Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lots of books

A cloudy and still morning and a warm one too.  Temperature was 49 degrees!!!  I was able to leave a few layers of clothing behind.
Didn't walk on any mapped out route of mine today, just walked here and there.  Paths, sidewalks, and even a parking lot.
I saw a few people scattered around this morning walking, running and walking dogs.
 I heard birds and saw squirrels.  One of the squirrels had a bend about three quarters of the way down in his tail.  Must have gotten it caught somewhere.  I've seen squirrels with part of their tails gone but never with a severe angle in it like this one.  It didn't seem to be bothering him at all.
Not much else going on, pretty quiet out there this morning.  Still an enjoyable walk.
Found a couple more coins - a dime and a penny.
Walked 6.4 miles.
Sunrise 7:23
Sunset 4:47
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Packed up my knitting and headed out to my Tuesday morning knitting group.  There were about a dozen of us there.  I knitted on the baby blanket i started last week.  I have enough done now  so that you can see the pattern.  
It is nice to be knitting on this now because i have learned the pattern and can just knit without thinking about it much.

Made a stop at the library on the way home to drop a book off.  Not one of mine this time (i'm reading a book that i own) but one of Ken's.  I was determined not to check out any more books out of the library and this time i really DIDN'T!!  I have a LOT of books at home here that have to be read.  In fact i have four full shelves on my bookcase of books that i haven't read yet.  I could go a whole year without ever going to the library and still not be able to read all these books. 
So am going to try to read a good many of these this year.  I probably won't keep most of them.  If i really really like a book and would possibly reread it i'll keep it, otherwise i'll just give it away.  Some of the books are a collection and have a few novels in one book.  Oh yeah, and the 4 new ones i just bought, A Song of Ice and Fire series  by George R.R. Martin aren't on the shelves. 

Tonight i go to the cookie exchange.  I have the cookies i made, a few copies of the recipe, a container to bring home cookies and a little gift for a Christmas game we are to play all ready to go.  I'm looking forward to going and to having a happy time and maybe even make a new friend. : )

Hope your day has been a happy one.
Till next time......
Here's a smile from me to you.  : )
Happyone 
Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing
Returns to you glad.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier

13 comments:

  1. Have fun tonight at the cookie exchange. I'm sure that you'll meet someone new. You're that kind of a person...one who attracts friends. ☺

    What a nice day for walking. What strange swings in the temps.

    John finished the house today, not the garage, but the house! At last. Yay! It can snow.

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  2. Oh the cookie exchange sounds like so much fun! And YUMMY too!
    I have found a new author I like -
    Charles Todd - it is a mother and son duo - World War I era mysteries. They are fantastic!!

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  3. It was great to see you today at knitting.

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  4. The poem is so lovely and true. Like you I own many books which are such a pleasure to read. When our books reach critical mass we give them to someone, sell them at a used book store and give the rest to the public library. Of course those are the ones we don't keep forever :)

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  5. I hope you receive some good cookies in your exchange - what a great idea.

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  6. I have just about that many books on my shelves that I haven't read. I only hope I live long enough to get them read.

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  7. Cookie exchanges are so much fun. I've really enjoyed going to them in the past.

    And that scarf is really beautiful.

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  8. Love the pattern of your baby blanket... So pretty!!!!

    Yes---I still have quite a few books here I haven't read either... Never enough time!!!!

    Enjoy your cookie exchange... I'm sure you will.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. 4 shelves of books, waiting to be read. How lovely a sight is that?!?

    And I also love how you don't just keeeeeep every book. You give them away, unless terribly special. So wise. At least, to me.

    "Did you ever wonder about the Victorian version of sugarplums dancing around every one's head in "A Visit From St. Nicholas"? Sugarplums were exotic sweetmeats, a combination of fruit and nuts, traditionally available only during the holidays."
    ~~"Mrs. Sharp's Traditions"

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  10. Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe. I just printed it and hope to try it today. Sounds very good!
    Hope you and all your family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  11. I'd love to have more time to read! When I win the lottery, I am going to devote a day a week to just reading, and another day - or maybe two - to hust helping others as a volunteer!

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  12. You will not make me mad, by praying for me, Dear One. Of course not. I want all to be free to have their own views. I would not tell you, not to pray. And you are not telling me, what to believe. (Even if in your heart, we want to. Hugs...)

    We can all be gals in blog land, no matter what is in our thinking or or believing, etc.

    Which is wonnnnnnnnnderful!!!!!!

    Lots of Christmas hugs to you!

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  13. How wonderful to see that picture and your comment of four shelves of books that have not been read yet.
    I have umpteen books on my shelves that I have not read yet and was feeling quite guilty and wasteful about it. Like you I get more from the Library and read those and I also re-read some of the favorite books that I have owned for years.
    My books are "filed" by subjects and sizes, so I have started labeling the books that I have read.
    I am hoping to make a dent in my unread books in the New Year.

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