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January 4, 2019


Friday. Awoke a couple of times last night, but briefly, no drawn out slogging, trying to get back to sleep, awakening at six-fifteen. Up to get ready to walk to breakfast, the weight this morning right on target. Cold under clear skies walking to breakfast, the eyes watering, the nose not far behind, to arrive at about seven, the restaurant open, another day underway.

Had yesterday's breakfast - the two strips of bacon, scrambled eggs, country potatoes, toast, fruit cup and coffee - for no particular reason, although the owner had mentioned she didn't have any bananas on hand at the moment, which argued against the waffle with sliced fruit. Not that I was thinking waffle with sliced fruit.

Anyway, read the papers, ate breakfast and finished up, setting out for home at a quarter to nine, making adjustments to the light when taking the photographs, something I should have done the first day I picked up this small V3 camera. Just one of many adjustments it would be good to make in other areas, I've been thinking, but, well, you know....

Home to check the car, the battery fully charged and so we're set for another couple of months. Good. They're saying rain starting later tonight and running through the weekend so at least we'll have the option to drive.

Later. A clear headed day, heading out finally in the early afternoon to walk over to the lake looking for egrets, the pollution index up above a hundred. Found it took (as it seems to always take) time for the eyes to adjust to the bright light. No egrets, one or two shots of some grebes and ducks on the lake, a cormorant splashing, but that was about it.

OK, what to do?

Decided to sit and have an ice cream sandwich and coffee at a table inside the café near the fitness center before heading back to the apartment. The eyes better now in the light, no problem at all with the vision once I'm inside, this has always been the case, but again feeling clear headed and so we give a few whoops here to celebrate.

Evening. Started a movie on the tablet after seven, nothing on television to keep me in the living room, and managed to drag the time out to turn the lights out not long after nine. Better that I could have held out until ten, but we'll know better about that in the morning.

The photo up top was taken five years ago today at Lake Merritt with a Nikon D4 mounted with 24-120mm f/4.0 VR Nikkor lens