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, October 12, 2016

Tree with thorns

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40 degrees this morning, dark at first and it was nice to finally see the sun.

Walked around town by the street lights when it was really dark 
and then headed up Sale Barn Road once the sky got that morning glow.

The sun was just starting to shine on the mountain but I was up here a bit
too early to really see it at its best.
It is quite a trek up the road and today I walked all the way to the top.
Walked to where you can see the end of the road.
Don't go around that last bend up there because 2 mean dogs live
around the bend and sometimes they are running free.
Also walked down toward HT before turning around and getting back to town.
Continued around one of the cemeteries before heading home.
No people around this morning.
Just waved to the usual people who wave to me as they drive past me.

Walked 6 miles
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Ken headed up to Happy Trails after breakfast and I stayed home 
to get my house chores done. 

He came home for lunch and after lunch I went back up to HT with him
to continue cutting back the brush and trees along the lane on the edge of
HT leading to the driveway.

There are some trees up at HT with some pretty big thorns on them.
Ken cut one down today and here is a branch showing the thorns.
Does anyone know that kind of tree this is?
 After supper we headed out to Walmart to get our shopping done.
Stopped to pick up some more bird seed too at Tractor Supply.

A happy day to you.
happyone  ๐ŸŽˆ

"You're only given a little madness.
You mustn't lose it."
~ Robin Williams
Comment replies:
Kim - yes, they are just like red velvet cake.  I've found iHop's recipe on line and will try making them myself one of these days.

Felicia - No, I live in Maryland but in the most northern, western part of the state in Garrett County that you can get and still be in MD.


  1. I have to say that I don't know what that tree is.

  2. No idea about the tree but those thorns look menacing. I admire you to get up when it' chilly and dark to walk. Have a good evening.

  3. I don't know what the tree is, but it looks interesting. Thorns like blackberry bushes.

  4. "You're only given a little madness.
    You mustn't lose it."
    ~ Robin Williams

    Charles Manson got an overdose

  5. I wonder if it's a Honey Locust, but I don't know if it would grow down there.

  6. What a wonderful sky. So sad that you can't go further on your walk because of the dogs. I own dogs but can still feel very frightened by some and I too would have not gone any further.
    Sorry I haven't been online so much lately so many things to do, washing, ironing, cooking, the list goes on! Have a wonderful week :)x

  7. That was a lovely sky to see. Each season has its own special moments.
    I've encountered a few mean dogs too so I would avoid that part of the road too.

  8. They are very big thorns, ouch! What a shame that the dogs are left to run around and frighten people, I'm glad it didn't spoil your walk xx

  9. I continue to enjoy the pictures you take on your walks. Today I'm starting week #4 of a daily walk. I only go about 1/3 of your usual walk, but I'm already feeling the benefits ... it just improves my overall outlook. I hope I can keep going through the winter! One thing I learned from you is that I should use a little device to keep track of how far I'm walking and how long it takes. For anyone considering this kind of activity, that is a great motivator!

  10. Nice walk. Love the second picture, with the rolling lane.

    I've seen shrubbry/trees like that though I'm not sure what they are called. Do you have and extension service nearby?

    Have a great day!


  11. I have no idea what kind of tree that is. Very lethal looking thorns!
    Good plan to avoid walking where there are mean dogs. We have experienced that too.

  12. I'll be interested to see if you try the red velvet pancakes and how they compare.
    I'm not able to help you identify the tree either. They look like the thorns on a rose bush. I've never seen a tree with thorns like that.

  13. I'm wondering if the tree is a Hawthorn. Does it put out fruit? The extension agent or master gardeners in your county would definitely know.

  14. Such lovely photo's again and the sky in your first one is a gorgeous colour.

    All the best Jan

  15. Oh, that first pic is gorgeous! Please stay safe walking in the dark. (Sorry, but I'm an old mother hen...LOL)


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