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, January 1, 2016


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Had a fun time last night playing Mexican Train as the year 2016 rolled in.  There were quite a few people playing different games but most people left early. There were two  Mexican Train games going though and we all stayed past midnight.  We stopped at midnight and Pastor said a prayer and then we continued playing.  Didn't get to bed till 2:00.  I don't remember the last time we stayed out on New Year's Eve but I do know that it was one of the best times we've had on New Year's Eve. : )  
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Since we went to bed late my day started later than usual this morning.  I woke up at 8:00 and was out the door by 8:15. I still seemed early though because it was so cloudy.  It was 28 degrees but the wind made it seem colder.  There were a few snow flurries flying around but that was all.   It was just a bit colder up on the mountain top because the fog froze on the tree tops.
I walked around town and even though it was later in the day there were still no people around.

It was a good coin day to start the new year off. 
Found 62 cents - 2 quarters, a dime and two pennies.
I walked 5.7 miles.
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All the Christmas decorations came down today and the house is now back to normal.  : )

Ken likes bagels and I've been meaning to try to make them for quite a while now and today I gave it a try.

The little recipe booklet that came with the bread machine has a bagel dough recipe but not how to make the bagels so I made the dough and then looked on line for a recipe. 

Bagel dough ingredients:
1 and 3/4 cups water
1 and 1/2 teaspoons honey
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons bread yeast
  • When the dough comes out of the bread machine punch down and divide dough into 12 balls.
  • Allow to rest for 4 minutes.
  • Bring 2 quarts of water to boil.
  • With your thumb, make a hole in each ball of dough and pull open about 2 inches, making a bagel shape.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the shaped dough onto a cookie sheet and cover for 10  minutes.
  • Lower heat under water for it to be simmering.
  • Drop 2 or 3 bagels at a time into the water for a bout 45 seconds, turning each once.
  • Drain and place on greased baking sheets.
  • Brush tops with beaten egg white.
  • Bake for 35 minutes turning once for evening browning.
  • Bagels are done when they are golden brown.
They turned out great.  Nice and crispy on the outside and soft inside.  Ken says they don't compare to the store bought kind.  

I'll be knitting on the scarf later and when I get finished with this one I think it will be quite a while before I make another.  After 15 of them I need a break.

That's it for this first day of the new year.
Hope you had a happy day.
happyone : )
There is a great man who makes every man feel small.
But the real great man is the man 
who makes every man feel great.
~ G K Chesterton


  1. 62 cents. Wow. Good sign for the years beginning
    I stayed up late too. By myself. Someone was snoring next to me
    I am going to walk everyday starting Monday. I'm not saying how far. But I will begin

  2. In one day you found all that money? I like bagels, too. I should try this.

  3. Those bagels look delicious.I have never tried making my own.

  4. I haven't had real bagels in awhile

  5. I'm impressed - making your own bagels!

  6. Wow those bagels look perfect! So nice that you had a fun time on New Year's Eve. Your church has some great activities! What a blessing! Enjoy the rest of the week.

  7. Good morning, the frosty tree tops looks pretty. Your bagels look delicious, my hubby loves the Wegman's bagels. I am impressed that you made your own bagels too.
    Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  8. Hi Karen, your bagels look fantastic! I tried to make them once and they were a failure. I should try again.
    Sounds like a lovely time on New Years Eve.
    Have a great weekend!

  9. Your bagels look delicious! I never would have thought of ever making them. You did have a prosperous walk today - 62 cents! I loved your other post where you tallied up all the coins for the month and year etc. Have a great day.

  10. Happy New Year, Happy-K! Hope 2016 is great for you. The bagels look yummy!

  11. Hi Happyone, and Happy New Year to you and Ken!

    What a pretty brick wall with the ivy trailing over the side. Your bagels look like they turned out perfect! Thank you for sharing the recipe - will have to give them a try. Also want to say that I like your current blog background AND your header photo. I seem to remember that image from before and have always liked it.

    Sorry to have been away for so long but A LOT has happened this past year, all good!

    Thanks for being such a good example and inspiration to all of us, your readers.

    Wishing you and Ken many more happy blessings this year,


  12. Wishing you a great new year!
    Love your pictures! Your bagels look tasty.... thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Smiles :)

  13. I've never heard of the game, Mexican Train but it's neat you had such a good time. - We watched movies and ate junk food, set off some fireworks, had a toast (Ginger Ale) and went to bed around 1:00. Decorations coming down this week. The bagels look like they turned out great.

  14. Those bagels look beautiful...and delicious. You are amazing. I've never known anyone to make bagels at home. Maybe I should try. Happy New Year!!

  15. Beautiful bagels! I think you're an expert already!
    Have a fun Sunday afternoon while having friends over to enjoy Ken's trains. MJ

  16. Happy New Year my friend. Wow, oh wow on the Bagels, very impressive! Much love, Pam


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