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, May 30, 2016

A lovely day

Some critters from another NY walk.

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This morning it was 56 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds when I went for my walk.  Since it is a holiday, didn't see anyone up and about yet early in the morning.

I walked over to and around the industrial park and then made a loop around town, one of the cemeteries, and the ball park loop too.

All three bunnies stood still and let me take their picture. : )
 I like all the different shades of green in this picture.
I must have walked near to a swallows nest because a couple of them started dive bombing me.  All the geese and the babies were down by the town pond again.  They quickly went in the water when I walked past.

Another beautiful morning walk and a great way to start the day.
Walked 6.2 miles.
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Today is my birthday (I'm now officially a senior citizen) and for the last couple of years we've gone over to Annie's Kitchen here in town for a birthday breakfast.  Once again I had a chocolate chip pancake to celebrate. : )

Back home for a little while and then we went out to a small antique store up the road that we have been meaning to stop in one day.  It is usually just open on the weekends.  Didn't buy anything but it was nice looking around and chatting with the owner.

Next stop was a place called Lavender Farm.  Have been passing by the sign for it since we've lived here and finally followed the sign to check it out.  It's a small farm where they grow lavender as the name suggests.  There is a small shop there where you can buy lavender related items.  The lavender is not in bloom yet and the owner told us to come back in late June to see it when all is in bloom which we will do.  I bought a gallon size lavender plant and plan to plant it in the front garden at the end of the driveway.

One more stop at a place we've been meaning to visit.  It is a store that is in a few small buildings and you can buy garden items, decorating items for the home,  and there is also a Christmas section.  A few llamas, and alpacas, and goats are out back that you can pet too.  Sebastian, a large friendly golden retriever roams around the stores mingling with the customers.
A nice touch was the pond filled with fish.
To top the day off we went to Longhorn and had baby back ribs and baked potatoes.

The whole day was lovely and a great way to spend my birthday.
It was even a sunny day.  : )

The thing I missed today was having my Mom and Dad sing Happy Birthday to me.  It wasn't the usual song. The tune and lyrics are a bit different.   

Oh Happy Birthday to you,
Oh Happy Birthday to you,
Every day of the year
May you feel Jesus near.
Oh Happy Birthday to you,
And the best year you've ever had.

I've not spent many of my birthdays with my Mom and Dad over the years, but wherever I've lived I would get a call from them on my birthday and they would sing that song. 

A happy day to you.
happyone : )
"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm."
~ Henry David Thoreau


  1. I'm glad you had a lovely birthday. I'm glad the weather was nice for you and Ken to get out and about. Longhorn is a great place to wind up!

  2. I always enjoy all of your pictures. HOPE you've had a wonderful birthday....happy belated!

  3. Happy Birthday to you. Glad you had a good day and were able to get out and see some new places.

  4. Happy birthday to you and take care-
    I like your version of the song -

  5. Happy Birthday! So glad you had a wonderful day :)

  6. Happy Belated Birthday Karen! So glad you had a nice day!!

  7. Happy Birthday to you! The chocolate chip pancake sounds delicious. I love Longhorn too. I love all the critters and the birds. Have a happy day and week ahead!

  8. Your birthday plans sound perfectly delightful. The lavender farm sounds like a great place to visit. I hope you are able to return when they are all in bloom. The little garden shop also sounds like fun. Love the pond.
    What a sweet memory you have of your parents singing the birthday song. My parents and Brett's parents did the same thing. I never thought a whole lot about it at the time. Now that they no longer do it, I sometimes think I would give anything to hear it again.

  9. Happy Birthday! What a lovely day you had. I know you'll take photos of the lavender when it is in bloom!

  10. Happy Birthday a day late... Sounds like you had a great day. My father and mother-in-law used to sing Happy Birthday to me on my birthday --when they called... I miss that!


  11. Happy Birthday! Keep those memories with you always.

  12. Happy birthday for yesterday, it sounds like it was a wonderful one xx

  13. Happy Birthday from me as well. It sounds like you had a lovely day. I reach 60 this summer but the rules changed last year and the govt expects me to work until I'm 66! At least they won't pay any pension until then.
    Loved catching up with all your nature pictures especially the group of deer.

  14. Happy, happy birthday. Sounds like you had a wonderful celebration.
    Love the critter pics... esp. the rabbits.


  15. Gefeliciteerd! Happy birtday. I love the song. We sometimes sing psalm 121 on a birtday. So I sing it for you ;-)

  16. Karen, Happy Belated Birthday. You had a lovely day by the sounds of it.
    My parents always phoned on my birthday and sang Happy Birthday to me too. I miss it very much.

  17. Lovely images of the wildlife.
    Happy Birthday Happyone, sounds like you had a lovely day :)x

  18. Happy belated birthday! I like visiting those kinds of little shops, too. The bunnies are so big, they must be eating well! I'm glad you have lots of fond memories of that song being sung to you.

  19. Many Happy Birthday Wishes ...
    Your photo's are all so lovely - so nice to see all the fish in that pond.

    All the best Jan

  20. Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday my dear precious life long friend, Happy Birthday to you! Surrounding you with love, hugs and prayers. Your Friend Pam

  21. Happy belated birthday!! Sounds like you had a lovely day.


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