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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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New recipe and my yard meadow

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68 degrees this morning, no breeze and it felt damp.  Thought it would rain but it never did and later in the day the sun came out.

Walked through town, down past the HT turnoff a ways and then turned around and headed back to town.  In the picture on the right I'm walking up the hill to town.

On the way to one of the cemeteries down by the Drane house I pass by the town pond.  I've been watching a geese family grow up and now you can't tell the babies from the adults anymore.  They were all together but when I walked by the all started to scatter. 

I didn't see any people out walking or bike riding today.  Kathy's car was in the parking lot by the pond but we didn't run into each other today.

Walked 6.4 miles.
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I was glad to get some ironing done this morning that I was putting off.  For quite a while now when I iron I watch I Love Lucy Shows.  Today watched an hour long episode when they lived in Connecticut and Tallulah Bankhead becomes her neighbor.  Pretty corny but still funny.

Made a new recipe, Ditalini and Bean Soup.  Made it this morning and we will have it heated up for supper.  Soup always tastes better the second time around to me.
 Here's the recipe.
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
2 cups cooked cubed ham
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups water
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 cans northern beans
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 box of Ditalini, uncooked

In 5 qt pan, heat oil and saute ham, onion and garlic until onion is tender.
Stir in water, tomatoes, beans, parsley, and pepper.
Heat to boiling.
Reduce heat and simmer, covered 10 minutes to blend flavors.
Return soup to a boil.
Add Ditalini and boil, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until Ditalini is tender.

Had a few spoonfuls  when I first made it and it was very good.  Easy and fast too, so I'm sure I'll be making it again.

A while back I said I was going to turn a small part of the back yard into a meadow.  This is what it looks like so far. Will probably be making it a bit bigger or have another in the side yard.
After supper is my book club meeting at the library.  I'll walk there and Ken will pick me up and we will go to church.  

Didn't get to work outside today but will try to get some more work done tomorrow.

A happy day to you.
happyone : )
"when it's a glorious day
I pray
it's a glorious day
when I pray."
Terri Guillemets


  1. We've got 2.5 acres, so I just refuse to mow it all. As a result we've got quite a lot of meadow, and I really enjoy it. Lots of 'flowers of the field' (what others call weeds).

    1. So much nicer to see meadows than so much yard that is just green grass.

    2. I could never take care of that much grass. I thought my lawn was big

  2. Your soup sounds and looks delicious.
    I would love to potter around your back yard it looks great, so big.
    You made me smile, I remember watching "I Love Lucy" it seems so long ago now. Happy memories :)
    Have a wonderful day :)

    1. We did enjoy soup for supper.
      I do enjoy having a yard. We used to live in a town house and I really missed having a yard.

  3. Great idea to make part of your yard a meadow. I am sure the birds and insects will love it.
    Your soup sounds delicious! Chuck and I are vegetarians so I would just leave out the ham. I have a soup recipe we love that is quick and easy too. It is always better the second time around!

    1. I'm sure the soup would taste good without the ham too.

  4. My mouth was watering just reading your soup recipe! I love to watch I Love Lucy. Yes they were corny but so funny and clean. Have a great day.

    1. It is very easy to make and it was good. Lots of left overs with just the two of us too.

  5. Hello, pretty collection of images. I love watching the reruns of the I love Lucy show. Your soup sounds delicious, I will definitely give it a try. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

    1. Let me know how you like the soup if you make it. A happy Thursday to you too.

  6. I love soups. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. You are welcome. Hope you like it.

  7. Your soup looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe -- we may just give it a try. I like your meadow in the back yard.

    1. The soup is really easy and quick. Let me know how you like it if you make it.

  8. That soup really looks good. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  9. I Love Lucy was and still is such a popular show ...

    All the best Jan


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