Recharged and ready to go; home after the holidays

Posted by on November 27, 2011 at 7:26 am.

Recharge

My daughter and I enjoyed spending our Thanksgiving holiday in South Carolina. I do have one major regret <sighs> with all the chatter about my Nikon battery charger, you’d think I’d have learned my lesson right?

Well, guess who decided not to pack a battery charger? Stupid, I know, I know… My reasoning, I have a full charge, so I don’t need it. The sad thing is, I hadn’t looked at my camera in about a week, and I’d taken hundred of pictures since that time.

Of course, I didn’t remember that important detail, until I tried to take pictures of Lake Marion. I was wondering why can’t I take pictures? Looking at the viewfinder, cleared that up quickly. My battery charger was almost dead, and so “looking at the battery charger just the other day and seeing I had a full charge,” was most likely a few weeks ago. I did manage to squeak out one photo, before my Nikon D80 shut down completely.

Of course, there were tons of gorgeous photos I could have taken — with a charged camera. Stepping outside the condo, when there’s very little activity, except for the fisherman at Lake Marion, makes for some amazing pictures. My favorite Lake Marion shots are taken while most of the world (around me) sleeps. Oh well… there will always be Independence Day.

Crafting during the holiday

Besides that, my daughter and I had a great time bonding with the part of the family that we only see once or twice yearly. In the early morning, and late evenings, my daughter and I worked on paper crafts. One day, I stayed up until about 3:30 am working on a few ideas I had for my die cutting machine (Cuttlebug) using a common metal item, that most people might have in the house.

Although I like paper crafts, I’ve always enjoyed working with metals/beads more, and so I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate them into the paper crafts that I create. Currently the handmade cards I’ve made (a few I’ve shown here at Celebrate Life) are samples to show ideas I’ve had. I don’t consider them a finished product, but a way for me to bounce around ideas.

During the Thanksgiving holiday, I made several cards, and will be posting a few of them over the next few weeks. I also will be releasing a new website within the next few months, but more on that later.

13 Comments

  • Karen says:

    sorry about your battery – we have all done that a time or two! glad you had a nice visit with your family.
    Karen
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    Opal Reply:

    @Karen,
    Yes we have, lately it seems I’ve been making my share of camera mistakes. 🙂

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  • Mike Goad says:

    As Karen said, we’ve forgotten to charge our camera batteries and it is certainly frustrating. One thing we’ve both done is to buy an extra battery for our camera and keep both batteries charged. Then when we go out for a day, I stick the extra battery in a pocket.

    We’ll be hitting the road for home in a little while.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Mike Goad,
    Yes, I’ll be adding another battery. To be honest, I already thought I had purchased one. I’d meant to do it when I went through that battery charger fiasco, but I never followed through. However, I’ve changed that and should have my extra battery soon, and will keep in my camera bags pocket. I already stuffed the additional charger in there.

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  • Anna says:

    A bit of unlucky about your battery. It happens once when I was on an excursion to Ethiopia (can you imagine my frustration:() but the most important thing is that you were with your daughter:)
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Anna, that would have been frustrating, and you’re right, the most important thing was being with my daughter/family. We had a great time.

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  • Emilia says:

    I understand your frustration, but remember: the best photos are taken with your eyes and your heart!
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Emilia,
    Thanks for stopping by, true I have plenty of those type of photos. I’d planned on sharing those photos with my brother and his family, since they were visiting his wife’s side of the family. It’s something I always do, when they can’t make a family get together, but there will be other times.

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  • Jennifer says:

    YUP! Been there!!! I stayed up until 2am on Saturday trying to get projects and articles done for the next issue of ReadySetCreate with Jen! LOL
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer,
    It sounds like we’ve both had some busy days. Here’s hoping things slow down for the both of us. 🙂

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    Jennifer Reply:

    @Opal, Indeed 🙂 But I have had a wonderful few days eventho I have been busy! 😛 CHEERS!
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, The days can be wonderful — even if they’re busy. 😉

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