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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Saturday, August 17, 2013

A day in Oakland

50 degrees this morning as I walked the farm loop, which now consists of walking the two little cemeteries in town and the path behind the park also.  Now THIS is going to be my main route.  I know I keep changing it but had to get it just right. : )  I'm done tweaking it now.

Since last I walked here the hay as all been cut down in this field.  I think it looks so pretty.  Maybe tomorrow or the next day it will be all gathered in those rolls of hay I like so much.  : )
A saw a baby deer and her mama walk across the street from one side of the woods into the other.  Then by the corn fields I saw 4 more deer dart out and then back in the corn.
Lots of goldfinches about and rabbits too.

I didn't see any people out.
I walked 6.4 miles which was 12,315 steps.
We went to the town of Oakland which is about 20 miles from our house. We parked the truck and spent the day walking around town.  This is one of the streets in town.
We went in the book store in the picture and we each bought a book.  I loved the store.  It was packed full of books everywhere and it has lots of little cozy nooks here and there. 
The library is not far from this street and we walked there too and checked out a book.
The book on the left I bought, the one on the right borrowed.
We had lunch at a little place called Wendy's which was really hopping.  A busy little place. There a some antique stores in town too and we stopped in at a couple of them.  Didn't buy anything but enjoyed looking around.  At the back of one shop there was an old church pew sitting by an open window.  We sat there for a while looking out and feeling the cool breezes.  We were hoping to see a train come by but didn't get lucky.
We drove a little way out of town to another antique store which is in an old school.  I like going there because I remember my grade school being just like it.  The blackboards are still up on the walls there and all the classrooms have a cloak room at the back and a little tiny room up front which was the supply room.  It brought back happy memories from my early school years when I still liked school.  : )

We headed back home but the day still wasn't over.  We stopped at the Creamery by Deep Creek and got ice cream cones.  We ate them out back overlooking the lake.  I thought of you Vee because you and John often stop for ice cream too.  Remember we all did that the day we met?
Then it was time to go home. 
We had such a nice time today.  It was really lovely and I will remember it always.

At home the Eggplant finally got made by Ken and I, a joint effort.  Instead of making one big one or two smaller ones, we made 8 individual ones.
We baked two of them for supper and put the other 6 in the freezer for future meals.  
 The ones we ate were delicious.  We also had a tomato salad to go along with it.

So that's been my day.  And what a nice one it's been.
Hope you too have made some happy memories today.
happyone : )
I've learned that when you love someone,
you should treat them the way you feel,
because sometimes just saying it isn't enough.


  1. What a wonderful day... Sounds like Oakland is a neat town. Bet you all go there often.

    Those Eggplant dinners look delicious....

    I definitely remember cloak rooms in our old school too.

  2. Eggplant Parmesan is a favorite of mine and that 's what I usually order when we eat Italian :)
    Oakland seems like a fun place to spend some time.
    Have a good weekend!

  3. What a lovely day...just the kind my hubby and I enjoy...right down to spending time at a bookstore! Oakland looks and sounds like a great place for a fun Saturday. Enjoy your church services tomorrow.

  4. Oh yummers, eggplant, a favorite veggie in our house. Oakland looks charming with its brick sidewalks, and how good you bought a book. Our bookstores need our support.
    I am giving away a book on my blog today.

  5. Oakland looks like a nice little town. I love the brick sidewalk!

    Your egglplant dinners look fabulous, and good planning ahead to freeze the rest!

    Glad you have your main walking route figured out now. So impressive that you have continued this for so long. You're quite a role model!

    Hope you two have a wonderful Sunday ~


  6. Oh that does sound like a delightful day! I grinned at the description of school and how you loved it...once. =D

    The lake is a perfect spot for ice cream. It will not surprise you that last night we were out at the farm for ice cream...the end of a perfect day.

  7. What a fun day!!

    I have read that book that you checked out of the library and it is GREAT! I LOVE that author and all of those books in that series!!

  8. Fun Fun Fun! I love little towns and antique stores!

  9. Oh, yum! That eggplant looks delicious! What a good thing to have in the freezer!


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