On a happier note, I figured out how to take close up pictures with my new camera. I tried for years to do it with the old one, and I just never seemed to be able to get it. One morning, shortly before that camera’s demise, I was taking pictures of crocuses (croci?) in my yard, and a family strolled by. The father asked, “Are you using your macro?” “No, I don’t know how,” I sadly replied. “Let me show you,” he said, and he did. With the new camera, the instruction booklet was naturally of no help, but using what he had shown me on the old one, I finally had success.
*Maria often channels suggestions through her mother Rachael. These suggestions usually have to do with ways in which I can make my darling Rachael happier. Or ways in which I can deal effectively with Michael, showing him that Maria is the boss. Her suggestions are often quite witty and practical. As now.