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, June 3, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch

Mallard down by the stream
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It was a cloudy morning and the temperature was 60 degrees when I walked.  No special route today, just a random walk all over the place.  It felt like rain and the last couple of miles there was a very light drizzle on and off.  Just enough to get me damp and help me stay cool.

Lots of iris plants blooming all around to add some more color to my walk. : )

I came across a woman walking her German Shepherd a few times.  First time I've ever seen her.

A couple of rabbits were chasing each other around over by one of the cemeteries so I'm sure there will be a few others before too long.

I stopped in at the Laundromat and put up a flyer to tell invite people to Bible School this summer at my church.  Also made a stop at the post office with a Netflix and dropped it in the mail slot.

I walked 6.2 miles.
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It rained some this morning but by lunch time it was starting to clear up and after lunch we went outside to work on getting the pumpkin patch ready and by then the sun was shining.

Here is Ken yesterday getting the first cut in with the tractor.  Sure is handy having the tractor to take up the VERY thick sod.
 Just before quitting time it looked like this.
Today we worked on getting the dirt and the grass separated from each other.  We worked on it all afternoon, Ken a little longer than I did.  Ken took a load of sod up to HT in the truck and dumped it up there.  As you can see in the picture we still have more to do.  At the end of the day, this is what we got done.
We were hoping to finish removing the sod so we could plant the pumpkin seeds but there just was not enough time in the day.

I got a bit of a sunburn on my shoulders which has that itchy burning feeling now.  I don't even remember the last time I got sunburn.

I'm looking forward to some chocolate chip mint ice cream later.  Until then I will be reading blogs.

Hope your Tuesday found you smiling often.
happyone : )
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I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits,
unless I spend four hours a day at least,
and it is commonly more than that,
sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields,
absolutely free from all worldly engagements.
~ Henry David Thoreau
Three Thankful Things
  1. Our tractor
  2.  Good friends (talked to one of them on the phone today)
  3.  A nice shower after a hard days work
Comment Replies:
OE - My son David lives 5 1/2 hours away so no, he doesn't often walk with me.  Sunday was only the second time walking with him here.  I slow him down, he usually runs a lot farther than I walk.


  1. The mallard is beautiful.
    If I come see you, I won't recognize your yard! You've done so much work on it. It's great that you both enjoy it so much.
    Enjoyed talking with you today.
    Mary Jo

  2. The colors of the mallard are so beautiful!

    Great job the two of you did on removing the sod!

  3. What a lovely place you have to walk! The animals and flowers you share with us are amazing! That is great work on the pumpkin patch. It isn't easy making a garden spot where there has been none!

  4. What a great shot of the handsome mallard...what colors! A pumpkin patch you say? Well the grands are just going to have to come back in autumn to enjoy that.

  5. Lovely scenes from your walk, a cute mallard and pretty flowers.. The tractor helps a lot for your pumpkin patch.. Have a happy day!

  6. More rabbits?? You must live in a rabbit-lover's paradise! That is some rich green grass ya got there. And you mentioning pumpkin seeds makes me look forward to autumn already :)

  7. A great shot of the mallard and those irises are gorgeous. Ours have come and gone for the year.
    Ken doesn't mess around when he takes on the task of creating a new bed. I can see how the tractor was a great help in removing the sod. That's a big job. You both deserved your ice cream :) Hope you had two scoops.
    Love the quote. Perfect for you.

  8. Looks like your pumpkin patch is coming right along. Everything in your area is so lush. Wow, so pretty!

  9. Handsome Mallard, gorgeous purple flowers!

    That tractor sure saves you two a lot of back-breaking work!

    Hope you have some aloe vera for your sunburn.


  10. That tractor is a real labor saver. Imagine doing all of that without one. I once put in a large water garden, dug out our clay soil all by hand, roughly 15 feet by 10 feet by up to 3 feet deep. Buried tree roots and construction waste, baked clay soil. Oh, it was hard work!

    By the way, the swing on your blog overview picture is great!


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