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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Thursday, August 18, 2016


A deer I spotted up at Happy Trails this afternoon.
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70 degrees again this morning and cloudy and I did feel a few sprinkles of rain but it never amounted to anything.  There was a breeze and it didn't feel that warm.

The last pair of walking shoes I bought even with the inserts I tried just wasn't feeling like such a great walking shoe.  So those shoes have become my everyday shoes and I bought a new pair of walking ones yesterday.  After wearing them today, I am very happy with these.  A kind I've never heard of before, Fila Training Memory Foam.  They look kind of cheesy but are very comfortable!!
I walked around all over town this morning on no particular route, 
just all over the place. 

Look what I noticed.
The first leaves changing colors.
I saw an older man riding a bike.  I see him once in a while but don't know his name.
He told me he can't walk so good anymore so he rides his bike because it is easier.

Walked 6.2 miles.
Sunrise 6:33
Sunset 8:08
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I left this morning after breakfast for the Blankets for Babies at church.
For about 10 miles I followed behind an extra big and wide load truck which was being escorted down the road.  What was on this truck?  One of the blades for a wind turbine!!  Boy are those things BIG up close. 
People walking down the road were taking pictures as it passed by and people had big smiles on their faces.  They too must have been amazed by the size of it.

At Blankets for Babies there were eight of us there today.
I finished up a blanket that I knitted.  Just a simple one of knitting one row and then purling a row with a little border around it.
This is one BIG zucchini.
I didn't notice it before or never would have let it get this big.
It will probably have LOTS of seeds in it.
After lunch Ken and I went up to Happy Trails.
Today we harvested some more rocks and then I had fun crushing them in the crusher.
These rocks we used on the driveway at HT to fill in some ruts caused by water.
 Time slipped away fast today and once again it is evening.

Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone : )

"Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time
which every day produces,
and which most men throw away."
~ Charles Caleb Colton

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For the last couple of weeks or so I've been trying to leave a REPLY to everyone who leaves a comment.
I really appreciate and thank you for every comment that is left
but I just can't keep replying to every one.
With me posting every day it just takes up too much time.
I am going to go back to just replying to questions and put them at the bottom of the next days post.
Hope you understand.

Comment replies:
Pam - I'd love to have your recipe for pickles.
MJ - The Goldfinch was eating sunflower seeds.


  1. No need to reply to comments unless there's a specific question. I rarely go back to check on yesterday's comments anyway.

  2. The deer is beautiful. I understand not replying to each comment.I can'y begin to do that,or I would get nothing else done.

  3. Glad you found the right walking shoes for you! Good shoes are *so* important when you are a distance runner or walker. 6 miles is really good! I generally just run 5K (about 3.1), though occasionally I will do a 10K. The leaves are pretty, but it's so sad to see them changing colors already! I don't think they should be in such a big hurry--I love summer way too much! I reply to comments on my blog for my own sake--so I can keep track of whose blogs I've visited...but I can see how replying could be a chore on its own. Do what works best for you. :) Take care!

  4. I love those shoes! And I love that "dear deer" :)

    I wish you a beautiful weekend :)

  5. That's funny that you like crushing rock!
    I like your new walkers!

  6. Geeez at the zucchini! Haha. I wish I knew how to knit. I like the baby blanket.
    We saw a deer in the neighborhood yesterday while walking. It was a doe eating the neighbors garden. I got pretty close to it to snap a picture and it didnt seem to be bothered.

  7. The deer picture is gorgeous!

  8. Hello, pretty deer and photo. I like your new walking shoes. What a huge zucchini.
    It is so nice that you and the others are making the baby blankets, I am sure they will be appreciated. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  9. How neat to see deer up close. I do like your new walking shoes. They do look pretty comfortable and that is what is most important as much as you walk. Big zucchini! I see lots of zucchini bread in that one!

  10. Awesome moment to capture the beautiful deer!
    Well done on the blanket too - this is such a worthwhile project.
    Those turbine blades are huge as recently we saw one being transported!

  11. I love you post. The blanket is so nice. Are you walking or running? O and WOW, that animal is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  12. I like your new walking shoes! We have a memory foam mattress and I love it.
    We have wind turbines here and yes they are huge!! You wouldn't want that falling off!
    Oh your zucchini is gigantuous!
    As always our baby blanket is lovely and I'm sure will be greatly appreciated and loved.
    Happy Trails is even happier now with the addition of that gorgeous deer.
    Have a brilliant weekend :)

  13. What a beautiful deer ...

    Your new walking shoes look good, and I always think comfort is so, so important

    All the best Jan

  14. Before he retired last year my dad hauled wind towers. Actually he hauled the middle section. They come in 3-4 sections. I'd have to ask him how long each section is, but I do know he hauled a specialized trailer and was always escorted due to length and heighth. It's a pretty impressive sight for sure! The biggest load he ever hauled was a vessel (tank) for an industrial plant of some sort. They moved it off a rail car to the plant...in Alabama if I remember right. Less than 20 miles, took them a full day, required the raising of power lines, special surface laid over train tracks, full closure of the road because the thing was so wide etc. Driving those big loads takes lots of patience and problem solving skills!


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