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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Friday, December 2, 2011

The coldest morning so far

It was the coldest morning so far of the season, 23 degrees, but there was no breeze and it really didn't feel that cold out.  I walked around the lake.  Everything had a pinkish tint to it and it was a very pretty morning.  This picture is right when i get to the lake.
I had to walk carefully in some places because of the ice.
Just another picture walking along.
I saw only one deer and there weren't many geese about either.  The ones that were there didn't seem to mind the cold water.  Must be that nice warm down they wear.
There were quite a few people out around the lake which was surprising because of the cold weather.  I guess it takes more than a little cold weather to keep people from walking.  You might think that the topic of conversation around the lake this morning would have been the weather.  But no, it was my bright orange sweatshirt!! : )  Almost everyone that i saw made some comment about it.  Here's a sampling.
"I could see you all the way on the other side of the lake!"
"Great color."
"Now you really are the sunshine."
"Love the color and it will keep you safe."
"No one is going to miss you coming."
I should have asked someone to take my picture but i didn't think of it until i got home so i just took a picture of it then.  It actually looks even brighter outside!!
Last night we were looking around Bass Pro Shop and spotted the sweatshirt.  Ken said this would be just the thing for me to wear walking and up on our land.  I think i might just stick to wearing it up on our land though.  I feel so conspicuous wearing it around here!!  It certainly draws peoples attention!

This tree is one of five along a street.  No leaves just all these red berries.  Thought the red looked pretty against the blue sky.  
As you can see by the picture the sun was out and the sky was a pretty blue by the time i got back home and the temperature was up to 27!
I walked 6.2 miles.

It did warm up later on so i did get to hang those last two loads of laundry up outside. 

Baked a batch of Chocolate Chippers, the most delicious cookie on the planet.  Well, maybe that is a slight exaggeration but they are very good.  This batch is for Ken to bring to work for their Christmas party next week.  I'll put them in the freezer for now.  There are some cookies left over for us too. : )

Just finished reading book number 55 for this year.  There is not much of a chance that i will be able to complete the challenge with LibraryThing of reading 75 books this year.  I will be able to read a few more, but 20 books will be pushing it.
The book i've just finished is The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.  A lot of us at my church have spent the last 40 days reading it.  The book is divided up so you read a little section of it each day.  I thought it was a great book.  The books goal is to help us understand why we're here on earth and what God's plan is for us. 

I'm about to have some lunch now and don't know exactly what i'll be doing afterwards.  There is that ironing to do so i might do that right after lunch before anything else.

Enjoy your Friday.
A smile from me to you.
Happyone : )
He who has not Christmas in his heart
will never find it under a tree.
 ~ Roy L. Smith


  1. I will check out your recipe. The orange sweatshirt does look nice and warm and very safe. Ken's smart to suggest it.

  2. Yes, the thermometer said c-o-l-d, up here too, this morning. 28 degrees when I got up, if I remember correctly. :-)

    Bright orange is a good color, in hunting season!!!

    Ice!!! OK, your 'Ol Auntie" is going to fret a bit, again. Do you carry a flashlight, before dawn, so you can seeeeeeeeeeeee ice?

    Ohhhhhh it's lovely to see your pic of that pink-morning-light, making the world pink.

    Wondering about trees which still have red berries... We see them here too. They are beautiful, yes. But are the berries poison, and that's why they are still on the trees, I wonder?

    Reading challenges can be more trouble than they are worth. ,-)))) Gracious, back when I was listing the books I read-in-a-month, I'd *tell myself* I couldn't skip a few words, if I was going to *claim* that I'd READ the book!!!! Too much pressssssure. -giggles-

    "This is the one fairy hour of life
    when the world seems all of light /
    For the thought of woe,
    or the name of a foe
    never darkens the festive night"

    ~~While the Christmas Log is Burning," 1871

  3. It sounds like you've already had a pull day of activity. I love your walking route - so peaceful. I bet you get a lot of thinking done on your journeys. I like your orange jacket and as long as it's comfortable and warm - wear it with pride. Think of it this way - it caused people to stop and talk to you. That in itself is wonderful and a way to make new friends. They'll remember you. I'd love to pop over to sample your chocolate chipper cookies but the next plane doesn't take off for another hour and I have to make dinner. Hahahaha. It was so nice strolling through your blog again. Have a wonderful day!
    Hugsss, Susan

  4. The bright orange sweatshirt is perfect for the wee hours of the morning that you are walking. Ken had a good idea too with the hunting that goes on in the deep woods. Cookies look yummy in the recipe!

  5. I am always amazed at your stamina. wow! 55 books, I am so impressed, Loved the photos, enjoy your jacket. I have no excuse to not walk, ~smile~

  6. Hey! Great sweatshirt for on your land, especially in hunting season.

  7. Hi, Just wanted to say that I look forward to reading your post every day. I'm a little jealous of you, that you can walk so many miles every day. I think that is great. Right now I'm suffering with a broken toe and can't walk like I use to. Usually I walk only 2 miles every 4 days which isn't much but now that I can't, I really miss even that. Once this toe gets better I am going to make up for it I promise, myself any way. Take care and have a nice day. From Karen from Pennsylvania

  8. Hi Karen from PA,
    Thanks for reading my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. : )
    I started walking 3 miles 4 days a week and just increased time and distance over time. Any amount of walking is good for you.
    Hope your toe gets better soon so once again you can walk.


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