New Toys, More Fun

I recently decided to join the present times, to enter the digital age completely. Prior to this, my phone was a phone. Okay, it had a camera, but not a very good camera. It received phone calls and text messages. It had minimal internet access, which I never used because it also had a very small screen.

My new toy. Love, love, love it! It’s a Samsung Galaxy S3 with a nice large screen. Isn’t it interesting that things have been getting smaller and smaller and now things seem to be getting larger and larger? Soon cell phones will be the size of small tablets. And tablets will grow to the size of a laptop. But back to this phone – gradually I am learning the basics. Sometimes it’s smarter than I am, which doesn’t seem quite right. It doesn’t fit in my pocket, like my old phone did, so of course I have had to purchase devices in which to carry it. I think my favorite is the belt with a special pocket for the phone. Then, because this is a pricey device if I were to have to replace it (because the special deal will not last forever) I bought a protective case for it. Then there are the other accessories – the holder that fits on your dash, or the one that fits on your windshield. I think I might hold out for the one that will apply my makeup on request.

I’ve been playing with the camera on this phone – an 8 megapixel device. Not as good as Rebel or my Panasonic, but better than the old phone. And this device is always with me. So to share what I have taken so far, here is a picture of the sun setting as we were coming home from the bigger town down the road one evening earlier this week – the sunset that made me pull off the road so I could capture it forever.

Isn’t this just stunning? So dramatic, with the roiling clouds over the mountains and the lake. Those clouds are the successors of the roiling black clouds that brought us some snowflakes the day before. Snowflakes and freezing temps. Hmmmph!

Some lilacs from the Artistic One’s yard – I took this picture to show her, and when I sent it to her I also included the scent of the lilacs. Neither of these are found in Arizona, you know. I think she will soon be home, but I don’t know if the lilacs will last until then.

The cactus that appears to be about to reward me with blooms. Last fall I stopped following the instructions that came with my first cactus. The instructions that said to water once a month. I began to water a little more often, then changed to once a week and now my cactus are showing growth and looking much happier. My little spot of desert in the window – as close as I really care to get to the desert for any length of time, particularly in the summer. I like green. Green doesn’t do really well in sand and 100+ temperatures. Neither do I.

The clouds are leaving our sky – temporarily I’m sure – and the blue sky and sunshine are making the world bright and shiny. This is enough. This is my world.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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13 Responses to New Toys, More Fun

  1. I can just hear the sheer DELIGHT in your voice! The photographs are great! If you were having any more fun they’d have to issue you a ticket! Make it a shiny penny kind of weekend!


  2. sjbchamp85 says:

    Please keep the snow and rain AWAY!! We should arrive in your neck of the woods June 2. Look forward to seeing you!!


  3. Lynne Ayers says:

    Gee, even your old phone was way ahead of what I carry in my bag – when I remember to take it. No one knows my cell phone # – not even me. I only have it for emergencies and have never had to use it for such, thank heavens.


  4. Heather says:

    My husband has had a smart phone for year and years, part of his job. I had an old unsmart phone for 7 years before finally upgrading to an iPhone. I didn’t think I would use it, but when you have it on you all the time, it’s a much better camera than the one you forgot, and you can always make a list…none of that “Remind me to…” since I just set that all up on the phone.
    Your sunset looks gorgeous – how close to home is it?


    • Carol says:

      That spot is probably about 15 miles. KFalls is 27 miles and upper Klamath Lake is about half that drive. I love that if I want to find out the gestation period for the Canada Goose as we’re driving down the road, I can

      Sent from my iPad


  5. Dear CArol,
    This is a very funny piece. I like the idea of a phone that will put on your make-up for you!


  6. Karma says:

    I can see you are having fun with your toys! It is nice to have a decent camera always with you. I love my Rebel but there have been plenty of times I’ve come across a sight to see and not had it with me. Enjoy your phone, but don’t stop sharing with us from the Rebel! πŸ™‚


  7. Dawn says:

    I get so confused by new toys. I can barely answer my phone now. I accidentally took a photo with it…of the parking lot at work while I was trying to figure something else out. But have no idea how I would download a photo if I took one of something more important. Sigh.


  8. lisa says:

    I can almost see you smiling through your words! Such fun playing with new toys. What’s next? Instagram? Now you need to install the cloud storage, Dropbox, on your computer and phone so you can easily upload those lovely shots and access them from your computer. More fun!! πŸ™‚


  9. Joanne says:

    Wow Carol, the sunset and the sky IS dramatic, just brilliant! I can see why you had to pull over to get that photo.

    I recently changed from my plain old phone to an iphone, and I love my phone too! It’s much bigger, as yours is, than the old phone, but it works so well and is so easy to use too. Have fun with your new Samsung. πŸ™‚


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