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, January 5, 2016

A cold walk

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I left the house this morning at 7:15 and I thought it was pretty cold at 10 degrees.  We just got about 3 inches of snow yesterday but this morning there was some ice around so I wore my ice grippers over my hiking boots.  I first walked to the post office to mail off a Netflix and a card.  It seemed colder than 10 and my feet were starting to get cold and my legs felt cold too.

I had walked up the main road and around both cemeteries and was headed to the ball park loop when I saw Ken drive up in the car.  He asked me didn't I think it was too cold to be out walking and wasn't I cold.  I told him yes I was a bit cold and that is when he told me it wasn't 10 degrees, but 1 degree BELOW zero.  I was near home so told him I'd walk straight home.  It was nice getting home to a nice warm house.  I stood by the pellet stove for a bit. : )

Walk was cut a bit short today at 2.9 miles. 
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Every year since we've been married Ken paints a red Christmas ball with an event or happening from the year.  Here's an old picture of some of them. 
This years ball will remind us how warm it was this year.
We now have 43 balls!
We spend another Tuesday afternoon at the bowling lanes. : )  There were 7 of us today.
My scores this time were: 136, 148, and 110.

Stopped on the way home for a new supply of ice cream which was on sale again.
Figured I'd get this posted and then go have some supper.  A simple supper tonight of baked potatoes and a salad.

Hope your day is a happy one.
happyone : )
 One of the advantages of bowling over golf
is that you seldom lose a bowling ball.
~ Don Carter

Comment replies:
HennyPenny - Ken not only paints the structures he builds them.  If you scroll on down the page you will see Ken'sTrains.  Click on that and you will get a better idea of what he does.


  1. Wow! The train land is amazing! The painted balls are a great idea. I'm glad you didn't stay too long out in the cold, K.

  2. Like me you have a very thoughtful husband, Painting the red balls with a special event is such a wonderful idea!
    Love the snow photos, we don't have snow, but very cold temps. for us! But will take 30's over 1 any day! ~smile~ Thanks for sharing,

  3. I am so impressed by you walking at that early hour in those frigid temps. You are a real trooper.
    I do remember the red balls from years past and am glad you shared this year's model with us. I think the warms temps will be memorable for many of us. I'm curious to know how Ken came up with the idea for making the red ball ornaments. Seems to be a very nice way to capture all of the memories from your years together.

  4. I love the first picture and those special balls are a fantastic collection.

  5. That is cold! Pretty good bowling scores. The ornament balls are a great idea!

  6. That is very cold to be walking outside! That is a really nice tradition of the red Christmas balls!

  7. Well, those pictures do look cold, and -1 is pretty chilly! Not quite as cold as here, but pretty brisk for walking!

  8. So glad you finally got some snow! It isn't winter without snow - except in Arizona! I love that tradition of the red Christmas balls. I think that is so neat! Ken's train layouts are truly amazing! He is so talented. My husband also likes to build and paint miniature models, but he does soldiers, and sci-fi monsters and machines instead of trains. Stay warm. Below 0 is pretty darn cold!

  9. that's a neat idea, and you've done well to keep the chain going

  10. You amaze me with all your walking! Good for you! Thank you for the reply to my question. You and Ken both are amazing!

  11. You have good, thoughtful husband.
    What's the best bowling score?

    1. I mean thoughtful because he was concerned for you out there in the cold

  12. I love your first photo, very pretty.
    We were about the same temperature as you yesterday. We were bundled right up for our walks.
    Take care!

  13. Thank Goodness that Ken is looking out for you and that you're listening. Oh thank you for sharing this year's Christmas ball...65° was definitely memorable! Only 60° here, but still memorable!

  14. If you don't hit the ball too far, you won't lose a golf ball. ;) My golf score rivals your bowling score! LOL (not a good thing) I liked the quote, though. I'm glad Ken came to check on you. What a great tradition, the Christmas ornaments.

  15. What a beautiful idea with the Christmas Baubles.

  16. It was SUCH a warm Christmas. As I recall, it was about 84 degrees here. That's crazy. BTW -- I love your new background. It feels warm and snugly for winter.


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