Cause me to hear Thy loving kindness in the morning;
for in Thee do I trust:
cause me to know the way wherein I should walk
for I lift up my soul unto Thee.
~ Psalm 143:8

Friday, May 22, 2015


An old barn in West Virginia next to the auction house we went to today.
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A mixture of sun and clouds and no wind on my walk this morning but it was pretty chilly out at 36 degrees.  It was up to 40 when I got back home though and I think it made it up to 60 later in the day. 
I walked straight through town again but this time passed up Sale Barn and walked just passed the turn off to HT, then turned around and went back to town.  

I took a loop around one of the cemeteries and the ball park loop and then back home.  Kathy was walking around the cemetery too and we stopped for a little chat.  

The rhododendron are now blooming all over town.  They are so pretty.  It seems like everyone has some in their yard except for us. 
Saw quite a few bunnies hopping about.  Some in the cemetery and a couple by the ball park.

Walked 4.5 miles.
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My walk was a little shorter than usual because I had to be home by 7:30.  Ken wanted to leave to get to the auction early.  It was the same one he went to a couple of weeks ago with a friend and I wanted to go along too this time.  It was in Terra Alta, West Virginia and about 30 miles from our house.  This is a man auction with mostly tools so it wasn't that great for me but it was in a neat old barn.  I should have taken pictures but didn't think about it at the time. The first part of the auction lasts until about lunch time when they run out of stuff to sell.  Then it starts again at 2:00 but this time they sell cattle which is the part I wanted to watch and I really enjoyed seeing all the animals.

In between the two auctions we took a little ride out to a town called Kingwood and had some lunch and looked around town.  

Ken bought a window at the auction which was a new one and we will be able to use it in the cabin.  Also got a flat of tomato plants.  Gave some to our friend and we got some cabbage plants from him for my garden.
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I've been working on a couple projects.  One is another scarf which is not very far along yet.
The other is a baby blanket made with weave-it squares.  This one I'm making with a thinner yarn than I normally use and it gives it more of a lacy look.  I've had the yarn for a few years.  It was given to me by Robin, a friend in the knitting group I used to go to where I lived before. 
We've had some rain showers this evening and now the sun is out again though it will be setting soon now.  Hope tomorrow it is a little bit warmer.

It's been another good day.
Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )
Some people, no matter how old they get,
never lose their beauty,
they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.
~ Martin Buxbaum

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Potato Soup

Rain on the Pond
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This morning it was 46 degrees with a light rain that came and went so I took along my umbrella and it went up and down quite a few times.

Started out walking straight through town down the main street.  My house is just behind me.
Continued on and went up Sale Barn Road.  Didn't see any of the cows in the field that I usually see.  They must have been in the woods.
Walked to the end of the road and turned around when I came to the house with the dogs.  Walking along here I saw a Bobolinks flying around, but they were too fast for me to get a picture.
Some pretty little wild flowers growing along the side of the road.
You can see little sprouts of corn starting to grow on most of the farms here now.  I'm sure the farmers like the gentle rain today.
Took a couple loops around the two cemeteries and then back home.
I walked 5 miles.
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We've been home today getting some things done inside.  A rainy day is good for that. : )

It seemed like a good day for soup so I made some Potato Soup.  A new recipe I found on line and one I will add to my own collection of recipes.  We had some homemade bread with it too.
Hearty Potato Soup
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 6 celery ribs, chopped
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the potatoes, carrots and celery in water until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid and setting vegetables aside.
  2. In the same pan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Gently stir in cooked vegetables. Add 1 cup or more of reserved cooking liquid until soup is desired consistency. Yield - about 2-1/2 quarts. 
As you can see I added some cheddar cheese on top and the next time I make it I will add some garlic in when I cook the onion.  We both liked it and there is left overs for another meal. : )

This evening will be our usual -  ice cream, a little television, reading and knitting.

It been another good day.
Life is Good.
Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )

The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible.
~ Judith Regan
Comment Replies:
Karen - The crawfish was alive and just a little ways away from a small stream. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


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Turned a bit chilly over night and it was only 45 degrees this morning when I went out for my walk.  It was cloudy but no wind.

Walked all over town again and around the two cemeteries and the ball park loop.  Down at the pond by the Drane House the baby geese must have been cold because all 6 of them were all huddled together. 
 I don't have any azaleas in my yard but all around town they are out and blooming.
Didn't see anyone else out walking this morning.
I walked 5.2 miles.
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 No work at Happy Trails today.  Had other things we needed to do.

When I got back from walking Ken had already left with the tracker to help a friend out by digging up his back yard. : )

This morning I mowed the lawn and it was still only in the 40's. Planned on staying out and doing some other yard work but it was a bit chilly.

Debated about doing laundry because it was cloudy and looked like it might rain but I took a chance and did some anyway.  Luck was with me because the sun did finally come out though it stayed in the 50's.

After lunch I went outside and planted a whole bunch of marigolds.  I put some in two big pots down by the vegetable garden and all around the outside of the garden fence.  Also planted marigolds out in front by the porch.  The only thing planted in my garden so far is rhubarb and some lemon balm.  We hope to get out in the next few days to buy the rest of the plants now that we shouldn't have any frost.

The month of April in our church is tract month.  We are divided up into two teams and which ever team hands out the most tracts gets to have a spaghetti dinner served to them by the losing team.  This year our team lost (only by 35 tracts) and this was the spaghetti dinner night.  We still got to eat the dinner. : )

And so ends another day.
It's been a good one.
Life is Good.
Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?
~ John Barrymore

In answer to that question I'd say 42. : )

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Another work day

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This morning is was 60 degrees.  It had rained during the night and there was some fog around when I first started walking but after a while there was a mix of sun and clouds with a cool breeze.  Very pleasant for walking.

I walked through town and went toward HT for a bit, then turned around and walked back to town and around the two cemeteries where I saw Kathy walking too. 

While walking around the ball park loop I spotted this crawfish on the path.  It is about 2 or 3 inches long.  It just stayed there while I took the picture.  I got just a short distance away from it when a crow swooped down on it, picked at it a bit and then flew away with it.  Guess he found a tasty breakfast.
Walked 5.5 miles.
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We spent the day up at Happy Trails working on the cabin.  We got all the floor joists put up and a lot of the bracing. 
Here's a couple pictures at the end of the day.
The Back
Looking up at the pretty blue sky with a big cloud blowing across.

There was mix up with the dates and Ken isn't going away with the guys for their get-a-way this week.  It is now next week.

Remember those sunflowers seeds I planted in the front of the dining room windows and they had started to sprout?  Well they are all gone now.  All 8 of them were broken off at the bottom.  I think a bird ate the bottom which still had a bit of the seed from when they sprouted.
There are a few others still left in other parts of the yard and planted some more seeds by the window again.  This time when they sprout I'm going to put chicken wire over them until they grow a bit bigger.

Looking forward to sitting in my chair, having some ice cream and watching some television in just a little while.  Outlander came in the mail from Netflix today so we will watch the first episode of that tonight.  Finished the book not too long ago and thought I'd see what the series is like. 

It's been a good day.
Life is Good.
Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )
 Do not regret growing older.
It is a privilege denied to many.
~ Unknown
Comment replies:
Art - oh yes, we are doing all the work on the cabin ourselves. 

Linda - my mom is doing about the same.  She still can't put any weight on her left leg which is broken so she is in the nursing home part right now.  When she can stand on her leg she will then be able to go back to rehab and work on being able to get back home.