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


Wednesday, August 15, 2012


The temperature was 64 degrees this morning which was quite pleasant without the high humidity.  I had a most enjoyable walk around the lake.: )
The geese still aren't back and I'm wondering if they will be coming back when it gets colder.  Pretty quiet around the lake today.  Not many people or animals about.  I did stop and chat for a bit with my newest walking friend Donna.
I paused as I walked over the two footbridges around the lake just to take in the beauty of the lake.  I try never to take this beautiful place I have for walking for granted. : ) 

I walked 6.2 miles.
Sunrise 6:21
Sunset 8:02
All night long one of the smoke alarms started beeping about every 5 minutes or so telling us to replace the battery.  We both just fell back asleep and didn't bother with it during the night.
Ken went off to work in the morning and I went on my walk.  When I got back home there was the beep again.  I tried to take it down to change the battery.  Didn't have much luck and couldn't even find the battery in it!! I got the cover off and then a very loud beeping starts  and a voice saying FIRE, FIRE over and over again.  The next thing I picture happening is fire trucks showing up at the house!!  While I tried to just stick the whole thing back together it all went quiet.  I just couldn't get the cover to stay on and now the cover is just hanging from the rest of the alarm by wires from the ceiling.  I'm afraid to touch it again because I don't want it to go off.  I'll just have to wait until Ken comes home to get it back together and put in a new battery.  In the meantime every so often all day long I'll have to hear that BEEP BEEP.  I've turned on the television just to drown it out.
While at the library yesterday I looked up a few books that people had recommended on their blogs but every one I looked for was checked out.  I'll have to put them on reserve and then just go pick them up.
I did end up with one book though, Distant Hours by Kate Morton.   I was looking for The Forgotten Garden by the same author which was out so thought I'd try this one.
I'll start it later today sitting out on the deck so I won't have to hear those BEEPS!!!

The beeping is a pain but if that is the worse thing that happens today I'll still have had a very good day. : )
Hope all is well in your part of the world.
Enjoy your day.
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Comment Reply:
Kerri - The first book was A Caribbean Mystery and it kind of leads right into Nemesis.


Golden To Silver Val said...

Oh that beeping is a real pain, isn't it? Good thing you don't have a dog....I think it hurts their ears and it makes them act up...running back and forth or trying to hide under the couch. Sure can't ignore one of those smoke alarms for long. I never could figure out why they just aren't connected to the electricity with a battery for back up purposes only...in case you lost power. There is one packed away in one of the storage boxes belonging to my son in the basement. I'm not about to go through them all to find it but it's been beeping for over a year now. The dog won't go in the basement anymore. LOL

Mary said...

Great walk...lots of miles still. Your my walk hero..That takes some time and you get the benefit.

Nellie said...

Our smoke alarms have been sounding off lately, too! It seems as though they all have decided to malfunction at the same time!

I love hearing about your walk. It would be great to have a place around here for my walking like you have.

Beth said...

It never fails that the beeping always starts at night!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

On the books... -clapping hands- I knew I recognize something. Yes, I read "The Distant Hours" and it wasssssssssssssssssssss something!!!! Yessss! Enjoy it when you get it.

And "The Forgotten Garden" one, I got in large print and he read it. Very intricate plot! And he enjoyed it.

KATE NORTON, a writer I have enjoyed and forgotten about. Shame on me! Thank you so much, for reminding me. I seeeee boooooks to put on hold, in my future!

Oh and the BEEP, BEEP, BEEP is something we recognize too. Has happened here, of course. But luckily, he got it fixed or whatever. But you had a much more weird time, with yours, than we did here. -giggggles-

Something like that, would drive me up a wall!!!!!!! Our Security System wall unit began making "Trouble On The Line" noises once and I told him to stop everything and make it stop! Or I'd stop what I was doing, and take a hatchet to it. -grin-

Gentle hugs,

Vee said...

In fact, that beeping is the number 1 reason why people don't continue with their smoke detectors. So it would seem prudent of the manufacturer to make it possible for the battery to be easily exchanged. I might have taken a hammer to it. That's how those kinds of annoyances affect me these days. =D

Rain this morning and all day tomorrow... Not complaining...much.

Noofy said...

Like a fire drill, we accept the beep, it saves lives.

Happy@Home said...

I'm slowly venturing back into blogland and just went back to read your posts that I have missed. Didn't realize I have been away so long.
Those smoke alarms and CO2 detectors are so frustrating when they begin beeping. I have been known to put them in the garage until I can figure out how to shut them up :).
If you like the book by Kate Morton and can't get a copy of the Forgotten Garden, let me know and I will send you my copy when I'm done.
Thank you for your kind comments, Karen. I so appreciate you.

Anonymous said...

Our fire alarm is wired into the electricity but has a battery back up in case of power cuts but I can appreciate how annoying a constant beep must be! What a great photo of your lake.

Retired Knitter said...

Our smoke alarm was hard wired into the house OVER THE STAIR WELL! Making it very hard to change the battery every six months. We finally had an electrician come in and move it over 3 feet so that we could reach the darn thing without risking life and limb!

dot said...

Thanks for the book suggestions. I'll be looking for them when I go to the library. If you've never read any thing by Elizabeth Berg you might want to give her a try. I've really enjoyed her books.