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, May 26, 2014

One Fine Day

I'm proud to be an American,  where at least I know I'm free.  And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. ~ Lee Greenwood
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44 degrees this morning and sunny for my walk around the Farm Loop and one of the cemeteries and then around town a bit.

I know I've taken this picture of the barn I walk past before, but it is one of my favorite spots I just couldn't help taking and posting another one.

Just past the barn a woman was standing and she started talking to me like she knew me but she didn't seem familiar and then she said, "I wont' be driving past you today."   Then I realized it was the woman in the red car who waves to me almost every morning.

Farmer Bill was watering some plants and I snapped this picture before he saw me.  I stopped and we chatted a bit.
Saw a few rabbits, killdeers, red winged black birds, geese, and quite a lot of pigeons.  I think they live in one of the barns.  The chickens were out roaming round and all the barn cats that live by the chickens were out sunning themselves.  I counted 7 of them.

What a beautiful morning to be outside.  It doesn't get any better than this.
I walked 6.2 miles.
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Last night at church Pastor and his wife Kathy invited us over their house with a few other couples for a BBQ today.  When asked what I could bring she said a dessert (She knows I like to bake) so I baked some Mint-Filled Brownie Cupcakes this morning.  A new recipe for me.  You can get the recipe HERE.
They have a peppermint patty in the middle of them.  You can see how it's done by the picture.
Baked and ready to eat.
While I was in the kitchen I also made some Spinach and Bean Soup which is one of Ken's favorites.  It tastes better the next day, so we will have that tomorrow for supper.

Ken went up to Happy Trails for a while and I stayed home getting a few things done around the house.

We left at 3:15 with cupcakes and cookies in hand to go to the BBQ.  We had a wonderful time.  There were 12 adults plus a few kids.  Lots of good food, conversation, laughs, a few games of Corn Hole which I played for the first time today.  You have to toss bean bags into holes in wooden things.  You keep score kind of like horseshoes.  It was a lot of fun.  You can see the wooden things in the picture. The weather was perfect and they had a nice shady back yard.  Oh by the way the cupcakes were a hit.
Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )
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Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friend.
John 15:13
Three Thankful Things
  1. Being an American
  2. Not only having a great Pastor but to have him and Kathy as our friends too.
  3. A beautiful sunny day
Comment Replies:
Anonymous and Furry Gnome - Thanks for putting me straight about the May Apple.  I will look for the little apple on them later in the season.


  1. I am glad that you u had such a wonderful day with friends!

  2. Sounds like a great Memorial Day Barbeque! Glad you had such a nice day.

  3. Sounds like a great day for you! :)

  4. What a lovely day! I am glad that your community and church family believes in hospitality. At last you meet the gal in the red car...fun story. And you can not take too many photos of that red barn.

  5. I enjoy reading about your walks and seeing the photos. The barn is a wonderful shot.. Glad you had a Happy Memorial Day! Have a great week!

  6. I really love the morning view of that barn. SO beautiful. And those cupcakes look delicious. I will now be craving those all day :)

  7. Here, here on your Memorial Day remembrance! The picnic sounds fun. Why am I so hungry all of a sudden?

  8. I am really late catching up with the blog today! The cupcakes sound like a real winner! Seven barn cats! That's a lot of cats!

    I've sent you email. Be sure to check.:-)

  9. You had a blast at the Memorial Day BBQ. That's great. Keep the great pictures coming.
    All is well here. Mary Jo


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