Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas 2016

Twenty-Sixteen! An unwonted year to be sure ...

I was really dreading this Christmas Eve, as my faithful companion of almost 10 years, GingerSnap, passed away right at my feet last Christmas Eve.

Through an inexplicable series of events, triggered by my one and only sister, I became companion of another Papillion.  "Penny" has been with me going on five weeks.



The challenge of taking a photo with no outside assistance

I set up my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 on a tripod, and took several test shots to establish my field of view. Then came the challenge of triggering the camera, with a squirming pooch in hand and a floppy Santa hat, compose myself  and "smile," inside a 10 second envelope!

This was the first shot fired after the rehearsal. Penny licked my face! All the stars and spirits came into instant alignment, and I captured it on a 10 second timer delay!


Penny is an elder lady. We are going through the testing of borders; limits. She is experiencing culture shock, (she had three other critters in her old home,) and she is experiencing strange sounds, surroundings and smells.

I have discovered much about myself I had never paid attention to. I'll leave that up to you to decipher.



With an odious presence beginning to cast his shadow over the land, I was looking for an "uplifting message" to share with you.

I ran across this piece in Trains magazine, which reinforces the Spirit of who we as a people truly are!  (Click the photo to enlarge and read.)




4 Comments - Click here:

Steve Boyko said...

All the best of the season to you and Penny, Robert. She looks like a wonderful companion.

Robert in Port Townsend said...

Thanks, Steve. Hope you have a productive and secure New Year. Continue to enjoy your writings! Robert (and Penny, Editor of Oil-Electric!)

oamundsen@aol.com said...

Robert, Penny is going to have a lot of fun being with you as you begin a wonderful New Year filled with good health, joy and peace. We seem to be stuck with the "ominous presence," but will do our best to maintain those wonderful qualities which "The Spirit of Christmas" demonstrates so beautifully. Thank you for reminding us!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the blog, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to both of you.

from Bob in Maine

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