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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Monday, November 4, 2013

A busy day

It was a nice brisk morning for walking.  The coldest morning so far this season with a temperature of just 25 degrees.  I left at 6:30 as the sky was getting light, : ) no wind and the sun was out and I had to laugh because when I got home I thought it must have really warmed up because I was pretty warm and looked at the thermometer and saw that it had only warmed up 3 degrees to 28!!!

I walked the farm loop again.  Didn't see anyone there today but yesterday I met two women who were walking.  There names are Maryanna and Annamarie - almost the same name but in reverse.  Today I saw Maryanna in front of her house scraping the ice off her car!!

Only saw a few of cows but they were up in the field.  Walking in town I passed my lone chicken friend and today she was sitting in the little bit of sun that is in her coop.  She was sitting there so nicely that I took a picture of her.  That's my shadow - I look like a big fluffy something or other!!!
Except for some geese and birds I didn't see any wildlife.  I used to see so much wild life where I used to live when I walked around the lake and at first I was surprised I didn't see a lot here too.  I think the reason must be that there is so much forest around here that they just stay there.  There's no reason to come down into town.  There is not a lot of building going on taking away their homes.
There are lots of deer up at HT along with birds, skunks wild turkeys and though we haven't seen any in person we do have video of bears.  Anyway that's my theory.

I was walking down the road here and when I got in front of the fire station (brick building down there on the left) and the fire siren went off.  Boy that thing is LOUD!!!  A few minutes later I saw the brush fire truck take off and a couple minutes after that the ambulance. 
Walked around town a bit more and then went back home.
I walked 6.4 miles - 12,478 steps.
Sunrise: 6:49
Sunset: 5:12
I had a couple of bananas turning a nice shade of brown so I made some banana/cherry bread with them.  Last time I made this bread I didn't have any cherries so I made it with strawberries instead.  I had the cherries this time and though both breads are good I like the banana/cherry best.  You can see the recipe HERE.

I washed the sheets today and even though it was only 30 degrees I hung them outside on the line anyway.
Ken put up a clothes line down in the basement for me when I can't hang them outside.  When I have some clothes hanging down there, I'll take a picture.

I did some house cleaning before lunch but didn't get all that much done.
After lunch we left for Walmart to do food shopping.  On the way there we stopped at the new Tractor Supply Company that just opened on Saturday.  We have been watching them build it for quite a while now and are happy that it is now open.
When we got back home I did a little more cleaning.
I made meatloaf for supper.  I used a recipe that my blogger friend Deb, at A Day in the Life posted on her blog.  Both Ken and I liked it better than any of my recipes and I plan on making this many times.  It was delicious. Thanks Deb!! : ) 

I'm going to put the recipe on my on line cookbook, but until I do you can get the recipe HERE on Deb's blog.  You might want to check out her blog anyway if you don't already follow her.  Her blog is a happy place and she always finds something to be thankful for no matter what is happening.  It's one of my favorites. : )

I'll be on the computer for a while yet and then I plan on doing a little reading and maybe work on that counted cross stitch a little.
Snack tonight is a piece of cheesecake.

That's my day.
Hope yours was a good one too.
happyone : )
The unthankful heart....
discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and
as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour,
some heavenly blessings.
~ Henry Ward Beecher


  1. Karen,
    Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy that you liked the meatloaf, and my blog. You are one of my favorite people, even though we have never officially met! Have a wonderful and happy evening and a great day tomorrow!

  2. Meatloaf and cheesecake. A great day for comfort food! Today was chilly, but you have us beat. I'm enjoying how colorful it still is, and you really capture that with your pictures.

  3. I am a follower of Deb. I thoroughly enjoy her posts. She has a lovely family.

    Thank you for the recipe for the cherry banana bread. That will be the next goodie that I bake.

  4. Brrr, that is cold.
    I would not have thought of putting cherries in banana bread, but I'll bet it's good. I'm going to check out your recipe. I also need to check out the meatloaf recipe.
    I thought of you today when I was doing a bit of cross stitching.

  5. This was a really newsy blog today! I loved it! Love that fluffy chicken! She probably looks forward to your morning visits!

    My husband would love going to Tractor Supply! How neat that you have a new one nearby.

    I've been thinking about meat loaf for awhile. That will be on my menu soon!

    I hope you enjoy that cheesecake! Think of me when you eat it.:-)

  6. I bet cheeriest in banana bread is wonderful. I once tried putting chocolate chips in it and it wasn't that good.

  7. You are making me hungry! AGAIN! :^)

    I bet that tractor store has interesting things. Art


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