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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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Baking, knitting and reading

Yesterday I did a bit of baking. I copied a recipe for Black and Whites on Pat's blog.I used to eat these when I was a kid and it was one of my favorite goodies (still is). I liked the chocolate half best, so I would eat the vanilla side first and save the best for last. My mom used to buy them from the bakery and they were a special treat.
My bother-in-law Dennis is a baker and sometimes when we go to Ken's sister's house he brings some from the bakery for me because he knows I like them. :-)
The ones I made are good but not as good as the ones that Dennis makes and his are bigger too. I added up the calories and each one has 217. I ate one right after I made them and had one later too.
I baked bread today which made the house smell sooo good. It was a bit of a challenge cutting the loaf in nice straight slices!!

I got the curtain rod hung up in the kitchen which now holds a blue plaid curtain. I never did find those drill bits, but I got a finishing nail and hammered a small hole for each screw, then hand screwed the four nails in.

I finished reading one of the books from the library, The Cat Who Had 14 Tales by Lilian Jackson Braun which is a book of short stories of course about cats. Some good stories, some not so good but a nice light easy read.

I knitted these two dish cloths yesterday. I like to give them away as gifts and thought I'd start making them for Christmas presents. This is the first time I've used this color and I like it.I also finished another white square for the white sampler afghan while sitting out on the deck. It has turned into a bedspread now. Today I sewed the next 9 squares together to form the 7th row and then sewed that on to the other 6 rows.
I laid it out on my bed and took this picture.I have four more rows to go before I'm finished. I can see the end in sight after all this time. :-)
I listened to All Creatures Great and Small audio book while doing the sewing.

After supper I walked around the neighborhood streets looking for nails and I'm happy to say I didn't find any at all. Then I walked over to the Giant and got some ice cream.
For my snack I only ate half the amount that I usually do because I wasn't all that crazy about the flavor which was Andes Creme de Menthe so I also had a Black and White!

I'm off to read for a while before bed.

I hope you had a happy Saturday.
Happyone :-)
Live in such a way that if anyone should speak badly of you, no one would believe it.

One last thing before I end this post.
Last week I said there were changes in my life for a while. I wasn't going to elaborate but I think most of you have jumped to the wrong conclusion assuming the worst: divorce. So, I am going to say a bit more now and won't mention it again. Our marriage has been good and strong and I believe it will be again. We saw each other today and we talked. We have always talked things through and we will continue to do so. We both believe we will be back together again soon. Ken is thinking about what he wants to do with the rest of his life but he assures me it includes me. Yes, it is hard and I am sad but I am okay. I thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers, believe me they have helped!! And please continue to pray for both of us. We have been married for 37 years and we have weathered a few storms from time to time. This one will pass too.
Don't forget I am Happyone and yes I still am. :-)


  1. This was quite a full post. :-) Your cookies look fabulous and delicious! I like the colors of your dishcloths. Your afghan is absolutely beautiful!

    Very sorry to hear about the current stress going on in your life. I will remember you both in my prayers.

  2. Hello, Ms. Happyone, Glad to be reading your blog again! You have some awesome talents! Please be assured of my prayers...

  3. The cookies look YUMMY!
    Glad the communication lines are open! You and Ken are in my prayers!

  4. OK, I've gained a pound looking at your cookies! ;) Stay happy, HappyOne - that's the spirit! All couples go through a rough patch now and again. And however things end up, you have happy times ahead.

    I was up early today to enjoy a nice 4 mile walk and am hoping you were as well. Art

    "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!"

  5. I am glad to see your post this morning. I love you Karen and I know that you and Kenny will work this out. We are all human and we do experience these things, they don't always come when we expect them, but bumps in the road makes us closer and stronger. Sending my love! Pamie
    PS: I am hungry! :0)

  6. PS: I love the white squares and when my studio is finished I want to start a blanket for my guest bed. I am doing the whole guest house and studio is light blue and white, a white bedspread knitted would be beautiful!!! Thanks for the idea! Pamie

  7. Oh Karen, thank you for telling us....I was so afraid that it was illness....and am so relieved that its not. Yes, we have all been at a crossroads in our lives and a strong marriage will survive this. Please know that we all are including you both in our prayers. Your faith is strong and soon....this too will pass. Big hugs and if you ever need anything, you know we're here for you. I know you will trust in God, no matter what the outcome.

  8. I can imagine how wonderful your house smelled after baking those yummy looking cookies and bread too.
    The dishcloths are so pretty. Nice colors and how great to be getting ready for Christmas gifts ahead of time. I also think your bedspread is gorgeous. You sure do have a lot of talents and seem to use them fully.
    I was so sad and sorry to hear about your current marital problem. I will absolutely keep you and Ken in my prayers and trust that everything will work out for the best. I am glad you are still able to be HappyOne. Please know that I am thinking of you.

  9. I was so sorry to hear about your marital problem. you and Kenny seem so suited to each other that I am sure you both will work things out and be stronger for it.

  10. I don't think I've ever had Black and Whites, but they sound (and look) delicious.
    I was sorry to hear about your troubles and we will keep the two of you in our prayers.

  11. I'm glad you shared about your personal life. If anything, it makes you more real. No one has a life without problems. Often times in blogs we only see the good stuff. Or only the bad stuff. This is the real stuff. What we do know about you is that you're an eternal optimist, and as far as I'm concerned, it's the only way to be. It's like smiling. Sometimes when I'm feeling unhappy I smile big, and doing that releases endorphins and you actually feel happier. I looked that up :) Being optimistic paves the way for good things to happen. I know that you're Happyone and things will work out for you and Ken.

  12. So glad you had the opportunity to try the cookie recipe! I often wonder why bakery treats often taste better than home made? Perhaps their ovens are better or their mixers?

    I'm sorry to hear you are having marital problems and I hope and pray they can be resolved and your marriage saved. Sometimes it helps to go to marriage counseling and have a third party help work things out -- I know two couple whose marriages were saved that way. I will keep you in my prayers!

  13. Those cookies look wonderful and the sampler afghan is GORGEOUS!!
    I admire your restraint with food and wish I had your resolve.
    Thinking of you and Ken.

  14. This must be where I left off...

    This comes as a surprise, my friend, but please know that I shall be cheering for you both. I love that you are okay no matter what. That's so important. Too many women fall apart at times like these. Please know that we're thinking of you and praying for you. Thank you for your honesty. I've wondered and it's good to know even when I had hoped that it was something else.


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