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, November 16, 2016


Red Berries
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41 degrees when I headed out the door on my morning walk at 6:40.
A cloudy morning with no wind.

Walked up the couple of roads behind my house and then headed
over to the ball park loop, through town, around both cemeteries and
down by the Drane house.
 Back through and around town.

Kathy was out walking plus the 'turn around lady' and two other women
who I've not seen before.  If they keep walking I'll probably know them soon.

Walked 6.2 miles
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A little more about the Drane House.
When I walked down there this morning I took a couple of pictures.
Sorry for the quality of the pictures but I took them through the windows,
which were dirty and very reflective, but you can get an idea of what it is like inside.
I took this one from the back window.  Window you see in the picture
is to the right of the front door.
The fire place is on the left.
 This room is on to the left of the front door and I took the picture
from the side window.
This from a front window and is the stairs which leads up to two bedrooms.
One on each side of the stairs.
I've been in the Drane House quite a few times and in fact they
have a cookie sale in December in the house.
Tables are set up in the room by the fireplace and LOTS of cookies
are set out for sale.
This year the sale is Dec 3 and today I baked some Welsh Cookies
for the sale.  I baked 2 dozen and have 3 more dozen to bake.
A LOT of people from town bake all the cookies, each person bakes 5 dozen.
The sale is from 9 to 2 but they are usually sold out by 11:00.
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Ken went up to Happy Trails and I stayed home getting
things done around the house.
It's been a cloudy day with just a few periods of sunshine.
No rain in the forecast so I did a couple loads of laundry.

That's it for today.
A happy day to you.
happyone ๐ŸŽˆ

"Ironically, rural America has become viewed by a growing
number of Americans as having a higher quality of life
not because of what it has,
but rather because of what it does not have.
~ Don A Dillman


  1. The house is very intriguing. Of course, I have lots of questions! Why the name, who owns it, why is it empty? If you covered this before, would you link to that post? I'm hoping someday turnaround lady will shed her cloak of solitude and just give you (us? I feel like I'm there sometimes) a big ole "HI!"

  2. The Drane house is a great window into the past, I enjoy looking at the pioneer homes but imagine that life must have been very hard.


  3. I'm sure it makes for a perfect venue for the cookie sale at Christmas, all decorated for the season!
    Those pretty red berries make me think of Christmas too!
    Best wishes!

  4. Hi Karen, thanks for sharing your photos of the interior of the Drane House. It looks very interesting. I forgot you have your cookie sale there every December.
    You and I had a very similar day. Chuck did his morning at work today while I stayed home and did things around the house. Then I baked cookies!
    Great quote! That is why we live in a small town.
    Have a good evening.

  5. Im still liking it!
    Something about the dirty window pictures that add to the nature.

  6. Wow...what a cool old house just filled with history. I love places like this!

  7. Nice shot of the red berries with the stone wall. The Drane house looks like a neat place to visit. It reminds me a bit of one of the old houses at the Athens, Missouri historic site I visited last year. Sounds like the cookie sale would definitely be the best time to stop by!

  8. loved the first photo but you do not need to be sorry about photos of drane house as they look magical

  9. i just loved the quote at the end .i truly adore it

  10. Hello, love the berries and the views inside the house. The cookies sale sounds like a great fund raiser. Great quote! Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  11. Do people come from far and wide for the cookie sale or are you mostly trading cookies? What or who benefits from the sale? The home itself?

    Wonderful red berries against the rock wall.

  12. The red berries are beautiful. The Drane house looks like a place I could live.

  13. Hi Karen!
    I'd love it if you'd do a post about when you started walking regularly and what spurred you to do so. You have probably done this but I would like to know. Thank you, friend!

  14. Thanks for a peek into this house. The cookie sale must be something else! Have a great day.

  15. Hi There, Love seeing the old house. How interesting... The red berries are on a tree named Mountain Ash. We only see them on higher elevation-areas.... Recently we saw them in the Smokies (near Clingman's Dome).... LOVE those berries.


  16. Those red berries look great.

    I do like seeing inside the Drane house, thanks for taking the photo's and sharing them.

    All the best Jan

  17. I would love to visit this place. BTW, I like the top shot, too...


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