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

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


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Baking day and a happy surprise

Today when I walked it was cloudy, but the temperature was 36 degrees and after the last few days it felt almost balmy!! After walking a little over 6 miles I came back home and got a package that I had to mail and walked back to the post office. I had to go back out because the post office doesn't open until 8:30. I was there at opening and there was only one other person there.

I spent the rest of the day at home making one last Christmas present and baking. I baked
He Man Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies but I put in raisins instead of the chocolate chips. I think I like them better with the raisins because I think oatmeal cookies should have raisins in them. They are very good with the chips too though.

Next up was the Yum Yum Cake. It is my grandmother's recipe (mom's mom) and the only recipe I have of hers. The cake turned out perfectly and tastes "yummy" just like the name says. I took this picture of the cake and added the recipe to Happyone'sCookbook.

Last up was the Pfeffernuesse Cookies. They are another one of my favorites and I make them every Christmas.

I had such a nice surprise today. :-) I got a Christmas card from my cousin Patty (our moms are sisters). We spent a lot of time together when we were kids and I haven't heard from her in years and years and we haven't seen each other since we were kids. Here is a picture from 1962. That's Patty on the right and me on the left holding my dog Cookie.
Linda if you are reading this please tell Patty how much it meant to me to receive the Christmas card from her. :-)

I'll end today's post with a picture of the Christmas card
that I made and mailed out this year
and a wish that you have a
Very Merry Christmas!


  1. Sounds as if you had a very ambitious day! : ) I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. The cake really looks yummy!
    One of the joys of Christmas is reconnecting with long-lost friends.
    You made a beautiful card and I would like to thank you for sharing.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. I wish I lived closer so you could show me how to bake such wonderful treats as these.

    Thank you so much for being such a beautiful person. You have put a spirit in me this Christmas that no other person could do and I thank you!
    Merry Christmas.

    I will let you know as soon as the scarf comes in. I'm so excited.

  4. Merry Christmas, Karen and Ken! Can't wait to be neighbors! Let me know if I can do anything to help.

  5. What a beautiful card!! I LOVE it!

  6. I love the card and wonder how you made it. Mine don't look nearly as good.


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