Reasons to be cheerful

I’ve been working on my positivity, and I have many reasons to be cheerful. I have my health (well, most of it), I have my own gardening tools and I have plenty of room for books. I also have friends, a tolerant wife and a laptop.

What more could I want?

Well, I suppose the joints and bladder of youth would be handy, but I’d probably have to be ambitious and hard-working again, which isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Anyway, the joint aches started when I was still in my teens due to various accidents, so unless I’m prepared to set the clock back to 1968 and re-live the unpleasantness of my teens it’s not going to happen. In the absence of a time machine it’s not going to happen anyway, but you know what I mean.

That’s another thing to be cheerful about – I don’t have to go through all that teenage angst again.

Mainly, if I’m honest, I’m cheerful about having a digital camera. Compared the the old-fashioned film camera, which could hold thirty six exposures at a time, and where the film needed developing before you could see the results, the digital camera is cheap and efficient. I’m now able to take thirty six shots, instantly see the results and store hundreds of good shots on one small card. Due to the marvels of modern data storage I can also store thousands of poor shots – I really must learn to be more organised.

With a digital camera I can spend my time watchng birds, looking at old buildings and blogging. One day I will have to start earning a living again, but until that happens, I have plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

The pictures I’ve used here are just a selection of my favourites from the last few months.



27 thoughts on “Reasons to be cheerful

  1. Lavinia Ross

    Digital cameras are such a blessing! Camera, laptop friends and family and most of your health sounds like all good things.

    Here’s an old song by the late flatpicker Doc Watson you might enjoy. Your post made me think of it,so I looked it up on YouTube.

  2. beatingthebounds

    Currently I have 35,227 photos on flickr. Not many of them are up to much, but who cares? Camera, friends, laptop and most 0f your health – sounds like a pretty good selection of reasons to be cheerful.

  3. clarepooley33

    I think I agree with you on most of these. I’d hate to have to go through my teens again – 20’s weren’t much better 😉 I have joint problems too – rheumatoid arthritis since my mid-twenties. I love my digital camera, my lap-top and every now-and-then I get time to do some gardening. Life’s good a lot of the time. Your photos are good; I like the things you photograph too. 🙂

  4. tootlepedal

    I too suffer from long standing joint problems but I too share your pleasure in owning a digital camera. I hope that it keeps on giving you pleasure and entertainment.

    That bread looks delicious.

  5. arlingwoman

    Some very nice photo, Quercus. I like my digital camera for the same reasons–take a pic, find out it isn’t good, and take it again, or catch the light and KNOW you’re catching it. Fabulous.


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