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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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Cake

Foggy Morning
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62 degrees this morning and foggy.  I walked through town and up Barn Sale Road which is where I took the picture on the left here.  It is quite a hill to walk up but nice coming down.  I saw good number of goldfinches and two bobolinks along this stretch.

It was kind of neat walking in the fog.  I could see the sun trying to get through the fog and at times I was walking in a patch of filtered sun surrounded by the fog.  It was like the sun was a spotlight and it was shining on me as I walked.  Really cool.

I walked around town some too.  It was a quiet morning and so nice to be out walking.  Behind the ball park I spotted this on the ground and snapped a picture of it.  It seemed appropriate to take a picture because today is my birthday. : )

I walked 6.2 miles.
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The cake Ken made yesterday was my birthday cake and oh boy what a cake it is.  He has made this for me, more years than I can remember and it is just as special every single time. Dark chocolate and it has four layers.  In between the layers is chocolate pudding and strawberry jam.  Look at the good stuff oozing out.
Then it is covered in real whipped cream.
Lunch today was birthday cake.

In stead of going out for dinner I chose to go out for breakfast at Annie's Kitchen here in town to have a birthday chocolate chip pancake.  That's some pancake isn't it? And yes I ate the whole thing. : )
While we were at Annie's in walks Kathie (artist from yesterday) and her husband.  We talked for a bit.  She is one of 30 artists from around the country that have come to the area to paint local scenes and are having an event in Cumberland this weekend.  I would love to go but don't think we will have time this weekend, but will try. They are leaving the area on Monday. 

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 I walked to the library to pick up another book that was on hold for me.  Susan was working there today and introduced me to another librarian who has just started working there.  A young woman by the name of Krystle who seems very nice.

The fog burned off by lunch time and after lunch I went outside do to some work in the yard and garden.  Planted the rest of the plants.

Back inside to make some Sweet Potato Chili and baked some Corn Bread and Chocolate Chippers for tomorrow.

Now I'm off to mow the lawn.  I'll be around later to visit you.
Hope your day has been sunny and bright.
happyone : )
If you're wondering how old I am now - I don't mind telling my age - it is 63.
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A birthday is just the first day of another 365 day journey around the sun.
Enjoy the trip.
~ Unknown
Three Thankful Things
  1. Made it through another year - happy and healthy
  2. Birthday Cake
  3. Cards and one from an unexpected friend


  1. Both the cake and the pancake look very good.

  2. Happy Birthday to a lovely lady! The birthday cake looks wonderful!

  3. Well
    ♫ ♫ ♪ ♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN! ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫

    That cake is absolutely WONDERFUL. How sweet of Ken to make it each year. Now that is so sweet in more ways than one. LOL

    Glad you just bought a polka dot dress, too. ♥, Renae

  4. Happy Birthday to you, I hope you day has been great.. We had the fog yesterday morning and more rain this morning.. The cake and pancake looks yummy! I hope your weekend is great..

  5. Happy Birthday! You sure wear your age well! You have always looked like a teenager to me. What a cake! It's a gift in itself and it looks beyond delicious. Love the description of walking in the sun and finding the perfect message on the ground. God winks all around!

  6. Happy, happy birthday! A beautiful cake for a beautiful person. You are the youngest 63 I have ever seen! Hope you enjoy the rest of your special day :)

  7. Happy Birthday and God bless you in the year ahead! That cake looks so good!!

  8. Well, Happy, happy birthday to you!!
    You look amazing, and you are an inspiration.
    I'm inspired by your daily walk, and your cheerful happy attitude.
    Thank you.

    The cake looks delish, and I adore chocolate...yum :)

    Enjoy your weekend.


  9. Happy Birthday, dear Karen.
    How neat that you found that Happy Birthday sign on your walk today.
    The cake looks absolutely delicious. What a sweet tradition.
    Wishing you a wonderful day and weekend too.
    63... no way. You look "mahvelous".

  10. Ah! You are still very young! That is the age I was when I retired 11 years ago! Beautiful cake! I'm drooling here. Wonderful pancake, too! I believe I would have cake for lunch, dinner, and breakfast!:-) Happy Birthday!

  11. I love foggy photos! The cake and breakfast look wonderful.

  12. Happy Birthday to you... Sounds like you had a GREAT day.. Wow--what a cake!!! YUM... And that pancake looks delicious...

    Have a great weekend.

  13. Happy Birthday Karen, I hope you have a wonderful day.

  14. Happy Belated Birthday Karen! That cakes looks Yum-o!

  15. Happy birthday, friend!!

    The cake looks wonderful. So do you guys finish the whole thing? Looks so big.

  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!! Did you save a slice for me? Or two? That cake looks like something I could have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  17. Happy Belated Birthday to a dear lady who is really a child at heart. May you never lose your curiosity and optimistic attitude. Love you lots, Mary Jo

  18. Happy Birthday!! :) I hope you're having an amazing birthday weekend :)
    That cake looks so delicious and the combination of chocolate pudding and strawberry jam sounds heavenly to me. Can I please have a piece?
    I love those foggy days that turn into days full of sunshine :) So wonderful you found that Happy Birthday sign on your walk - perfect timing :)

  19. Happy birthday late, cake and pancake look good. I always like your walks

  20. A very happy birthday!! How serendipitous that you found the happy birthday sign while walking. That cake looks heavenly. Kudos to your husband.

  21. Belated birthday wishes to you! (We've been out of town, so I'm way behind.)

    That is some fabulous-looking cake, and the whipped cream is the perfect topping for it!

    Wasn't that a fun thing - to see Happy Birthday on the ground while you were walking!


  22. Well, happy birthday Karen, a bit late. That is some cake. Many happy returns. I am right on your heels. Art


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