Monday, March 10, 2014

Gratitude Monday -- Awake and Interested

The other day I got a sudden interest in something I had forgotten about over the years and for it I am grateful.
The something was a video camera my husband got me for Christmas 2008.
I didn't want it. I wasn't interested in it and as I had two fairly new still cameras at the time I didn't need it and frankly,  felt overwhelmed.
It got used a bit and then ignored.
Thursday night after I settled into bed I got the urge to fire it up and see what I could do with it.
On Friday I dug it out. I knew I was on the right track when I went looking for the manual. Most manuals I keep in a zippered bag in a cupboard near the cameras.
I gave the bag a cursory check distracted by a nagging idea to look downstairs where we've stored the old photo equipment.
I did. The manual was sitting right on top of a camera bag, waiting.
I played a bit on Friday night and then a few more times on Saturday and Sunday to learn about it and get a feel for it.
It's fun.
I'm enjoying it. I'm looking forward to making videos of the birds singing and feeding and whatever else comes to mind.
I am grateful for this new old toy for the fun of it and because as I was getting it ready to use I felt more  awake, interested, alive.
In 2008 I was enjoying my first year of heart problems and on a high dose of the beta blocker Metoprolol. Among the gifts this medication brings is being easy going to the point of not caring much what happens around you.
I suspect this, plus the heart issue itself, led to me not wanting the video camera when I received it.
The newfound interest suggests that the last traces of the medication are out of my system and /or a new layer of creativity has been kindled.
Whatever the reason it is wonderful and I am grateful.


the Bag Lady said...

I am so glad that you have started taking an interest in more things, and I look forward to videos of birds singing and brooks babbling!

the Bag Lady said...

I am so glad that you have started taking an interest in more things, and I look forward to videos of birds singing and brooks babbling!

Virginia Lee said...

That's great, hon! I don't even know where my digital video camera is at the moment. In a box, I'm sure.

Enjoy your new tool of wonder!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, BL and VL. if I'm lucky I'll even get videos of the neighbourhood cats and finally be able to put the Internet to its proper use.

messymimi said...

You go to such beautiful places, i'm looking forward to seeing not just pics of them, but videos. Sometimes we get a gift when we aren't quite ready for it, so i'm glad it was there when you are ready.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Messymimi. I'm hoping to get out west to the mountains soon.
The bluebirds ought to be back any day.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Can't wait to see what you use the video camera for, your perspective is always intriguing so I'll be curious to see what you end up focusing your lens on!

Leah J. Utas said...

Crabby, thanks. I'll see what I can get up to in the next little while. Probably plenty of melty stuff.

Hilary said...

So nice that you've rediscovered something that your husband probably knew you would enjoy under normal circumstances. Looking forward to your video offerings. I had to blink twice.. you changed your avatar in mid stream. ;)

Leah J. Utas said...

Hilary, it took five years for those circumstances to normalize and I'm sure glad they did.
Prepare yourself for melty videos, birds, and maybe mountains and waterfalls.

solarity said...

Another vote for melty videos; also awaiting the neighboring cats with interest. I'm glad the video camera has waited patiently for its proper moment.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Mary Anne. Please stay tuned.

Bossy Betty said...

Very cool! I am glad you rediscovered this interest!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Bossy Betty. Me, too.

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