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

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tried walking, finished a book, and knitted a hat.

This morning I put on my layers of clothes and headed out for my morning walk. I just had to give it a try, but I'm sad to say its still not good for walking. Still icy in many spots and sidewalks are not shoveled. I ended up walking around the parking lot and the sidewalks that were shoveled in the little shopping center across the street from me.
I only walked a mile and it took me 1/2 hour just for that. I slipped a few times and then decided it just wasn't worth the risk of falling and getting hurt. So I'll just have to be patient and wait a few more days.

Sunrise 6:58
Sunset 5:46
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The snow we were supposed to get yesterday and over night just ended up being a dusting, thank goodness.

This morning I sat down to read for a little while and ended up finishing the book, La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith. It was a library book and number 4 on my list for the year. 71 to go!!
It's about a woman named La. Her husband leaves her, the war starts, she leaves London to live in a little town near a small RAF base and starts a small amateur orchestra. I liked this book a lot even though there was a touch of sadness throughout. I liked the ending which made me cry.
A few lines from the book.
She stood quite still, transfixed by the moment; as happens sometimes, when we are not expecting it; we stop and think about the beauty of the world, and its majesty, and the insignificance of our concern and cares. And yet we know that they are not insignificant - at least not to us; pain and loss may be little things.... but to us, they loom large, are wounding, are sore. So each of us, thought La, each one of us should do something to make life better for somebody.
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It was then time to get some of those never ending chores around the house done.
Those done I knitted a while and then started another book. This is a BIG one, over 1,000 pages. Its good though and I'll be through it in no time!

Did a bit more knitting after supper and finished the hat for Ken that I've been working on. I'm happy to say he likes it. :-)

I'll be watching more of the Olympics later, have some tea and cookies, probably knit more. I'll get back to knitting hats for Bonnie.

A happy Tuesday to you all.
Share your smile,
Happyone :-)
Those who wish to sing, always find a song.
~Swedish Proverb

10 comments:

  1. I had 5 posts of yours to catch up on. I hope you get to walk soon. I can't imagine what it's been like for you. The piles of snow are amazing and packed so tight. I bet some of it won't melt till spring. So you went from no TVs to two. You guys get the best toys! I hope to see it in person soon, and all your redecorating. Happy day!

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  2. My goodness, but you have a lot of snow. We still have plenty here, but after two straight big weekend storms, the one this past Saturday missed us for the most part and we were able to do our first team marathon training. The five miles, along often slippery streets, sure felt great. Art

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  3. It's good to know that you don't take unnecessary risks. A wrenched back or a broken something isn't worth it and especially when you have other means of exercise.

    Glad that you only got a dusting of snow this time...those are monstrous snowbanks!

    Your book sounds good. I've read at least one book on your recommendation.

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  4. Hi Dear Karen,

    Those lines from the books are great to read. I do understand that it will a good read. I'll try to get this book for my next read.

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  5. i saw your comment on "vee" and just had
    to see someone called "happy one".

    so glad i did. i am a huge alexander mccall
    smith fan. just finished one that i dogeared
    throughout to go back and enjoy his pithy
    phrases. guess i'm a smith geek!

    already love your blog. will be back!

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  6. Our snow is gone at least the most of it and I hope it won't come back untill Chrismas, lol.
    It looks like a very nice shopping center, I wonder what kind of shops there are.

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  7. I hope it won't be too much longer til you can walk again. Judging by those snowbanks it may be a while.
    The quote from your book makes me think it would be one I would enjoy. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

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  8. I'm not surprised that you cannot walk far, the roads and pavements still look trecherous.
    Enjoy indoors while you are stuck in there!

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  9. I'm glad you didn't slip and fall when you tried to walk outside. It's going to be a while before the sidewalks are clear enough for you to walk safely.

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  10. I can't believe you've been thwarted by this weather! You're such a trooper! It must be killing you...

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