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

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
~Henry David Thoreau

This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


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Monday, November 11, 2019


Out the door walking this morning at 6:35.
Warmed up again and was 45 degrees when I left.
A mix of sun and clouds once the sun came up.
Sunrise 6:57

Saw a couple of deer and a rabbit on my way to town.
May have heard a bear down in the stream.
It was something big anyway but whatever it was
glad it stayed there.

In town walked to the library and dropped a couple of
books down the book slot.
Next stop was the post office and dropped mail down that slot.

Remember that purple roof from a couple of weeks ago?
Well now the house is getting painted!
What do you think about that color!?
It is bright, that's for sure!!

 Made my way over to the ball park and walked the loop.
Then back through town and home.

Walked 6 miles

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 Brian, a friend of ours has some old metal wheels that have been
sitting in his barn for years and said Ken could have them.
So we went over today to get them.
  While there I took some pictures of the old barn.
It is very old but has been kept up and has just been painted
not too long ago.

Looks like this part still needs to be painted.

It was neat to be able to walk around inside the barn.
No animals have been in it for years and now it is used for storage,
 tools, lawn equipment and old stuff!
At one point I went in the house and had a nice visit 
with his wife Sandy.

Here are the old metal wheels that Brian gave Ken.
They are from a pony cart that was used in the coal mines years ago.
Not sure what Ken has planned for them
but I'll be sure to let you know!

After lunch walked around out back at Happy Trails.
Such a pretty day to be outside.

Making weave-it squares and reading are on my agenda for the evening.
Some chocolate marshmallow ice cream will be eaten too.

That's all for today.
A happy day to you.
Thanks for stopping by.
happyone  🥰

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday
 mode of consciousness being busy 
and lively and unconcerned with self.
Iris Murdoch

Thank you, 
 who have served and who are serving now.

Saturday, November 9, 2019


Out of the house walking at 6:36.
18 degrees with a slight breeze and a mix of sun and clouds
once the sun came up.
Sunrise 6:55

Walked to town.
This is the driveway to Farmer Marvin's farm.

Found a glove and put it on the post here along the road.
I bet that is there a good long while.

Once I got to town, stayed on the main road and walked through town.
Passed by the old house and then went over to the ball park
and walked the loop there.
Then back through town and home.

All the puddles were frozen.

Saw three deer on the way to town.
Not surprisingly there were no other people out.
Very quiet in town on this early cold morning.
This day was cold enough for me to wear my very warm coat
and it did the trick.  I was nice and warm.

Walked 6 miles

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Ken went up to the wood shop in the ATV to clean things up a bit there.
(planning on building a new shop closer to the house)

After I did my morning chores I walked up there on the
trails.  It is just over a quarter mile away.

Just up ahead is the wood shop and the red you see on the
left is our cabin.

Helped Ken a little and then did a little more walking along the trails
and finally walked back to the house for lunch.
On the walk back a nice big 6 point buck crossed my path.
He disappeared in the woods as quick as he came.

A few of our friendly neighbor cows.

I stayed inside after lunch and puttered around the house.

That's all for today.
A happy day to you.
Thanks for visiting.
happyone 🥰

If you search the world for happiness,
you may find it in the end,
for the world is round and will lead you back to your door.
Robert Brault 

Comment Replies:
Eileen - 800 bear hunting permits are given out each year though many more apply. Each permit allows the hunter only one bear. 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Home all day

It rained last night and then got cold and we had a dusting of snow.
Was 19 degrees this morning and windy and I was too lazy to put
on all the layers of clothing to go walking so ended up getting
my 6 miles walked in the basement.
Walked 2 miles at a time.

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I have a bunch of cooking magazines that I have been meaning
to go through saving some of the recipes before giving
the magazines away.

Today I went through them.
Instead of tearing the recipes out or copying them down
I took pictures of the recipes and put them in a file on my computer.

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Finished reading Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke.
Was somewhat disappointed in this one.
The story was covered in just half of the book and
the other half was nothing but recipes.

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Bear hunting season was last month here in Garrett County for 5 days.
During that time 145 bears were killed.
There were 5,204 applications from across the state
to hunt the bears and 800 permits were given out.
The biggest bear weighed in at 539 pounds.
There are more bears around here than I thought.

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Did the housework today that I've been putting off this week.

Never did see the sun today.
It stayed cold and windy.
A pretty quite day around here at Happy Trails.

A happy day to you.
Thanks for stopping by.
happyone  🥰

Some pursue happiness, others create it.

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