Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tree’s and Camera’s

Wilma and I have been extremely busy the past month. Christmas gifts wrapped, some mailed to family members out of state, doctor appointments fulfilled, wow what a busy month December is!

Last year was our first year we did the “Snow Bird” thing for 3 months to Florida during winter. We scheduled ourselves to leave on the 27th. of December. Didn’t realize how much last minute work had to be done the day after Christmas getting ready to leave!

2012 Christmas tree with gifts

One thing we both agreed on was to get a smaller tree for next year! The 6 foot tree just took up too much time taking it down and putting it in storage for another year. So we made the change to a smaller tree this year.

2013 Christmas tree with gifts

It’s a 4 foot tree that we put on our coffee table in front of the Bow window. Perfect! It was so much easier decorating, looks great, and the gifts look pretty nice under it also.

For the last month, Wilma and I have been talking about what to do with our Nikon D40x camera. We have had it for about 10 years now, and have taken thousands of photo’s with it. But…it was starting to show it’s age.


Every once in a while we would push the button to take a photo, and nothing! It just would not shoot the photo. This didn’t happen all the time, you just never knew when it would happen. We just didn’t want to take a chance with it failing to take “the perfect photo”.  So it was time to sell it.

Yesterday afternoon I went on Craig’s list and searched to see what they were selling for. I listed our Nikon at a “bargain basement” low price around 4pm. 

Nikon D40X Camera with 18-55mm lens, 55-200mm lens, 2 batteries, battery charger, USB cable, 4GB SDHC memory card, neck strap and instruction Manual.

My first “hit” on it was around 5:30pm. It was sold and I had the cash in my hand by 7:30pm. Now that’s what I call a quick sale. We are going to use the cash to put toward the purchase of another new camera. Wilma says it has to be able to take sharp clear photo’s when driving down the highway like the Nikon used to.


Our Olympus SZ-12 works ok most of the time. Best for outdoor photo’s, but just can’t take sharp photo’s of moving subjects. Probably because it’s on the low side of quality camera’s. So our next camera will be one that’s classified as a “Point and Shoot” because we just don’t like hauling around the large camera’s like our old Nikon.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.



  1. We leave for Arizona on the 26th. We down sized to no tree!!! First year since we were married that we aren't having a tree. Don't worry, we're going to our daughter's family on Christmas eve and our son's family on Christmas Day. The south west!!!

  2. I gave my Canon SLR to one of the kids and bought a Canon SX50HS and just love it. It was the only camera I used on our Alaska trip in May.