Tuesday, January 25, 2011

With cheerful voice

It is probably far too late for New Year greetings but this is my first post in 2011, so here goes: Happy New Year!

Where have I been and what have I been doing? Well, the days have been full and have flown by but there is nothing terribly exciting to report. I've been quite preoccupied with some difficult situations among family and friends, where cancer is affecting far too many people who are dear to me.

Then a few days ago, I had an email from my long-time blogging friend, e, who said she was missing my 'cheerful voice.' That made me realise how deep into despond I was sinking and that I really ought to shake myself out of it. I have been reading some of my favourite blogs and finding that many of you have been writing about things that make you cheerful and grateful and this morning the postman brought me a package from Nan at her Hill Farm; it was a book that has had me chuckling all day.  Thank you all for kick-starting my optimism. I'm now ready to think of my own reasons to be cheerful.

I have plans for writing about the book that arrived today but that is for later in the week. In the meantime I will just remind myself how lucky I am:

My three lovely grandchildren

Living by the sea
 First signs of Spring

A lunch date with my dear friend D at the Exeter Inn tomorrow
Now that I have started, I can think of hundreds of reasons to be cheerful. I must be out of the doldrums at last!  I've been in something of a royalist mood since seeing The King's Speech last week so here is a clip from the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Queen's coronation in Westminster Abbey. It is undoubtedly "with cheerful voice."
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  1. I am happy you are out of the doldrums and finding cheerful things around you. The place you will have coffee is wonderful appearing.
    Before I get out of bed every day, I thank God for something; little or big, or several things. Like this post, it is an upper to count our blessings. Happy New Year to you too.

  2. How lovely to hear from you!
    Love the photos and the music :0)

  3. Terra, erp and Val

    It is good to hear from you. I'm not very good at making New Year resolutions but I will try to make this year an exception and stay positive!

  4. Glad to see that you're back! I missed your blog too.

  5. I am so pleased you won the book! It really is lovely. I enjoyed your photo list, especially those kids. And is that a rocking animal store? I've never seen such a thing! I can't wait to see The King's Speech. I am in a Royalist mood every day. :<) I am so looking forward to THE wedding! I think it is quite thoughtful of them to marry on our anniversary. I wonder why they didn't choose the Kensington Registry Office as we did in 1977. :<)

  6. Bruessel and Jodi

    Thank you very much. I really didn't think I would continue writing on Random Distractions but now I feel I am back among friends.

  7. Nan

    The photo of Charlotte was taken in the Chief Trading Post, a most unusual store near Bristol. I have posted pictures of some of its strange wares in the past.

    You will love The King's Speech and won't it be nice to have all those street parties celebrating your anniversary!

  8. Welcome back, I've missed you!My hisband took me to Wisley today for my - next week's, when I'll be working - birthday. I bought some lovely bright yellow Winter Aconites: just the thing to shoo away the doldrums.

  9. Adele
    Happy birthday for next week's working day! The aconites sound wonderful - just the thing to go with my birdsong.


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