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, August 12, 2009

The Little Bell

Another hot muggy morning for walking. No breeze at all today. I saw the deer and her two babies again.
When I walked where I used to live, I would find coins almost every day, in fact over the years I've found almost $200 and keep all the coins in old glass banks that used to contain syrup. I only find money every once in a while since I've been walking here. Today though, I found 2 quarters to add to my banks. :-)

When I was a little girl (don't remember the year) I stayed with my grandmother while my mother and father went on a little vacation to Cape Cod. When they came back there was a little bell hanging from the rear view mirror of my father's car that said Cape Cod on it. Over the years that little bell would always be in all of his cars. Every new car he got he would hang that little bell from the rear view mirror. One day he added a little crystal. My father loved to drive - I think that was his favorite thing to do. So when he died I took that little bell with the crystal and hung it on the rear view mirror of my Saturn which was my car at the time he died. Now it hangs from the mirror of my Corvette. My father would have loved my Corvette - I'm only sorry he never new I finally got one.
When I'm driving and the little bell rings, I always think of my DAD!! :-)
I miss you Daddy!

Today I finally finished reading
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. (973 pages)
It's set in England staring in the year 1123 and ends in the year 1174. There is never a dull moment. One exciting thing after another happens throughout the whole book. I thought it was an excellent story.

I also finished reading I'll Take You There by Joyce Carol Oates.
I find all her books depressing but good.

I called my friend Bernice and we had a nice long talk. She has been my friend my whole life. She is the sister I never had and I love her dearly!! :-)

Knitted some more on the ripple afghan and now have 12 of the 19 strips done.
I watched a Netflix and ate up the last of the chocolate chip cookies for my snack.

I hope this Wednesday was a happy day for you.
Happyone :-)
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times,
always with the same person.


  1. That is such a sweet and tender memory!

  2. Loved the story of the little bell & how nice you still have it. Your father was a wonderful man. He is missed.

  3. How nice to keep your Dad`s bell in your car, I think he would have liked that.
    Thank you so much for helping me with the English sentence :) !!
    My blogging is helping me to learn English, and to read your blog is helpful as well.
    Hope you have a wonderful day, mine has just started, I have breakfast with the children - they are going back to school today. The 10 year old loves it, but the teenager doesn`t like it at all....

  4. Sweet story about your dad's bell and crystal. I'm glad you decided to hang it in your car rather than pack it away.

  5. The bell story was a perfect one to share. Very sweet indeed.

    Have you read The Falls by Oates? If not, I highly recommend listening to it. Let me know! I like the book I'm listening to. Another Dean Koontz. I'm reading The Pirate's Daughter and like that too.

  6. I love your bell story. Very very nice.

    The Pillars of the Earth was my favorite Ken Follet book. I loved it.

    Sounds like you're keeping busy. We walked again today too!

  7. I'm so glad you shared the little bell story as it is so sweet. I especially like the part about you thinking about your Dad whenever the bell rings. Love that!!

    You must be a very rapid reader. I have The Pillars of the Earth sitting in my closet, but I haven't started it yet. I will have to put it at the top of my list.

    My mom's dearest friend was named Bernice and my mom always said that anybody named Bernice is a nice person. Glad you and your Bernice had a good chat.

  8. What a nice tribute to your father. I hope you have that bell for many years to come.

  9. So nice to have something tangible like the bell and crystal to remind you of your dad. I hope they bring you lots of comfort, Happy One.

  10. A lovely memory of your Father!

  11. It's nice you have the bell to remind you of your Dad. I miss my Dad too...it has been many years since I lost him.

    Great books!


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