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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Monday, December 19, 2011

ice cream and cookies

A nice calm morning with no breeze at all and a temperature of 20 degrees when i started out.  It warmed up some once the sun came out and it was a beautiful morning for walking. I walked around the lake again.  There were a scattering of people about and the usual geese, ducks and birds.  Walked off the paved path a few times to walk down by the water.
A pretty quiet walk but a most enjoyable one. 
I walk by the Giant every day and i stopped in there this morning before i came home.  With being warm from walking and with all my layers on,  walking into the store was like walking into an oven!  A couple of layers got unzipped, hoods came down and the headband came off while i walked around finding the molasses and egg beaters that i needed for making cookies later on.  It was nice to get outside once again to cool off.  It is like that when i get home from walking too, but there i can just peel the layers off!!
I found another lucky penny.  This one was brand new and shiny.
I walked 6.6 miles.
Sunrise 7:22
Sunset 4:47
The other day we got in a new supply of ice cream and i picked out a limited edition new flavor.  Very good choice.  It is the best flavor ever - Whoopie Pie!  Bits of whoopie pie pieces and creamy filling swirl all in chocolate ice cream.  This is my new favorite!! : )
I baked the cookies that i will be bringing to the cookie exchange tomorrow evening.  I made Pfeffernusse Cookies.  The store bought cookies i find hard, but mine are nice and soft.  I will be bringing two dozen of them tomorrow.  I have the recipe HERE on MealsMatter if you would like to make them.  These are one of my daughter Debbi's favorite cookies.  If your reading this Debbi, i thought of you today the whole time making them. : )

Its still early afternoon and i just have a couple of things that i need to get done and then i'm going to sew some more of those weave-it squares tegether.  I never did get the afghan finished last week like i wanted to.  I have all the four squares of four all sewn together in long strips, now i have to sew them together to make the blanket.  Anyway, i'll sew a couple of rows and then maybe read.  I'm just about finished with Gulliver's Travels. 

Take the time to enjoy the small moments of happiness you find throughout your day and you will find that you had a happy day.
Happyone : )
 Whatever else be lost among the years,
Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing;
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,
Let us hold close one day, remembering
Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men.
Let us get back our childlike faith again.
~ Grace Noll Crowell


  1. I've just returned from the grocery store where I was looking at ice cream. I'm always amazed by the new flavors they think up. I didn't see any "whoopie pie". I ended up with mint chocolate chip.
    I have never had Pfefferneuse cookies before. I'll have to check out your recipe.
    I'm going to be in the kitchen baking this afternoon.
    You are so right about enjoying the small moments :).

  2. I am jealous. John will trade your whoopie pie ice cream for some regular old fudge twirl. Interested? Ha!

  3. We don't get Turkey Hill here --but we did buy some Blue Bell Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream and it is FABULOUS... It has no calories (HA HA HA)---but is full of sugared pecans in addition to the pumpkin and pie chunks.... It truly is good--but since I'm dieting, I can only eat 2 bites of George's bowl full....

    Your cookies sound great. I may just snag that recipe.


  4. What a LOVELY morning picture!!

  5. Another lovely morning photo.

    Guess what? I don;t think I ever had a "Whoopie Pie"? How *sad* is that, hu? -gigggles- But bet that ice cream is wonnnnnnnnderful.

    Yes, let's take the time to enjoy the moments. Without pressure and stresssssssssssssssssssssssss.

    "Then I would be slap-dashing home, the gravy smell of the dinners of others, the bird smell, the brandy, the pudding and mince, coiling up to my nostrils..."
    ~~Dylan Thomas


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