Saturday, April 30, 2016

Lilacs

Noticed some Lilacs starting to bloom this morning.
I stopped to smell them.  : )
(not in my yard)
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56 degrees this morning with a mix of sun and clouds.  Nice that it wasn't raining for a change and I stayed dry. : )

I walked around by the industrial park.  Not a very big one,  just 5 business.  I usually walk around there on Sunday mornings because no one is going to work and it is quiet with no cars.  Today I realized that Saturdays it is the same way.

This road runs parallel between the industrial park road and the main road.  I walked to the end which is a dead end, turned around and walked back.  
Not sure what is growing here in the field but I like the colors.
When I got back to the main road I walked to the welcome to town sign.  Then I walked through town and to the other welcome to town sign coming the other way.  It was 1.2 miles.

Took a quick loop around town and then home.
Walked 6.3 miles.
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 Last night I finished reading The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb.  It was based on the ballad made famous by the Kingston Trio about the first love-triangle murder to become national news in 1865.  While doing the research for the book McCrumb uncovers a missing piece of the story which changes things a bit.  I thought it was good and enjoyed reading it.

It bothered me seeing all the grass clippings on top of the lawn from when I mowed yesterday so went outside this morning and cleaned it all up.  Ken used the leaf blower and I raked.  We have an acre so it took all morning.  I used the grass clippings for mulch and put it around some forsythia bushes that line the back yard.  

After lunch we went up to Happy Trails.  I was just going to sit on the cabin deck and read but ended helping Ken. (did read for a little while)
He was a lumberjack today. : )
For supper we went out to Subway and got a couple of subs.  Sat in the truck and ate them overlooking Deep Creek Lake.

A good work day and I'm sure we will both sleep good. : )
Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )
"Fatigue is the best pillow."
~ Benjamin Franklin

Comment Replies:
Christine - the log cabin in yesterdays post is the Drane House built by James Drane.  You can click on the Drane House link at end of the posts if you'd like to read about it.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday

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We all left the same time this morning.  David on his way to NJ, Ken to meet his friend Edd for breakfast and me on my walk.  David always leaves here with some chocolate chip cookies.  : )
It was 56 degrees and I thought just cloudy but there was a light mist so I went back inside and put on my rain pants and slicker.  I needn't have bothered though because after a block the mist stopped.  At least I didn't get wet today. : )

I walked through town and up Barn Sale Rd.  No cow around today.  Then walked a little way down the road towards HT and then turned around and headed back to town.  Went around both cemeteries and the ball park loop.

One man was fishing by the town pond.  Saw another man walking his dog around the ball park.

An uneventful but still a nice walk.
Walked 6 miles.
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 Here's the recipe for my Chocolate Chippers.  It is in an old Better Homes and Garden cookbook that I bought on our honeymoon many years ago.  The recipe is now changed in the newer versions. 
Chocolate Chippers 

 1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup Crisco
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Cream sugars, Crisco, egg and vanilla together until light and fluffy
Add rest of ingredients and mix until blended.
Drop on ungreased cookie sheets and bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Cool on wire racks.

The cookie sheets I use are the ones with a layer of air between two layers and I really think it makes a big difference.
I store the cookies in plastic freezer bags in the freezer.
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It cleared enough in the afternoon for me to finally mow the lawn.  The grass was pretty long and now there is a whole lot of grass sitting on the lawn because I don't collect it and it looks pretty bad, but I don't really care. : )  I like mowing the lawn with the riding mower but I'm not really a fan of grass.  I've toyed with the idea of letting some of the yard go and have it turn into a meadow. 

Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )
"Her lawn looks like a meadow,
And if she mows the place
she leaves the clover standing
and the Queen Anne's Lace."
~ Edna St Vincent Millay

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday

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56 degrees this morning and cloudy when I left on my walk.

I walked the Farm Loop.  None of the cows on the dairy farm up ahead there on the right were out in the field.  Haven't seen those cows for quite a while now.  The chickens were out running around though as well as the barn cats.

Didn't see anyone at all out along the Farm Loop, not even any cars. 

 I thought this phlox looked so pretty growing along the road here on both sides of someones driveway. 

Once I got back to town I walked around the ball park loop and took a quick loop through town before arriving back home.  Half way along my walk I felt the first drops of rain and by the time I got home it was raining pretty hard and I was pretty wet by the time I got in the house.  At least it wasn't cold out. 

Walked 6.2 miles.
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During my walk I got a text from our son David saying he was about an hour away and would be stopping by so when I got home from my walk he was already there. : )  He's staying for the day and night and will leave in the morning continuing on to NJ.

I'm still have more cookies to bake for the new church that is getting started in WV that I've mentioned before and today I baked some Welsh Cookies for them.  I'm baking 5 different kinds of cookies.  Thought an assortment would be nice and cookies travel well. Four kinds so far so just have to bake one more batch.   Don't need them till May 9.  Nice that cookies freeze well too.

Ken and David went up to Happy Trails and then took some trees to a friend of a friend who has a saw mill.  The trees have been sitting in the trailer in our driveway (the trees Ken picked up from church that were cut down) for a few weeks now.  At the saw mill they will be cut into slab wood which we will use for siding on our cabin at Happy Trails.

Never did get to mow the lawn yesterday and today is no better, grass still too wet.  Hopefully tomorrow. 
A happy day to you.
happyone : )
"How old would  you be
if you didn't know how old you were?" 
~ Satchel Paige
Comment Replies:
Eileen - Yes, that is phlox in yesterday's picture at the cemetery.

Sharon - Thanks, nice to have you as a follower. : )

Jedidja - Yes, the cookies are easy to make.  I know I've shared the recipe on my blog before but I can't seem to find it now to send you the link.  If I can't find the link I'll post the recipe again tomorrow.