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 5, 2011

The tree is up

Temperature back up to 35 degrees this morning when i walked.  It was worth being up and out early to see the spectacular sunrise this morning.  It was like the sky was on fire.  The picture doesn't due it justice!!
I walked over to the lake and walked about a quarter of the way around it and then took the path that leads back up to the road through another entrance to the park.  On the way along the path i saw this road and followed it to see where it went.
It led back down toward the lake to a picnic area which was just off the path around the lake.  From here through the trees i could see the red footbridge i usually walk over.
I didn't walk back to the lake though, but turned around and walked back up the road and continued my way back to the side entrance and to the main road.  Then i walked around the neighborhoods making my way back home.
The only wildlife that i saw was a few deer.  I'm probably scaring it all away with my bright orange sweatshirt!!
A few people were out but not all that many.  One lady i see running almost every day.  Most runners i find are very focused on running and don't really like to talk much (not all but most).  One of the exceptions is this lady.  She is always happy, smiling and has a few words to say in passing.  Sometimes we stop for a short chat.  I don't even know her name but it's always nice to see her.

I walked by two middle school age boys waiting on the corner for the school bus.  I don't usually say anything to kids because i just get a grunt in answer or nothing at all, so i was just going to walk passed when one of the boys said, "Good Morning, have a good day."  I smiled and said, "Good morning, and you have a good day too and thanks."  What a pleasant surprise that was. : )

I walked 6.1 miles.
Found more coins this morning.  A quarter and a penny!
Here it is Monday morning again already.  I feel like there should be one more day of weekend.
 I got a loaf of bread started, did a load of laundry and hung out on the line, vacuumed the living room and cleared out a spot to put the Christmas tree.
Got the Christmas tree out of the back bedroom closet, brought it downstairs, put it together and put red and white lights on it.  It is a small tree so it was easy to do.  Here is the tree, with just the lights and the angel at the top.
Then it was time to put the ornaments on it. 
 I still have to put the tinsel on the tree.  I just didn't feel like doing that today and will do that tomorrow or maybe this evening.  I still always put the tinsel on because to me the tree just doesn't look finished without it.  I like to see the tinsel flutter when i walk by.  I'll take another picture tomorrow when the tinsel is on it.

I still have some other work to do for today, so off i got to get some stuff done.  No time for relaxing fun this afternoon.  That will have to wait until after supper.  Which by the way will be cooked peppers and onions, rice and some sour cream all rolled up in a  tortilla shell.  Yummy i'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

Hope all is going well in your part of the world.
A happy day to you.
Happyone : )
Love is what's in a room with you at Christmas
if you stop opening presents and listen.
~ Author unknown,
attributed to a 7 year old named Bobby


  1. What a wise little fellow Bobby is. Your tree is sweet just as it is and the tinsel will make it look the way you and I remember our childhood trees looking. I never enjoyed putting tinsel on a tree so when it went to the flimsier tinsel, I happily gave it up. I do think that a tree with beautifully placed tinsel is very special. I just don't have the patience for it. I'm not surprised that you do, HappyOne. Not at all.

  2. Such a great sunrise and a wonderful path through the forest. I like that you collect good vibes on your walks - both from scenery and from people. Have a wonderful December!

  3. It would be such a pleasure to walk with you. I, too, love to walk everyday and explore the world around me. I get most of my thinking and ideas when strolling.

    Your tree is lovely. There's something magical about a Christmas tree - standing back and taking in it's beauty!

    Your dinner sounded delicious. I found myself drooling when you shared your menu. :))

  4. Your tree looks very pretty in the window and I love your toile curtains too.
    I have noticed the same thing with the runners around here. I often wave or say hello, but rarely get a response. I guess they are a very focused group.

  5. A Beautiful Tree! and that morning sky is AWESOME!

  6. What a beautiful sunrise - a truly great way to start a day. I love your Christmas tree it looks so pretty.

  7. Pretty tree, I like it as it looks tall and not too wide so doesn't take up too much space.


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