Archive for January, 2008

Instruction Manual

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2008 by Hitty Jean

Oh!  I get it now…

Well, not really.  I still can’t get a crisp focus with the automatic setting on my camera.  But…yesterday I learned all about apertures, f-stops and exposure.  All that after I unsuccessfully searched everywhere for the manual, then downloaded a copy online.  I fussed with all the settings and discovered the manual shooting mode.  By then it was dark outside.  Inside as well.  Still, I was able to take this photo in lousy light.  Heck, the camera saw my subject better than I did:

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While I still am not satisfied with the focus, I am thrilled to finally learn how to take pictures in less than desirable light without using a flash.  Yippee!

This morning, I fooled around with closeups:

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Not perfect, but I think my camera is capable of more than I realized.  I have ordered a tripod, and I need to go back to the manual and see if there is a way to get a sharper image…

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Drifting Off…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2008 by Hitty Jean

The bedtime routine is pretty much the same every night.  I have two big girls who sleep on their own mattresses on the floor at the foot of the bed, and one little girl who sleeps with me and her father in the king-sized bed.  Dan says we’re like homesteaders, and all we really need is a one-bedroom cottage.  (He’s right.)  Anyway, I start by reading books to the littlest, with Tater and Pitter either listening in or coloring/reading in their own beds.  Then, the light on the big girl’s side of the room goes off, and I read a chapter of whatever we are reading.  (The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, by Julie Andrews, is our current story.)  Then, all lights go off, all girls must lay down, and mom reads by the glow of her book light while the girls drift off into dreamland.  Okay, it doesn’t always go quite so smoothly, but that’s the general idea.  Works nicely for us, and we are all happy and cozy. 

Last night, Dan came up and got into bed while I was reading.  (Usually, this is quiet time for him downstairs.)  When we got to the end of the books, Dassa snuggled up between us, me reading, Dan just being there.  She was so thrilled, she couldn’t decide who to cuddle first!  Somewhere in there, I got caught up in my reading and lost track of her.  When I was finished reading, I looked over, and there she was, sound asleep, holding onto her Daddy’s hand.  It was so sweet.  A moment in time to never forget.

When I was talking to her this morning, Dassa was just beaming.  "And you know what?!?" she said, "I didn’t even have to close my eyes!  They closed all by themselves!"

Grumping About…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2008 by Hitty Jean

My camera is the cause of my grumpy mood this morning.  Whereas four year-old Dassa is able to take interesting photos, from interesting angles, and show the world as she sees it, I cannot.  Dassa’s pictures are often blurry, and I still love them.  She’s a child, constantly on the move.  Dassa doesn’t wait for the camera to finish before she moves on.  Still, her pictures show a reality I can never quite capture:

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No matter how hard I try, it is still a pot~luck whether or not my pictures will come out as I want.  I see great pictures everywhere.  My camera sees things differently.  The picture below isn’t even in focus.  Such a simple shot of a sweet moment.  But it is fuzzy.  Sigh.

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Fuzzy craft projects-and I don’t mean they feel fuzzy (though they do) I mean that they look fuzzy.  Grrrrrr…..

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Suddenly, Mr. Canon decides to cooperate with me, and takes this pretty cool picture:

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But no matter what settings I choose, there are some things that just will NOT photograph as I see them.  I’m pretty sure I’m doing things correctly, as far as using the camera goes.  My camera just isn’t capable of taking focused pictures:

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How hard is it to take a clear picture of chair cushions?  Ummmm…pretty difficult, I figure:

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Is the camera broken?  Probably not.  But maybe.  Ummmm…  I don’t know.  I just know that it is inconsistent and frustrating and unpredictable and out of focus.  I don’t like it much these days.

Why did the picture below focus somewhat properly?  Does my camera prefer Michigan to chair cushions?  Huh????  Hey, I was born in Michigan.

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***I think I’ll give up the photography for today and go turn on some music***

The Owl Show

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2008 by Hitty Jean

The other evening, our neighbor came running over to our house all excited.  It seems there was a Screech Owl perched on the handle of a snow shovel in her yard.  A moderate bunch of us stood and gazed in amazement at this wonderful creature, and it humored us for a very long time.  My neighbor got a picture…boy was I bummed out that I didn’t have my camera with me!

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Thanks, little owl, for the wonderful show!

Creating an Entourage

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2008 by Hitty Jean

Faun Boy Dulin arrived last week, just in time to be in the play.  I got him from Vanessa’s Etsy shop.  I just love him.  He has inspired an entire week’s worth of Creature~Making…more on that later…

Below is Dassa’s "Enchanted Carriage" being pulled by Birthday Cake, the puppy.  The reins are made of pearls and there is gold and sparkly stuff everywhere…one of her many "setups" around the home…

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Poor Dassa came down with conjunctivitis yesterday, so is home with me today.  Boy, it has been a year since she has had eye trouble.  Pretty great for a little one who once had to have a tube placed in her tear duct to get it to drain properly.  So here we are, eye drops again.  She has been very good about it.  I reminded her that girls who don’t calmly get their eye drops have to take medicine or, worse still, shots…a lesson she learned last winter.  Anyway, today she is playing, looking at maps, and creating with Mom. 

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There has, as I said, been a creative frenzy around here these past several days.  I made Gibbous, the Forest Creature, to be Dulin’s sidekick in the play.  Then, we couldn’t stop.  Tater made these, below, waiting for paint and assembly:

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Dassa has made several, and has been painting quite a bit:

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Here she is below, "barnishing."

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Tater made the greenish~blue guy with the crazy hair, and Pit~Pat’s red creature is still in the final stages of assembly:

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While supervising the paints and "barnish," I also managed to hang up a shelf in my sewing room.  Its shelves are already filling up, some things added by me, some added by others.  Those are my Great-Great Grandmother’s old spools of thread in the jar in the upper right.  Love those.  Oh- and the white thing to the right of the shelves is my new fold~down ironing board…very cool!

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Back to Dulin.  He has inspired an entire "Pod" of Forest Creatures.  Gibbous was first, then the un-named white guy…then the two pastel girls came along with a mushroom to boot.  Dulin loves his new entourage and is very kind to them.

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I was surprised to find that two of my Forest~Creatures were pastel colors.  "We only come out in the spring," I was informed.  Oh…..  Makes sense to me…  They are the "Pastel Sisters."  The pink one is Patsy, and the yellow is Stella.  They are very sweet.  The cute little white one with the scarf will not tell me his name.  I even thought he was a girl at first, but luckily Dulin set me straight before I made an embarrassing mistake.

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The Hittys are thrilled to have such a lovely cast of characters move in.  They have been busy writing new plays, with all the Forest Creatures in mind.  I’m so glad everyone gets along!  Tee, hee!

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***I wish he’d tell me his name…the waiting is driving me nuts***

A Visit with Hitty…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2008 by Hitty Jean

Happy Birthday, Hitty!!

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Today, January 22, is the day of the "Original Hitty’s" birthday.  That is her, above.  (Swoon…)  Most Hittys regard this day as their own birthday as well.  I know that all of the Hittys here do.

***Happy Birthday, Hittys!  :o)

A Visit with Hitty…A Stage Production!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2008 by Hitty Jean

Shhhhhh!!  The show is about to start!

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The curtain has gone up!!!

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OOOOOHHHHH!!!

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(Narrator)  Once there was a Fair Maiden who loved nothing more than to take long walks in the Forest at night.

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One evening, the Fair Maiden wandered farther than usual, and found herself in a part of the Forest she did not recognize. 

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Suddenly, and from nowhere, a Witch appeared!  The Fair Maiden was terrified!

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The Fair Maiden started to run away.  To her horror, the Witch ran after her!

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The Fair Maiden stumbled over a root, and fell to the ground.  "BWAH HA HA!" cackled the Witch, "I’ve got you now!"

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A Kind Woodsman heard the commotion.  "Stop, Witch!" he yelled, "Leave the Fair Maiden alone!"  The Witch whirled around, and in his surprise, the Kind Woodsman dropped his axe.

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The Kind Woodsman bent over to retrieve his axe.  This was his mistake.  For when the Kind Woodsman bent down, the Witch cast an evil spell on him!

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In all the confusion, the Fair Maiden managed to sit up.  But what had happened to the Kind Woodsman??!??

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He was gone.  The Witch had turned him into a squirrel!!  The confused little critter scurried away. 

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But the Kind Woodsman hadn’t been the only one to hear the commotion.  A tiny Forest Creature came to see what was the matter.

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The Witch heard the Forest Creature rustling behind her.  The Witch tried to chase it, but the Forest Creature was too swift.

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"No matter," said the Witch.  "Now we are alone, Fair Maiden.  And I am going to turn you into a…"

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"Stop, Witch!" a booming voice cried from behind.  It was Dulin, the Faun Boy!  The Forest Creature must have alerted him!!

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"Dulin!" shrieked the Witch.   The Fair Maiden was surprised (and more than a little bit relieved) to see that the Witch seemed afraid of Dulin.  The Forest Creature tried to glare at the Witch.  (Such a pleasant little face is not very good at glaring.)

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"You have no business here, Witch.  Move on and leave the Fair Maiden," boomed Dulin.

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"You’ll pay for this, Dulin!  One day, I will be back!!!" the Witch cackled.

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Swiftly, the Witch turned and ran away.  The Fair Maiden was beside herself!  She wanted to thank Dulin and the Forest Creature for saving her.

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Alas, they were too fast for the Fair Maiden.  She sat down, stunned, next to the Kind Woodsman’s things.

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Had it all really happened?  Or was it a dream?

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The Fair Maiden finally came back to her senses, and ran as quickly as she could towards home.  Had she stopped to look back, she might have noticed two new friends bidding her a fond farewell.

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(And the curtain goes down to thunderous applause!!!)

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Starring, in order of appearance,

Cherry~Merry as the Fair Maiden:

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Hitty Maris as the Witch:

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William Meadow as the Kind Woodsman:

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Gibbous as the Forest Creature:

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Dulin the Faun Boy as himself:

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Miss VanDroo as the Narrator:

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Thank you to all the Hittys, who worked so hard to make this first theatre production a smashing success!!

***The End***