So it turns out that Santa is actually pretty good at picking up hints, and he left a wonderful Nikon D60 dSLR camera under the tree for me. It came with 2 dvds and a 1 inch thick manual, so it may be a while until I can do anything special with it. Back in the day I did have a fairly nice camera, so I should remember some things which I can apply to this one. Although half of what I remember involved choosing the right speed film and threading it into the camera. I don't miss that at all. At least changing the lenses seems the same.
Hopefully I will have many good photos to post soon. I'm sure there will be many of sleeping dogs, at least through the winter.
Luna was curled up in a ball sound asleep, until about 8 seconds after I got the camera out.