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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Saturday, April 30, 2016


Noticed some Lilacs starting to bloom this morning.
I stopped to smell them.  : )
(not in my yard)
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56 degrees this morning with a mix of sun and clouds.  Nice that it wasn't raining for a change and I stayed dry. : )

I walked around by the industrial park.  Not a very big one,  just 5 business.  I usually walk around there on Sunday mornings because no one is going to work and it is quiet with no cars.  Today I realized that Saturdays it is the same way.

This road runs parallel between the industrial park road and the main road.  I walked to the end which is a dead end, turned around and walked back.  
Not sure what is growing here in the field but I like the colors.
When I got back to the main road I walked to the welcome to town sign.  Then I walked through town and to the other welcome to town sign coming the other way.  It was 1.2 miles.

Took a quick loop around town and then home.
Walked 6.3 miles.
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 Last night I finished reading The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb.  It was based on the ballad made famous by the Kingston Trio about the first love-triangle murder to become national news in 1865.  While doing the research for the book McCrumb uncovers a missing piece of the story which changes things a bit.  I thought it was good and enjoyed reading it.

It bothered me seeing all the grass clippings on top of the lawn from when I mowed yesterday so went outside this morning and cleaned it all up.  Ken used the leaf blower and I raked.  We have an acre so it took all morning.  I used the grass clippings for mulch and put it around some forsythia bushes that line the back yard.  

After lunch we went up to Happy Trails.  I was just going to sit on the cabin deck and read but ended helping Ken. (did read for a little while)
He was a lumberjack today. : )
For supper we went out to Subway and got a couple of subs.  Sat in the truck and ate them overlooking Deep Creek Lake.

A good work day and I'm sure we will both sleep good. : )
Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )
"Fatigue is the best pillow."
~ Benjamin Franklin

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Christine - the log cabin in yesterdays post is the Drane House built by James Drane.  You can click on the Drane House link at end of the posts if you'd like to read about it.


  1. The weather in your area looks about like ours was today.Beautiful sunshine and a fun time to be outside.

  2. Subway is the one "fast food" place I don't feel guilty taking my wife to.

  3. Hello Happyone. I am a Pastor from Mumbai, India and I love to get connected with the people of God around the globe to be encouraged, strengthened and praying for one another. I am blessed and feel privileged and honored to know you and get connected with you because of who you are in the Lord Jesus Christ. I have been in the Pastoral ministry for last 37 yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with a great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reach out to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the brokenhearted. we also encourage young and the adults from the west to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. We would love to have you come to Mumbai with your family or encouraging young people from your church to go on a missions trip to Mumbai to work with us during your/ their vacation time. I am sure it will be a life changing experience. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you, your family and friends and also wishing you a blessed and a Christ centered rest of the year 2016

  4. The lilacs are beautiful! Your work day sounds like "my kind of day"! Poppy and I used to work like that together clearing this place to build the cabin. I miss those years. Now he doesn't enjoy yard work.

  5. Hello, the lilacs are beautiful. Sounds like you had a busy but fulfilling day. I love the quote and lovely photos. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  6. Love the lilacs, and I am very glad that you are starting to enjoy your cabin.

  7. I think we'll at least start to get leaves on our Lilacs in a week or two!

  8. I bet you DID sleep well! Subs were a great option and eating them in the truck sounds fun! Happy Sunday, good K!

  9. So love lilacs and they always smell so gorgeous. Ours is not quite out yet.
    An acre is a lot to mow and gather the clippings. You and Ken must both be fit.
    Have a wonderful Sunday and happy May Day Happyone :)

  10. It takes a while before the lilacs bloom in the Netherlands. Therefore I enjoy your picture lilacs. Thank you. I will follow your blog.

    May your joys be as bright as the morning, your years of happiness as numerous as the stars in the heavens, and your troubles but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love.

    — Old English Blessing

  11. Hi There, You certainly have a beautiful place to walk. George and I have started walking early every morning , but we only do 2 miles... I will admit that I always hate to get up at about 5 a.m. ---but once I'm up, it feels good to get out and walk... That makes me have more energy for the entire day.

    Your Happy Trails property and cabin are looking better and better.... Amazing!

    Happy May 1st.... Amazing how quickly it got here. I will publish a blog post tomorrow.


  12. Your book recommendations sound so interesting! Grass clippings make very good mulch too. We do that also, but it does take forever to rake it all up.


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