Randoms ~ Friday 3/17/2017


It's Friday, which doesn't mean much if you don't work or have kids to get off to school, but isn't it funny how Friday just always lifts your spirits, even it is means the same old, same old?

My search for a new camera is frustrating me.  The only camera store in the big town does not "sell" cameras.  Now, I know- you're wondering why, just like I was when I walked in and asked to see their cameras.  But apparently, having the name "camera" in your business name does not mean that they actually sell cameras.  This very same store sent off one part of my broken camera (the lens) and kept the main camera (the part that is flashing "error", "error") and told me they didn't realize the camera had an error (image stabilization something or other) so they didn't send it off.  But they did send off the zoom lens which was going to cost about 40 bucks less to to fix than to buy brand new...so they sent it back.

That's my camera story.  If anyone can point me towards a good camera that is under a thousand bucks, I would literally hug you through outer space.  My head is spinning from investigating all the web sites."pick this one, no pick this one!" It's not like I'm wanting the moon, just a good camera with a good zoom lens and an eye viewer (I can't stand holding my camera way out in front of me and looking at the whatever it is called.  I'm blind as a bat anyway.  I want a camera that does not prevent me from clicking the photo in macro, just because it wants to be a pain in the patootie that day.   I'm looking at Nikon D 7200.my husband is looking at something called Sony HX 400 50x.   We shall see,   I've had Olympus, Sony A57, Cannon 3.3 pixel digital and a Nikon power shot.  The Sony a57 is the latest and worst of all of the previous cameras.   Any thoughts?

My Thursday thanks is all for my mom, who continues to make me laugh and we have had some good ones this week with me trying to change her clothes and almost pulling her flat out on the floor from her wheelchair.  I promised her I would make sure she landed on top of me instead of vice versa.  She is doing well with pt, but we still don't understand what is going on with the cancer that has disappeared from her body.

For more randoms...what do I do with a cat that won't stop meowing about her food all day.  I divided it up into two feedings a day and I swear she sits and stares at her auto feeder for two hours before each feeding, just whining away like she's starving to death.  The vet gave her a steroid shot...I have no idea why he thought that would help...(she works herself up into a frenzy and then pukes all her food up as soon as she gobbles it down).  Any thoughts?  I don't know what to do.  The last time I free fed her, she gorged until she puked and then did it again until the bowl was empty.  She's 10.

Blessings to you all, and I hope that your troubles are few and your health is good.

The above photo is from before I fell on my camera and broke it.   Sheesh.

sharing with  Eileen's Saturday's Critters , Thankful Thursday with Michelle & randomly with Tanya 

39 comments:

  1. Terri ... hang in there! Re your cat ... I have a little girl kitty who is 6 years old and is now on Zylkene. I spread one capsule on her food once a day. She did a lot of urping and was chewing on her leg. We decided she is a nervous nelly and if she calmed down a little, maybe we could break the chewing cycle and help with the urps. Well, she's been on this med for a week and it is working. No chewing on the leg and no urps. I have no idea if this would help your kitty or not. Good luck with the camera. I'm a Cannon fan, but my camera is old and I keep my fingers crossed that it doesn't "quit". Hugs to you and your Mom. Love the shot of the mallards. Happy Friday!

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  2. Oh- Terri- You poor "camera poor" girl. I have no idea of anything about cameras. I was going to buy one and actually ended up giving up because it was so confusing. I was looking for 'easy' and nothing seemed easy enough. lol Good luck. Happy St. Pat's Day- xo Diana

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  3. Oh poor Kitty I wish I had an answer I don't know anything about cats but maybe someone will. Since she's already hungry steroids make you hungry or so that doesn't make sense to me. Haha I'm dressing somebody in a wheelchair I tried that when I was a volunteer at the nursing home and believe me I know how hard it is. About the camera just about any camera you buy will be good. They're all about the same period I had a DSLR Rebel two of them in fact and I love them because I could put it up to my eye to take pictures and because of the speed of the frames. When I bought my last camera I decided I wanted one that I could carry and not have to change the lenses and I bought the Nikon 6 10 and would give anything if I had bought another DSLR.

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  4. i needed to upgrade my tiny camera - and was confused. I found some i could afford on the Canon site . . . so, I emailed and asked questions. the person responding asked me some questions - to find my primary need - then answered every question, sent me links about how to accomplish everything on my list and found me a refurbished camera - better than new - that makes me super happy . . and, i could easily afford it. Hope that helps.

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  5. I just bought a Sony A6000 and LOVE it. The camera should come in under budget, the long lens would take you a bit over.

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  6. I use the Sony HX a lot, I have had 5 models of this camera as Sony kept making it better, my first was direct from the company 6 months before it went retail.I have shot all Sony for 15 years

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  7. I use a Canon EOS Rebel SL1. I originally bought it at Costco with 2 lenses, a EF-S55-250mm and a EFS 18-55 mm. (Costco doesnt' carry this model anymore but they do have a newer model of this type for $550 with one lens). (The Canon store online also has good prices). The camera base with one lens (usually the EFS 18-55 is included) usually runs about $500 and it is helpful to buy another lens, a telephoto zoom which runs about $450. (I love using the telephoto lens). This camera can be used manually or automatic. I always use the automatic settings (you just dial to the setting you want). Of course it does video, etc and has software with it. Good luck! Andrea

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  8. heerlijk dat alles er weer vrolijker uit gaat zien.

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  9. I know absolutely nothing about cameras but I feel your pain if that helps! It's so good to be able to laugh with your Mom. My Mom was known far and wide for her laugh and sense of humor. I was 29 when she died and her laugh was what I missed most. Sometimes I still hear it and it's been almost 28 years! What an absolute blessing the cancer is gone from your Mom's body! Your poor kitty. My MIL's cat does the same thing. They found he had diabetes. Once he began insulin shots twice a day, (I know, right?), he stopped begging constantly for food. Just a thought. Have a wonderful day and enjoy!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  10. Sorry; I don't even own a camera anymore, except for the one on my iPhone.

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  11. I am far from being a camera expert, but my SIL found me a Canon Rebel T3 at Walmart at a greatly reduced price (it wasn't the newest model, not that it made any difference to me) and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. I still tend to use my phone camera more than anything, but love what comes out of the Canon. I've yet to get any kind of zoom lens for it.

    I'm sorry about the cat issue. I've asked my daughter's opinion (they've had some similar problems), but she may not have an answer.

    I do like your ducks! (and I still love Fridays)

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  12. You have to laugh when things go wrong. I have an older Canon Ixus, really handy and smaller, easy to use, and a Canon 550D, or Rebel 2, bigger, but with a tele and a macro lens. Sony have some really good ones with a great zoom, when I chose mine, I wanted to hold several models as my hands are small. Your cat, do you feed what we call wet as well as dry food? Is she long haired, and goes to eat grass to bring up fur balls? Our oldest is 18.5 years now, and meows for apparently nothing, and grazes, not eating much at any one time. If only they could talk.

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  13. So pleased to read you have good laughs with your Mom ...

    I like your photo, I wish you well in your search for a new camera.

    All the best Jan

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  14. Photography of the Teal is excellent Terri.

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  15. I hope the cancer stays disappeared.
    Love your photo, and hope you can find another camera soon. I have been loving my Panasonic Lumix - though it is smarter than me.
    Good luck on the puking cat front.

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  16. Can't help you with a camera. I am clueless. Don't know why the vet gave her steroids. Don't they make you hungry? This site gives 5 reasons a cat might always be hungry. http://www.petmd.com/cat/centers/nutrition/slideshows/reasons-your-cat-is-extremely-hungry

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  17. Poor kitty sounds neurotic. I have not heard of this particular kitty behavior.

    Yay for a disappeared cancer. Some things don't require too much questioning. Sounds like hallejulah time.

    Glad that you and your mom are having some happy days. That makes me grin.

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  18. The cat is hungry, steroids make it worse...and she isn't sleeping as much so she just wants to eat. Poor kitty.

    Canon would be my advice on a camera. https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/eos-rebel-t5i-ef-s-18-55-is-stm-lens-kit-with-ef-75-300mm-f4-56-iii

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  19. I just recently purchased a Panasonic Lumix FZ2500.The beauty of it is that I don't need to change lenses.It has good telephoto,and also close shooting. SO far I am very happy with the pictures.

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  20. I can't even remember where I left my "real" camera

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  21. Camera and lens reviews will drive you crazy. For $1000 you can buy a decent camera be it Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji or whatever. In fact, it would be difficult to buy a bad one. That would likely come with a decent kit lens. To include a good zoom, you may have to add more to the cost, but you could do that later if you are really stuck on the $1000 limit. Tamron has a very good zoom that goes from 18-300mm if I remember correctly. I think they have it for the Nikon and Canaon and maybe some Sony's too. I am more familiar with the Canon cameras, and although I am not up to date on the prices, the latest T camera (is it 6?) should serve you well, and the 70D or 80D would be a notch above.

    Just don't get too caught up in the nit picky reviews IMO.

    There are good mail order suppliers in the USA. Adorama and B&H are two names that I have heard that seem to have very good reputations. Cameras in your price range should also be available at Amazon.

    Good luck.

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  22. I am so thankful about your Mom!

    My oldest cat has a similar problem with eating. I wish I knew a good solution. As for cameras, I am clueless.

    Wishing you a nice weekend.

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  23. Thanks for the Visit Terri! I'm so pleased to hear there is no more cancer in your mom's body!! What a blessing!

    I use FujiFilm Fine Pix S700 CAMERA and have used it for several years, taking hundreds of photos a week, to advertise my jewelry and crocheted items for sale on Etsy and eBay. I love the camera. About 2 years ago, I dropped the camera out of my hands and it hit the desk, probably a 24" fall. When I tried to use it...there was a problem - nothing but "broken" images that I could see...and couldn't take a photo. I turned it off and started looking for a new camera. Before I actually went to a store to check on a few, I turned it back on - and it WORKED and is still working! I love the FujiFilm!!

    As for your cat [I have never had one - but have 3 Pups]...when I tried an automatic feeder set with a timer, 2 of my dogs obsessed about when it was going to dispense food again...that they would make themselves sick. They chewed their hind paws and nails...and gulped food like they hadn't seen any for months when it finally dispensed and urped all over. So, after about 1 week, I went back to feeding all 3 in their individual bowls twice a day...and guess what? No more obsession. Since going back to individual bowls was the easiest and cheapest way to go...I thought why not? And it still continues to work!! Give it a try...what have you got to lose?

    I've got you on my Blog Roll.

    Hugs,
    Jan

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  24. Hi Terri, do hope you find a good camera soon.
    Glad to hear your mom is in good humor!
    Hope you have a nice weekend!

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  25. Again, a post I have had open for days...I do not know what to tell you about a camera...I have my DSLRs but have went to my little Canon x700 almost exclusively, but it is one you hold way out in front, and it is near impossible to zoom in on a bird in flight...so you are really on the right track on insisting on a viewfinder.

    I seriously looked at the nikon coolpix 600, after this one...now I cannot even find it, so guess it is outdated...there is one with a viewfinder and one without.

    And if you find the answer to the cat problems, tell me. One of ours is always begging...she has so many problems and I just cannot afford to run to the vet with her all the time right now...we have enough medical bills. She doesn't gorge and immediately lose it, but she is just always hungry.

    I hope your mom progresses well...sounds like you have as much fun as we have. Roger just gets in these 'weird' moods that he cannot explain...well, he says he feels weird. And they just wear me t-totally out. And the look in his eyes...some days there is no sparkle and today is one of them....

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  26. I'm afraid I have no advice for you about your camera. Good luck in finding what will work best for you. I hope your cat gets better. Glad to hear you and your Mom can share some laughs. Laughter really is the best medicine. Pretty photo of the ducks swimming!

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  27. Hello, love the duck photo. Sorry, I can not help with the cat issue, I am a dog person. I love my Canon SX 40 and if something happens to it I would buy the newer version SX 60. Sending good wishes for your Mom. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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  28. Hello,
    I do agree about Friday's! I have always been a fan of Friday.
    I hope your cat gets better. I know it is difficult to know what to do. We have a rescue kitten. He is hard to understand, we think he gets afraid he will not have food, because he was starving and just trying to survive. So he goes into eating like crazy until he can not stuff in anymore. Then he will cry for more food, but his tummy is so full, he can not eat another bite.
    He is slowly getting better about it. I think it has to do with his fear of starving.

    Keep us posted.
    Carla

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  29. How about this then, Canon camera + zoom lens, you ought to how much you want pay?

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  30. Oh boy - cameras - I wish I could help with this - there is so much out there! I love the sense of humor that you and your mom share - and YES to Friday's. I wonder if I'll ever get to a point where Friday's don't feel so good. Have a nice week, and good luck choosing a camera.

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  31. I am a Canon fan and would suggest a Canon Rebel. I have owned one in the past and LOVED it. I sold it to help pay for my new one and I wish I would have kept it. Great camera for the price. Thanks for linking up and I hope you have a good week! Best of luck with your cat. I wish I had some advice!

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  32. Love seeing the ducks this time of year - a pair has taken up residence in the drainage ditch on our mountain road....must be nesting time. I need a new camera, too. I'll be interested in what you come up with. I have a Nikon now, but it doesn't zoom in enough for me and wants to take too long to focus. I have an old cat that does the very same thing. Meow, meow, meow, all day long. I have to feed her spoonfuls at a time- practically every time I walk by her food dish. It's become a habit now. I guess it keeps my waistline in check with all the bending....Lol! Good luck with the camera hunt. x Karen

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  33. I always feel like Friday night is crash and burn night (that's what we used to call it, when we just collapsed with a pizza and TV after our work week).... nothing now to crash and burn from , but I still feel like it is a night when we shouldn't have anything to do.

    Anyway.... hope you figure out what to do about your kitty's eating disorder. That's really sad ... makes you wish you could speak 'cat'....poor thing.

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  34. sorry about your camera and kitty...i got a good deal on a canon rebel with a zoom lens a couple of christmas's ago through amazon...i love it but really don't know how to properly use it yet ha...i hate reading instructions :( thanks for linking terri and have a great week...hope kitty feels better soon!

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  35. Your poor cat! Sorry the feline is having issues. Hopefully some one will have some advice that is helpful. Hope you also find a good new camera. And hope you can get some answers for your Mom. Take care!

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  36. Hi Terri, thanks for your visit! I don't have any advice to share about cameras or kitties. I only use my little Canon point and shoot or my phone anymore. My Canon with the zoom lens is heavy and it's hard for me to hold it still enough to get a clear picture. I did like it in the beginning. And I'm too lazy to use the tripod. :) I see some amazing photos on the blogs and wonder what kind of camera they use. I hope you find one you like and also hope you find some help for your kitty. That is fantastic news that your mother's cancer has disappeared! Have a nice week! xo Cheryl

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  37. Oh, no...I cannot imagine you without a camera. Have you taken your cat for a check up. Minor exam and blood work might be in order. There may be a reason she is always hungry. It may be a simple fix, too. Hugs!

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  38. Sandra knows a lot about cameras. :) I think if you can give your kitty several small snacks a day would help. maybe a tablespoon at a time. don't you wish the animals could talk to us?
    happy spring days to you!
    Marie

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  39. I do hope you get your new camera soon. It's the most wonderful thing to have a camera at all times. I call it "my best friend." hahaha

    ~Sheri

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