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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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


A great morning for walking.  It was 31 degrees, very still and quiet around the lake this morning as I watched the sun come up.
I practically had the lake to myself.  Only a few others out and didn't even see much wildlife - just the geese and a duck that I can't find the name of.  He has a rust colored head, with a black and white body and dives under the water and stays there for a while.
I took a picture of these animal prints but can't seem to find out which animal they are from.  I thought maybe a fox but no because they only have 4 toes as do dogs and the most other critters.  I'm thinking maybe a raccoon but I'm not sure.  Any ideas?
Yesterday I took a picture standing in one of the picnic pavilions looking down at the path I walk along.  Today I took a picture from the path looking up at the pavilion.
I started walking in the dark but when I got home the sun was up and shining giving us a beautiful sunny morning.
I walked 6.5 miles.
Sunrise 7:20
Sunset 5:19
No extra walking this morning because I wanted to get a relatively early start going to the commissary.
It was a nice sunny drive there, no lines to wait on in the commissary, and I got everything on my list.  There were a couple of Army guys walking through the aisles  with cameras taking pictures of a few cans here and and few cans there on the different shelves.  Maybe for advertising?  I could have asked but didn't want to be too nosy. 
Back home I unloaded the car, put everything away, had some lunch, did a few things around the house and then settled down to do a little counted cross stitching.
Taking a break now to post this and read some blogs.
We watched a movie last night from the library called Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.  The start of the movie was a bit of a shocker and certainly not what I expected!!!  I am surprised we watched the whole thing.  I thought it was depressing, disturbing and NOT good!

On a more pleasant note, last night we stopped in at Mars (grocery store) and picked up some more ice cream.  We got a brand called Greens and I picked out a flavor called Vanilla Brownie Blast, a flavor I've never had before.  It is described on the container as, Brownies and Thick Fudge Ribbons in Vanilla ice cream.  I thought it a great name and the ice cream was another new favorite for me.  I have so many favorites that I really don't have a favorite any more!!
And now back to some more cross stitch.
Hope your day was a good one.
A smile from me to you.
How far you do in life depends on 
your being tender with the young,
Compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving,
and tolerant of the weak and strong.
Because someday in your life
you will have been all of these.
~ George Washington Carver


  1. Mornings at the Lake are amazing! What a beautiful place!!
    Love the quote you chose today :)

  2. Possum prints maybe? Interesting.

    So many favorites you don't have a favorite anymore? LOL!

  3. The ice cream sounds absolutely delicious, but that's probably the last think I need.

  4. SUN???

    You mean to tell me, that it really still rises, in the AM? I'm beginning to doubt it.

    Oh yes, *something* comes up, in my neck of the woods. *Something* makes it seem lighter/different, from night time.


    The SUN?


    You guarantee that pic is for real? Really taken today????




    "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

  5. The ice cream sounds delicious. Sorry I can't help with the footprints.

  6. Love that quote, Karen. We all go through those in life (young, striving, strong, weak).... Maybe if we are compassionate to others all through our life, then others will be compassionate with us also...

    That ice cream looks yummy...

    Don't know what the prints are.

  7. Do you have otters in the USA? Just wondered whether they are otter prints. I haven't done much blogging lately but must get back to it soon.....I still read yours though :-)


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