So I now own two camera. My beloved point and shoot that I keep in my purse at all times and my new Nikon D5000 that I adore. (And am slowly learning not to be intimidated by.)
I brought both cameras to Charlotte for our Christmas gathering with Steve’s family and all was well. As well as hunky dory.
And then Steve, and Sarah and I decided to go to uptown Charlotte yesterday to visit the Mint Museum, ride the trolley cars and walk through an art gallery housed in an old stone church that I have admired for years and always wanted to see inside.
After we had found our way through the busy streets of the city, we were walking up the huge steps to the museum when we saw an enormous Christmas ornament, complete with the little wire hangy thingie on top. And I said (as I am wont to do), “Oh, what a cool picture!”
I immediately reached into my trusty little purse for my trusty little point and shoot and guess what? It wasn’t there. It was back at Steve’s parent’s house, where I had forgotten to return it to my purse after taking a few spontaneous shots of our Christmas celebration. And guess where the Nikon was? You guessed it? Also back at Steve’s parent’s house.
You photographers out there will recognize the little sinkin’ feeling I got in the pit of my stomach when I knew I would spend the entire afternoon bombarded with fabulous photo opportunities with no camera!
I managed to put on my philosophical mindset and say, “Oh well.” But I’m sure you know that at least a hundred times that afternoon I said to myself, “Ooooh. That would have made such a great shot!”
Since I couldn’t stand to write this blog without a picture or two, I’ll post a few of the shots of what we saw that I found online.
photo courtesy of: www.liveuptownnow.com
photo courtesy of: http://stephenstefanou-designsolutions.blogspot.com/
The McColl Art Center (This building partially burned and stood abandoned for many years before being restored. I just love old and interesting buildings!)
photo courtesy of: www.preservationnation.org
We are hitting the road shortly for our trip back to Manteo. Snowy did fairly well on the journey over; however, the first sedative the vet gave us for him didn’t work real well so about three hours into the trip, we got her permission to give him a second one. He was one loopy fella by the time we finally arrived!
I talked to the vet about him again on Tuesday and she asked (in a rather sober voice) how he’d been feeling over the last few days. She sounded quite surprised when I said that he’d been eating and drinking well and acting quite perky. She replied, “Well, that’s quite amazing, considering the terrible shape his liver is in.”
She wants us to bring him back to the office in a week or two and she’ll do the liver tests again to see if he’s improving at all or continuing to slide downhill. When I asked her how long he might live she said, “Well, two of the other vets here and I talk about Snowy and his case quite a bit, but unfortunately we can’t really can’t tell you a timeline since without further testing—biopsy, sonogram, etc.,—we can’t be sure of what he has.”
She added, “But I am really thrilled and amazed that he is feeling relatively good right now.”
And thrilled and amazed are good words to describe how the Smith family is feeling, too. We’ve got our little buddy for a while longer, even though it seems no one can really say how much longer a little longer will be.
But we’ll take what we can get and continue to enjoy each bonus day we have with Sir Snowy.