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, July 21, 2014

Good Deals

Same farm from last post,
just from another road.
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Friday night at the auction preview I spotted something that I've wanted for years - a 6 foot church pew.  So I really looked forward to the auction Saturday morning.

There were other things out that were just for sale Friday night and I picked up this picture for only $5.
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Had my usual walk Saturday morning, had breakfast and we headed off to the auction.  This auction had a complete list of items and they went in order so we knew exactly what time the church pew would be up for auction.  We had until 1:30, so had a while to wait.  There was another auction down the street so we went to check that one out.  Stayed for a little while but didn't get anything.  Then we went back to the other auction.  They had a lot of quilts being auctioned off.  A lot of them went in the high hundreds and some even over a thousand dollars.  We didn't bid on any but they sure were beautiful.  This one was one of my favorites. 
Finally they brought out my church pew.  Like I said I've wanted one for years and I've rarely seen the smaller 6 foot ones.  I was willing to spend a good bit of money for this one.  It was perfect for me.  I said a little prayer:  "Please God if I'm meant to have this pew please let it go for a good price."
Bidding started and no one was bidding,  then someone started with $40, another person went to 50 and then they went back and forth a while.  Then Ken jumped in when the one bidder stopped and up it continued to go $10 at a time.  At $170 it ended with our bid and the pew was ours.  : )  Very surprised it went for that price - thought it would go for much higher.  Thank you God, I got my pew. : )
The pew had a few scratches in it, (you'll probably have to enlarge to see the scratches)
but with some Old English Scratch Cover it was beautiful.
 A feature which I really liked was the cross carved in each side.
The pew now sits in the foyer and on it a quilt that Ken's mom made for us
and my Bible.
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Late Saturday afternoon in the rain we headed up to Chester and Linda's to play some shuffleboard.  The rain didn't matter because the shuffleboard was on an enclosed patio right next to the house.  There were quite a few couples there and only a few people had played before.  We all had a ball.  Lots of laughter, good food and just a fun time.  Once again I am so thankful for our church family who are becoming  good friends too.
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This morning it was a cloudy morning and the temperature was 65 degrees. 

Walked over to Public Works and put the water bill in the slot and then over to the Post Office and mailed a few things off in the mail slot. Then I walked around the Farm Loop and then around town.

Walking past the wooded area I heard something in the trees.  It was probably a deer but it seemed to be making a lot of noise and I thought maybe it was a bear so I just sang a song and continued walking. : )

I didn't see any other people out walking.
I walked 6.4 miles.
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Today we went to do food shopping at Walmart.  We went to the one in La Vale because we had to stop in at Rite Aid which is in Grantsville and on the way to La Vale.

Stopped in a couple of other stores too while we were there.

The sun came out soon after I got back from walking and it has been a nice day, but it has just starting raining now.  I'm sure the sun will be out later once again.

Looking forward to going to Brenda's tonight for pizza.  It's been a while since we had a pizza there.

Hope your day is a good one and that you smiled often.
happyone : )
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   Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person,
a beautiful thing.
~ Mother Teresa
Some Thankful Things From the last few days
  1. My church pew.
  2. Our church family
  3. Discovering shuffleboard
  4. Fun times
  5. Morning walks
  6. A new flavor ice cream - vanilla brownie sundae
Comment replies:
Marianna - I keep track of my steps with a Striiv.  It also keeps track of calories burned, miles, stairs, running steps, and minutes.  I was going to give you a link to one like mine but the one I have they no longer make. They have new and improved ones now. : )


  1. I love your church pew, and I'm so glad you got it. It fits perfectly where you have put it. God must have really wanted you to have it :) It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.

  2. How exciting that you were the high bidder on that church pew! It is perfect the way you have it set up in the foyer! Everytime I read about you going for pizza at Brenda's, I have an urge to eat pizza.:-)

  3. Very happy for you that you were able to win the church pew! Looks very nice with the quilt and, of course, your bible. :) I like the carved cross in the end, too.

    Lovely landscape scene at the top of your post. Really like your header photo - very cute!! :D


  4. You are the second blogger I know to score a pew in recent days! Well done! I know nothing of shuffleboard or how to play. I think it's great that you enjoyed it and had a lot of fun.

  5. Your church pew is absolutely beautiful, and it looks great in your foyer. I like the cross at the ends as well.

  6. Oh, it sounds like a wonderful weekend... so happy for you.
    Love the church pew, and I do think that you got a bargain.

    I had a church pew years ago, and we couldn't take it with us, when we moved.
    Someday, I shall have to find another one, to replace the one I no longer have.

    Best wishes for a great day tomorrow :)


  7. I love, love, love your church pew! What a perfect place for it in your foyer! I also love the quilt and bible on it. So glad you got it. Such a great addition to your home! I also like the picture you got for only $5. Your place is so homey. Wish I could come for a visit and see it in person. :-)

  8. Congrats on winning the Pew and auction.. I love your picture and the quilt is beautiful. I like playing shuffleboard.. You would be surprised at how much noise even a squirrel can make in the woods. Looks like you had a great walk. Great post, have a happy day!

  9. Wow I love that view in the picture-of-the-day. It's incredible. And I love that quilt. Reminds me of a quilt my mamaw made once :)

  10. That vanilla brownie sundae sounds delicious.
    Like the church pew. Glad you got it.
    Mary Jo

  11. Glad you got your church pew! We thought of bidding on one here last year, but the bids quickly went a lot higher! Hope you enjoy yours.

  12. Thanks for the info on the Striiv...I'll check it out. I'm using a FitBit right now, but it's starting to act up so I'm expecting to need to replace it soon.

    I LOVE your church pew. I would love to have one for my entry hall as well. There is so much history in them. Congrats on winning the auction.

  13. Hi There, Congrats on getting the pew. It is GORGEOUS... I had so many memories growing up in a church with similar pews....

    I'd love one of those quilts too --but wouldn't want to pay 'that' much for them... BUT---someone's hard work went into making them --so I'm sure that made it very special.

    Glad you have made so many great friends (church friends) since moving there. That is SPECIAL.


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