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

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
~Henry David Thoreau

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, November 30, 2015

Day Thrity of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day Thirty
Readers and Comments

Near the beginning of the month
on the thankful for friends post I included bloggers,
But I want to end these thankful posts by thanking
you all who take time out of your day to read my blog.
Sometimes I just can't imagine why you would want too
and it humbles me that you do.
I thank you too for the many comments you leave.
They always bring a smile to my face and heart
 and sometimes a tear or two.
They are
Kind words
Encouraging words
Heartfelt words
Humorous words
Caring words
Thank You for all of them. : )

A special Thank you for the prayers you have said too.
Prayers in particular for my mother.
God has surely answered them.
My mom is doing quite good.
Her heart is still going good 8 months after her
temporary fix!!
She went to the doctor and he was amazed how good her heart was.

I am thankful to be part of the blogging world. : )
Thank You.
happyone : )
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This is the end of the Thankful posts but of course I will go on being thankful for each new day that I am given to live on this earth. Not only am I thankful for them but I will enjoy them too. : )

Nothing to do with this post but I took a couple of pictures the other day of Faith, one of Farmer Bill's horses.  
One day when she stopped eating to have her picture taken.
 The next day she was up to her knees in water and mud in the brook eating something that must have been good because she didn't even look up at me.
Tomorrow I'll be back to my regular blog posts about walking and every day life.
A happy day to you.
happyone : )

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Day Twenty-Nine of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day Twenty-Nine
Church and Church Family

I am VERY thankful for my church
and church family.
When we moved here two years ago,
we set about finding a church for us to attend.
We attended a few and they were good churches
but just not the right one for us.
Then we walked into a church
and right away we knew this was the right one.
We felt most welcome by everyone
and even before we sat down we had met
Pastor Leatherman and his wife Kathy.
(I've written a thankful post about Pastor earlier in the month)
It wasn't just that the people were friendly and kind
but it was a Bible believing church.
 We joined it in the beginning of December 2013
and have never looked back.

We don't live near any family 
so our church family is all the more important.
They really are like family
and I feel that I have known them for many years.
I am so very thankful that God led us to this church.

Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.

Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
as the manner of some is;
but exhorting one another and so much the more
as ye see the day approaching.

Ephesians 2:19
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

A blessed Sunday to you.
Jesus loves you.
happyone : )

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Day Twenty-Eight of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day Twenty-Eight
My Clothesline

I am very thankful for my clothesline.
The smell of line dried clothes is one of my favorite scents,
especially the sheets!
I enjoy the act of hanging the clothes on the line.
I like seeing them hanging there all in order,
blowing in the breeze.
I have lived in places where clothesline were not allowed,
but that never seemed to stop me!
We fought it and won!! : )
I am thankful that where we live now there is no such silly rule.
There are a lot of people who hang their clothes out around here.
My current clothesline.
Another one of my clotheslines at another place I've lived.
I even had a clothesline when we lived in a townhouse without a yard.
Here it is up on the deck.  There was rope through blocks of wood
with hooks which hung over the top on the sides of the deck.
The lines were easy to put up and take down as needed.
I am also thankful for all the money I've saved over the years
NOT having a dryer.

A happy day to you my friends.
Make it a good one.
happyone : )

Friday, November 27, 2015

Day Twenty-Seven of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day Twenty-Seven
My Dads

I am very thankful that God gave me the Dad that he did.
I spent so many happy hours with him. : )
His was the kind of Dad that always had time for me.
He loved to drive and we spent many hours going for rides in the car,
and I am thankful for every one.
All those ice cream cones we stopped to eat, I am thankful for
and the times we stopped at a playground somewhere 
so I could swing on the swings.
My Dad and I went for walks together too. : )
My Dad was one of the most patient men I know,
and slow to anger.
For that I am thankful. : )
He told lots of corny father jokes 
but I laughed at all of them.
He died at home with me in 1999
and I'm thankful that the last words
I said to him were,
"I love you Daddy."

In 1970 my Mom married Eddie,
and so I have a step-dad too.
I am so thankful that God blessed me with
not one great Dad but two of them.  : )
Dad has treated me like a daughter
from the time I met him
and for that I am thankful.
He is a kind, caring, and loving Dad.
How thankful I am.

I have been blessed with one more Dad,
my Father-in-law.
How thankful I am to have known him and
to be part of his family.
 What a character he was. : )
He used to tell Ken,
"You got a good woman there."
 I am thankful to him for taking the time to
teach Ken so many things.
I am sad to say he died in 1992.
but he lives on in our memories. : )

I am truly thankful for these three men.
happyone : )
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This morning while walking there was a beautiful
sunrise reflection in the little town pond.
Just had to share it.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Day Twenty-Six of Thanks

Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving
 Giving Thanks Day Post Twenty-Six
Roads

I am thankful for all the roads to travel on.
Its pretty amazing when you think about it.
We just hop in the car and and we can go anywhere
on these black topped trails.
How quick and easy roads make it for us is to go where we want to.
We don't think about it,
we just get in the car and go.
I'm thankful for the people that made the roads.
Imagine what it was like cutting roads through the mountains,
or building bridges over rivers.
 Roads make it easy for us to travel to see friends and family.
So today as we travel along the roads lets be thankful for them.

Be safe and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
happyone : )

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Day Twenty-Five of Thanks

Giving Thanks Day Post Twenty-Five
Pizza

I guess those of you who know me aren't surprised to see
Pizza on my list. : )
I am thankful for all kinds of pizza.
Thin crust
Thick crust
Sicilian
and everything in between.
If I had to pick one food that was my favorite
it would be pizza.
I never came across a pizza I didn't like.
I prefer my pizza to be a 
plain cheese pizza. 
If I do have toppings I like
caramelized onions and red peppers.

What's your favorite?

Hope your day is a happy one.
Maybe one with pizza in it. : )
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Picture has nothing to do with pizza 
but I took it on my walk this morning
over by the library.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Day Twenty-Four of Thanks

Giving Thanks Day Post Twenty-Four
Thank You Notes

You may think that thank you notes are a funny thing to be thankful for,
but I am thankful for them. : )
I know lots of people don't send them out any more and that
is fine, because I don't think we should expect anything in return
when we do something nice for someone not even a thank you note.
But it sure makes me happy when someone takes the time
to write me a note saying thanks. 
It surely does brighten my day and I thank
everyone who has ever sent me one. : )
I'm sure I said this before 
but I have a basket that I keep all the thank you 
notes and cards that I get.
I read them every once in a while.
They always make me smile and sometimes cry too.
But they are happy tears. : )
I read a bunch of them just before I sat down to write this post.
Some of you have sent me one and they are here in this basket
with all the rest.  : )
A happy day to you.
Let it be one of Thanks.
happyone : )

Monday, November 23, 2015

Day Twenty-Three of Thanks

Giving Thanks Day Post Twenty-Three
Sunshine and Rain

I am thankful for sunshine. : )
This morning it was 19 degrees when I went for my walk
and to feel the sunshine on my face was heavenly.
I  looked up at the sun with my eyes closed 
and said ahh, that feels sooo good.
I talk out loud all the time when I'm walking! : )
 In the morning the sun shines in the big front window
where there are two chairs
and it is so nice to sit there in the sun.
When I think of sunshine these words come to mind:
Happy
Cheerful
Warm
Bright
I think of sunflowers and daisies.

I am also thankful for the other side of sunny days
which are rainy days.
Walking in the rain is something I enjoy.
Love hearing the sound of rain on
umbrellas
roofs
corn fields
Rainy days are good for reading and knitting,
or cleaning
or baking.

Besides if we didn't have both rainy and sunny days
we wouldn't appreciate either one of them as much.

A happy day to you 
whether your day is sunny or rainy.
Enjoy it. 
happyone : )
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Day Twenty-two of Thanks

Giving Thanks Day Post Twenty-Two
The Bible
I am thankful for my Bible!! 
Of all the books I have THE BIBLE
is the one I treasure.

It is so much more that just a book.
It is the Word of God.
The Bible is a powerful book that
 can and does change peoples lives.

Every day I read my Bible and at the end of the year
I will have read it entirely.
I've done this for many years
but still I learn new things ALL the time.

II Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof,
for correction,
for instruction in righteousness.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful,
and sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit
 and of the joints, and marrow,
and is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart.

Revelation 1:3
Blessed is he that readeth,
and they that hear the words of this prophecy,
and keep those things which are written therein:
for the time is at hand.

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth shall pass away,
but my words shall not pass away.

I am so thankful that God has given us the Bible
to learn about Him and how we should live.

Ronald Reagan said:
"Within the covers of the Bible are the 
answers for all the problems men face."


B - basic
I - instructions
B - before
L - leaving
E - earth

Have a blessed Sunday, my friends.
happyone : )

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Day Twenty-One of Thanks

Giving Thanks Day Post Twenty-One
Libraries

I am very thankful for public libraries.
When we move one of the first things we do
is check out the local library.
I remember walking to town to the library 
at a very young age and how happy I was
to be able to pick out books to read. : )
 Where else can you walk in and take whatever
books you want off the shelf and bring them home
for free!!
Not only books but
magazines
DVD's
CD's
I've been to some libraries where you can even check
out puzzles and toys.
The use of computers are also available.
Though the library here in town is quite small with not
all the books of big town libraries,
the librarians WILL find the book that you want
from another county.
The librarians here in town are friendly,
helpful and even know your name. : )

My Town Library
 
A happy day to you.
Happy reading.
happyone : )

Friday, November 20, 2015

Day Twenty of Thanks

Giving Thanks Day Post Twenty
Happy Trails

I am thankful for Happy Trails.
21 acres of our own personal park : )
The trails to walk along
Peace and quiet
The stream is dry now but still thankful that 
sometimes we can hear the water running over the rocks.
That it is only 3 miles from home
Thankful for the view into town
Our little pond
Happy Trails is a great place and so glad we found it.
We bought the land first because we wanted 
a little retreat from the crowds where we lived.
Then came to realize we wanted to be in this area always.
I thank God for leading us here. : )

Thought you might like to see the latest picture of the cabin.  We have some left over gray vinyl siding from the tractor barn (which you can see part of in the left of the picture) and have decided to use that up on the back of the cabin. We've painted it blue. I thought it came out looking great.  We have enough to finish the back.  Sides and front we will do with the shingles made from the pallets.

A happy day to you.
happyone  : )

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Day Nineteen of Thanks

Giving Thanks Day Post Nineteen
Four Seasons

I am thankful that I live in a part of the country
where I get to enjoy all four of the seasons.
I lived in Puerto Rico for three years 
and though the weather is beautiful
and sunny year round
I missed the four seasons.
This sounds crazy to say but nice weather
every day is boring.

Here are the four seasons in pictures.
I'll let them do the talking.

Spring
 Summer
Fall
Winter
Hasn't God created a beautiful world for us!?
Enjoy your day.
Be happy.
happyone : )

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Day Eighteen of Thanks

Giving Thanks Day Post Eighteen
Teachers

If you can read this thank a teacher.
I am thankful for teachers.
Here are some teachers who were my favorites.

Mrs Butterfield was my kindergarten teacher
and I remember that first day when I called her Mrs Buttercup. : )
She was a favorite because she was my first one.
 
Mrs Claxton was my first grade teacher who taught me how to read.
What a wonderful day that was.
The day I could read everyone between school 
and my house new about it.
My mother tells me I came running home down the street
one day from school yelling,
I can read, I can read.

Fourth grade was Mrs Merrick.
Learned my times tables in her class 
and I enjoyed learning how to diagram sentences in her class.
A fun thing we had to do was write a story each week
using all the spelling words for that week.
It was fun hearing all the different stories made from the same words.

I didn't really have any favorite teachers in high school because
by that time I didn't care much for school.
All the teachers are pretty much a blurr 
except for some pretty bad ones and since this is a
thanking teachers post I won't mention them. : )

I am also thankful to my Sunday School teachers.
One in particular, Mrs. Prall. : )
I liked learning all the Bible lessons on the flannel board.
Don't like to call them Bible Stories because they aren't just stories.

 I think it must be harder being a teacher now a days
than it was back when I was a kid.
So much other stuff to deal with than just teaching.
Thank you all past present and future 
TEACHERS.

 
A happy day to you.
happyone : )

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Day Seventeen of Thanks

Giving Thanks Day Post Seventeen
My House

I am thankful for my house.
The pellet stove that keeps my house cozy and warm
I am thankful for hot and running cold water 
A nice kitchen for baking and cooking
A living room with a big window to watch the snow falling
A bed with with smell of line dried sheets
A front porch
A small enough house that is easy to keep clean
To look around it and see it decorated with the things that make me happy
That my house is a happy 'home'
A happy day to you.
happyone : )

Monday, November 16, 2015

Day Sixteen of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day Sixteen
Morning Walks

I am thankful for my morning walks.
For the beautiful countryside to walk around.
That I am healthy to be able to walk 6 miles and think nothing of it.
The desire to actually look forward to my walks.
I prefer walking alone but really I'm never alone
because God is walking with me every step of the way. : )
I start out each day with a walk and the first part of my walk
is my prayer time. 
I thank God for keeping me safe during my walks.
I'm thankful for the people I've met.
For the deer, rabbits, birds and other wildlife I see.
And the horses and cows I've met.
Those awesome sunrises.
From walking I know my little town well and
know what is going on around town.
I'm thankful for the energy walking gives me for the rest of the day.
Oh yes, and I'm thankful that walking keeps me fit and healthy. 
Walking makes me happy. : )
I started walking for exercise back in 1988 and never
imagined all the extra benefits that I would receive
and I'm thankful for every one.

A couple of pictures I snapped along my walk this morning. 
Don't they make you want to get out and go for a walk? : )

 A happy day to you all.
happyone : )

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Day Fifteen of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day Fifteen
Pastor Leatherman

And I will give you pastors according to mine heart,
which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
Jeremiah 3:15
I am so thankful for our Pastor, Pastor Leatherman.
He is a man of God who lives what he preaches.
He is not just the preacher but a pastor
who cares about all of us.
Always there to listen and help in any way he can.
I consider him a good friend.

He teaches the Bible and 
I learn something each time I hear him preach.

You cannot leave our church without knowing how to get to heaven
and having the opportunity for someone to show you right from
the Bible how you can know for sure you're going to heaven.

Pastor is very enthusiastic in everything he does
but most of all in winning souls for Jesus.

He is a fine man and I am proud to call him my Pastor and friend.
One day when he stands before God
he will hear Him say, "Well done thou good and faithful servant."

Thank you Pastor Leatherman
I appreciate all that you do
And I like your jokes too. : )
happyone

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Day Fourteen of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day Fourteen
Police Officers and Fire Fighters

Today is national Thank a Police Officer Day.
I am thankful for all the Police Officers who try to do
their best to keep us safe.
It must be very hard to be an Officer these days.
Seems whatever they do is the wrong thing.
I for one want to thank them for putting their lives on the line
each day they go to work.
I pray they are safe and that God watches over them
and their families.

I also am thankful for all the Fire Fighters who also
put their lives on the line when they go to work.
When the fire house siren goes off, they hop on the fire truck
and don't know what they will be facing.
 I pray for them and their families too.

My dad was a volunteer fireman when I was a kid.
We lived down the road from the fire station
and when the siren went off
he would run down to the fire station.
One day several firemen ran down to the fire station
responding to the siren but none of them were the drivers.
So my dad said to hop on the truck and he would drive them to the fire.
He got reprimanded for doing that
but I was proud of him for doing what needed to be done.

My you have a happy and thankful day.
happyone : )

Friday, November 13, 2015

Day Thirteen of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day Thirteen
Small Town Living

Some reasons I'm thankful to live in a small town.

I like that I'm able to walk around town doing errands.
It's nice to walk in the library and have the librarian know your name.
No traffic lights
Great place for my morning walks
Slower pace
 Knowing your neighbors
I like being part of a small town.

A happy day to you.
happyone : )

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Day Twelve of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day Twelve
 Kindness 

I am thankful for the kindness of others.
When people say please and thank you
Or hold the door open for you
Kind words spoken
or an unexpected smile from a stranger
a surprise in the mail
a prayer 
when someone says you look nice today
or I like your new hairdo
a cheery toot or a wave from a passing car
a returned wallet that you thought was lost forever
These are just some of those kindnesses.
A kind word or action to a stranger
might not be much
but it can brighten someones day
and put a smile on their face. : )
Do a kindness for someone today.

happyone : )

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Day Eleven of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day Eleven
Veterans

I am so very thankful for the many many Veterans
who have served in the military
so we all can live free here in this still great country.
I thank you all for your service.
God Bless you.

A special thank you for the Veterans in my family.
My grandpa in the army WW1
My dad and Ken's dad in the army WW2
My step dad in the Navy in Korea
Four of my uncles 
Ken 20 years in the Navy
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There is another thing I am thankful for today.
I have a small collection of music boxes and one more was added to it today.  : ) 
I got a package in the mail from my blogger friend Karen.
It was this music box that plays Brahms Lullaby.
Thank you so much Karen, I love it.
Included in the box was a lovely card
and some of her delicious cookies.
Every one is a little work of art.
I've had the pleasure of eating them before and 
they taste as good as they look.

Brahms Lullaby

Original German
Guten Abend, gute Nacht,
mit Rosen bedacht,
mit Näglein
besteckt,
schlupf′ unter die Deck!
Morgen früh, wenn Gott will,
wirst du wieder geweckt.

Guten Abend, gute Nacht,
von Englein bewacht,
die zeigen im Traum
dir Christkindleins Baum.
Schlaf nun selig und süß,
schau im Traum ′s Paradies.

Literal English translation
Good evening, good night,
With roses covered,
With cloves adorned,
Slip under the covers.
Tomorrow morning, if God wants so,
you will wake once again.

Good evening, good night.
By angels watched,
Who show you in your dream
the Christ-child′s tree.
Sleep now blissfully and sweetly,
see the paradise in your dream.
Traditional English version
Lullaby and good night,
With roses bedight,
With lilies o'er spread
Is baby's wee bed.
Lay thee down now and rest,
May thy slumber be blessed.

Lullaby and good night,
Thy mother's delight,
Bright angels beside
My darling abide.
They will guard thee at rest,
Thou shalt wake on my breast.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Day Ten of Thanks and Hair Cut

Giving Thanks Post Day Ten
Grandmothers

I am very thankful that I knew and had the love of both my grandmothers.
Grandmothers are special people. : )

When I think of what a grandmother looks like I think of my 
Grandmother on my mother's side.
A little over weight, with long hair in a braid curled around her head.

She always wore dresses with aprons.
She had a wonderful smile and a twinkle in her eye
when she looked at me.
She knitted many ripple afghans and gave many of them away.

A couple of times when I was very young we lived with her for a little while
in her big old house which I loved.
I remember getting up very early in the morning with her
and having a breakfast of Holland rusk with butter and sugar.

When my parents bought a house it was in the same
town as my grandmother and only 1/2 mile away.
Some years later she sold the house and moved in with us.
I spent many many hours with my grandmother 
and have many memories of her.
Sadly there was a rift in the family
and my grandmother moved away and I didn't see
her again till a couple of years later when I was in high school
and saw her one last time in the hospital before she died.
So I did get to say I love you one last time.
My gramma on my fathers side only lived a couple of towns away
and I saw her pretty regularly.
She had white hair with curls which she wore swept up on top of her head.
She made the best apple pie and lemon meringue pie.
She is the one who taught me how to make weave-it squares. : )
I was very close with my gramma and we always kept in touch.
She got to see Ken and I married, and I was the first grandchild to make
her a great grandmother. : )  My two first grandchildren made her a 
great great grandmother.
I sat at my gramma's bedside holding her hand when 
she was 97 years old and quietly left this world.
She was one of the kindest people I've known and never
had an unkind thing to say about anyone.
I was blessed to know  both my grandmothers and they will always
have a special place in my heart.
I am so thankful that I got to know and love them.

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I know some of you have been wanting to see my hair cut.  I'm not crazy about posting pictures of myself but here I am.  You can't really see the streaks in my hair but they are there and I like my hair layered like this.  I will just keep getting it trimmed every couple of months and then finally it will be all gray.
A happy day to you.
happyone : )

Monday, November 9, 2015

Day Nine of Thanks and HT Cabin Update

Giving Thanks Post Day Nine
Colors

I am thanking God today for all the beautiful colors He used
in creating our world.
How drab things would be without color.
He has given us a beautiful blue sky
Puffy white clouds 
Pink, red, yellow, orange sunrises and sunsets
Green, gold, yellow, red leaves
Rainbows of all colors
White snow
Flowers of every color
Fruits and vegetables of red, green, yellow, orange, purple
Birds and animals of many colors
You just have to look around and see all the beautiful colors.
God has created a beautiful world
for which I am truly thankful.

By the way my favorite color is RED
with BLUE a very close second.
What's yours?
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We've been up at HT and I thought you'd like to see the latest pictures of the work that has gotten done.  We have made our goal of having the cabin closed in before the snow comes.
The entrance way door
The little bump out in the front now has a roof
This is what we decided to put on the outside of the building.
We are using old pallets.
Taking them apart, painting them with watered down blue plant,
and cutting them into shingles which get nailed up.
And here's a little fun thing that Ken made.
A bird house to match the cabin.  : )
A happy day to you.
happyone : )

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Day Eight of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day Eight
My Mother's Prayers

I am thankful more than words can say to my Mom
for all the prayers she has said for me over the years.
There was a time for many years when I didn't go to church
or put God first in my life.
My Mom prayed for me every day that I would get
back to God and Church.
How thankful I am that she never gave up on me
and God answered her prayers.
God is number one in my life now
and I am going to a wonderful Bible believing church because, 
I believe, of my mothers prayers.
 Thank You Mommy for all your prayers. : )
I love you.

 Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go;
and when he is old,
he will not depart from it.

A blessed Sunday you my friends.
happyone : )

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Day Seven of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day Seven
Smelling

I have a very good sense of smell for which I am very thankful.
Love those baking and cooking smells.
Who doesn't like to walk into a house and smell bread or a cake baking.
Just think of Thanksgiving morning when the whole house 
has all those cooking smells.
Without the sense of smell food wouldn't have much taste.

Clothes that have dried out on the line.
That's got to be one of my favorite smells.
You just can't bottle that smell like the advertisements claim.
You should hear me when I take the sheets off the line,
I go on and on about how good they smell.
Ask Ken!! : )  I'm sure he is sick of hearing about it. :)

Though I am not a fan of perfume,
if I get a whiff of Coty L'Aimant I think of my mother,
who when she was younger wore it all the time.
I used to open her closet when I was little
because it smelled just like her. : )

I like the smell of
baby powder
old books
lemons
rain in the air
and roads in summer when it just starts to rain
flowers - honey suckle being my favorite
 coffee
Christmas trees
cinnamon
cut grass
leather
 lavender
new car smell
 
  Smell is something most of us take for granted,
and it is such a basic thing but what we would miss
if we couldn't smell.
Take time today and smell the roses.
happyone : )

The house smelled good today.
I bake 72 cupcakes for the kids at Sunday school. : )

Friday, November 6, 2015

Day Six of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day 6
 Ice Cream
To read the history of ice cream
click HERE.

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while
know that almost every evening for my snack I have
ice cream.
I am very thankful for Ice Cream
and it is my favorite snack.
A nice cool creamy treat that is sure to bring a smile
to every one who eats it.  : )
My favorite flavors are:
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate Chip Mint
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Marshmallow
  • Vanilla Fudge
   If I had to just pick one 
it would be chocolate.
 According to polls the most popular flavors of ice cream
are chocolate and vanilla.
My Dad's was vanilla.
My Mom's is Butter Pecan
Don't know what my Step-Dad's is
and I don't think Ken has a favorite,
he likes them all. : )

How about you?
What's your favorite.

Enjoy your day and you might even think about making it better
by having some ice cream today.
happyone : )

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Day Five of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day 5
Farmers

I am thankful for all the farmers who are often taken for granted.
We walk into a food store and just select what we want from the shelves
and don't give much thought to who grew the food.

A few farming facts.
  •  Americans spend 10% of their income on food.
  •  210,000 full time US farmers produce 80% of our food and fiber.
  • For every $1 spent on food farmers receive less than 12 cents for the raw product.
  • The average US farmer feeds 155 people.
  • US farmers produce about 40% of the worlds corn.
  • Farmers endure drought, heat, rain, wind, snow, hail and tornados to bring food to Americans tables.
  • Americans enjoy a food supply that is abundant, affordable and among the world's safest.
So lets remember those farmers and thank them.
A special thank you to the farmers I know here in my town.
Farmer Bill
Farmer Georg
Farmer Marvin
The Dairy Farm farmer who I haven't met yet.
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Some off the subject things that I have to share with you.
My new camera came in the mail yesterday - a Nikon Coolpix S7000 and I love it.  Nice pictures and easy to use.  
A picture today along my walk - reflection at Farmer Bill's farm.
Also here's an update on the growing out of my gray hair.  Took a picture this morning because this afternoon is my hair appointment to have it layered and streaked.
A happy day to you.
happyone : )

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Day Four of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day 4
Hearing

How thankful I am that I'm able to hear.
People talking - first wrote down voices, but thought you might think they are voices only I can hear. : )
Laughter
Wind blowing through the trees
Rain on my umbrella
Corn blowing in the wind
Music 
The rustling of leaves as I walk along
Birds
Children playing
The sound of my car when I let off on the gas - ooh that is a nice sound
Cows mooing
Horses neighing 
Thunder
Coins dropping into my bank
Train whistles 

Pastor Leatherman's sermons. : )
 All these and many more.
 What a blessing it is to hear.
May I  never take it for granted.

happyone : )

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Day Three of Thanks

Giving Thanks Post Day 3
Kenny

I am thankful that Ken is my husband and also my best friend.
He is a kind, caring, and loving husband and 
it is a joy to be his wife and to spend my days with him.
We have been together over 43 years and though there have been some hard times,
there have been many many more good times. : )
Going through the hard times has strengthened our marriage.

I am thankful that Ken is such a handy man to have around too. : )
He can fix almost anything!
He amazes me with the things he can and does do.

Ken is always willing to help out others too whenever he can.
If something needs to be done you can count on him.
I thank God every day for Kenny
and believe by putting God first in our lives
He has blessed us beyond measure.

This thankful day post I chose Kenny
because it is his birthday.
Happy Birthday Kenny.
I love you. : )

happyone : )

Monday, November 2, 2015

Giving Thanks Day 2

Giving Thanks Post Day 2
Friends

I have been blessed during my life to have good friends.
Bernice is my life long friend.  I've known her my whole life.
Our parents knew each other and went to the same church.
No sisters or brothers for me but Bernice is closer than a sister.
She knows all about me, both the good and the bad, and still we are friends. : )

Janie and Patty come to mind when I think of my friends.
They were sisters and my next door neighbors from the time I was in
third grade until I left home to get married.
We have stayed friends over the years.

Sara-Jane comes to mind too.  We met when we were 19 working at Harmon Colors.
Only worked a year together but have been friends all these many years.
We haven't seen each other in years but we do keep in touch for birthdays
and Christmas and I believe she reads my blog sometimes. : )

Ken was in the Navy for 20 years and we lived in a many different places
and I've met many good friends during that time.
Too many to mention by name.
We kept in touch for a while after moving but then lost touch.
But that is okay because for the time they were in my life they made 
a difference in my life and have left memories.

I must mention Mary Jo, who has been my dear friend for the last 6 years.
She helped me get through a rough time when we first met 
and we have had many wonderful lunches and happy times since then.

I am also thankful for the many new friends I have met since moving here.
The group of us who go bowling and our game nights.
Many times I have laughed so much that by the end of the day
my cheeks hurt. : )

The people I have met while walking also come to mind.  Here and the
other places I've lived and walked.
We may just be acquaintances but I am thankful for all of them too.

Then of course there are all of you, my blogging friends.
Blogging friends are in a category all their own.  
Anyone who blogs will understand that.
What special people you are.
It's amazing how good you can know someone from just being blog friends.
I have been so thankful to have met some of you in person
and hope to meet more of you some time down the road.

There are many more friends I have not mentioned by name
but you are all special to me and have given me many happy memories.

I am so very thankful for each and every one of you and
 thank YOU for being my friend.
happyone : )

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Day one of Thanks

For the month of November I'm going to be blogging differently than I usually do.  Though I am thankful every day for the big and small things in my life, 
every day this month I am going 
to devote a blog post to one thing I am thankful for.
They will not be listed in any particular order except for the first one
because without the first one all the others
wouldn't be possible. 
Next month I'll go back to my usual posts.

Day 1

I am so very thankful to Jesus for my salvation!!
Just to think what Jesus went through to save me from my sins
and to give me the gift of eternal life is beyond my ability to thank Him enough.

 II Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.
(Jesus)
 
Ephesians 2:8 & 9
For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God.
Not of works, 
lest any man should boast.

Psalm 105:1, 2 & 3
O give thanks unto the Lord;
call upon His name:
make known His deeds among the people.
Sing unto Him,
sing psalms unto Him:
talk ye of all His wondrous works.
Glory ye in His holy name:
let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. 

By the way - I've taken some pictures with my new camera and I am disappointed in them.  They are not sharp and crisp and I will be returning the camera and getting a different kind.  Maybe I'll go back to a Nikon like my old one.  Any one have any recommendations for a simple point and shoot camera?  Thanks.

Have a blessed Sunday.
happyone : )