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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The "Things for Which I Am Thankful" post

It's Thanksgiving so one hasta have such a blog post

Okay I am thankful for kittens. the past 2 summers the store building has given us a kitten so now we have Tuttle a strapping male cat who is just over a year old and Twizzle who is about 6 months old. the two love each other and like to sleep and play together

I am thankful for the wonderful fall growing season we had this year (the rest of the year not so much). The weather has given us and our CSA members a lot of yummy food

I am thankful for our Farm share members. You guys rock! And without you we would not be farming

I am Thankful for my family that still walks the planet. I have the best brother and sister in the universe and great step siblings and step mom.

I am thankful for my friends. They are all an intelligent, talented and beautiful bunch of people

I am thankful for the adventures I had this year especially the trip to DC with Marge Glaser to protest the Tar Sands. It was a magical trip (I mean this quite literally-magic happened several times during and after the trip-especially when the pipeline was put on hold by the feds and told to move entirely by the Gov. of Nebraska there by shutting down the project within a couple of days of the protest, BooYah!)

I am thankful for decisions; We finally decided to dump farmers markets late this year and go 100% CSA for 2012 and beyond

I am thankful for both mine and Eugene's health. It allows us to all the things that need to get done on the farm

And I am thankful for you readers

Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 21, 2011

We got a nice mention in the Organic in the Miami Valley blog about our carrots and the 2012 Farm Share Initiative. Take a look

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Camera Troubles

I have been without a camera for almost a month. Actually, I think it is exactly a month today that the camera went dark. That is literally what it did-it came on, the LED screen opened with a happy Olympus logo blue screen and than black. So obviously, some part that likely costs $300 (about 10x what the camera is worth-if it is working order) has died leaving me with no comera.

I did venture into a BestBuy to look at SLR cameras and went away with no camera and the decision that a cheapo point and shoot is best for me.

The SLR cameras are expensive, require even more expensive lenses and also require expensive batteries. The Canon Rebel I looked at (I don't remember what model it was, there seem to be 3 or 4 different models) needed a battery that cost almost $100 and it was not rechargeable. The other SLR's needed slightly cheaper (and usually rechargeable) batteries but I would still have to shell out over $50 per battery and I would need at minimum 2 or them as I take a lot of photos and video and go through batteries at a fairly rapid clip.

So after looking at several SLRs I noticed that all of them need an additional macro lens (costly and bulky) if one wants to take rally close up shots of things. Since about 1/3 of all my pictures are of small subjects such as insects, flower parts, tiny mosses and other subjects that scream out to be shot in macro mode AND all point and shoot digital cameras come with a macro lens built right into the camera I decided that the point and shoot digital is my camera of choice.

So I ordered a point and shoot via a website, My Survey , where I have been taking and submitting consumer surveys for many many years (well over a decade) and I have built up tens of thousands of points. So on Nov 1 I ordered a Fugifilm 14 mp Point and shoot camera and in the next 2 to 5 weeks it will be delivered to my door.

In the mean time I am missing a lot of great photo ops but Once I get that camera and figure out how to use it I will get back on that photo horse and ride hard.