Slow Moving

I’ve been a little slow in journaling recently. It hasn’t helped that my left hand is still in a splint with no end in sight of when it will come off. Thanks to the pelican encounter I had, I will probably be wearing this thing for a couple more weeks. I guess it’s better than a hard cast but if healing doesn’t start soon then I’ll have to do what I dread: head to the doctor’s office, get an x-ray and probably have a cast put on.

Living with one “good” hand makes life a little bit more challenging. Driving (putting on my seatbelt is the worst) hasn’t been impacted much. Bagging groceries, typing, and cooking have all seen a downward spiral as I try to rest the hand as much as possible.

My goal, to cook a couple of vegan recipes each week from the cookbook 1,000 Vegan Recipes, has not come to fruition yet. Cooking is slow going these days and trying to take photos at the same time would make it seem like life is at a standstill.

Add to this, (yes, I am lamenting my situation at this moment) that my camera was killed during the pelican encounter and I’m a wee bit irritated. Last week I went shopping for a new camera and there are so many that it made my head spin. All vary in price and quality.

Yesterday I went to Costco, looked at a few other cameras, and decided to try a Panasonic Lumix ZS10. It was the last one they had and also the floor model so I was able to buy it at a discount. The main reason I selected this one is that it is a point-and-shoot so I don’t have to play with too many settings unless I want to. In addition, the zoom on this camera is better than my old one and I’m always trying to take pictures of the large birds that live in my neighborhood so the added zoom will come in handy. Lastly, I’m able to take pictures more quickly instead of having to wait a few seconds in between shots. It’s not as good as an SLR but for my purposes it will do.

The bonus for me is that Costco has a “buy it, try it and if you don’t like it then return it within 90 days” policy. I’ve never been hesitant to return things that didn’t work or fit but this policy makes me less hesitant to try things.

So — we’ll see what happens in the next 90 days. The battery is charged and by tomorrow, when we’re expecting our first Twin Cities winter blizzard of 4-12 inches, I’ll be ready to snap a few pictures.

Let me know what you think. I still have a few more pictures to post with my old camera but hopefully you’ll see a difference once the new pictures are posted.


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