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

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
~Henry David Thoreau

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, September 30, 2016

Leaves and bees

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54 degrees this morning and another misty one like yesterday.
It was very windy out too.
 Some of the leaves are turning colors, some trees have lost most of their
leaves, but most of the trees are still green.

Walked around town again and didn't see anyone else out walking,
but the usual people waved as they passed me in their cars as
well as the bus drivers.  
An uneventful walk but still it I was happy to be out there.
Walked 6.2 miles
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 Today was cleaning day and I whizzed around and got most of it all done by lunch time.
Saving the kitchen for another day.  That will get a day all its own.

Working up at Happy Trails on the cabin the last few times we kept hearing a buzzing sound but couldn't figure out where it was coming from.
Then the other day I happened to look up out side in front
and this is what I saw.
 So now we know where the buzzing is coming from.

Another bees nest that I spotted while we were driving down the road.
Ken pulled over and I took a picture.
It was pretty far away and looked big from there.
I zoomed in and got a pretty good picture.
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Had a relaxing afternoon.
Read and did a crossword puzzle. 
Haven't done one of those in quite a while.

The bread machine is making pizza dough
and I just now hear the beep saying it's done.
Ken will be making the pizza.
We are having tomatoes from the garden and fresh basil on it.
Yummy!
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 A happy day to you.
happyone  🎈

When you open your heart to giving, angels fly to your door.
~ Unknown

Comment replies:
Thanks for the prayers and concerns for my mom.  I believe she is in God's hands and he will take her Home when HE is ready.

Jan - Thanks for the Link for the walnuts. 

Tricia - Yes, The Cornucopia is behind Penn Alps.  I had the tuna melt and tomato soup. It is a bit pricey but really nice. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Good Fences and Lunch Out

I'm linking up today with Good Fences.
Not a fence today, but I'm thinking a railing is a fence for stairs. 😊
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 A misty 55 degrees this morning on my walk.
Since it wasn't all that warm I wore my rain pants and yellow slicker.
No kind of a route today at all.  Walked all over in a crazy pattern of streets.
I don't think I could repeat it if I tried!!
 Started out with a mist, kind of cleared up and then rained again.

The guy that I see sometimes was out running around the ball park loop.
He runs around it 5 times.
Once in a while I see a woman walking who whenever she sees me
turns and goes another way.  She was walking today, and again she went another way.  
I did wave and say good morning to her.  She must be very shy but I'm hoping one of these days she'll pass by and say hi.  

Walked 6.2 miles.
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Home in the morning.
We went out just before lunch and stopped at the library
to pick up a book that was on hold for me.
Had to go to the post office to mail off a couple things.

We've been meaning to try a new cafe over in Grantsville.
Well it's not new anymore, its been open for a year.
Anyway we decided to go there for lunch today.
We were pleasantly surprised with how nice it all was
and the food was very good too.
The Cornucopia Cafe
We sat in the back by large windows overlooking a nice grassy area 
and farther down you could see the river.
There are tables out on the deck out back and I look forward to 
going back on a day where we can sit outside.
There is a B & B next door and down behind that a lovely shop
that we looked around in.
There are three floors and I gave Ken a few ideas on some Christmas presents. 
It's one of those shops that you see all kinds of things that you
would love to have but don't need.
Today he bought me a pair of earrings.
The porch of the shop was decorated for fall and looked so pretty.


There was also a gourmet shop and an old cottage that looked like was being
fixed up to use I'm thinking for another shop of some kind.
The other little shop that caught my eye was an ice cream one.
Didn't by any ice cream  (Too full after lunch)
but I loved the sign that hung on a building pointing the way to the shop.
Sometimes these unplanned little outings are so nice and this was one of them.
When I got back home I made some Zucchini Bread.
 Yes, with zucchini out of my garden.
Off to fold some laundry and then it will be supper time.
Had to hang clothes inside today, it's been periods of on and off rain,
some quite heavy at times.


A happy day to you.
happyone  🎈

"Things of the spirit differ from things material in that
the more you give the more you have."
~ Christopher Morley

Comment replies:
A few people mentioned the old house in yesterdays post.
I've heard but not sure if it is true, that a woman who is in a nursing home owns it and and refuses to let the family sell it. 
Robin - No, haven't looked in the windows.  Doesn't seem to be a window that I can look in.  Most are too high up and the lower ones are blocked.  I don't want to walk on the porch because it doesn't seem safe.
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Most of you know that my step-dad died in June.
Today is his birthday,  he would have been 86.

My mom had another fall the other day.  
They thought she broke her tail bone.
She didn't break that bone but some other small bone in that area
on the same side as her broken hip and leg last year.
So now she can't walk for 6 weeks and is not doing very well.
  My prayer for her now is that she goes home to heaven some night
peacefully in her sleep.
It is what she wants.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A cool morning

Farmer Marvin moving logs
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The chillest morning so far this autumn, 40 degrees when I started out walking.
Once the sun rose it was sunny but later clouded up.

Went first to the laundromat and then the post office to take down
the church event fliers that I had put up a couple of weeks ago.

Then continued my walk all over town, no special route today.
 Took this walking up Sale Barn Rd.
  There are a couple of old houses on the main road in town
slowing going back to nature.
This one now has bushes starting to grow inside the window.
 Didn't see any people about today.
One little rabbit was at the cemetery.
Pretty quiet around town.
Walked 6.5 miles.
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Home for part of the morning and then we went out to get a few errands done.
Had some lunch while we were out too.

In the afternoon Ken went up to Happy Trails and I had to stay home and get some things done around the house.

I put some Hot Italian sausages in the slow cooker this morning.
Then for supper I cooked up the bell peppers from our garden
with a couple of onions.  Then added the sausages for just a few minutes
to get them browned and that was our supper.
Ken's dad used to make this for me because it is one of my favorite
meals and I always think of him when we make it.  : )

A happy day to you.
happyone  🎈
"Everyone thinks of changing the world,
but no one thinks of changing himself."
~ Leo Nikalaevich Tolstoy

Comment replies:
Lisa - Actually what you thought was a 'corn field' is cattails around the little town pond with mist on top of the water.  : ) 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Truck

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44 degrees and some low hanging clouds around this morning when I walked.
Today was a short walk of only 3.5 miles and I walked around town.
Didn't see anyone else out walking.
A V of geese flew over head.
 A couple more pictures from my walk.

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We left for a special event at church and left right after breakfast.
That was over at 12:45 and we headed over to the bowling alley
after that for our Tuesday bowling.
There were seven of us today.
Pretty good bowing day for me.
154, 152 and 130.

Not much time for blogging today so this is a short post.
Told you I'd post a picture of the new truck yesterday.
Here it is.
A happy day to you.
happyone 🎈

Monday, September 26, 2016

Quilt Barn (4)

The Quilt Barn picture for this Monday is on a barn we pass on the way to church.
It is on the barn of Bev and Taylor "Mark" Sines.
The square is a multicolored
Variation Star done in red, yellow, and black. 


I'm linking up with Tom on his 
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It was 55 degrees this morning and as usual dark.  It was a sunny morning
once the sun came up.
Walked around town today in a route I've named the Perimeter Route.

Kathy was out walking today after not seeing her for over a week and we stopped for a little chat.  Nice to know that she was down by the shore visiting her son and that she wasn't sick or anything. 

Farmer Marvin drove by in his truck and stopped to say hi.  I told him about the goats and he laughed.  When I said I wasn't sure how to act around goats, 
he laughed and said, 
"I don't think anyone knows how to act around them."  
I learned from him that the dairy farm is owned by the Benders.
I've met most of the other farmers around town but not him.

Didn't see any animals around today and it was nice not to have the goats
with me today.  😊

Walked 6.3 miles
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Ken and I went to look at new trucks today.
I should have known that when we said look we actually meant buy
because we will have a new truck later today if all goes well. 
A very good sale was going on and we got a great price for
our blue truck which we traded in.  🚘
We are leaving in a little while to go pick it up.
I'll post pictures tomorrow.

A happy day to you.
happyone  🎈

"The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing
hidden underground, secretly making the ground green."
~ Thomas Carlyle

Comment Replies:
John asked me what I would do about the goats next time.
When I approach the dairy farm, if I see the goats out in the road, I'll turn around and go back the other way!! : )

Melanie - Yes, you just put the ingredients on top of each other, no mixing.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

We Matter To God


We Matter To God


As we come before you, Lord,
And worship at your feet,
You pour out your blessings upon us
And meet us in our need

Whatever we are facing,
We can leave it with you, Lord,
And walk away with confidence
Knowing you will bear it all

For you are God almighty,
Our God in whom we trust
To unload us of our burdens
And shower us with love

Lord, you are so wonderful
To care about our lives,
Each small, insignificant detail,
Each tear that we cry

For everything about us, Lord,
Is so important to you,
You want to be involved in our lives
In everything we do

So I can't help but praise you
For the loving God you are
You care so much for every soul
And you're never very far

That we cannot touch your heart
Every time we come to pray
And we can come into your presence,
Each and every day.


A blessed Sunday to you.
Jesus loves you.
happyone 🎈

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday's Critters and an easy delicious dessert

A rabbit I saw on a morning walk.
Linking up with Eileen today for her Saturday's Critters.
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58 degrees this morning and sunny.
After yesterday and the goats I decided not to walk the Farm Loop 
but stayed around town today.

Started out walking the roads behind my house, then through town,
down toward HT and then back to town and around the ball park loop.

A couple of yard sale getting set up but I didn't even stop to look.
Don't need anything and didn't want to spot anything that I THOUGHT I  needed.
I think maybe something might be happening with the empty bakery shop
in town.  🍩  🍞 It's been cleaned up a bit.  Windows washed and I peeked inside the window and display cases were set up and a light was on in the back.
No one else out walking this early Saturday morning.
As always I enjoyed my morning walk.
Walked 6.2 miles

Sunrise 7:07
Sunset 7:10

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Another day for Ken up at Happy Trails but I stayed home and did some things around the house.  One was to make a delicious dessert in the slow cooker.  I use my slow cooker often but have never before made a dessert with it.
My friend Bettye makes this often and gave me the recipe.  
This is so easy that it is not much of a recipe.
All you need is
A slow cooker
2 cans pie filling
1 box cake mix
1 stick melted butter
Put the pie filling in cooker
Add cake mix
Pour melted butter over top
 Cook on high 3 to 4 hours
Low for 5 to 6 hours

Serve warm or cooled and what a treat with ice cream.

You can add any type pie filling and cake mix.
I picked cherry pie filling and chocolate cake for this one.
Next time I'm going to try apple pie filling with  yellow cake.
The choices are many.

With these warmer than usual temperatures the garden has continued to produce.
I didn't think we would get any tomatoes at all this year but now we are getting some.
They are small but still good.
The bell peppers have finally started producing too 
as well as the eggplant.
Here's what I harvested out of the garden this morning.
Love the colors.

A happy day to you.
happyone  🎈
"How beautiful a day can be
when kindness touches it."
~ George Elliston

Friday, September 23, 2016

A most unusal walk

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 55 degrees this morning and sunny when the sun came over the mountain.

A most unusual walk this morning.  
In all my 20 some years of taking a morning walk this has never happened to me before.
I was walking around the Farm Loop and when I got to the dairy farm
those crazy goats were in front of their house on the side of the road.
I've walked by them many times and they have always stayed by the house.
Today they came over by me. I wasn't sure what to expect but they didn't do anything.
I said hi and told them to get back off the road.
Of course they didn't listen and as I took off walking
they started following me down the road.
Thought they would just walk up the hill with me and then turn around and go home,
but they didn't.  They kept following me.  
I tried turning around a few times to get them headed back home
but wherever I went they went.
After two miles I was at Farmer Bill's house and rang the bell. I'm sure he knows the people at the dairy farm and thought he could call them.
But he didn't come to the door.
The goats walked right up to the door with me up onto the porch.
Leaving Farmer Bill the goats stopped for a bit to eat some of
the rhododendron growing by his porch.
When the goats realized I had moved on they came trotting after me.
I was afraid they would follow me up to the main road and then get hit by a car,
so I turned around and headed back to the dairy farm.
I was getting a bit tired of them following me by this time so I called Ken
and he came and picked me up.  The goats were turned in the right direction then
and were headed for home.

I didn't finish my walk but just went home with Ken.
I ended up just walking 3.5 miles.
Still better than nothing.
It was a most unusual walk.
Sunrise 7:06
Sunset 7:12
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I got more exercise though because I went up to Happy Trails with Ken
and we got some work done up there.
The rug remnant that we bought the other day we put down in the area where the bed will be.  The end there with the openings are more storage and will have sliding doors. 
We also got flat stones and Ken laid them out in a pattern.
They will go up on the wall in the corner there where the pinkish color wood is.
And that is where we will put propane stove which will heat the cabin.
We also cut down some trees and figured out where we are going to put the out house.
It will out this way off the end of the front deck in the woods.
There will be a bridge out about 20 feet to a platform with the out house will be.
Probably won't get to that though till next year.
We got back home about mid afternoon.
I made a salad to bring to our friends house where we met for dinner
and to play Mexican Train.  Someone else made lasagna and another made
chocolate cake for dessert.
There were nine of us and we had a fun time playing, eating, and talking.

So that brings the day to an end.
It's been a busy day and
I'm ready for some sleep.

Pleasant dreams.
happyone : )
"We often take for granted the very things
that most deserve our gratitude."
~ Cynthia Ozick

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Good Fences and Happy Fall

This is the lane that leads to our driveway up at Happy Trails.
Happy Trails is all along the right side of the lane.
Linking up with Good Fences.
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 This morning the temperature was 55 degrees and eventually sunny.

Walked one of my routes partly in town, around both cemeteries, behind my house,
down toward Happy Trails and up Sale Barn Rd.  Haven't come up with a route name for it.  Maybe the All Around Route.

Another very quiet walk and didn't see any people.  Haven't seen Kathy for a week now.  Hope all is well with her.  She is pretty faithful in her walking.  Maybe she is enjoy a holiday somewhere. 

Saw a few rabbits and all those birds are still hanging around by the town pond putting on a concert for me every morning.  🐦

Walked 6.3 miles
Sunrise 7:05
Sunset 7:13
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Happy Fall
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It was Fingerprint Ministry at church today we we left right after breakfast.
12 of us were there today and we planned to work until 2:00
but we ran out of covers so we were done by lunchtime.
Had lunch there at the church.

Did our food shopping at Walmart before coming home.

I noticed the birds, chipmunks and squirrels had eaten up all the seed out back
so went and filled the bird feeders.
 
With all the cone flowers dying now as well as all the sunflowers all over
the yard the gold finches are having a great feast in our yard.
We sit at the table eating supper by the window and watch the birds come and eat
cone flower seeds right beside us on the other side of the window. 
Then they fly around back and take a drink and bath in the water feature.
Really enjoy watching them.
 
 A happy day to you.
happyone 🎈

"No one is more cherished in this world
than someonewho lightens the burden of another.  Thank You."
Unknown
Comment replies:
Vee - No, no one has been rude to me lately.  Just have come across some good manner quotes.  I guess we can all use a little reminder once in a while.  I'm moving on to other subjects now.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday

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Woke up a bit early today and was outside walking at 6:15.
It was 52 degrees and dark.  Walked around town to stay under the street lights.
Then when it lighted up a bit I walked up Sale Barn Rd a ways and then down
toward Happy Trails.  Back to town and around the cemeteries and the ball park loop.

No color to the sunrise this morning but it was nice to see it come over the mountain.
 Spotted these two spider webs.

Didn't see anyone else out walking and it was pretty quiet all over town.
But still any morning that starts with a walk is a good one. 😊
Walked 6.4 miles
Sunrise 7:04
Sunset 7:15
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I stayed home this morning and got some laundry done and a couple of other things while Ken went up to Happy Trails.
He was home for lunch and then we went out to do a few errands.
Picked up a rug remnant and some vinyl flooring cheap from a flooring store.
When we use it I'll post about it.
An interesting use for the vinyl flooring I heard about from a friend.

Well that's about it for today.

A happy day to you.
happyone  🎈

"Your life may be the only Bible some people read"
Take the time to go HERE and read the story. 

Comment replies:
Henny - the squares are made on a 4 inch loom called a weave-it.  You can see and read about them on this POST.  You can also scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link Weave-its to learn more about it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Foggy Morning. Red Barns?

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This morning it was foggy and 58 degrees.

Had planned on  walking the Farm Loop but with the fog didn't want to walk up the road to the school.  Afraid the cars wouldn't see me.

I started out walking over to public works and paid the water bill.  There is a slot to drop it off.  Then continued walking around town.

Stopped to say hi to a few cows along the way.
Walked around both cemeteries and the ball park loop.
 Didn't see anyone else out walking and even if they were out there,
I'd not be able to see them because of the fog.  😊
The fog was so thick that my hair was wet like I'd just stepped out of the shower. 
In this picture of the town pond you can see the sun was trying get through the fog.  It was foggy during my whole walk,
but the sun did eventually come out and we had a nice sunny day.
Walked 6.3 miles
Sunrise 7:03
Sunset 7:17
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Another Tuesday another bowling day. 
🎳
Before leaving for bowling I put the ingredients in the slow cooker
for Mexican Meatloaf so didn't have to worry about supper when we got home.
We left a little early to do a couple of errands.
There were seven of us bowling today.
Had fun but didn't bowl very good, didn't make my average on any of the three games.
 A few people stayed to play another game but Ken and I left.

Had to get home to mow the lawn.
I mowed and Ken weed whacked.

Then is was finally supper time.
Made some mashed potatoes
and we had zucchini from the garden to go along with the meatloaf.

I've been working on some more weave-it squares for the next baby blanket.
Here's what I have done so far.  Don't have a pattern for the colors in mind yet
because I'm using up odd pieces of yarn, so just lay them out as I make them.
The blank spots around the age are going to be purple.  I have the most of that color.
I'm sure the colors will get changed around some more before I sew them all up.
The usual evening at home tonight.
Reading
Knitting or more squares
Netflix
and Ice Cream.

 A happy day to you.
happyone 🎈

"Treat everyone with politeness,
even those who are rude to you,
not because they are nice,
but because you are."
~ Unknown
Comment replies:
Jedidja asked yesterday if I knew why barns are usually red.  I didn't know, so I did a little research and this is what I discovered.  Pretty interesting I thought.

Back in the day there were not many choices of paint colors or sealers to use.  
Farmers would seal the wood on the barns with linseed oil, which has an orange looking color from the seeds of the flax plant.  
To the oil they would add things like milk and lime but also rust.  
There was plenty of rust on farms and because it killed moss or fungus that might grow on their barns they mixed that in. 
 It also acted as a sealant.  
It turned the mixture red.  
When paint became more readily available most 
people kept to the red paint in honor of tradition.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Barn Collective

Quilt Barn Number 3
 This barn was built in 1951 and is owned now by Frank France.
At the time it was the George Browning Farm.
The property was also the DeWitt Farm at one time.

It is said that the site at one time was the home of a Native American camp
 near the Youghiogheny  River 
and this quilt bock design was to commemorate this.
I'm linking up with Tom for the Barn Collective.
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Woke up to the sound of rain.
It was 62 degrees and too warm to wear my raincoat but did take along my umbrella this morning on my walk.  I got to hear one of my sounds - rain on my umbrella.
 It only rained for about a mile and then it was just cloudy.

Walked the hill behind my house and then through to the other side of town.
A couple of men have started work on taking down an ad on the billboard.
Maybe tomorrow I'll get to look at a new one.
Walked around both cemeteries and the ball park loop too.
Didn't see anyone else out walking this morning.

Walked 6.2 miles

Sunrise 7:03
Sunset 7:18
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The dining dining room got a good cleaning today.  I usually start with the bathroom and bedroom down the other side of the house.  Then by the time I get to the dining room my cleaning mood as faded somewhat and the dining room gets a quick cleaning.
Today I even washed the dining room windows.

Sat on the front porch for a little while
Read
Made a few weave-it squares
And in a little while we are going to Brenda's for pizza.
I think maybe since it is after Labor Day the pizza may be back to being half price on Mondays.  Anyway we're going to get some even if it is not half price.  😊

A happy day to you.
happyone 🎈

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."
~ Eric Hoffer