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, January 24, 2012

Ah, walking once again

It stayed above freezing all night and this morning when I left for my walk the temperature was 41 degrees.  It was foggy and things were wet but there was no ice.  Only a little bit of melting slush on some of the bridges.
I can't tell you how good it felt to be outside walking again.  I sure did miss walking.
I walked around the lake, but not just around the lake.  I walked up all the different paths around the lake.  I took the path up to one of the park entrances which I rarely take.  There are tennis and basketball courts there as well as baseball fields.  There is also a picnic pavilion which I walked into and looked down at the path I had  walked on earlier and snapped this picture.
I walked half way around the lake before I started seeing people.  A few deer were around and the geese were very busy this morning.  Some leaving, some arriving, and some just swimming around on the water.  I love watching them come in for a landing  on the lake!  The heron was there too standing on the rocks at the waters edge.

It was one of those mornings when I didn't feel like going back home so I walked a little farther than usual.  Finally I had to tell myself to go home.  The sun had broken through the clouds by then and there was blue sky showing. : )
I am sure glad it is sunny today.  I was getting pretty tired of dreary days.
I walked 8.3 miles.
Sunrise 7:21
Sunset 5:18
On Tuesday and Wednesday the Body Electric workout I do is on PBS at 10:00 so if I'm home I do it then.  I recorded other episodes years ago when I first starting doing this and other days I just do one of the recorded ones.  It is nice having some others to watch on TV because I do get tired of doing the same ones over and over.  I like the exercises which include light weights and really feel like it is a good workout.

Nice sunny days must be good days for doing counted cross stitch too because today I found myself sitting in the sun in the living room doing that again.  Not enough of it done yet to get the picture of what it will be but here's what I've gotten done so far.  Doesn't look like much when you consider all the time I've been working on it!!
I stopped stitching for a while to look up some new recipes and make out a shopping list for tomorrow.  I decided to do that a day early so I don't have to do it just before I leave in the morning.

Hope your day was a good one and that you got to smile often.
A smile from me to you.
It is now how much we have,
but how much we enjoy,
that makes happiness.
~ Charles Spurgeon


  1. Glad you were able to get out and walk. It's been a GORGEOUS day here today ;)

  2. You must have been gnashing at the bit to get out as evidenced by the 8.3 miles. At that rate, you'll be all caught up with your mileage very soon. I thought I saw a person standing in the woods in that first picture, but upon taking a closer look, I saw it was just a tree trunk and a bubble for his head. ☺

  3. It was joyful for me today, too, to walk and run in mild, sunny weather. What a pleasure - 2 miles walking at lunch, 5 miles running and walking after work. Plus the days are getting longer! Art

  4. It sounds like you made up for lost time on your walk this morning. The blue skies look so nice. We finally saw them here this afternoon too.
    Your cross stitch is coming along nicely.

  5. Glad you are back to your routine. I know I like it when I get to do the things that bring me happiness. Have a good day.

  6. I'm glad you had warmer weather for your walk. I'm very impressed with the distance you walked. I'm also impressed with your blue skies. Send some down here!

  7. Glad you could walk today, Karen. I always love to read about your daily walks... You do so well...

    We had SUNSHINE today for the first time in awhile. It was wonderful!!!! But they say the rain is returning.

    Your stitching project is marvelous.


  8. Hooray that you could walk outside again!!!

    Here, we are in the silly time of year, when there's still enough water-covered-ice, to make walking outside for "Oldens," not wise. It's inside walking for me.

    NO! Not the same.

    Please take nice big sniffs of the outdoors, for me!!!!!!! ,-)

    We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls.
    ~~Robert R. McCammon

  9. I would be out for the day if I walked anywhere near 8 miles! Well done.


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