Sunday, December 28, 2014

Surprises

It's not easy for us to surprise each other with gifts.  I'm not good at waiting for a special occasion to buy something and neither is he.  This year was an exception.

"This will instantly make your blog better."  He handed over the box and I paused wondering what it could possibly be.  He was so certain.  I couldn't think of what it would be.

It's a new camera lens.  An 18-135mm which will provide more versatility over a broader range of distances, including doubling my zoom while out and about.



When at home I can still use my 300mm macro lens but it lacks versatility for garden tours and is so heavy I often need to prop it up or use a tripod to keep it steady.  The new lens is relatively light.

So of course I had to go out and take some photos.

These deer are farther away than they appear.  With my other lens they would look about half the size.  They are standing on the new fence line being installed to keep the rascals away from my plants.


To see the difference I took the next two photos from the same spot on the back deck.

New range



Old range



And the new lens was a surprise!  I had mentioned it months ago and promptly forgot while he remembered.  How sweet.

His surprise was a wireless rain gauge to go with last year's weather station.  No more muddy trips to check the rain totals to share with the neighbor who always asks.  It was something he didn't even think of and a big surprise.  I love it when I can do that.  He set it up yesterday and it rained this morning.


A few more scenes from Christmas before we start to pack it all away for another year.

We had a light freeze Christmas morning which meant a cozy fire in the fireplace with twinkly lights on the mantel.


The tree is all twinkly too.


Apple Galette for dessert.  Simple, rustic, and yummy with vanilla whipped cream.


The Christmas Cactus bloomed on time


and Mr. Moy Rose


We hit the sales after Christmas for more LED lights and to pick up this lighted burlap fox.


So cute, how could I resist?   Designed for outside, I might keep it in the front hall next year.

Having fun this year, as always.  I have two more posts of Christmas lights from downtown and a wrap up post for New Year's.

14 comments:

  1. You scored in the Christmas gift department Shirley! I've begun to wonder if it's time for me to try something more advanced than a point-and-click camera. I love the wireless rain gauge too - I was unaware of that innovation and will have to check it out.

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    1. It's been very helpful already and it is self-emptying. An excellent choice for those of us who count each drop of rain!

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  2. So exciting about your new lens. I know the feeling...like a kid in a candy shop! Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New year . I will look forward to more photos with your addition!!!

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    1. Now if it will just warm up a bit so I can spend more time outside!

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  3. Isn't it nice when the two of you still manage to surprise each other? Both fabulous gifts and looking forward to seeing more photos you take using your new lens. And that Apple Galette looks so scrumptious!

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    1. It was very good, all gone now. I have been having fun with the new lens.

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    1. It's fun when a plan works.

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  5. Lucky you! The photos are great, but I always enjoy your photos. As you say, this lens will give you so much versatility. Enjoy!

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    1. It's been fun and I find I don't need to move around as much.

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  6. Your story of gifts is a grand reminder that just because it isn't easy to surprise a long time partner, doesn't mean you shouldn't keep trying. The love just underneath your words is a true holiday treat.

    PS - love that burlap fox! He is totally adorable and must be happy to finally have arrived where he belongs.

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    1. Deb, your words are so sweet too. We should plan to meet up when we have a blogger tour in Austin.

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  7. You remind me of the two lovers in O Henry's 'The Gift', but fortunately without the semi-tragic, ironic twist. You obviously have all the ingredients in place to enjoy a Happy New Year and Happy Life.

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  8. I remember reading that story. O Henry spent a good bit of time in Texas early in his writing career. The surprise is the challenge with our gifts.

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