Walking is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside. Elizabeth von Arnim


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Red Light

68 degrees and a bit sticky outside this morning.  The sun looks hazy and hot already.
 The edges of the path behind the church that leads to the lake was getting its weekly mowing.
Actually all the paths and grass around the whole lake get a weekly mowing and Tuesday is the day they usually do it.  They stop their mowing when people walk by.
It was a nice walk around the lake but I didn't see much wildlife.  I'm thinking the geese went farther north because it is too hot around here and the deer just stay deeper in the woods where it is cooler.  All the rabbits were still around.

The usual amount of people around but it seemed today there were mostly runners out.
I walked 6.3 miles.
Sunrise 6:07
Sunset 8:20
Drove on over to the mill for the Tuesday morning knitting group after doing a few quick chores and eating breakfast.
Just a few people there for the longest time and then some more showed up and we ended up having 11 people there.
I made some weave-it squares for yet another blanket. 

I never did get to do any reading yesterday but there is always today. : )
I hate to admit this but I got a Red Light Camera Citation in the mail the other day.  At first when it came, I right away thought it must have been Kenny, but then I realized it was for me!  And then I remembered exactly where I did it.  Last week on the way to knitting I was in the left turn lane and the light turned yellow. I had already waited through the light once and I know that is no excuse.  I did have plenty of time to stop and I should have but I didn't.   By the time the light was red it was too late to stop and around the corner I went.  The ticket is $75.
Here's the picture they mailed me of me in my red car and you can see I surely did go through the red light.  The first picture was taken on this side of the line.  Second picture I'm in the intersection.  There was a third picture also of a close up shot of my license plate.  I'm sure the car to my left  got one too because I made it around the corner before he did.
When I showed it to Ken I commented how nice my car looked in the picture.  He laughed and said he would take a picture of me in my car anytime, and I didn't have to go through a red light. 
I was really upset with myself because I really do not run red lights and get upset with others when they do it.  I still think the red light cameras are a great idea and I will certainly be more careful in future.

So off I go to write out that check and get it in the mail!!

Hope all is well in your part of the world.
A smile from me to you.
Anyone driving slower than you is an idiot,
and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.
~ Author Unknown

Monday, July 30, 2012

A work of art

Some sun and clouds when I walked around the lake this morning and 68 degrees.  I usually go to the right up here on the path around the lake, but today I went straight and went around the opposite way for a change.  The up and down hills are pretty much  even no matter which way around.

I saw a couple of deer, a ground hog, and a few rabbits.  Most of the geese are still gone.  These two ducks are always together.  I've been seeing them around the lake for a couple of years now.
Another nice walk but nothing unusual today.
I walked 6.2 miles.
Sunrise 6:06
Sunset 8:21
With the sun rising a minute or two earlier each morning,
it won't be long before I start seeing the sunrise again.
Always have lots of laundry to do after a weekend of work so I did a couple of loads and got them out on the line first thing when I got back from walking.

Then I spent some time this morning getting caught up on some blog reading.  I get behind every weekend that we go up to the country.  I usually just have time enough to write a post.

Ken made a pizza last night for supper which we usually do on Sundays.  I make the crust and he has the work of making the actual pie.
Last night he made one of garlic and used the fresh basil that is growing on my kitchen window sill.   Here is it just before it went in the oven.  I told him it was a work of art.  : )  That little part with just the garlic is for me!  Kenny always makes me a little section of just garlic bread.  : )
Just hanging around the house the rest of the afternoon.  Maybe I'll get to do a little reading.  Haven't been doing that much lately and that is not like me to take so long to read a book.  I'm still reading Little Women. 

Hope all is going well for you today.
A smile from me to you.
Never be afraid to do something new.
Remember, amateurs built the ark;
professionals built the titanic.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Be a blessing

My walk yesterday in the country was a pleasant one without rain and the temperature was a pleasant 62 degrees.  I walked down to the main road and instead of turning left into town I turned right and headed up to the scenic view over look. That was some trek up the hill.  The sign on the road told me it was two miles up a 7% grade.  But once I made it to the top, look at the beautiful view I got to see.  It was worth the walk up the hill. : )
 While I walked Ken got started working on the tractor barn.  He didn't go on the roof though until I was there.  I like to be around while he's up there.  Besides I save him many trips up and down the ladder bringing him things as he needs them.  I made many trips up the ladder carrying two shingles at a time.
Here he is on the roof.  He said this picture looks like he's laying down on the job. : )  He is actually hammering a shingle on here.
Here he is at the peak.
 I took this picture from the little window to show how steep the 45 angle looks. 
This is what the building looks like now at the end of the days work.  The garage doors are not put together yet but just there temporarily to close up the opening, but you get the idea of what it will look like.
I took a few short walks around our property when Ken was off the roof.  While waiting to help him in any way that I could, I sat in a lawn chair and knitted.  I also prayed a lot that he would be safe up there!!
The weather was great yesterday for working - low 70's and low humidity!!
We left about 7:00 last night like last week and again to come home and traffic was good.
This morning the weather was pleasant for my walk here back home.  I didn't look at the thermometer but it felt cool and the sun came out.
No special route today.  Can't go that far because I don't have that much time Sunday mornings.
I found three lucky pennies. : )
Today the closing hymn we sang at church was Make Me a Blessing. I love the words to this song and would like to share them with you on this Sunday.

 1. Out in the high-ways and by-ways of life,
Many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
Making the sorrowing glad.

Make me a blessing, Make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
Make me a blessing to someone today.

2.  Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love,
Tell of His power to forgive;
Others will trust Him if only you prove
True, every moment you live.

3.  Give as 'twas given to you in your need,
Love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed,
Unto your mission be true.

Have blessed Sunday and may you be a blessing to someone today. : )
 AuntieA - No I, don't carry mace.  At first I was a fearful of running into a bear,  but they are afraid of people and run away from us so I just try not to think about it.

Friday, July 27, 2012

A day in the country

No rain yesterday on the way up to the country but once we got here we had a thunderstorm with wind and LOTS of rain that came down in sheets.  That blew over and this morning when we woke up it was foggy but no rain.  I started out on my walk went down the gravel road and headed to town.

After about 3 miles or so it started to rain.  I gave Ken a call for him to come and get me.  I would have walked in the rain but we planned on having breakfast at Annie's Kitchen and I would have been soaked by the time I got there.

Once we got back to the trailer it continued to rain for a couple of hours.  When it mostly stopped Ken went out and I stayed inside for a while cleaning up.  When the rain stopped I went out and worked on clearing a trail down to the little stream, which by the way has dried up to just a tiny little trickle.  Seems hard to believe with all the rain.  The stream was a pretty nice one in the fall when we bought the land.

After lunch there were showers on and off.  Sometimes it looked like the sun was about to come out and then it would rain again and finally about 3;00 the sun came out to stay.

Ken worked on getting the fascia and the drip edge up around the front of tractor barn and the lower side and cut out the front of the building where the garage doors will go.

Here I sit taking a break and looking out at the forest from the deck.
I took this picture from where I was working on the trail looking up at the trailer and tractor barn.  Ken is hidden by the trees as he climbs up the ladder.
We cleaned up and went out for a bit to eat and then a stop a Lowe's once again to get tomorrows building supplies - shingles and one of the garage doors.

After we leave MacDonald's parking lot we have to stop at the store for some ice cream and then go back to the trailer and watch the opening of the Olympics.

Hope your your day was happy and bright.

Comment replies
Vee - We haven't actually seen a black bear here but have seen evidence of them and our neighbors see them regularly. 
There are lots and lots of rocks here and our land is all forest.   I'd like to make walking trails all over it.

Auntie - There is no Internet available where we are at this time.  There is down the road, just not up the mountain where we are. 

Thanks for all the thoughts on the name.  Some good advice there.  : )

Thursday, July 26, 2012


I forgot to take a look at the thermometer before I left this morning but it sure felt hot and sticky.  I walked along my connect the path route.  It is a good route because most of it is in the shade.  I walked along this path which takes me over six footbridges.
I walked along this sidewalk taking me to another path.
I walked down four different paths and three sections of sidewalk.  Makes for a nice variety.
Called my mom on my walk to wish her a Happy Birthday.  She is 82 today.  
There were a few people scattered along the way.  Stopped for a little chat with  Petey and John.  For those of you who are new to my blog they are a 90 year old couple who walk 2 miles every morning.
Saw many rabbits and birds but no deer.

In the Giant parking lot I found a nickel and a penny.
I walked 6.5 miles.
Sunrise 6:03
Sunset 8:25
You may have noticed I changed the look of my blog. : )  Just got tired of looking at the old one.  I picked some different colors that I've never used before.  It took me forever to pick out something I liked!!

After the blog time, I spent the rest of the morning doing my ironing.  I had my laptop there with me and went to YouTube to find something to listen to while I ironed.  So I sang hymns with Elvis while I ironed and it seemed the ironing was done in no time. : )

We are headed back up to our land late this afternoon when Ken gets home from work.  We still haven't come up with a name but when we talk about it we say we are going to the country.  My plan is to have our land like our own private park with walking trails all through it so I thought somewhere in the name should be park.  It's also hilly and bears are known to be about.  One name we have kicking about is Bear Hill Park.  I'd love to hear any suggestions anyone might have.

Hope life is treating you good today. : )
A smile from me to you.
When we are no longer able to change a situation,
we are challenged to change ourselves.
~Victor Frank

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A beautiful blue sky

Ah, what a pleasure it was to go walking this morning.  The temperature was only 63 degrees with very low humidity and look at this bright blue sky.  Didn't have to stand in the sprinklers today. : )
I walked around the lake once again.  I mentioned to Ken about most of the geese being gone from around the lake.  His comment was that they must have all flown to the parking lot where he works because there must have been 200 of them there yesterday. : )
This is part of the path I walk on around the lake.  I take the path to the right up ahead which takes me around the upper part and away from the lake for a bit and gives me an extra half mile around the lake.
Walking on the path on the way home behind the church I saw a woman I usually see around the lake.  We always say hi and good morning.  When I saw that she was coming from the direction of my house I asked her if she lived up my way.  No, she didn't and was just seeing where this path lead to.  We talked a bit more and I learned that her name was Donna. And so I meet another walking friend. : )
I walked 6.2 miles.
Sunrise 6:02
Sunset 8:26
Late yesterday afternoon we got a call from our son David.  He had been in Baltimore taking care of some business and while his car was parked, someone smashed the passenger side window, reached in and stole his GPS.  This was in broad daylight in a residential neighborhood.  We only live 25 minutes or so from there so he came over here.  There was shattered glass still stuck in the track and all over the seat and floor and we vacuumed it all out. Ken and David made a temporary window of Plexiglas that we had laying around here so he could drive back home.  They taped the Plexiglas in with good old duck tape but the only color we had was this bright yellow but it was  good enough to hold it in place.
Figures the ONE time he left the GPS in the car that someone would steal it.  He has learned a lesson here.  NEVER leave valuables in sight!!!
The good in all this was that he also had his laptop in the back seat and some other stuff but none of that was taken.  Things could have been much worse.  They could have stolen the whole car!!!
David ended up spending the night here with us and this morning he made some calls and is having the window replaced later today.  He left for home back to NJ after we had breakfast together.
I did a couple of loads of laundry.  The day was too nice to pass up hanging the clothes out on the lines.
Just been home doing more of this and that.  Not sure what I'm going to do this afternoon but whatever it is, it will be done outside on the deck.  Have to take advantage of this beautiful low humidity day because it is only here for one day.

Hope your day is filled with sunshine.
I think everybody should get rich and famous
and do everything they ever dreamed of
so they can see that it's not the answer.
~ Jim Carrey

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Knitting at the Mill

Another warm, sticky morning and I walked around the lake once again.  We woke up a little early so I was out walking at 6:10.  Lots of people were out there already before it got too hot.

Saw lots of rabbits, no deer and a few of the geese were back walking or sitting up on the hill.  Geese number still way low than what it usually is.

On the way home walking past the Giant they had the water sprinklers on and I walked right through them to cool off.  I paused under one and just stood there for a bit.  Someone driving buy tooted the horn at me and when I looked he smiled and gave me the thumbs up sign. : )

I found three pennies today and walked 6.1 miles.
Sunrise 6:01
Sunset 8:27
Knitting day today and we met inside at the mill instead of the courtyard of the mall because of the hot humid weather.  A new Wegmans has been built in our area and some people thought it would be nice for our knitting group to meet there.  Today we all had a turn to say where and why we would like to meet and then voted.  We ended up deciding to stay at The Mill not just in winter and bad weather but all the time.  There is a place to sit outside there too so now we can just go to the same place every week and not have to change places because of the weather.
I wanted to stay at The Mill and was pleasantly surprised to find out that most everyone else wanted to stay there as well.  I thought for sure people would rather meet at Wegmans. 
There were quite a few of us but I didn't take a count today.  One of the women was kind enough to bring us cucumbers from her garden. : )  I'll be putting mine on our salads tonight.
I made some more weave-it squares at knitting for the next baby blanket I'm making.

I walked over to the Giant to get a couple of things.  I could have stopped on the way home but I thought I'd get a few extra steps in. : )

I'm home for the rest of the day just doing a little of this and that.

Smile at a stranger and say hello.  Perhaps that is just what they need today. : )
A happy day to you.
It is better to light one small candle
than to curse the darkness.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, July 23, 2012

Walk and home

It was a cloudy, warm, muggy morning with a temperature of 68 degrees.  I really missed my walk yesterday and was so glad to be out this morning walking once again.  As you can see by the picture it was foggy over by the lake.
Quite a few people out but not much wildlife to be seen this morning.  Just a couple of rabbits.  Strange that there were just a few geese around when usually there are so many.  Wonder where they all went.
Snapped this picture walking along the path.
By the time I got back home the sun was trying to break through the clouds and it finally did soon after.
I walked 6.3 miles.
Sunrise 6:00
Sunset 8:27
Since the sun came out I got a couple loads of laundry hung up on the line.
I'm just home today doing stuff around the house.  

A happy Monday to you. 
If you wait to do everything
until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do 
much of anything.
~Win Borden

Comment replies
Auntie - Yes, my neighbor mentions his wife Teresa quite a lot. 

Dot - Welcome back.  : ) Thanks for the comment.

Beth Canada - I've been working on the polio vaccination now and have 15 of them.  Days of Water 20 and  Parking-spot size rain forest 4.  Just today I've opened up the second fogged island on MyLand so now I can build on that too.   Happy Stepping. : )

Sunday, July 22, 2012

No walk

It is a rare morning that I don't go for a walk, and today was one of those days.  Went to bed late last night and didn't get up until 7:45 and there was just no time to walk before Church.

We all had a good laugh in Sunday school this morning.  It is a ladies class and up on the flannel board our teacher put up a card that read, Expect teats from God."  : )  She had meant to type, Expect Tests from God.

Galatians 5:22 and 23
The fruit of the spirit is 
and self-control.
 May you have a blessed Sunday.
Happyone  : )

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A good days work

A cloudy and cool morning and no rain at all on my walk.  Today I turned right at the end of the road and went past my horse friends.  They looked up and watched me walk by.   I walked along this country road and didn't any people or cars.
But I did see this beautiful scene.
A couple of weeks ago I took a picture off a bridge looking down on a road.  This is for you Vee- This is from the road looking up at the bridge.
Was I got back to the main road I turned right and walked along here up the hill.  It may not look very steep but it is about a mile and a half all uphill.  I good workout for sure!
This route was one big walk around the block and was 5 miles long.
Ken was busy while I was walking and put the little window in on the top floor.  After breakfast we both went out to get started on the sheathing on the roof.
We saw a heron fly right over our clearing and then a few minutes later saw a little hummingbird.  What a contrast between the two birds but both incredible to see.

At lunch time the tractor building looked like this and we were quite happy with how much work we got done.
It was a good weather day for working.  Cool, cloudy and in the 60's and no rain.  We had a couple minutes of sun but that was it.

I brought the chocolate chippers I made up to Ron our neighbor and he was most grateful.  Still no sign of mystery wife!

A full afternoon of work and left with the tractor barn looking like this.

 We cleaned up, had supper and then left for home at 7:00.  That was a great time for leaving traffic wise.  Very light. We were home before 10:00
I'm about to go sit in my chair and have a little bowl of ice cream.  We'll probably be going to bed late tonight.

Hope all is well in your part of the world and that you had a sunshiny kind of day.

Friday, July 20, 2012

A day of work

On the drive up to our land yesterday we went through a few heavy rain storms and it was raining when we got there so we passed up our road and went right to Brenda's for a late supper (7:00) of pizza.

Woke up to a cloudy morning and left on my morning walk into town.  On the way I saw a few rabbits who ran off as soon as they sensed me there.  No way could I get a picture of any of them.  Walked my usual route around town, through two of the cemeteries and this little loop path around by the ball field.  There is also a short trail through the woods just behind the bench that I walked along too.
Walking up to the cemetery I walk between some corn fields.  
The corn in western Maryland seems to be doing quite well.

At the very end of my walk it started to rain.  Ken picked me up at the edge of town and we went back to the trailer and had breakfast.

I walked 5.4 miles.
While I walked Ken put up the soffit on one side of the roof which is the white stuff up under the eaves.
The rain kept us inside the trailer for a couple of hours but then Ken went out in the drizzle to work anyway, while I kept busy inside.  After a while I too went outside.  I kept busy taking nails out of wood which we reused to make the bump out and then helped Ken with the bump out.
Here's the bump out framed out.
And here it is with the sheathing on it.
The bump out will be either a place for a work bench or shelves to put tools on.

I came back inside after the last picture but Ken stayed out and did a little more work. 
It rained on and off all day so we think we got quite a lot of work done in spite of the weather.  Hopefully tomorrow the weather will be better. 

We had breakfast and lunch at the trailer so went out for supper to Brenda's again.  This time I just got a salad and a calzone.

Went to Lowe's for more building supplies for tomorrow and then to Walmart and now here we are in MacDonald's parking lot once again.  I look forward to a nice cozy evening in the trailer watching a little television and having our snack which tonight will be a few Oreo cookies.

Hope your day has been a good one.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Back up to the country today

Late yesterday afternoon it got pretty windy, dark and the clouds rolled in.  I took this picture looking straight up out on the back deck. 
Thunder rumbled off in the distance but it never did rain and eventually the clouds just blew away.  A different story just 14 miles away where Ken works.  They had a bad thunderstorm and Ken stayed at work just a little longer until the storm passed. 
We had those grilled cheese sandwiches for supper and added a piece of grilled bologna to them.  Yummy!
This morning I once again headed out over to the lake for my walk.  It was another hot sticky morning.
I walk down this sidewalk each morning when I start out.  When I get to the end of the street, left takes me to the lake, and right takes me to my connect the path route.  If I'm going right, I cross the street by that cross walk you can barely see just up ahead.
Lots of people again around the lake and I stopped to talk a few times to people I know.  I met the drill sergeant this morning.  Her name is Kathy and she is actually quite nice to talk to but I still wouldn't want her to be my exercise trainer. : )

The rabbits were out all over the place and this little one was so intent on eating that he let me get pretty close to take his picture.  He is pretty little and a real cutie.
It was mostly sunny when I left and the clouds were rolling in again as I got home.
I walked 6.2 miles.
I'm really liking my Striiv pedometer and so glad that I bought it. : )
Sunrise 5:57
Sunset 8:30
I'm just puttering around the house today and getting things ready to take up to the country.  You're right Vee, we must give that place a name!  We plan to leave late this afternoon after Ken gets home from work again like we did last week and then have a full day of work on Friday.  So glad that the upper roof is done so we can move along faster with the tractor barn.  Looking forward to some more good walks up that way too.

I made a batch of Chocolate Chippers to take up to the country to give to Ron our neighbor who has been so nice to us.  Just a thank you too for the blueberries he lets me pick.  And who knows maybe I'll meet the mysterious wife this time!  : )

I'm off now to give my little front garden a good soaking now that it is in the shade.  Things are blooming nicely there and unless it rains it will have to go a couple of days without water.

Hope all is well in your part of the world.
A happy day to you.
The reason people find it so hard to be happy 
is that they always see the past better than it was, 
the present worse than it is, 
and the future less resolved than it will be.
~ Marcel Pagnol

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Another hot one

I think this morning was the hottest day of all with a temperature of 78 and already very humid at 6:10 in the morning.  I left a wee bit earlier than usual and walked around the lake.  LOTS of people out around the lake again before it gets unbearably hot to exercise.
The only things that seemed cool were the geese out on the lake.  Birds were twittering away and I saw a couple of rabbits but that's it for the wildlife this morning.
I don't usually drip sweat but this morning sweat was dripping down my arms.  Once again I had to peel my clothes off when I got home.  I am so thankful that I have AC at home and a refrigerator where ice cold water awaits me.  : )

I walked 6.1 miles.
Sunrise 5:56
Sunset 8:31
My pantry had lots of empty spaces in it so I went off to the commissary today so I could fill them up again. There was hardly anyone there so of course no lines to wait on and I was in and out in good time.
Then home for lunch and I got a loaf of bread going in the bread machine.  It's nice to be able to have nice home baked bread without having to use the oven and heat the house up!
 I'm thinking something simple for supper tonight - like grilled cheese sandwiches.   I think they taste especially good on the home baked bread.

I never did get to read yesterday afternoon so I'm going to make a point to make some time today to read.

Hope if it is hot where you are that you are keeping cool. It is 100 again here today, but tomorrow we are supposed to be getting some relief.

A happy day to you.
 Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth,
and set down as gain each day that fortune grants.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Another day in my life....

Another one of those hot mornings.  My clothes were soaked and I had to peel them off when I got home. 
I walked my connect the path route which is mostly in the shade which was nice and once in a while I felt a slight breeze through the trees.
There were a scattering of people about on the paths but the rabbits out numbered the people, but I didn't see any deer at all.

I gave my first born child David a call while walking to wish him a Happy Birthday.  It is a big one for him and a big one for me too.  40!!  How can I possibly have a child that age!? : ) Have a great day David.  I love you!

Steps on my walk today were 13,347.
Sunrise 5:55
Sunset 8:32
It's Tuesday and knitting day and I had planned to go but at the last minute I skipped it.  It's one of those hot humid days and I didn't feel like sitting outside.  So instead I went to do a little shopping in some nice cool air conditioned stores.
I went to Hobby Lobby and got a couple of cards and looked around by the yarn and since it is knitting day I bought some yarn. : )
I made a stop at the bank and then went to Ross to get a couple pair of jeans but didn't find any there that I liked.  There is a thrift store right next to Ross which I don't even know the name of and I went to check things out in there and found a pair of jeans I liked and bought them.  Not many in my size - most of the sizes were pretty big!!
By then it was past lunchtime and I was getting hungry so I headed back home for lunch.

Got the clothes off the line, folded and put away and then ironed a few of Ken's shirts.  Still more to do but at least I made a start.  I had to clean our tiled shower today and put it off for my last job because I just hate cleaning it.  I usually do it first to get it out of the way. 

Well now that I feel good about having a nice clean shower and I'm done with work for the day, I'm looking forward to doing a little reading.  I'm glad I'm not doing the challenge of reading 75 books a year with LibraryThing this year because I'd be far behind in that.  I think I've only read 19 this year so far.  Guess I've just been doing other things. 

We are going out after supper tonight to Lowe's to get some more building material for the tractor barn.  Now that those shingles are done on the upper roof we are anxious to get things moving along with that.

If you're were it's hot hope you are able to keep cool.  Just looking at the thermometer here and it reads 101!!
A happy day to you.
How beautiful a day can be
when kindness touches it.
~ George Elliston

Monday, July 16, 2012

The roving balloon

It was a hot sticky morning for walking today but I was happy to be able to take my regular walk and not to have to cut it short. My walk took me around the lake and crowds of people were there all getting their exercise in before the heat of the day.

I saw a mocking bird - haven't seen one of them for a while.  A few rabbits were eating grass on the edge of the path and then hopping away as I walked by.   I stopped on the red footbridge to just enjoy looking at the lake and that is where I took the picture.

I found a lucky penny and this mornings walk I took 12,570 steps.
Sunrise 5:54
Sunset 8:32
This balloon has been roving around the house since my birthday in May.  I can't believe it has lasted this long.  It's lost most of its air but can be seen floating around yet a times.  Here it is making a trip down the stairs.
Today has been a stay at home day getting some much needed cleaning done around the house.
I've started window cleaning also and have done the kitchen and our bedroom windows.  Just for a change I've switched around the curtains too. The kitchen curtains now hang in the bedroom and the bedroom ones in the kitchen.  I wonder if Ken will notice the change. : )

Hope you are enjoying your Monday.
If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm,
you'll never enjoy the sunshine.
~Morris West

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A brand new penny

A steamy 72 degrees and cloudy out there this morning on my walk.  No special route, just walked here and there.  I was rewarded finding two quarters walking in the liquor store parking lot and a penny in another parking lot.
Walked a shorter than usual because it's Sunday and have to get home and get ready for church.
My steps today on my walk were 8642.
The penny I found was in pretty bad shape and I'm surprised I even noticed it on the ground.
 It made me think how sometimes we may feel like an old used up penny that no one would want.  We might have made some wrong decisions, bad things might have happened to us or life just doesn't seem to be going our way.
But we don't have to feel that way. : )

John 3:16
For God so loved the world 
that He gave His only begotten Son, 
that whoever believes in Him should not perish 
but have everlasting life.

Romans 15:13
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, 
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

God can make us feel like a brand new penny! : )
 Have a blessed Sunday.
Happyone : )

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The upper roof is finished!!!!

We are back home once again.  Here are the pictures of the gravestones that I was telling you about yesterday.
This is the oldest one I could find that I could read clearly.  Didn't it hold up good after all this time!?
Here are two more that you can read pretty good.  I found it interesting that they wrote the year, month, and days of their ages when they died.

Walking through town yesterday I snapped a picture of this old house that needs some tender loving care.  I bet it would look so nice!!  It is right on the main road through town.  Maybe I need a home in town too!? : )  Only kidding!!
It wasn't raining when I woke up at 6:30 this morning so I headed out down the hill on my walk into town.  I hadn't gone very far when it started raining.  I thought it might just be a shower and walked back and forth a couple of times on a road which had a canopy of trees which kept me kind of dry.  Then that didn't help, and the rain came down through the trees and I gave Ken a call and he came to get me.  On the way home the rain stopped so he dropped me off and I headed back to town.  Nearing town the rain came down once again and by this time I was soaked.  I didn't want to call Ken yet again so just kept walking when I hear a toot of the horn - He came to rescue me. : )

We were decided to pack up and go home when the rain stopped and it got brighter out.  So before the rain could come again, Ken went out to work on the shingles again and this time he was able to complete the job.  Oh happy days.  I'm so glad that he is done with that and won't have to go up so high anymore.  It never did rain anymore the rest of the day.
Here is Ken putting the final touch on the roof - the weather vane.
 I was down below doing a little dance of happiness.  I waked up the hill to get this view of the building and here comes Ken walking up to join me.
Ken has also given us a street light and put the old bell that he got at an auction a while back up on top.  : )
We saw an interesting flying something that landed on our street light post and stayed there quite a while.I've posted a picture of it on my photo blog.  If I've made you curious click HERE to take a look.

So all in all in it was a productive weekend after all. 
We left mid afternoon to come back home.  Traffic was pretty light and we had no rain at all. 

It's nice to be back home but look forward to spending time up there again too.  We really do have the best of both worlds.

Hope your Saturday was a good one.
 In the hopes of reaching the moon
men fail to see the 
flowers that blossom at their fee.
~ Albert Schweitzer

Kim, yes, MeatLoaf the singer.