Last Thursday - September 25th - was the five year anniversary of Phil's passing.
(That's Phil in the green and white striped shirt, between me and Brian.) This was
the last family photo taken of the four of us in July 2009. We were celebrating Phil's
21st birthday at one of his favorite restaurants - Maggianos. Anniversary dates are
never easy. I don't think it matters how many years it's been been. Brian and I drove
out to Tim's place after he got out of school and we went to the cemetery together, then
out to dinner. I'm thankful that Tim isn't going to school far away where we couldn't
just hop in the car and be at his place in 1-1/2 hours.
On to other news...I finally saved up enough money to buy a nice lens for the Canon Rebel
xsi camera that Tim gave me a couple of years ago. (He was given a much nicer camera
for shooting a wedding.) I got a great deal on this lens from a seller on eBay. This lens itself
retails for almost $500! I was able to get this lens for a little more than half the retail price.
And it's in perfect condition. Now for the even harder part: learning how to use this camera
and lens! I have never used a DSLR camera before - just a point-and-shoot. Just looking
at all the buttons and knobs and stuff on both the camera and lens have me overwhelmed.
I know there's tutorials online, so that's where I'll start. Tim told me to learn how to shoot in
manual, not automatic.
Speaking of photographs, there's nine of Tim's photos that I want to mat and frame
and hang on a wall in his old room/the guest room. I laid them out on my bed today
and I think this is how I want to display them on the wall. Now I need to make a trip
to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and check out my framing options. I'll wait to purchase
all of the frames until one of the places has a 40% off sale.
The weather here in northern IL continues to be just about perfect every day: warm
temps, tons of sunshine during the day, and cool nights. My desk faces a west window
so that the late afternoon sun comes streaming in - which the cats love. I caught Miss
Clemmie rolling around in delight yesterday.
Sir Zippo prefers to just nap. Smart boy.
One last thing ~ did I tell you that I'm back in my regular yoga class now that my
shoulder is feeling much better? After almost a year in a gentle class, it feels so
good to be back in my regular class where I feel a bit challenged. Namaste!