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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Thursday, June 21, 2012

This and that.....

I walked around the lake this morning and it was 70 degrees and humid again, but that is a lot better than ice when I can't walk!!  It really isn't that bad if you go early enough.  I didn't get really hot until I had walked about 4 miles and by then I only had a couple more miles to walk. 
Everyone who exercises around where I live must have been out this morning before it got too hot because there were lots and lots of people.  I started counting them but lost count after 38 and that was only about a quarter of the way around the lake.
Not much wildlife about but I did spot this little snapping turtle hiding in the grass.  I see so many of the turtle eggs smashed that it was nice to see that this little guy survived.
A pretty quiet walk this morning in spite of all the people.  Most looked like they just wanted to get this over with so they could get cool again.  Not many happy faces about.  I still smiled at everyone and wished them a good morning.  There were the usual regulars who like me don't mind to walk in any kind of weather. : ) 
I found a couple of coins, a nickel and a penny.
I took 12,824 steps on my walk which for me was 6.2 miles.
A few people commented on the milk truck from yesterday and milkmen.
Just a few more thoughts about the milkman from yesteryear.  We had a silver milkbox that was kept outside the back door given to us by the milkman.  He would leave our milk in quart bottles there a few times a week.  We would wash and put the empty bottles back in the milkbox for him to take away to get refilled with milk. You could also order other dairy products and they too would appear in the box next time.  I don't know how often but a bill would appear in the box at times and my mom would put the payment in the box to be picked up the next day.  It was a good system and we never had to run to the store for milk.
Sometime in the mid to late 60's the Garden State store opened in my town and we started going there for our milk.  You could get 1/2 gallon bottles which was a big thing back then.  So that was the end of our milkman coming to the house.  Kind of sad.
I now have one of those silver milkboxes sitting on my stoop by the front door.  It is no longer for milk but I keep a little garden shovel and gloves in it.
A got some bread started in the machine, a couple of loads of laundry hung up on the line, then had some breakfast.  I got some strawberries yesterday so put them on my Cocoa Krispies. : )

Then I left to do a few errands.  One was a stop at the bank and another was to pick up some more yarn at JoAnne's.  I went to get some more Simply Soft Yarn by Carron.  As luck would have it, it was on sale - $1.50 off each skein - so I saved $10.50.

Waiting in line with my yarn I started talking to the woman in front of me.  She had a card of buttons in her hand to buy.  She told me that this was her second time in the store today.  I laughed as she told me her story.
She came out to just buy the card of buttons, but walking around the store she picked up material and other items because they were all on sale and ended up spending over  $200.  She got her stuff in the car and realized that she had forgotten to pick up the card of buttons that she originally came out for!!  So there she was in line again.  This time with her $3 card of buttons. : )

When I got back home, my clothes were dried and the bread was just about done.  I waited and had lunch once it was done.  A couple of nice warm pieces of bread with butter and jelly.

Got some work done around the house, cleaning bathrooms, some dishes and just a general clean up.

Now is my time to relax - read some blogs and hopefully have some time to read my book before Ken comes home from work.

We have to go out this evening and pick up a few things to take with us tomorrow up to our land.  Ken has been using some of his vacation days on these Fridays.  He is getting used to and liking working a four day week!

Hope all is well in your part of the world. 
A smile from me to you. : )
On cable TV they have a weather channel -
24 hours of weather.
We had something like that
where I grew up.
We called it a window.
~ Dan Spencer


  1. I'd love to have one of those milk boxes!

  2. I would also love to have one of those old milk boxes for my front porch. What a memory. Your walk sounds good...yes I think it is probably hot everywhere just now. It is so great that you get and walk so far every morning. I really enjoy your blog and look forward to your posts and finding out what is going on in your part of the world. I have been to Maryland a couple of times and thought it was quite beautiful -- so very green! Enjoy your weekend! You'll have to tell your readers what books you are enjoying. I love book recommendations.

  3. We had a cold front go through today and the temps fell from the mid 90s to the low 80s. Nice change. We didn't get any rain with it though.

  4. You milk box made me smile for 2 reasons. One is the fond memories of the days when the milkman would deliver milk to our house and the other reason is your milk box is sporting my maiden name. :)
    That is a funny story about the lady you met in the fabric store. That must have been quite a sale.

  5. How neat that you have an old milk box. I have never seen one around here in the flea markets or antique stores.

    We had both the milkman and the breadman. In my grandmother's town she had the milkman, the breadman AND the meat and vegetable man. One really didn't need to go to the store for too much.

  6. What a busy morning you had! Productive, too! There is not much that is better than fresh-baked bread.
    I have no memory of a milk box. It's really special that you have that one.

  7. Glad Ken has enough vacation to take those Fridays off... You all will love that 2nd home --more and more...

    I also remember my mom getting Pasteurized Milk (instead of Homogenized)... The cream was on the top --so Mom would take it off and use it in her cooking... Don't even think you can get pasteurized milk these days.

    Have a good weekend in the mountains.

  8. Hi Mom, I currently have a Royal Crest box here in Denver that our milk folks deliver our dairy to. They've been a Denver company sincet he 20's I think and it works just like you outlined it except we have the option of making changes online and having auto debit. It's fantastic! :)


    Must look that gentleman up, and see what other bits of wry wisdom, he wrote! :-)

    "We sat in the garden, I indolently reading...
    We had the best display of flowers yet seen--
    wall flowers in profusion, columbines, phlox, and...huge scarlet poppies."

    ~"The Diary of Virginia Woolf"

  10. What a great milk box - and such lovely memories. When we were young we had a can and had to walk just over a mile to collect our milk at the local farm and we never thought anything of it - now I jump into the car and buy our milk from the local store - how times change. Enjoy your weekend.


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