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 15, 2013

The book club

A couple of degrees cooler this morning than yesterday at 46.  It started out foggy but the sun soon burned off the fog.  For a while it was like walking in the clouds.  I'd walk through fog and then a bit of sun and then back into the fog.  Really cool.  There's a cloud up ahead.
I passed by a field with lots of geese just standing there.  They reminded me of all the geese I used to see when I walked the lake.  There were a few crows among them too but they flew away.
I saw what the road workers did from yesterday.  A place where a little stream runs under the road got backed up and flooded.  The road was dug up and a big black pipe was put down and the road fixed.  All in a day - pretty good.

Passed by my new horse friend but he didn't come up to the fence today.  Too busy eating. : )

It was a lovely morning for walking and by the time I was home the sun was out shining brightly.
I walked 6.1 miles which today were 12,052.
Sunrise 6:30
Sunset 8:13
We had an early supper last night because the book club started at 5:30.  The library is only a hop skip and a jump away so I could easily walk there.  Sherri, who invited me wasn't there but I told the ladies that she had invited me.  There were 5 others there besides me and they all were very welcoming and friendly and I felt at ease with them right away. : )
They had just finished reading Sweet Tooth (never heard of it) and gave me a quick summary of the book.  It wasn't a favorite book for anyone and they thought it was a bit boring in places.  Then we talked about other books we've read and picked out the next few months books.  Susan, one of the women is one of the librarians and she put our names on a list to round up all the copies of the books for us.  The book for next month is King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels.
Then we just talked about this and that.  I had such a nice time and I'm so happy to be part of this book club.  I've always wanted to join a book club and this is the first one for me.  I thought about taking some pictures but thought I'd do that another time when they knew me better.
We have been buying our produce at a place called Hill Top Farm Produce which sells locally grown food and went there this morning.  Everything just looks so nice and fresh.  I was going to take a picture but forgot.

Home for lunch and then off we went again to do the rest of the shopping at Walmart.  Also stopped at the Shop and Save and the Dollar General to get all our food.  They are all on the same road so it's not like we waste gas to save a few pennies.  Shopping days I really miss the commissary.

Lawn mowing day again and I've really got the hang of the riding mower now and think it is lots of fun to mow the lawn.  I didn't even give Ken a turn this time!!  It takes about an hour and a half to get it all done. 

I was going to make Eggplant Parmesan for supper but it was after 5 when I got done with the lawn and neither one of us felt like cooking so we went out to the Mountain State Brewery and got a pizza.  They make a good flat bread oven cooked pizza. 

When one of us says, "I've worked hard today."  what we really mean is lets go out to eat.  I was the one who said it today.

So that's been my day so far.  It's been a busy but good day.
Hope you are enjoying your day as well.
happyone : )
A good friend listens to your adventures,
a best friend makes them with you.


  1. The temperature was cooler here this morning, too! I love it!

    It sounds like the book club is a good thing for you. I've never been a member of one, either.

    Good for you mowing that lawn! And - what a treat to go out for pizza!

    Oh, I heard the sound of geese this morning! I'm not sure if that is a sign of something or not.:-)

  2. How good to have a book club you can walk to. I don't drive at night.
    That pizza sounds delicious and you earned it by your lawn mowing for sure.
    I am giving away a book on my blog today.

  3. Glad you found a book club you enjoy. I'm always impressed with your dedication to your daily walk!

  4. Glad to hear you are settling in. You will love the book club, nothing like being in a group that loves to read!

  5. Glad that you understand "the code." I can't speak in code...I have to take the direct approach. =D

    Your Book Club sounds like a lot of fun. Welcoming women are sometimes a rarity.

  6. Wow, nice cool temps. We are still in the 100s but the good news is the good Lord provided much needed rain as I type this note to you. He sure is a good LORD! Love you Karen...love your new farming scenery, seems so peaceful. Do you love your new home? Talk to you soon. Pam

  7. Your new book club sounds like the ideal size and the ladies sound very friendly too. Hope you all enjoy the next book more than the "boring" one.
    You and Ken seem to have eased into a nice pace in your retirement.

  8. 46 Degrees in August...I'll take it! I love the foggy picture. And I thought I was the only one who loved mowing - apparently not :)

  9. I am enjoying following you around getting to know your new place and new adventures,


  10. So glad you felt comfy with the ladies in the book club!! How fun!!!


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