Looking For A New Camera

The camera I have is apparently about to bite the dust.

I took some pictures with it the day before yesterday and tried to put them on my computer but the computer no longer recognizes the camera.

I thought it might be the cord so I changed that. Still no go. Tried it on my hubs computer. Nope. Still won’t work.

Soooo…I finally thought about the memory card. Hubs computer has a memory card reader on it. So I took the card out of the camera and used his computer to get the pictures off the memory card. Then had to move the pics to a public folder so I could get them on my computer.

Not a lot of fun that.  The camera is one of the cheaper ones you can buy – a Vivitar Vivicam 5022 and it is a couple of years old. So it has done a pretty good job lasting that long.

Picture of a Vivitar Vivicam 5022.So I am looking for a new camera.

It would be really nice if I could find a sponsor who would just give me one in exchange for a review and a few posts about my experiences with the camera(and maybe a blurb on pictures taken with it). If you know anyone who has cameras to giveaway…put in a good word for me!

Barring that I will need another cheap one because money is one thing we don’t have a lot of around here.

I found this list of budget cameras over on pcmag.com.  Anyone know anything about any of the cameras on the list? Have a recommendation?

Leave me a comment if you do.

Want to See Something Really Weird?

Want to See Something Really Weird?

Than all you need to do is check out the new Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Download the Weird. This is the ninth book in their popular annual series.

It is a really big book with lots of big pages. It even has some fold out pages. One of the fold out sections is all about the Titanic with pictures of the ship, some of the people who sailed on it, and some of the items that have been recovered from it.

It has some other really neat items in it such as this owl imprint.

Owl Window Imprint left by powder down.
Sally Arnold from Kendal, England, returned home one day to find a perfect imprint of an owl on her window. The bird had flown into the window and left behind the eerie image—complete with eyes, beak and feathers—before flying off. The silhouette was made by the bird’s powder down, a substance that protects its growing feathers.


There are also a lot of stories about people. Like the story about a 75 year old grandmother who is the oldest competitive female bodybuilder. She looks younger than me!

Of course there are also stories of strange folks like the worlds oddest couple: he swallows swords and other sharp items while she lifts weights with her hair while hanging upside down.

And of course there is the lady with the really long toenails.

Kathy Hayes from Los Angeles, California, has let her toenails grow over a number of years to what is now an incredible length. The anthropologist keeps her 5-in (13-cm) nails in tiptop condition, always polished and painted. Kathy’s devotion to her decorated feet means that she is unable to wear regular shoes; she is restricted to open-toed sandals with platform heels in order to protect her nails.


Another neat thing about this book is that if you download the free Ripley’s Believe It or Not! app you can use an advanced iPod or a smart phone to see bonus content such as videos and images. The book has special oddSCAN logos and all you have to do is point the camera at the logo and the app will download the bonus content. The app will also work in Ripley’s museums.

I love this book. I have always loved Ripley’s books since way back when I was little and it is still just as good. I’m going to keep this book out on the coffee table so anyone who comes by can look at it.

Kids will love it for sure.  And they can learn a lot about all the amazing and weird things in the world.

Winter Wonderland In Arkansas – Nov. 2011

Winter Wonderland In Arkansas – Nov. 2011

Woke up this morning and there was a Winter Wonderland outside my door!

The trees covered in snow out my back door.
Out my back door.

The woods on the way to town were really pretty too. My husband took a few pictures while we were on the way to his work. Only a couple of them came out good.

Snow on the woods on the way to town.
Snowy woods.


Picture of snowy trees on the way to town.
More snowy woods.

This is a very small town (about 50 houses) we pass through on the way to and from the big town.

Small town center covered in snow.
Small town dressed up in snow.

And last but not least: the trees in front of my house taken on the way home. Aren’t they lovely?

Pine trees with snow on.
Snowy Pines.


Oak tree with snowy limbs.
Snow laced Oak tree.


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