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, August 23, 2012

The man and the bike.

61 degrees with some clouds and sun this morning with a bit of a mist over the lake for the first part of my walk.  Arriving at the lake I turned around and took this picture of the sun.

It was nice to hear some geese on the lake again.  I kind of missed them and their noisy wake up time.
The deer seem to be back today too.  I saw a mom and her two young ones and also three more along my walk.  Saw a fair amount of rabbits too. 

An average amount of people around the lake walking, running and biking too.  I passed by one man walking with a bike and said my usual good morning, walked on a bit and then realized he was a man I used to see all the time around the lake walking with a cane.  I saw him on the other side and stopped and talked to him.  I told him I didn't recognize him with a bike. : )  He told me it is easier for him to walk and he is able to walk faster holding on to the bike.  His leg was crushed in an accident at work and he has LOTS of pins holding things together and has lost most of the nerves in his leg.  He has been getting to the lake much earlier than he used to walk and that's why I haven't seen him.  He told me he goes over to the shopping center when he's done with his exercise and sees me every morning cutting through the parking lot.  He has finished his walk as I'm just starting mine.
Now this man is an inspiration.  He walks 3 miles or so every day!

Today I walked 6.4 miles.
I found a lucky penny.
Sunrise 6:28
Sunset 7:51
I usually go to the commissary on Wednesday but didn't make it there yesterday so with list in hand I went to do my shopping today.  It must be true about Wednesdays being the best shopping day because today it was pretty crowed and I had quite a long line to wait on getting checked out.  I stood there with my Stiiv (pedometer) in hand and collected all the coins from my island while I waited. 
When I go shopping I like to put things in my cart nice and neatly. I like things in there just so.  So many people just throw things in their cart every which way.  I've even had someone tell me how neat my cart was! : )  I guess it is a bit of a compulsion with me but at least I don't care if other peoples carts are a mess.  I don't have the urge to 'fix' their cart. : )
How about you?  What does your shopping cart look like.  A mess?  Or neat and tidy?

I cooked Kenny and I a nice supper at home today.

Vegetable Pasta
 I cooked a finely chopped onion and a few cloves of garlic in some olive oil.
Added a cut up zucchini, red bell pepper, broccoli, and a can of tomatoes in it's juice.
Covered it and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
Cut up some fresh mozzarella in cubes and about 1/2 cup of fresh basil (from my windowsill) and mixed it in.
Made a box of Penne pasta and then mixed everything together.
It's an easy and good meal.  I was going to take a picture but forgot about it once it was done.

After supper we went to Lowe's and bought some building supplies to take up to the country tomorrow.  Stopped at the old house and loaded some more stuff from there to bring up too.  Some old milk cans, advertising boxes, and some other things that we want to keep.

Then back home for the usual evening - a little television watching and some ice cream. : )
We are watching The Grand on Netflix and are on the second season.  It's set in England in the 1920's and The Grand is a hotel.  It's kind of like Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, only in a hotel.  It is really good.

Hope you had a good day and you smiled often.
Just living is not enough...
one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
~Hans Christian Andersen


  1. Like the picture of the morning sun. Hope you enjoy your stay in the country this weekend. Hope to see you Sunday. MJ

  2. The photo of the sun rising is spectacular.

    Your pasta dish sounds delicious!

  3. ♫ Going to the country don't you want to go? ♫ What is that song? I can hear it so clearly in my head. It might be a commercial or something.

    The pasta does sound yummy and nutritious.

    I'm glad that you spoke to your walking buddy. Now you know things that you didn't know before and we do, too. He's using the bike as a balance? I know people who use grocery carts that way. My cart, by the way, is nice and tidy.

  4. Well my cart is not tidy. But I do have a method: I try to keep cold things close together and crushable things on top.

  5. Beautiful photo of the sun rise. It seems you often meet inspiring people on your walks and this man is a good example.
    The vegetable pasta sounds easy and delicious. I think I have all of the ingredients, so it may be on our menu this weekend.
    My grocery cart is fairly neat, but could probably stand some improvements. I'll have to pay more attention next time I shop.

  6. How wonderful that that man has discovered that to walk with a bicycle, is best for him.

    My shopping cart is rather messy, but I do keep "cold" things, in the child "seat." But at home, I like, like, like things to be neat, neat, neat. :-)

    "the Grand" That sounds interesting! 1920s England, in a Hotel... Sounds delightful.

    Kind of reminds me, did you ever watch or rent "Tommy And Tuppence" Brit series? I just loved them! And was always so intrigued by the BLUE cocktails they drank in martini glasses. They looked so weird and intriguing, both at the same time. ,-)


  7. You have such interesting walks! I hope you enjoyed the Elizabeth Berg book. Short stories aren't my favorites but I know I read that one. If you don't like it try another one. lol.

  8. You made me smile about your shopping cart. My son is that way. Everything is sorted by product. All neatly stacked. His wife teases him about that and we have to laugh.
    He'll be happy to hear that he is not the only one. :-)

  9. I like my shopping trolley to be tidy and am careful about how I load it - I also like to pack my own bags when the goods have gone through the till.Food is too expensive to have it wasted. Pasta is a favourite meal of ours. Enjoy your weekend.


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