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, February 28, 2013

Oven mystery and books

Looked like I was going to be walking in a light drizzle this morning but by the time I got dressed and out the door it was just cloudy.  Not long after, the sun was shining.  The temperature was 39 degrees when I started and the same when I got back home.
 My walk this morning was a random one.  I had a planned random walk in mind but then even that changed as I started walking.  Walked along paths, roads, and through parking lots.  Saw people every so often wherever I went.  Two people even stopped at the crosswalk to let me cross the street.
The only wildlife I saw about today were birds.  They were chattering away.  I think they are anticipating spring and were just happy.  All along the paths green grass is starting to appear.  I still haven't seen any daffodils breaking ground yet, but I'm sure it won't be long.

A couple of blocks from home I walk up on the curb and it always makes me feel like a little kid when I do that and try to balance walking on it.  Today I was thinking how easy it is to keep my balance when low to the ground but how hard it would be if I was up high off the ground. : )

Today I took 12,404 steps on my walk.
Sunrise 6:41
Sunset 5:59
First thing this morning I got a load of clothes washed and hung up outside.

My oven has been needing a cleaning for a while now so I got that going early too.  I have a self-cleaning oven so just have to turn it on to the cleaning mode and I don't have to do a thing.  The reason I put it off is because it takes 4 hours and 20 minutes and I hate the smell it makes.  I could go out while its cleaning but I just feel like I should stay home just in case something goes wrong.  I don't know what could go wrong but I just feel better if I'm home.
The last time the oven was cleaned, not long after I noticed that something had spilled over on the bottom of the oven, but I just could not remember what it could have been. It wasn't a little something either and I couldn't remember making anything that would spill over like that.  I can't imagine that I wouldn't have noticed it when it happened and I started to think that the oven itself leaked something.  Don't ask me what but I'm going to keep check after it's cleaned this time to see if it comes back again. 

This afternoon was library time!!  We went first to the library closest to our house and I found three books on my list there.  I really wanted to get the book, Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell and they didn't have it there so we went to the library in Savage and they had it there.  Also picked up another book so have 5 altogether. : )
Faceless Killers is the first Kurt Wallander mystery in the series.  We have been watching the Masterpiece Mystery TV series Wallander from Netflix and I have discovered that it is based on the books written by Henning Mankell.  I'd never heard of him before but really like the show so thought I'd check out the books.  He has written a lot of books so now I have even more books on my to read list!

I bet you can guess what I'll be doing later!!

I've enjoyed my day and hope you've had a good one too.
Till next time........
 Happyone : )
What deep wounds ever closed without a scar?
~George Gordon, Lord Byron
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  1. I feel the same way about leaving the house while the oven is cleaning. It gets to such a HIGH temperature during that process. The first time I cleaned the oven in our current house, the sides of the cupboards and drawers that are next to the oven began to melt. They are white and covered in some sort of coating (not painted). It seems the builder didn't leave a big enough gap between cupboards and oven. Haven't used that self cleaning feature since.
    Hope you enjoy your book.

  2. I haven't tried my oven cleaning feature, but I think I'll be staying home as well. And, after reading Kim's comment, maybe I won't try it at all.

  3. I'm with you about going out while the oven is self-cleaning. Having the oven get that hot always makes me nervous and I watch it closely. I even still get a little nervous leaving my crock pot going all day while I am out, but have been doing that more lately. Those books all look very good. I think I will start watching Masterpiece Mystery now that Downton Abbey is over for the season. Enjoy your books and your evening.

  4. I delay cleaning our oven, too, for the very same reasons you mentioned in this post.:-) Then, after I have it done, I vow silently - not to let it happen like that again.:-)

  5. I've only used the self-cleaning feature once because it smelled so bad. I really need to get in there with steel wool because it's got some bad baked-on stains. That's how we did it back in the day :-)

    I'll try to meet up with you soon! There's a food truck I'd like to try. Maybe Ken could come and do a review?

  6. Once I waited so long to clean my "self cleaning" oven there was smoke coming from the unit. It set off the smoke alarm. I got the alarm off and opened all the doors. And since it was January and in the 20s outside, my kids and I sat in the kitchen for several hours with our coats on while the oven completed its cleaning cycle.

    Needless to say, I never let it get that bad again, and I always do the self cleaning feature in the spring or fall.

  7. I do not do my self cleaning oven enough because of the smell...I will let it clean when it is warmer so I can open the doors

  8. Hi There, Am trying to catch up some this week. Looks like you have some great new books to read. I'm surprised that you don't have one of those fancy kindles...People seem to love them.

    We have a self-cleaning over also ---but I remember those horrible days when I had to clean the oven. Yuk...



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