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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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A lunch date

This morning the temperature was in the 50's and there wasn't a breeze to be felt.  There was a bit of fog across the field here as you can see from the picture.  Notice the morning moon too. I walked on one of my connect the path routes.  Only saw two other people out and they were both walking their dogs.  Walking down one of the paths I came across three deer.  Two on one side of the path and one on the other.  I walked very slowly right between them.  There must have only been about 12 feet between all of us.  They just stood there as I went past.  It was really cool.  Didn't even try for the camera because I'm sure they would have run away if I went for it.  I saw four more deer along my walk.
I walked 6.2 miles.
Giving Thanks Day Number 23
I am thankful for all of my friends.
Friends are great.
They help you through hard times.
They are happy for you when times are good.
They are great to spend time with
doing fun things.
There is lots of talking, laughter, hugs, and love
and sometimes tears
between friends.
Sometimes you don't even meet your friends in person.
But know them only through blogs.
I have a very special friend Bernice,
who I have known all my life. 
Since I am only child she is the sister I never had.
Rushed around this morning trying to get my morning routine and a few other things done before leaving for my Tuesday morning knitting group.  Didn't quite get things done so finished up when I got home later. 
Left the knitting group right at 12:00 today because I met Ken for lunch at Ma's Kettle, a cute little homey place in Savage.  They have great BBQ sandwiches there.  I had a pulled chicken one, Ken had the beef one and we shared some home made potato chips. 
We don't meet often for lunch so it is special when we do.

Ken went back to work and I made a stop at the library.  Dropped off The Cat Who Said Cheese by Lilian Jackson Braun and picked up the next one in the cat series. 
I also finished reading A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins which I borrowed from a knitting group friend.  (Returned it to her today.)  This book was excellent!!  It's a true story about a young man in his early 20's back in the 70's who has become disillusioned with America.  He decides to walk across America to see the country and this book is the first part of his walk.  He starts out in Alfred, NY and ends in New Orleans.  His experiences and the many different people he meets along the way make for a super book.  I look forward to reading the next book which is The Walk West.  I looked it up in the library but they don't have it. 

Kathy, my sister in law gave us a bamboo plant when we first moved here almost two years ago.  It has done very well and today I transplanted it to a bigger pot.  It  did well being in small stones and water so I am keeping it in that.
In the old flower pot.
 The new flower pot.
So that's what I've been up to today so far.  Haven't read any blogs yet today so that's next on my agenda.  Then if I have time, I'll knit till supper time.
A smile from me to you.
Happyone :-)
Got no check books, got no banks.
Still I'd like to express my thanks -
I got the sun in the morning and moon at night.
~Irving Berlin 


  1. Friends are definitely something to be thankful for. It's interesting because just today I was thinking about the afghan you made for Norma and what an amazingly kind and nice thing that was for you to do. Of course I feel the same way about the one you made for me. Your friendship through our blogs is something I am very thankful for.

  2. I loved both of the books you mentioned by Peter Jenkins. You definitely need to get the second one now! He sure had some interesting experiences didn't he! I don't know if it would be as safe to do in today's world.

  3. Thanks friend. Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. Great gratitude list...insightful even. You walked between the deer? You're brave. I guess they feel as if you're a friend. Must've been fun meeting Ken for lunch. I always meet John for lunch right here at the dining table. :D I like your bamboo plant and the swan in the window...so cool.

  5. Love your morning fog pic ... and that plant is awesome!

  6. Loved the first picture Karen. it is unbelievably beautiful. It drizzled throughout the day today but i enjoyed the walk this evening. it was cold, the air being the perfect botox because seriously i could not move a muscle in my face. we are planning to goto the zoo tomorrow because my dad has an off. Hoping that it rains just a tad. ;-)

    Happy Thanksgiving

  7. Blessings to you this Thanksgiving!

  8. I haven't been to Ma's Kettle in eons. I'd love to go there again. Was it great? Worth going to? You'll have to let me know.

  9. The bamboo plant looks so healthy! Can't believe it's been almost two years since you've moved in.


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