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

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
~Henry David Thoreau

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

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Monday, September 30, 2013

A bit different today

Mixed the routine up a little bit today.  Didn't walk first thing in the morning.  Had breakfast first, then did a few things around the house. 

At 9:30 when Ken left for HT I went for my walk.  I walked the farm loop.  Just wanted to see what was happening a little later in the day.  I thought that there would be more activity but I was wrong.  I saw less cars than usual and none of the cows or horses were down by the fences.  School was already started so there were no school buses driving around either.
I did see two farmers loading hay from a truck into the top of a barn and they said hi.

Off in the distance I thought I spotted a clothes line and when I zoomed in sure enough there it was. : )
Though I enjoyed my walk it just wasn't the same as my early morning walk.  Just something about early mornings.  It is just my favorite time of day.  Tomorrow it is back to an early morning walk. : )
Forgot to check my Striiv when I left so don't have the exact miles or steps.  I cut the walk a little short so it was probably only 5 miles.
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When I got back home, I didn't go inside right away but sat out on my swing under the tree for a while.

After lunch I read and finished the book I was reading.  That's about all I did today.

Read in the local paper that the Travel Chanel has named Deep Creek Lake as one of the 10 America's best fall foliage road trips. : ) The lake is only 6 miles down the road from our house.  I should be able to get some really pretty pictures.  Lots of the trees have color already but still have a lot more color to come yet.
I made the local paper this weekend along with eight other women.  : )  Just a short piece talking about the book club.  In the picture we are holding the latest book we read, King Peggy.  That's me, top row on the left.
Well, that's it for today.
Hope everyone is enjoying their day.
happyone  : )

Take note of who said this quote!!!
Instead of comparing our lot with that of
those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot of
the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
~Helen Keller

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Another car event

We had fun at the demolition derby last night.  I had never been to one before.  Boy the abuse a car can take and keep on running!!  It didn't start until 8:00 so we got home late and when I woke up this morning at 6:00 I turned over and went back to sleep.
I got up at 7:00 and then went for my walk.  Only walked 4 miles because of the late start and we had things to do but still it was a good walk.  I walked around town and around all the cemeteries.
Took these couple of pictures while walking.

Very quiet around town, didn't see anyone and only a couple of cars passed.
This last picture I took once I got back home.  The first tree is in our property and you can see my swing under it.
Sunrise 7:11
Sunset 7:04
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The demolition derby last night was the opening for a car show this weekend at the fair grounds so we went again today.  It was a bit disappointing because there were hardly any cars there but I thought this one was nice.
At 5:00 there was another car event.  This one was a Mud Bog.  Never been to one of those before either but I really didn't enjoy this mud thing.  We left after an hour and a half.  Where did we go?  To the State Mountain Brewery for pizza. : )  

 Hope you had a sunny kind of day.
 happyone : )
Happiness often sneaks in through a door
you didn't know you left open.
~ John Barrymore

Friday, September 27, 2013

Maybe this time!!

Well, another morning, another walk. : )  It was 42 degrees, no wind and when sunrise came along sunny too.  I walked up the hill on the road behind my house and went to say hi to Lisa's ponies.  While up that way I saw 6 deer.  Walked near home until the sky started glowing and then headed up the main street and walked part of the farm loop.  Then turned up Spear Rd. (where that strange looking tree is) and walked to the end of of the road.  Never walked to the end before.  Picture is of the new part of the road I've never walked.
There was another farm at the end of the road and there I saw a cow, a chicken and a llama together in a penned area and snapped their picture.  I really liked the picture so I ended up putting it on my photo blog.  For those of you who don't follow that blog and care to take a look at it, it is HERE.  As I was taking their picture the farm dog came along and ran me off so I probably won't stop for any more pictures there!

Just a couple more pictures I took walking along.

After walking to the end of Spear I turned around and walked back home.  It would have been too far if I had walked all of the farm route too.

A farmer driving by in a white pick up truck asked me if I needed a ride, but he asked me in a unique way.  He said, "Are you out exercising or could use a couple of steps in the truck to work?"  I said, "No thanks, I'm out exercising and enjoying the morning." 

I walked 6.6 miles - 12,726 steps.
Sunrise 7:10
Sunset 7:06
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 We went out this morning to the Produce/Candy store and got Halloween candy.  We were told that lots of kids come by so we are prepared.  Also got a nice big pumpkin that is now sitting on the front porch. 

I also got a few strange looking gourds and have put them in the boxes that I've put in the foyer.  I thought about what Vee and Deb said about putting seasonal decorations in the boxes and have decided to do just that.  When I finish putting the fall things in it, I'll post another picture.  I never decorate for the seasons (except Christmas) so this will be fun and new for me.  All because of blogging!!! : )

This evening we will once again try to go to a demolition derby.  The other two times it has been rained out.  BUT today is another beautiful day and O% change of rain so we just might get to see one tonight.

Hope your Friday is a happyone.
happyone  : )
Everyone chases after happiness,
not noticing that happiness
is right at their heels.
~Bertolt Brech

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A new swing

45 degrees this morning, no wind and the sun came out.  Another spectacular walking morning.
Just a little pink in the sky but it sure was pretty.

Walked over to the post office first thing again and mailed off another Netflix.  We are watching the second season of Once Upon a Time trying to finish it before season three starts up on television which I think is Sunday.
Continued my walk around the farm loop.  I saw a few rabbits and then five deer ran out of the woods in front of me, crossed the street and ran back in the woods on the other side.
When I got back to the main road I walked there for a while and then turned around and went home.

I walked 6.1 miles - 11,642 steps.
Sunrise 7:09
Sunset 7:07
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We went out and about today doing a few errands and while out stopped in a store called Bear Creek Traders.  It's a touristy store and has a huge variety of things and it is fun to just walk and around and look at everything.
I ended up buying this jumbo animal coloring pad.  I love to color and thought this would be a fun thing to do on those cold snowy winter days that will be coming up. : )  I'm going to get some good colored pencils to color with.

While out walking this morning I walked past a little store in town that had a swing out front of it for sale.  I've always wanted one of these in my yard.
 I told Ken about when I got home and today before coming home this afternoon Ken stopped at the store and bought it for me. : )  We put it in the back of the truck and here it is in our yard sitting under the big tree looking like it belongs there.
Sitting in the swing I get to look at this.
It's been one fine day weather wise and just a fun day all around.  It isn't quite ended yet either.  We are heading over to LaVale where there is an Applebee's where we will have supper.
Applebee's remind me of you Mary Jo, because we've had many nice lunches there.

It sure is fun having Ken retired.  : )
Hope your having a terrific day.
happyone : )
He that would live in peace and ease
must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
~Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Home again today

Not quite so cool as yesterday morning.  It was 45 degrees and no wind.  A beautiful morning for walking.  The sky looked like it was on fire this morning.  Don't usually see sunrises because most mornings seems to start out foggy.

I had a random walk all around town.  Walked up and down most all the streets in town and around the cemeteries.  I saw a couple of deer came running out of the corn field by the old Drane house and then run right back in when they saw me!!  A couple of rabbits were near there too.
Passed by the lone chicken and she seems to have stopped plucking out her feathers and she was eating pasta again.

There is a new little cafe about to open here in town next month and today the place was getting a new parking lot paved.  Another place we will be able to walk to!!

I walked 6.1 miles - 12,019 steps.
Sunrise 7:08
Sunset 7:09
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Ken finished siding the upper shed which we now are calling the Wood Shop.  He took these photos.  It looks beige but is actually a light gray. 

Today he is up there putting electric in.  Then he can set up his saws and get organized with all his wood working tools.

I'm home again enjoying my day around the house.  Got more wash out on the line and now I'm all caught up.

Having chili for supper tonight.  No cooking involved because I just had to take it out of the freezer.  : ) 

Hope your day is a happy one and you smiled often.
happyone : )
The best way to cheer yourself up is
to try to cheer somebody else up.
~Mark Twain

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A beautiful day : )

It was down in the 30's last night but by the time I was up and out walking it was 40 degrees.  It was nice and clear out and no wind, one of those nice crisp fall mornings.  The BEST kind of walking morning. There was some light frost around in places.
I walked the farm loop.  At one of the farms all the cows and bulls are black and then there is this one white one.  I took the picture when he stopped to take a look at me.
Seemed to be more than the usual number of crows around and they were making quite a racket.

When I got back to town I walked around the cemeteries.
I saw Lisa running in the distance but she was too far away to say hi to. 

I walked 6.2 miles - 12,140 steps.
Sunrise 7:07
Sunset 7:11
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Ken got most of the upper shed sided yesterday and went back today to finish up.  I stayed home again.  Such a nice day and I wanted to get the laundry done.  Without a dryer,  every sunny day, I like to take advantage of the good drying day. : )  By mid afternoon the temperature had to up to 70.  What a beautiful blue sky today with no clouds to be seen.
 I waited until the grass was good and dry and then I went out and mowed the lawn.  I can't believe how I have learned to maneuver that lawn mower around.  I go around trees and flower beds like an old pro.  I think back to that first time and can't help laughing!! 

After the mowing was done I sat out on the front porch and ate an apple.  Back inside to do a few chores around the house and then I went back out on the porch and did some reading.

The other day I had only one banana that turned brown.   Not enough to make banana bread so when I made pancakes.  I smashed it up and added it to the pancake batter and we had banana pancakes.  They were really good.  That's another good way to use up old bananas. 

I feel blessed to be enjoying this beautiful day and hope you are too.  
happyone : )
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.
~Marcel Proust
Comment replies:
Vee - Yes, we are definitely in a different weather zone.  We are 3 hours west and up in the mountains from where we lived before.  We should get a good amount of snow here too.  It is usually 10 degrees cooler here.  Last year we are told that over 200 inches of snow fell here.  We've heard all kinds of snow stories and are looking forward to seeing for ourselves what a winter will be like! : )  I think people like to exaggerate the snow fall a bit here.  We shall see.  I may have to eat my words. : )

Monday, September 23, 2013

Feeling like fall

46 degrees this morning, cloudy with a bit of a breeze out there.  I left 15 minutes later than usual just to wait until the sky started to brighten up a bit.  I think I may stick to 6:45 so it's not so dark.
Headed first off to the post office to drop off a Netflix and a card.  Then walked up the road to the school and around the farm loop.
Walked up this road which is called Distillery Lane because at one time there was a distillery but it burned down in the 70's.  There are a few houses along this narrow gravel road.
I saw three deer bounce along as if they were on springs at the edge of a corn field and they were snorting as they ran along!
A flock of pigeons flew overhead.  There must have been 20 of them!!

It is starting to look like fall around here with the leaves just starting to turn.  This row of trees runs along my neighbors back yard.  The last tree in the picture is in our yard.  You can see our blue truck in the driveway. 
I didn't see any people out today but the usual cows, horses and chickens were around.

I walked 6.1 miles - steps 11,608.
Didn't find any coins today but yesterday I found a nickel.
Sunrise 7:06
Sunset 7:12
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I was going to go up to Happy Trails with Ken but the weather wasn't so great in the morning so I decided to stay home and get some things done around the house.  Last time Ken went there he finished 3 sides of the upper shed with siding so he should finish it today.

After lunch I walked to the library to pick up the next book for the book club next month.  It's called The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker.  While there I checked out 2 other books and a magazine.

My next door neighbor Harold was out in his front yard cutting down a few pine trees  that had died.  I stopped to talk with him a while on my way to the library.  He is Evajean's husband who you might remember came over one evening a while ago to meet us.  I've waved and said hi to Harold before but this was the first time that we actually talked.  He is very nice and had a few stories to tell me. : )

I've already put together a zucchini casserole for supper and have just put it in the oven.  So when Ken comes home it should be ready. 

The sun came out in the afternoon but the temperature has stayed in the 50's.  A little cool but a fine fall day.

May your Monday be a happy one.
happpyone : )
Resolve to keep happy,
and your joy and you
shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
~Helen Keller

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A tombstone

A tombstone in one of the cemeteries around town.
 I've already prepared and know when I die I'll be going to heaven.
Hope I'll see you there. : )

For God so loved the world,
that He gave is only begotten Son 
that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish 
but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

These things have I written unto you that believe
on the name of the Son of God,
that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life,
and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
I John 5:13
A blessed Sunday you to you all.
happyone : )

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Boxes in the foyer

It was even warmer this morning at 60! degrees when I walked.  It rained last night but by morning it was dry though it was cloudy.
I went directly to the post office and mailed a Netflix and by then it was starting to lighten up a bit so I headed down the main road and started the farm loop.
The morning moon was still in the sky.  It was pretty with a pinkish tint to the sky.
Farmer George told me that this is soy beans growing in this field.  They were mostly green just a few days ago.  I guess it's time for them to be harvested now.
I walked around the school yard and stopped for a quick swing on the swings and then headed on over to one of the cemeteries and walked around there. 
Then walked up and down the Main Street and then home.
I saw a deer run across the street and a couple of rabbits run into the corn fields.

The only person I saw was a women off in the distance walking a dog.

I walked 6.3 miles but forgot to write down how many steps it was.
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Ken was in the driveway when I got home from walking.  He had gone out for a bagel and coffee and while there read in the news paper that there was an auction just over in WV and was excited because they had 6 church pews that were to be auctioned.  I have been wanting to get a pew to put along the wall in the foyer.
So after I had a quick breakfast off we went to the auction.  It was disappointing though because there was really just a bunch of junk and the pews were not good at all.  I was hoping for a nice oak one and these I think were made out of plywood and poorly made.  Oh well it was a nice ride out there.  We didn't stay very long which was just as well because it started raining not long after we left.

On the way home we stopped at a little country store and was pleasantly surprised when we got inside.  I picked up a little white planter pitcher for my collection and it was only $3.
I saw all these boxes with little things in them and thought that it looked so nice.
And I got the idea to do something like that in the foyer at home instead of putting a church pew there which we probably would never sit on anyway.  I had some boxes at home and knew I had enough stuff sitting around to put in them.
So when I got home, I went around getting all my boxes together, collected some things around the house and came up with this. 
The little white pitcher I bought is sitting there in the middle by the Raggedy dolls.

So that's what I've been doing today.
It was fun and think of all the money I saved!!

Hope your Saturday is a fun day.
happyone : )
Although the world is full of suffering,
it is also full of overcoming it.
~Helen Keller

Friday, September 20, 2013

Here I am

Here I am back again.  Just needed a bit of a blog break. 
My morning walk today took me up and down the streets around the house at first.  I'm only about 1/2 mile from home here where I took this picture.  It is at one of the little parks in town.  I walked up the grassy hill to get a better view.
I continued walking all over town.  No special route just a nice random walk.  Went around the ball park loop a couple of times and around one of the cemeteries too. 

I see Lisa every now and then like today and we stopped to talk.  I learned that she lives right behind me up the hill.  You might remember the two little ponies I took a picture of some time ago.  They are her ponies and she said they are friendly and would love it if I petted them some time. 

I heard something rustling in the bushes along the way but didn't see anything.  Probably a deer.  There were a couple of racoons, sorry to say dead in the road having been hit by cars and a cat too.

 Passed by the one lone chicken and her feathers are still all over the place and it looks like she is pulling them out.  Maybe she is depressed being all on her own.  I think she killed all the other chickens that were there.

As usual it was great to be out and walking. : )
I walked 6.3 miles - 11,962 steps.
I've found a few pennies here and there the last few days.
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The siding we ordered for the upper shed came in the other day and we went up to Happy Trails and got started.  Didn't do much but at least it is started.
Ken is there now working on it and I'm sure he will get a lot done.  I didn't go because I drove up to the produce market in Hilltop to pick up some good things to eat.  I stayed away from the candy section.  Still don't have a picture but I'll get one.
I took a picture of the fruits and vegetables I bought once I got home.
We still haven't gotten new neighbors on the side of us but when I walked down to get the mail when I got home I met a new neighbor from across the street.  Russel moved out this weekend and so I was surprised to see someone new in there already.  It is a big Victorian house and the woman who owns it, is renting it out for now.  Eventually she would like to turn it into a shop of some kind, maybe for artists.  But who knows when.
Anyway this new renter Chris seems very nice.  I'll have to bring him some chocolate chip cookies. 

I'm off now to do a little reading out on the porch.
Hope your day is happy and bright.
happyone : )
Learn to get in tough with the silence within yourself
and know that everything in this life has a purpose.
~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Farmer George

It was a cool 46 degrees this morning and cloudy for my walk.  I walked the farm loop cemetery route today.

It was an especially good walk.  I didn't see the farmer from yesterday but as I walked passed another farm a man was standing at the roads edge by his cornfield chopping some of the stalks down.  We both said good morning and then I stopped to talk.  I told him I walk past here almost every day and he said, "Yes, I know I see you."  He told me all the corn he grows are for the animals.   He was chopping down the stalks at the edge of the field so that he would be able to get his tractor into the field and for the next few weeks he will be harvesting the corn.

 He liked talking about his farm and we had quite a nice conversation about farming.  He also grows soy beans and told me that just three little beans come out of one of the pods so it takes many plants to get a gross of beans out of them.   He raises beef too and I said the cows seem to be very curious animals and he said yes they were and were quite fun to watch.  He put it like this, "You just set yourself down by some young calves to watch and you'll get ta laughin and laughin at their antics.  Right entertaining."  I asked if they would mind being petted and he said they would like it, they are pretty friendly animals.

When I asked if I could take his picture for my blog he said, "Sure."  So here is a picture of Farmer George, my new friend. : )

We said good bye and I continued on my walk.

 I saw Lisa again running around the cemetery and we stopped to talk for a bit too.  We've met once before.  Sometimes I see her in the distance and I've seen her run by my house too.

When I passed by the chicken that lives alone in town I was so surprised to see all the feathers around her.  When I asked her what on earth happened to all your feathers, she just clucked at me.
A little farther down the road I saw the big orange cat that usually just watches me walk by most days.  Today though she came sauntering over to me and when I reached down to pet her, I was rewarded with a loud purring.  She finally decided to be friends.

So that was my interesting walk today. : )
I walked 6.2 miles - 12,023.
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Just hanging around home today.  Doing a few last minute things around the house.  Cheryl will be here late this afternoon.

Posting a bit early in the day for me.  Don't know if I'll have a chance later on.
Have a great weekend.
happyone : )
All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator
for all I have not seen.
~Ralf Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 13, 2013

Another enjoyable walk

I left about 10  minutes earlier than I usually do and it was pretty dark out yet so I walked around town where there are street lights until it got a bit lighter than walked the farm loop route.  It was a nice 55 degrees out and though I did see some sun for a while it was mostly cloudy.

The heron flew over my head and landed in one of the little farm ponds.  I don't get to see him very often so it is always a treat when I do.

I was walking along and one of the farmers drove by in his pickup truck and stopped to say hi to me.  He said, "You sure are persistent in your walking.  I see you most every day."  I've seen him before at his farm and we have said Good Morning a few times.  I started to ask him a question about the corn on his farm and he started to answer but then a couple of cars came by so he had to move on.  Funny they were the only cars that passed along a two mile stretch of road!!  Anyway, I'll see him again at the farm and then I'll ask my questions.  Maybe I can find out some things about cows too.  : )

This is down the road from the first picture I took, just past the trees.  Beyond those buildings is the main road.
 Here I am back to the main road and about a half mile or so from home.
Another enjoyable walk.  Ken smiles when I say that and says, "That's what you always say."
I walked 6.1 miles - 12,164 miles.
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Cheryl arrives tomorrow and I spruced up her room today.  : )

Went to the Shop and Shop to pick up some things.  Some good sales and we saved some money!!

Ken was reading the paper this afternoon and came across an auction tonight in Frostburg.  So we made some sandwiches, packed them in our little cooler with drinks and chips off we went to check it out.  We looked things over but didn't find anything to tempt us but we stayed for a while, ate our supper, watched things a little longer and then left. 

So that's been my Friday.
Hope you took time to find the beauty around you today.
happyone : )
Though we travel the world over
to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us
or we will find it not.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Coins on the driveway

It was quite warm at 68 degrees when I walked this morning and also foggy again.  I walked my usual route past the farms and then up and down the road in the picture.  I call this the 'farm loop tree route.'
Tree is in there because this is the road with the odd tree on it.

No farm animals down near any of the roads today.  They were all far away in the upper fields.
Didn't see any wildlife either.

The lady in the maroon van whizzed by me again.  No need to worry though because I can see her coming from a long way off and have plenty of time to get off the road.  I don't wear any reflective clothing but do wear light and bright color tops.  And I always pay attention to my surroundings.  I never listen to music either.  Not only because I want to be aware of my surroundings but I don't want to miss any of natures sounds around me. : )

As always I enjoyed my morning walk.
I walked 6.2 miles - 11,937 steps.
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I rarely find coins around here when I walk and I mentioned that to Ken.  Today when I walked up the driveway, lo and behold there on the driveway I found two quarters, a dime and 5 pennies.  : )  What a guy!!  I'm not counting them as found money but it was fun to find the coins.

By late afternoon we had some rain and with it came some nice cool weather.  It's feeling more like fall again.  Looks like we are in for some thunder storms tonight.  I should have a nice cool morning walk tomorrow.

We've been enjoying our time at home today. 
 Hope your day brought you happiness.
 Happyone : )
Life itself
is the most wonderful fairy tale.
~Hans Christian Andersen

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A busy day

Another warm walking morning with a temperature of 64 degrees and this time it was foggy too.
I walked the farm loop going in the opposite direction that I usually walk.  Then walked around one of the little cemeteries, up to the main road and down it for a bit, then turned around and headed home.

On the long stretch of road in the picture a woman in a maroon car passes me each morning (usually the only car) and at first she waved.  Now she no longer waves because most times she is talking on the phone.  I always walk facing traffic and this morning I saw her coming towards me but she stayed right on the edge of the road.  I thought she doesn't see me and I hopped into the field as she passed by.  Sure enough she was on the phone and I'm sure she didn't even see me.  I'm sure glad I was paying attention!!

I took another picture of the chickens as I walked passed their farm.
I walked 6 miles - 11,850 steps.
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We drove to Cumberland which is about 30 miles or so from home.  Ken wanted to check out a hobby store there.  We found the store and then walked around town a bit. He was hoping they would have some scale modeling train supplies but the selection was poor.  I'm not really crazy about the old part of town and I find it a bit depressing.  We soon left and stopped at a few stores in LaVale.  One of which was Kohls and I got some things - long sleeve T shirts, a white blouse, a pink sweatshirt type jacket for those cool morning walks, and some work gloves.  It was Karen Day! : )
 The honey in the picture above I got at the produce/candy store.  It's a strange store.  One side is healthy fruits and vegetables and the other side has lots of different kinds of candy all in bins that you buy by the pound.  I should have taken a picture.  I will next time we are in there.  I did take a picture of this huge candy bar though.  Now that is what I call a candy bar!! 
We stopped in a couple of other stores too, had lunch out and got home about 3:00.

Then it was outside on the riding mower cutting the lawn for me.  I am quite a sight as I drive around the yard.  I wear my ball cap, big red ear protection things and sunglasses to keep the flying grass out of my eyes.  I've also learned not to sing while I mow because even though I can't hear others can hear me!! : )

My next event was walking to the library for the Book Club.  There 10 people there including me.  Only one person didn't read the book and I liked that we actually did discuss the book which was King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman.  We all liked the book.  It wasn't a page turner for me but I did like it.
Next months book is The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker.  I put the book on the reserve list at the library and I'm number two.

Soon I'll be having my snack and watching a little television.  No ice cream for me today.  I'm having cottage cheese, with fresh strawberries, a banana, and a handful of raisins. 

A happy day to you.
happyone : )
If you wait for the perfect moment
when all is safe and assured,
it may never arrive.
Mountains will not be climbed, races won, 
or lasting happiness achieved.
~Maurice Chevalier

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

An old house in town

I was surprised by the warm temperature of 65 degrees this morning!  It was windy too  which was nice because it kept me a little cool.

I walked the same route as yesterday.  A lady walking her dog was on the farm loop and we stopped to talk.  I think everyone stops and talks here because you rarely run into people and it is just the friendly thing to do.

As I walked passed these black bulls, all but one of them stopped eating and watched me walk by.  I told them all good morning and to have a nice day. : )
I'm glad that I found this other road to walk along.  I like it better than walking through all the cemeteries in town.  Well, maybe not so much better but I have more choices now. 

I walked 6.1 miles - 11,783 steps.
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This morning we went to Walmart and got a little shopping done.  We seem to go and get stuff more often than we used to and never really have LOTS of groceries at one time.  I'm not sure what I like better.
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I've walked and driven by this old house in town lots of times.  I've learned that at one time a family lived on the right side of it and owned the general store that was on the left side.
Then it was an antique store and all the stuff is still inside just sitting there growing older and older and collecting dust.  I put my camera right up to the window and took this picture.  You can still see the words up along the sides of the wall telling what they were selling and the peeling old tin ceiling when it was the general store.
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Just home this afternoon doing a little of this and that around the house.
Hope your day is good one.
happyone : )
We can always choose to perceive things differently.
You can focus on what's wrong in your life,
or you can focus on what's right.
~Marianne Williamson
Comment Replies:
OE - come on over and you can have some cookies. : )
Deb -  The people who lived here before us heated the whole house with the pellet stove.  They just turned on the fan which runs throughout the house and that kept it warm.  Since this is our first winter here we shall have to see what works best for us.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The pellets arrived

A little bit warmer this morning than it has been with a temperature of 58 degrees, but it was pretty windy so it didn't feel that warm.
I walked directly up to the school and started around the farm loop. I am headed out to a different road than I usually walk on and I've put an arrow so you can see where I'm headed.
I didn't take this road that heads back home,
but turned left up this road on my way to the arrow.
 I passed some cows in a field and a ground hog ran out from his house along the side of the road and across the street.

When I got up to the top of the hill the road leveled out a bit and I turned around and took this picture.  The arrow is where I was standing when I took the other arrow picture.  Isn't that some odd looking tree!! 
I turned around again and walked a little farther down the road until I came to this 4 Sale sign kind of hidden there in the weeds, where I turned around and headed back toward home.
When we were looking for land to buy before we bought Happy Trails we looked at this piece of land for sale.  It had a pretty view but was cleared so it wasn't what we were looking for.  We had forgotten all about it until driving down this street a couple of weeks ago and realized we had looked at this land.   That neat odd looking tree from the picture is what made us remember because I had taken a picture of it at that time.
HERE is that picture.  

A few school buses passed me on the way home and all the drivers waved at me.  I walked back to the main road and home.  I really enjoyed this walk!!  Great being out there!!

I walked 6.4 miles - 12,206 steps.
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I made some chocolate chippers this morning.  A man that we know who works at the edge town in one of the stores is not having the best of times and I was feeling bad for him.  So this afternoon when I took my car out for a ride I stopped by and gave him some cookies to try to cheer him up a bit. Seeing his smile and the look in his eyes, I was sure glad I did. : )

We finally had our pallets of pellets delivered this afternoon.
That's two tons of them in those white bags with my car.  It seems like a lot of pellets to me!!!  Ken assures me we will use them all up.
 Here is a picture of our pellet stove.
This is what the pellets look like.  The top of the stove opens up to put them in. 
 I read some more of the book for the book club which is Wednesday evening.  I just have about 40 more pages to read so I won't have any trouble finishing it and hope to finish it later.

Well, that's been my day so far.
Hope your day has given you many smiles.
happyone : )
Happiness depends more on how life strikes you
than on what happens.
~Andy Rooney
Comment replies:
Deb - No, that isn't my church.  It is the church here in my town that plays the bells on Sunday and at noon time. : )  There are a lot of churches around here and I thought each Sunday when I post a Bible verse I'd put a church steeple picture up too.  At least for as long I take pictures of them.