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 16, 2011

Red Christmas Balls

Even warmer this morning at 46 degrees, but the temperature went down a few degrees by the time i got back home.  Breezy with a few gusts  now and then.  Blowing pretty hard as i walked along the wide end of the lake by the dam, but then once i was by the trees i was protected.  A nice quiet walk around the lake.  Just a few people out.  I left about 15 minutes later than usual.
The heron was standing on the rocks over by the boat ramp which is now closed until spring so i won't be seeing any more boats on the lake till spring.  There are a few Mallard ducks who hang out at the lake but today there was whole lot of them around.
I've mentioned before that the park rangers drive around the lake checking things out.  I just finished walking around the lake and was on the path headed home, when i turned around and snapped this picture of them driving in the truck.
As i say frequently it was a great morning to be outside walking.
I walked 6.4 miles.
Sunrise 7:20
Sunset 4:46
 Next Tuesday evening a lady from my church is having a Christmas cookie exchange at her house.  I've often heard of these but have never been to one so i am looking forward to going.  Today i went for a ride to find her house to make sure i knew where it was.  It was ten miles away and easy to find.

I spent some time in the kitchen this afternoon but i wasn't haven't fun baking.  I was cleaning the appliances, washing the floor and giving all the counter tops a good cleaning instead of just the usual wipe down.   Getting done the things that have to be done but that no one notices. 
 Starting in 1972 every Christmas Ken has painted a red Christmas ball ornament with the year and something that made the year memorable.  He was the one who decided what to paint and would surprise us with it.  It was always fun to see what he painted on the balls each year.  For some reason he never got around to painting a ball in 2008 and so the tradition ended then.  2007 was the last year and it was the year i started blogging and as you can see from the picture  "happyone" got her own red ball. : )
Here is just a sampling of the red Christmas balls.  I think you will be able to read most of them.

I still have some ironing to do for this week so i'm off to finish that up.  Then it will be time for some fun stuff.  Not sure yet what i'll decide to do.
It's Friday and i'm pretty sure it is going out for pizza night out.

Hope your day was happy one.
Happyone : )
As long as we know in our hears
what Christmas ought to be,
Christmas is.
~ Eric Sevareid


  1. You make all the stuff you do sound like fun.I'm working on my attitude, your post help me every morning to have a brighter day. Thank you so much, read you tomorrow. :-)

  2. What a cool tradition! I hope that he takes it up again! I've been cleaning this afternoon as well. Yup. The stuff that no one ever sees, except me.

  3. The things that no one sees aren't unnoticed. There is One who rewards for diligence.

  4. The cookie exchange sounds like fun.
    The red Christmas balls are great. What a wonderful way to remember the highlights of each year. Do you put them on the tree? I agree with Vee in thinking that he should start up this tradition once again.

  5. Love all of the red balls (with the memories).... Ken does a great job... Love it!!!!

    Merry Christmas.

  6. The "happyone blogger" red ball is so cool :)
    It looks beautiful to walk at your place right now, here we have some icy roads and I can not walk everywhere.
    I hope you enjoy the weekend :)

  7. Painted red balls. What a cute tradition. :-)

    Our son next door, cuts a bit off the bottom of every Christmas Tree, and puts the date on each. :-) Then they place them on a shelf, for part of decorations, at Christmas Time.

    "Close by the jolly fire I sit
    To warm my frozen bones a bit.

    ~~Robt. Louis Stevenson

  8. I always love the red balls. :)

  9. What a great idea to hold great memories.

  10. Wonderful tradition. It must be a journey down memory lane when you bring them out each year.

    Nothing goes unnoticed, my friend - they're only mentioned when they aren't done. :))

    Have fun at the cookie exchange!

  11. What a really great idea to have a memory tree.


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