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, May 17, 2011

A day to get things done

When I started walking this morning it was dreary and gray out and looked like it would rain any minute.  The temperature was 64 so I didn't wear my rain pants or slicker because I would have been too warm.  I planned to just get wet.  I headed out walking toward the lake and walked around it.  The usual amount of people were out despite the weather.  I  heard lots of birds but didn't see many.  There were a few rabbits on the sides of the path eating grass.  I've been seeing a lot of them lately.  Walking under the trees I heard the drops of rain filtering their way down through leaves when the wind blew - a nice gentle sound.  About a mile and half from home the drops of rain were no longer just off the trees but it started to rain.  By this time I was pretty warm and the rain felt good.  I didn't get dripping wet but was pretty damp.
A couple of the park workers came driving by in the truck by the lake and I had to move off the path to the grass to let them pass.  They stopped to say hi and tell me they would be trimming the low hanging branches today.  I thanked them for all the work they do to keep our park safe and neat so we have a great place for walking.  They said they get the usual complaints so they appreciated the thanks.  We all told each other to have a nice day and left smiling.
I walked my usual 6.4 miles.
Sunrise 5:53
Sunset 8:16
It is Tuesday and I usually go to my knitting group but I stayed home today.  I was in the cleaning mood and thought I'd better stay home and get a lot done while the mood lasted.  What a difference from yesterday!!  I was busy all day cleaning.  I still have part of the kitchen to do but I'll finish that tomorrow.  I feel good that all is neat and clean as it should be again.

Lots of rain with sun scattered throughout the day.  You never knew if you would see the sun or rain from moment to moment.

At 3:30 I thought that is enough work for the day and I sat in the chair and read my book. When Ken came home we went out for pizza.  It's pretty early in the week for our pizza but sometimes you just don't want to wait. : )

No cookies in the house and just a wee bit of ice cream left that Ken and I will share for snack time tonight.  Tomorrow I'll have to do some baking if I stay home.
Another episode of Lark Rise to Candleford we will be watching tonight and that will finish up another disc.  I'll read a bit more until then.  I'm just half way through World Without End and it's due at the Library on Monday.  I think I'll have to renew it.

I hope your day was a good one and you had time to do something fun.
Happyone : )
A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds,
and mopes;
a philosopher sees both sides,
and shrugs;
an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all -
he's walking on them.
~ Leonard Louis Levinson


  1. As always I enjoy your walk, and reading of your day! I have gotten so far behind on my housework, due to needing and wanting to be outside in the garden. ~smile~
    The quote was very refreshing, thanks for sharing .

  2. Hi There, Cleaning mood, huh????? That mood never seems to hit me ---WELL--maybe it does once I can write my name on the furniture... ha ha

    Sounds like you had a productive day.. Now--come and clean my house. Okay????? ha

  3. Wish the cleaning mood would hit me. I'm so cold that all I want to do is huddle under a blanket. I am considering purchasing Lark Rise to Candleford I enjoyed it that much. Still a bit pricey yet, but perhaps it'll go down.

  4. Looks wet there! It is here in CA, too. Hoping for some sunshine...

  5. Oh yes! Neatness rocks! And it feels so good to see, after cleaning up house or neating-up the yard. :-)

    Gentle hugs,

  6. Your simple comment to the park workers undoubtedly went a long way in adding some happiness to their day. What a nice world it would be if more people would do that rather than complain. You set a good example, HappyOne :).
    I love those days when the cleaning mood strikes. Just wish they'd come along more often.

  7. You continue to amaze me to stay walkings and get so wet. You don't get sick often either, you are healthy! Besides, cleaning is good exercise too, right? Enjoy your book, you worked hard for the time to read it.

  8. This has been like living in a rainforest!!!

    Nice of you to thank the park workers -- they do work so hard and I bet they really do hear only complaints...


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