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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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make His face shine upon thee,
and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee,
and give thee peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

I read this Prayer for the the New Year on Ellen's Blog and
liked it so much I'm posting it here too.

A New Year's Prayer
May God make your year a happy one!

Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,

But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;

Not by making your path easy,

But by making you sturdy to travel any path;

Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;

Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,

But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;

Not by making your life always pleasant,

But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,

and by making you anxious to be there to help.

God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.

 Happy New Year to you all.
happyone 🎈

This month on my walks the coins I found added up 62 cents. 
A quarter, 3 dimes, 1 nickel, and 2 pennies.

For the year 2016 I found a total of $3.81 and is the least amount I've found in a year.
The most coins I found was in 2008 when I found $20.43.
I started saving the coins I found on my walks back in 1997.
My banks hold a total of $243.35.

I keep track of the steps I take on a site called WalkerTracker and this year I have taken 5,431,045 steps.  That includes steps taking all day long NOT just on my walks.
That comes out to about 2,716 miles which averages about 7.5 miles per day.
Maybe I can beat that this year.


  1. I've always liked those words from Numbers 6: 24-26

    That photograph is magnificent, the colours very special.

    Interesting facts about your coins and steps - see how they compare this year!
    Sending you and yours good wishes for 2017

    All the best Jan

  2. Hi Karen - I love how you keep track of your steps and the money you find. I have the walker tracker app on my phone so I will have to keep track of my steps and miles walked this year. I have been keeping track since October and I walked over 500 miles since Oct. 3. I hope 2017 is an awesome year for you!

  3. Loved the poem and very interesting that you have kept track of all the coins found. It pays to walk! Have a great day and a wonderful 2017. I just closed my own blog but will be setting up a new one very soon.

  4. Hi Karen, thanks for sharing the poem. The photo is beautiful too!
    You have done well with the money you have found over the years. Isn't it remarkable how far we walk everyday?
    Have another wonderful year!

  5. Hello, I wish you all the best in 2017, Happy New Year!

  6. Happy New Year. I really am surprised at how many coins you find on your walks. Love those verses from Numbers...

  7. Very neat to hear how much money you've collected and how many steps you've taken!! May you be blessed with a very wonderful 2017.

  8. Wishing you many blessings for the New Year.

  9. You and my wife must be sisters, she aways finds coin that folks have dropped and never picked up.

  10. Beautiful sunset! And a very nice prayer; certainly suits my life!

  11. Happy healthy new year wishes to you!
    I really enjoy these virtual walks with you and was really interested in learning how much money you've found and total number of steps you walked!

  12. I love how you keep track of steps and coins! What fun to look back and see what you have accomplished in doing that. I love the New Year's poem. Thank you for sharing it with us. Have a blessed day.

  13. You know, I was wondering if you had kept all the coins you found while walking. That is amazing. Just shows what can happen when you stick to anything. I've always been one who starts things and then fizzles out and I hate that about myself. Happy New Year! and thanks for all your encouraging words.

  14. Over 5 million steps....WOW!!! I don't think I've ever found any money on my walks, but I don't walk as far as you and it's only here in our subdivision. Happy New Year to you....HOPE 2017 is full of lots of blessings.

  15. Oh wow, so much money you have found out on you walks, pennies from Heaven!
    Have a wonderful New Year Happyone, filled with joy and happiness and plenty of good health :)


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