Walking is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside. Elizabeth von Arnim


Monday, September 29, 2008

A bright blue sky

Good Monday Morning! After 3 days of rain it's so nice to see the sun and a bright blue sky. I took this in my back yard this morning when I got home from walking.
Friday evening we went to a concert at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore to hear the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Though the musicians were very talented the music was not really my cup of tea. Too mellow and I thought a bit boring. I'd love to go back again but when they are playing different music. I did enjoy the night out and I loved our seats. We sat in a box and the chairs were actual chairs that moved and swiveled and were so comfortable - it was like sitting in a living room chair. They were great!!! A few years ago I delivered meals on wheels to a lady (I am sorry to say has died) who told me all about her daughter who played the cello in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She always talked of her daughter with such pride. In the lobby of the hall there is one wall with all the pictures of all the musicians. I found the picture of her daughter Esther so I was able to pick her out playing her cello. I thought of Mrs M and proud she was of her. It would have been nice if I could have said hello to Esther.
Saturday was another rainy day and during the day we just did things around the house. Late afternoon we went out and drove past our town house lot. They haven't started building it yet but I'm sure it won't be long. I am hopeful each time we drive by that it will be started. We left there and went to the A.C. Moore craft store and looked around. Ken needed to get a couple of things for his glass class. We discovered another 5 Guys in the shopping center there and had some fries and burgers for supper.
Sunday Ken was gone for the day helping his friend with her tool inventory again. That should be the end of it now. I got lots done around the house. I started on my house cleaning for the week. Did some shredding which is always fun and baked some chocolate chip cookies.
I finished reading Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich.
Enjoyed reading more adventures of the bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. All the characters in these books certainly are colorful!! Today I'm taking advantage of this sunny day and getting all my laundry done. I already have sheets and a load of darks blowing in the breeze out on the line. Have a happy Monday. I hope the sun is shining where you are too. :-)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Cross

Sometimes when things seem to be going all wrong for us and our problems too many or too big to bear, we should still take time to count our blessings. The young man was at the end of his rope. Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer. "Lord, I can't go on," he said. "I have too heavy a cross to bear." The Lord replied, "My son, if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then open that other door, and pick out any cross you wish." The man was filled with relief. "Thank you, Lord." he sighed and he did as he was told. Upon entering the other door, he saw many crosses, some so large the tops were not visible. Then he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall. "I'd like that one, Lord." he whispered. And the Lord replied, "My son, that is the cross you just brought in."
Psalm 116: 1 & 2 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. Have a blessed and happy Sunday. Remember God loves you!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

50 Things I'm Thankful For

I am thankful
1. that Jesus died and rose for me. 2. for the love of my family. 3. for Kenny's love 4. and that I get to go through life with him. 5. that I can go for a morning walk. 6. that I have such great places to walk. 7. for the desire to walk each day. 8. for those beautiful sunrises I see each morning. 9. for a warm cozy house. 10. for my front porch. 11. for my yard. 12. for enough food to eat every day. 13. for all my friends. 14. for my blogger friends. 15. for my car. 16. for my good health. 17. for my happy attitude about life. 18. that I'm letting my gray hair grow out and I won't have to dye my hair anymore. 19. to see rainbows in the sky. 20. for pizza. 21. for chocolate chip ice cream. 22. for my computer. 23. that I weigh my ideal weight. 24. for all the good books there are out there to read. 25. and for the public library where you can just walk in and find any book you want. 26. for my camera. 27. for pancake breakfasts on the weekends. 28. for the sound of rain. 29. to be an American 30. and for all the people who have served in the armed forces that have made that possible. 31. for all the beautiful colors in nature. 32. for people who stop to let me cross the street when I'm in a crosswalk. 33. for people who know how to merge in traffic. 34. that I can go out to eat whenever I feel like it. 35. for my big comfortable feather bed. 36. for my clothesline in the back yard. 37. for crisp clean sheets. 38. for sunshine 39. and cool breezes. 40. for cold watermelon to eat sitting on the porch. 41. for my book shelves that Kenny built me. 42. to have enough money to pay all my bills 43. and to have enough left over to have some fun. 44. for my two big corner windows over my sink. 45. to have known all my grandparents. 46. for ice cold milk and chocolate chip cookies. 47. for all the smiles from people I don't know. 48. for comments. 49. for my optimistic nature. 50. For each and every day God gives me. I hope you all have a happy Saturday and remember to be thankful for it. :-)

Friday, September 26, 2008

SkyWatch Friday

No sky picture this morning on my walk - the sky was just one big cloud, but I did take these two pictures earlier in the week.
For more skywatch pictures click here. Be happy and enjoy your Friday.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A kindness goes awry

A chilly day today. It never made it out of the 60's and it was windy, cloudy and then it finally rained.

As usual I went for my morning walk and walked 7.7 miles - though I didn't mean to walk that far. I was just about home and ran into Lin who was out for her morning walk. She has been out of town for quite a while so we had a lot of catching up to do so I just continued walking around town with her. As we were walking an older woman carrying a few shopping bags was walking up ahead. Lin told me that when she was walking home from Weis earlier she saw this woman and stopped and asked the woman if she would like some help carrying her shopping bags home. The woman gave her a look and said "Mind your God D*** business. Leave me the hell alone." Wow what a surprise coming from a little old lady!! Lin said a simple No thank you would have done. So much for her act of kindness!

Not much happening today. I was going to clean but just couldn't get in the mood. So I played around on the computer, read and knitted. I didn't even go to out to try to find a dress for tomorrow - I'll just make due with what I have. Maybe instead of the pants I was going to wear, I'll wear my black skirt, a white shirt and my boots.

Ken just went off to his mosaic glass class. This is the second class - so far he really likes it. We went to a glass shop in Kensington one day this past week which was a really cool place and he bought a few pieces of glass of different color blues and a red piece. I'm looking forward to seeing what he creates. The shop has so many different kinds and colors of glass that it was hard choose what to pick.

We will have our ice cream later tonight when Ken gets back home and probably watch another Veronica Mars show. Until then I will read some more of my book. I'm reading Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich.

I hope your Thursday was a happy one. :-)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My walk this morning was the coolest one yet. 48 degrees, but sunny and beautiful. I love these mornings!! This morning I made out my shopping list and off to the commissary I went. Great day to go - no lines at all and all the shelves were full - got everything on my list. While I was there I went next door to the exchange just to see what kind of dresses they had there. Tried on a few - didn't like them. The black little number was okay but nothing special. I really want a red or blue dress. So my search continues..... I ate my lunch sitting out on the porch. I had some cottage cheese and raisins - a favorite lunch of mine. It was a bit on the cool side so I didn't stay out there very long. I finished reading Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith just a little while ago. This is the second book in the series with Isabel. In this book she meets Ian, who has just had a heart transplant and is having visions. Cat her niece is back as well as Grace the housekeeper and her musician friend Jamie. I like all of Alexander McCall Smith's books and liked this one too. Ken's not here tonight for supper so I just had a left over piece of pizza and a salad. I am going to go and take a shower and then start another library book. Maybe do a little knitting too. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your Wednesday

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dress shopping

I took this picture of mums on my walk this morning. They are so full and I love the yellow color.
This morning I decided to go to the mall to buy a dress. We are going to a classical concert on Friday and I wanted to get something new. I walked in and out of so many stores and tried on so many dresses but didn't find any that I liked. I tried to find a color but almost everything is black and they either looked like grandmother dresses or for teenagers. Nothing seemed right for me. I am not really a shopper so I get tired of looking and trying on things pretty quick. Maybe I'll go out another day this week to another mall and look. If I can't find anything I'll just have to wear my old stand by of black pants and jacket with pinstripes I have. It's nice, and comfortable too, but I'm just tired of wearing it. It seems when I don't need a dress I can see ones that I like, but I don't buy them. Then when I need a dress I can't find one anywhere. Oh well, if that's the worst problem I have, I should consider myself lucky!! Even though I didn't find a dress it was a beautiful sunny day and I really did enjoy driving my car - windows down, listening to some music - life is good! Did a little work around the house this afternoon and then went and sat out on the porch and did a little knitting. We went out to eat for supper tonight at a place called La Fiesta. A few people I know have told me about the place and how good the food is and we just never got around to going there. I'm glad we went - really liked the place. I had two enchiladas - one spinach and one cheese, with some rice and beans on the side. I'm sure we will be going back there again some time. A little reading, a Netlix and some ice cream rounded out my day. I hope you had an enjoyable Tuesday too.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Emissions Test

The last couple of mornings have once again been perfect weather for walking and I walked more than 6 miles both days. I have been seeing lots of deer and the other day I saw the Heron down by the water again. It's been a while since I've seen him.
Here is the sun rising this first day of Fall morning.
It was a Meals on Wheels day for me. I'm back to doing only Monday's again or if they need a sub. Ed who I have been subbing for on Friday's since April is now back. Only my regular 4 people to deliver to today and they are all fine and doing well. Today I was driving down a road in a quiet neighborhood going a reasonable 30 miles an hour in a 25 mile zone. Two old men were on the side of the road talking. One of the men made a sign with his hands for me to slow down. I just ignored him because I wasn't even going fast. On the way back the same two men were still there. Again he made a sign for me to slow down. Only this time I really felt like flippin him off - instead as I passed by them I just pushed the gas pedal down and took off. He just stood there shaking his head. After MOW I took my car for it's emissions test. Here in Maryland we have to take our cars every two years. I got on line behind two other cars and was in and out in no time. I took these two pictures of my car while I had to wait inside a long glass booth.
Here's my car at the start.
And here she is at the end.
Passed for another two years. We have been trying to find a couple more shows from Netflix to watch. Tried watching Enterprise but didn't like it. The time is set before Captain Kirk. Tried Nip and Tuck - didn't even get past the first show and Weeds didn't do it for me either. We had seen a couple of seasons of Six Feet Under and I like that alright. We have just started season 3. A show I think my daughter liked was Veronica Mars so we got that one to try and that is one I like. We have just seen the very first episode. We let our BJ's card expire and now we have joined Costco. Yesterday we walked around there just looking. Could have bought a whole bunch of stuff that we didn't need but walked out empty handed. I know it's just another big warehouse like BJ's but I like Costco better. Kenny trimmed my hair for me this evening - just took a couple of inches off the ends. My gray is really growing in now. I'll have to get him to take a picture so you can see it. I am going to go and read for a while, then watch a Veronica episode and tonight I'll have some ice cream for my snack. Yup, you guessed it - chocolate chip. :-) Hope you all are having a great Monday.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Be Happy

Happy Fall!
Ten Rules for Happy Living
1. Give something away - no strings attached 2. Do a kindness - and forget it. 3. Spend time with the aged - experience is priceless. 4. Look intently into the face of a baby - and marvel. 5. Laugh often - it's life lubricant. 6. Give thanks - a thousand times a day is not enough. 7. Pray - or you will lose the way. 8. Work - with vim and vigor. 9. Plan as though you will live forever - you will. 10. Live as though you will die tomorrow - because you will die on some tomorrow. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. Psalm 146:5 Whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he. Proverbs 16:20 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.... Proverbs 15:30 This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 I wish you all a HAPPY SUNDAY!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Our townhouse

The latest book I've finished reading is Miss Julia's School of Beauty by Ann B. Ross.
An entertaining light reading book about a local beauty pageant, a marriage that isn't and jumping to conclusions. Not a great book and a bit on the silly side but it was okay. Both yesterday and today were more beautiful mornings for walking. Nice crisp cool mornings with lots of sunshine with a temperature of 50 degrees. Today I saw a fox! Heard some good news about our new townhouse yesterday. Two more units in our row have been sold which means they will be starting to build our row any time now. How exciting!! It will be fun to watch it being built. I'll be taking lots of pictures!!!! I had a nice day at home this Saturday. I got some computer work done, started knitting another square on the white sampler afghan, started reading another book from the library and spent a couple of hours outside working in the yard. Such a beautiful day for it. I got the rest of the sunflowers all pulled up and now it looks kind of sad with them all gone. I wonder what the people who buy this old house will plant there next year. I'll have to take a ride by and see. I also pulled up some more dead flowers, cut others down and did a little raking. Even though I just started another book I went to the library and got the latest Stephanie Plum book and also got a couple of DVD's. I'm looking forward to watching one of the DVD's and having a few of those Welsh Cookies that I made the other day. Hope everyone is having a happy Saturday.

The Art Car

I have a book called Weird Maryland (there is a different one for all of the states) and in this book one of the weird things is a man who has turned his vehicles into what he calls Art Cars. I've seen him driving around once or twice but yesterday in the parking lot of Staples I saw one of his vehicles parked so I took these pictures of it. This vehicle he calls the Magnet Truck and is a 1995 GMC pickup. Pretty weird huh? Car number 2 is the Party Car and that is a 1966 Pontiac Catalina splattered with paint. A third car is a 1965 Dodge Coronet he has painted in rectangles of primary colors with trophies on it. Car number 4 is a 1990 Pontiac Grand Am covered with red hands and he calls it Handy. The owner of these cars is Conrad Bladey. He is a sometimes high school teacher, Irish studies specialist, folk artist and a musician. Sounds like a real character!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

SkyWatch Friday

Once again I took these two pictures during one of my morning walks.
More skywatch pictures.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happy days are back again

This past week has not been one of my favorite weeks of all time!! But that week has passed and once again things are back to normal and I feel back to being Happyone again. :-) This morning the weather was perfect for talking a walk and I walked 6.9 miles in beautiful sunshine with temperatures in the mid 50's. That is my ideal walking weather!! I saw many deer this morning and a few bunny rabbits.
Yesterday morning I took this picture of the morning moon.
I should have spent today working out in the yard, instead I gave my car a wash - both the outside and the inside. She is once again shining and beautiful!! I love having a nice clean car!! I made some Wesh Cookies this afternoon. I am always surprised that I like these cookies so much because they are not very sweet. I have always thought fencing looked really cool and have always wanted to try it. I went on line earlier and found a place very near my house (3 miles) where they give lessons and I'm pretty sure I'm going to sign up for some. A class just started a couple of weeks ago but another one starts October 27th. I don't know if I'll be any good at it but I think it would be really fun to try. You don't have to buy anything for the beginners class except your own gloves. All the other equipment they provide. If you move on to the more advanced classes you have to have your own stuff. Have any of you ever tried fencing? Last night we watched an old movie from 1987 called The Princess Bride. It is a fairy tale and one I thoroughly enjoyed. I could tell you about it but I found this on YouTube.

Monday, September 15, 2008

A walk, a friend, nice weather, a good book makes a nice day.

I enjoyed my little earlier than usual walk this morning. It was pretty dark when I started out. I got a new battery for my pedometer the other day and I have been tweaking it a bit to get it accurate and this morning I finally got that accomplished. I walked 6.5 miles. I made a list of things to do today but put them all on hold when I got a call from Cheryl. She came over and we went over to the mill and looked around in a couple of stores and had lunch at Ram's Head sitting outside on the patio. As always we enjoyed our time together and I am so glad that we have become friends. I got James' sunflower seeds mailed off this afternoon and he should have them in a couple of days. The weather started off hot and humid this morning and as the day went on it got cooler and nicer. All my windows are open with fresh air blowing in. I just came back inside from sitting on the front porch reading and watching people and cars go by. I've finished reading a couple of books.
The Assassins by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. It is the 6th book in the Left Behind series.
The first few books of this series was good but the more books I read the more drawn out they are. I think there are 10 books in all and I will read them all but it seems the story sure could have been condensed a lot more.
The other book I've read is called Memories of a Lost Egypt by Colette Rossant.
It's a small book with only 128 pages in it and it's about Colette telling her memories of when she was a little girl living in Egypt with her grandparents with her mother coming in and out of her life. Colette's passion is food and the book is all about her favorite foods and has many recipes in it. I enjoyed the book and would like to read more of her books. Hope your Monday was a happy one!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Trust in the Lord

Although I am usually happy, I still have times when I'm not. When I feel worried or down about something I remember part of a song I sang in Sunday school when I was little. Trust in the Lord And don't despair. He is a friend so true. No matter what your troubles are, Jesus will see you through. This always seems to brighten things up for me. :-)
Psalm 25:4 & 5
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. May you all have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Tonight's Moon

I just took these two pictures of the moon and thought I would post them right away.
This one in the front of my house.
This one in the back yard through the trees.

Along my walking path

Many of you know that I go for a walk every morning. It's how I start my day and it is never a chore for me because I love it. I walk at least 6 miles all year long and in all kinds of weather. I see lots of other people out early doing their exercise too. Lots of walkers, runners, bike riders, and dog walkers. Some of the people I get to know and though I prefer to walk alone, walking a mile or two with some one is nice too. I have many routes that I walk and sometimes I don't walk a route at all and just wander where ever I feel like it. Some of my routes are around town but my favorite route is walking up to the park which is a half mile away from my house and along a couple of paths that run along the river. Here are some pictures of the paths that I took while walking.
Along the path.There are two of these benches along one of the paths and I have never seen any one sitting on them all the years I've been walking here.
There are quite a few of these wooden bridges along the way and I walk on one right under I95.
Another picture along the way.This bridge I walk over is the Pratt Bridge and it crosses over the river.
One more picture along the way. If you look close you can see a person walking. It's Linda a fellow walker.
I feel so lucky to have these wonderful paths to walk along. You would never know from these pictures that I live right between Washington DC and Baltimore. Some people ask if I'm afraid to walk along the paths alone so before you can ask the answer is no! I've walked here for years and have been perfectly fine. I refuse to be afraid while walking along such a beautiful place. I have my phone, my camera and my good sense. :-) On a future walk I'll take some pictures of the river. Happy Walking. :-)

Friday, September 12, 2008

SkyWatch Friday

I took these three sky pictures this week while on my morning walks. One reason I like to walk in the morning is that I get to see the sunrise each morning.
Good Morning!
The sun trying to break through the clouds.
A busy sky.To join SkyWatch Friday or just to view more sky pictures go here.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The end of the sunflowers

I didn't get outside as early as I wanted to yesterday so I didn't finish picking up all the branches or take down the sunflowers. Today though is another beautiful sunny cool day so after my morning walk I stayed outside to finish.
All the branches are picked up and I pulled up some of the dead flowers. I left the cone flowers up yet because the birds like the seeds, especially the gold finches. Then I cut down the sunflowers and spread the heads of them around the yard for the birds to pick at the seeds.
This first picture of the sunflowers is what they looked like after the heavy rain we had.
The largest sunflower was 14 inches across when the yard stick
is bent from one edge to the other.
This is my hand on it.
I put these sunflower seeds from the biggest flower aside for James (Mary's grandson) because he loves sunflowers and liked my giant ones that "reach all the way to the clouds."
I will leave these sit out for a day or two and then send them along to James.

What do you see when you look at this trash can lid?
I see a mean face with slits for eyes and a mouth turned down.

This morning I put all the ingredients into my crock pot to make a new recipe called Mexican Meatloaf.

I have a couple of chores to do around the house (dishes and ironing) and then I'm going to go sit out on the front porch. Maybe I'll read or knit - haven't decided yet. Then when Kenny comes home from work, I think some nice cold watermelon for a snack would be just perfect.
Hope your having a happy Thursday!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Blue bins, banana bread & a beautiful day

The other day as I was driving down the street coming home there were new big blue plastic recycling bins in front of everyone's house. I was so glad to get one of these. It's nice and big and everything can be mixed together - no more sorting. This picture shows all the stuff we can recycle together in this one bin. Maybe now more people will recycle in my town. Yesterday was the first day we all got to use them and it looked nice to see so many of these big blue bins out in front of so many yards. :-) I had a couple of really ripe bananas so I baked some banana bread yesterday and have put the recipe in Happyone'sCookbook. I found the recipe searching through MealsMatter. This recipe was very good - much better than the one I usually use. I've only eaten a half a slice but I gave Ken some to take to work today for his breakfast. We finished watching the second season of Dexter last night. That sure didn't take long to get through a whole season. We did watch a couple of shows in one night though because the shows kept ending with a cliff hanger and we didn't feel like waiting for the next day. The last episode of the season was not a cliff hanger which was a surprise. I think the third season will start on television this month and we will have to wait until next year I guess to see it on Netflix. We went to Giant to get our next supply of ice cream in. I tried their brand of chocolate chip and it was okay but not nearly as good as the Weis brand. The other kind of ice cream we got is called Andes Creme De Menthe which was Giant brand too and oh boy was that good!! Its creme de menthe ice cream swirled with milk chocolate fudge and creme de menthe chips. Did you notice that the ice cream containers are getting smaller as the price goes up? Ice cream used to come in 1/2 gallon size containers, now the size is 1.75 quarts. Here's a picture I took in my front yard. As the flowers are dying this morning glory blooms.
Life and Death
It is one beautiful day outside here in Maryland. The sun has come out after some morning clouds and it's clear and cool out. I have a couple of loads of wash hanging out on the line and going to bed tonight on those wonderful smelling sheets will be heavenly. :-) After my lunch today I am going outside to pick up lots of tree branches that are all over the yard after the heavy rain we had on Saturday and last night. It's certainly a great day for it. Hope your Wednesday is bright and happy too.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

A day at the races

This past Sunday we drove up to Hagerstown, Maryland to the Mason-Dixon Dragway and spent the day watching drag races. It's only about a hour and a half from home and we drove up all along back roads. It was such a beautiful day out and Maryland has some beautiful scenery to look at along the way.
Here I am standing on the drag strip.
I love the dragsters - they are so long and look so cool and boy are they fast. A couple of them went over 200 miles an hour.
This is a Challenger - My first car was a 70 Challenger - red of course!!
Here are just a few more pictures.
It wasn't crowed and there were plenty of good seats. We got there early before the racing began and walked around and looked at all the cars that would be racing and got to talk to some of the drivers. We bought hot dogs and soda for lunch and sat on the bleachers to eat them. The weather was beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed the day at the races. Before Ken and I were married we went to the drag races in Englishtown, New Jersey and this is the first time we we've been back. A couple of years ago we went to Dover, Delaware to the races, but that was racing around a track and for me it was boring just to watch them go around and around and the noise was deafening. I much prefer the drag races. On the way home we stopped to look at our empty lot (TownHouse) and then went up the street and had supper at LeeLynn's. It was so nice that we sat outside at a table. In fact every one was outside eating - the dining room was empty. A most enjoyable day. :-)

Monday, September 08, 2008

A New Beginning

A new day - A new start

Here I am starting a brand new blog. It seems I just can't quit blogging after all, I guess I just needed a bit of a break from it, though the break didn't last very long.
This new blog will be different than my others in that it will be the only one and I won't write in it every single day. I had 3 blogs going and it just got to be too much to write something in each one every day. Then reading everyone's blog each time they updated and commenting, I just couldn't keep up. It seemed if I wasn't blogging or reading blogs I would be thinking constantly on how I would blog about what I was doing all day long.
Yes, I was a bit obsessed with blogging.
I am going to be more relaxed with this blog and not feel like I have to update it every day. It will be more like bits and pieces from my day instead of my whole day.
So I hope some of you will stop in here once in a while and leave a comment or two. :-)
Have a great day and be happy!