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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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The basement route : ) Happy New Year and Thanks

It's still snowing, very windy and cold here today so once again I walked in the basement.  This morning I listened to The Greatest Hits by Abba.  Thought maybe you'd like to see my walking route in the basement.  : )
I start out at the bottom of the stairs and walk down the hall here to the guest bedroom.
I walk through the guest room make a left and go through the drying room.
Then down the long hall way (laundry room is on the right, and Ken's train room is straight ahead.)
I turn left and it brings me back to where I started.
I don't just make loops around in the same direction.  Sometimes I walk the opposite way or make figure eights in the rooms.  Once in a while I'll stop and run in place or march.  At times I carry four pound weights and do biceps and triceps curls as I walk.
Though I'm glad I now can do the Leslie walking tapes and they are nice once in a while I prefer just walking listening to music.
Of course I would MUCH rather be outside walking but this will just make me appreciate my outside walks even more when I get out there. : )
I walked 5 miles.  That seems to be my limit at one time down there.
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I never did do any cross stitch yesterday.  I ended up reading the next book for the book club which is The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman and find it very good so far.  The book club isn't till next week but the book is due on the third so I'd better read it now.
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Today I got my office all cleaned and neat to get it ready for my bulletin board.  I don't know why I thought my office had to be neat and clean for a bulletin board but I'm glad to have it done.

We are going to go out supper time for a pizza and salad at Brenda's and then stop at Walmart before coming home.  We need a few things and I want to pick up some colorful duct tape for my bulletin board which should be hanging up tomorrow.

A picture of the snow we are getting today.  I stuck my head out the window of my office and took this of our side yard with our shed in back.
Ken said the nicest thing to me this afternoon.  He came up from the basement and said, "I came to check on the sunshine and the only one I found was you." : )
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We are not doing anything for New Years Eve.  Just a nice quiet night at home.
It has been quite a year of change for us.
Ken retiring, buying a house, moving to Garrett county and finding a great new church all of which was unexpected!!  It's been a joy living here, meeting new friends, walking in a new area, and having Happy Trails near and just enjoying small town living.  We thank God for our many blessings this year and can look back and see how He worked all things out for us. : )
I'd like to say Thank You to all of you who read my blog and for those kind comments you leave.  Thanks for sharing all you do on your blogs and even though most of us have never meet, Thanks for being my friends. : )  You make my life happier. : )

May you all have a happy, healthy and wonderful New Year.
happyone : )
We spend January 1 walking through our lives,
room by room,  drawing up a list of work to be done,
cracks to be patched.
Maybe this year, to balance the list,
we ought to walk through the room of our lives...
not looking for flaws,
but for potential.
~ Ellen Goodman


  1. Always enjoy your blog. Love your pictures!

  2. Wow, you have a very nice basement to walk in. Your new home is surely nice and roomy. I like ABBA too and have their greatest hits CD. Thanks for the kind words to your blog readers. I feel the same way about you. Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Year! Enjoy your blog though I don't comment very often. Wish you all the best for 2014 and look forward to your blog everyday! You are truly and inspiration!

  4. One of the nicest things to happen to me this year was getting to know you Karen. I enjoy the photos you take and I love reading about the people and animals you encounter while on your walks.

  5. Looking for Potential...now that would make a great title! That Ken is a smooth talker! You really do have a nice place for walking. Are you going to wear out the carpets?
    ; > Happy NewYear to you both!

  6. You have grit and determination, my friend, to walk 5 miles in your basement.

    The happiest of New Years to you, and may the blessing continue to come your way.

  7. Happy New Year ...... so glad it has been such a nice one for you and Ken.
    And I LOVE that quote!

  8. Karen,I always enjoy your blog. I admire your dedication to your daily walks. Happy New Year!

  9. Maybe you could try Prancercising but make sure you do it in the basement where no one can see you. lol. Happy New Year!

  10. Thank you for the tour through your indoor walking route. It is good that you have such a wonderful space for walking when you are unable to get outdoors.

    The locals kept mentioning the snow that would come in the winter. They were certainly accurate, weren't they?

    You have had a lot of changes in this year, and they have been good ones for you.

    Happy New Year! May 2014 be one of peace and joy for you and yours!

    I am a new reader of your blog and I love it because I get to see beautiful pictures of snow (I love snow!!!)
    And I am so jealous that you get so much of snow :-( and I don't get any
    But its a delight to watch the pictures.
    And of course your motivational thoughts and quotations after each post are amazing
    Once again A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

  12. Thank you for the tour of your basement. I would love a basement but living so close to sea level it would be full of water so no basements here.
    I hope you have a very blessed New Year! I do enjoy so much visiting your blog each day!

  13. What a nice thing for Ken to say. You are Miss Sunshine, no doubt about it. Your love of life helps me through challenging times. Mary Jo


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