things I’ve been up to lately. Since I got my new DSLR I’ve been posting new pictures on flickr almost every day. I’ve finished my first photography class and am looking forward to getting the negatives scanned and posted, and to starting my second class this winter. The bikes are in for the winter but I’ll be trying out some spin classes in my area, so I might have a bit to report on that. Jim’s been painting, and you can see his stuff in his flickrstream.

November is the cloudiest month here in Minneapolis, and with the short days it feels as if we go from night to gloomy gray skies and back to night over and over without any real daylight at all. December has the shortest days but at least it’s a bit sunnier. So I’ll be looking for indoor activities to blog about, at least between now and Thanksgiving. Thanks for visiting and stay tuned!

In black and white

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While I’m hoping to find a Canon EOS 50D under the Christmas tree, I’m currently making use of my Digital Elph and my Rebel 2000 35mm cameras as best I can.  I started my black and white film photography course last night and, even though I’ve owned the camera for years, I learned for the first time how to set the f-stop and aperture.  Yes, all these years I’ve been pointing and shooting and not knowing what was actually going on.  I’d like to think I’ve been quite successful this way, but I’m sure my photography skills will improve dramatically once I know what I’m doing.  Or at least I hope so.

Today it’s been cloudy and rainy and not good for outdoor photography, so my homework assignment will have to wait for another day.  Instead I’ve been playing with the settings on my point-and-shoot Elph.  I didn’t have to work hard to find a willing subject for my experimenting.  Storm was more than happy to blink, flirt, stretch and roll around like a supermodel on the beach in Cannes.  Well, not EXACTLY like that, but close.  Cooper was a less willing participant; most of the pics I took of him were while he was asleep.  He tends to think the camera contains something tasty to lick, so that was just as well.

Most of the shots came out blurry, a common consequence of photographing furries, but I did get a few good black and whites.  I’ve also learned that slightly overexposing certain color shots gives a nice effect.  I’ll have to play more with this.  In the meantime, I’ll be hitting the books to get my reading assignment done, and hitting National Camera for all the film printing supplies I’ll need for class.

More to come…

Love/Bites

Cooper was bit by another dog yesterday while out for a walk.  I was not there for the actual bite, but I still experienced the trauma of knowing someone I loved was hurt and there was almost nothing I could do about it.  We took him to the emergency vet (we were so panicked that I’m amazed we managed to make it there in one piece), and the vet repaired our little guy’s cheek with tissue glue.  This experience is really making me think about the responsibility of dog ownership, how hard it is to know what’s going on in their heads, and how much we can care for someone so little and furry.  I know most of the time that Storm is safe in the house where very little real harm can come to him, but Cooper is often out in the world and at the mercy of those bigger and stronger than him.  Watching Storm sleep contentedly on the couch and Cooper alertly looking out the window at the street below, all I can think about is how much I love my furry family.