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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Saturday, February 25, 2012

New plants and a magnet

Up and out walking at my usual time of 6:30 this morning.  It was 34 degrees and very windy.  The kind at times where it would push me along a bit or make me take a step or two back!  The sun came out though and when I walked the trail down by the water or the paths through the woods, the trees blocked the wind and it was actually nice to be outside. 
I mapped out a new route for myself this morning.  I walked along paths, along roads and the trail in the picture which runs behind a school.  I have named this route 'The Trail.'
I heard many birds chirping and a woodpecker was making quite a racket pecking on the aluminum siding on a house.  He must have liked making that sound because he kept it up for quite a while.
A handful of people were out and all of them were walking dogs.
I stopped to take this picture of these pretty little yellow flowers, a reminder that spring is on its way.
I walked 6.3 miles.
Sunrise 6:47
Sunset 5:55
I did finish the book I was reading yesterday.  It was Rutland Place by Anne Perry, another Charlotte and Pitt book.   Pitt solves crimes in Victoria London with help from his wife Charlotte.  Lots of books in the series and so far I've liked all that I've read.
Ken got home a bit late and we just had time to drop off the books at the library but not to get anymore out.  Which was good for me.  I've started a book of my own from one of those shelves that I'm working on trying to get read this year.  The book is Middle Age by Joyce Carol Oates.

After lunch we went to Lowe's and walked around looking at building materials and nail guns.  Ken is anxious to get started building on our land and has started drawing the plans and figuring out what will be needed.  First we will build a shed and then the cabin.  Every time we go to Lowe's we walk around quite a bit so I wore my pedometer while we were there for fun to see how far we walked.  I took 2376 steps which for me was 1.2 miles.
Walked past some house plants and I bought a couple.
Left one is a Bromeliads and right a Peace Lily
 I put both of them in the front windows.
I received a handmade by Vee little glass magnet in the mail today.  She had a giveaway and was nice enough to give not only the winners a few of them but all who commented one as well and she gets LOTS of comments.  I had mentioned that my favorite one was the bluebird and that is the one she sent me.  I love it Vee!!  Thanks so much!!  You are most kind and I'm so happy that we have become friends. : ) 
The front of my refrigerator is stainless steal but the side isn't so I put my magnet on the side holding up one of my favorite Bible verse.

It's been a very good day and it's not over yet. : )
Hope your Saturday is a good one too.
If we had no winter,
the spring  would not be so pleasant.
~ Anne Bradstreet


  1. Hi Happy One,

    I am still amazed that you walk so much. wish i had that inclination. You must see so many interesting things along the way.
    I wrote down the titles of the books you read. I am always on the lookout for new authors.
    I love your magnet holding up that beautiful verse.


  2. Pretty little flowers and pretty new houseplants. I think bromeliads are so cool, but have never grown them.
    Your new magnet is adorable. That Vee is too generous (just like someone else I know :).
    I am doing something I think you enjoy today ~ shredding tons and tons of paper. I think I need a break. Maybe I need to head out for a walk.

  3. That verse looks really good holding up the magnet. I'm glad you like it, but then you told me that you would. I'll be so glad when everyone has received theirs. It's always a little tricky.

    How fun that Ken is making plans and shopping for the little shed you'll put up first. It's going to be a very different kind of year for you guys. Have you ever thought of a traveling motorhome that you could use on the property or will you really be roughing it?

  4. It was so windy this morning, but that sun sure was brilliant. I worried about falling branches during your walk.

    I love walking through stores like Lowes. You find so many things you didn't know you needed.

  5. Awwwwww, pretty little yellow flowers. Hope they have had their life span, before another dusting of snow or very cold temps, come along.

    Book idea! Books by Anne Perry... Charlotte and Pitt books. I always love a new idea. And this sounds fun.

    Your magnet from Vee, is precious.

    "Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings."
    ~ Jane Austen

  6. Looked on my library web site. Have a hold on "The Cater Street Hangman: The First Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel." Hooray!

    I'd like to read this first, in the series.

    Thank you for the idea!

    "Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings."
    ~ Jane Austen

  7. Hi Karen, I have been waiting on you all to begin talking about your land --and what you are going to build there. That is just so exciting...

    Have a great week.

  8. What pretty house plants and holders they look lovely on the window ledges. I love to look for the first signs of Spring and your yellow flowers are a great find. Such a lovely fridge magnet and a perfect match to your verse.

  9. Love the magnet! And so happy to be seeing some flowers pop up!


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