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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Monday, February 20, 2017

Barn Collective and Happy Trails

Linking up with Tom today for his Barn Collective series.
Here's another one of the Quilt Barns in Garrett County where I live.
This square is called Blazing Star.
The barn is owned by Dorla Mazer and was built in 1980 for her children's
horses and is located on Bittinger Road in Grantsville, Md.
The quilt square was donated by Laura Smith in honor of her
friend Susan Emmet when she graduated from medical school.
Quilt Barn # 22

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This morning I walked around the Farm Loop.  The temperature was 44 degrees,
cloudy, with a slight breeze.
When I got to the school instead of turning left back to town I took a 
right and went up here a ways before turning around and going back to town.
 Isn't this an interesting looking fence.
A short loop around town and then home.
No one else out this morning that I saw.
I spotted these little yellow flowers in a yard.  Seems way too early to be
seeing flowers but is sure is nice.  Maybe spring is arriving early this year.
But who knows it may be snowing again next week!
I walked 6.2 miles
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The sun came out and with it the temperatures started rising and got
so nice that I hung my sheets out on the line to dry.
As I was out there hanging up the clothes I looked up and saw 6 geese
fly over.  They looked so pretty against the bright blue sky flying over
the green pine trees.  Wish I had my camera.

Spent the morning doing some house work and then after lunch we went up to Happy Trails and what perfect weather for being up there.
In the 60's and sunny!!  We kept saying I can't believe it's February. 

We didn't really do any work but just walked around checking things out.

 On one of those windy days part of the roof on the cabin up on the right ripped and blew down. It never got nailed down on the end.  One of those things that Ken had to go back and do and never got around to it before winter.  It's just a little piece and won't be hard to fix.

Picked up lots of branches and little trees that fell down and stacked them on the natural fence.  It's a never ending job.


We followed some of the trails and cleaned up trees and branches from there too.

Walking off a trail we came across this tree that split and came down.

 Sure was nice getting back up to Happy Trails and hopefully we will be
going back tomorrow - if it isn't snowing by then. ๐Ÿ˜Š

So that's been my Monday.
It's been a good one.
Life is Good.
A happy day to you.
happyone ๐ŸŽˆ

"Do not spoil what you have
by desiring what you have not."
~Ann Brashares
Comment Replies:
BettyC - Wow they are some expensive puzzles.  The latest one we did had a Walmart price tag on it of $2.95 cents.  All the puzzles we have done this winter are from that one pile of them that Ken got at the auction for a couple of dollars.


  1. That barn quilt is absolutely beautiful! The blue is so pretty! Thank you for sharing it with us, Karen.

    YAY! Back up to Happy Trails! Wasn't it wonderful to be out walking around and enjoying the sunshine today? I loved it.

    Have a wonderful evening, my friend.

  2. Loved that barn quilt and the rock fence. The barn seemed a lot older than 1980. Thanks for taking up on your walkabout.

  3. It sure looks like spring with the greening grass and the flowers blooming. That downed tree split most interestingly. Speaking of interesting, yes, the fence is.

  4. I think barn quilts are so interesting. Happy Trails is such a nice place. We're having beautiful weather here, too.

  5. I love the scenery around that barn and the barn itself is beautiful...and the quilt square. Happy Trails is looking really good. I was telling my husband about your natural fence. Wish we had done that with all the brush and limbs we've picked up and burned since 1989. We could have had a nice fence around the entire property!:)

  6. The weather is very nice here too, but I keep holding my breath, waiting for the next storm to come. Hope I'm wrong. Happy Trails looks like a perfect little hide-away.

  7. Looks like a good day for sure. Love the barn with the quilt! Glad you had a enjoyable walk in good weather today. Blessings.

  8. Oh, lots of interesting things tonight! Love that quilt block. Hard to believe Aconites in bloom in Feb! Here it will be April. And nice to see Happy Trails again. Great little cabin in the woods!

  9. ...the blazing star sure makes a bold statement on this barn. You surely pack a lot into your day! thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again.

  10. Happy Trails is looking very happy even with a little wind damage.
    It's lovely when you spot some unexpected flowers when your out and about.
    We could do with some barn quilts here in the UK. I wonder if it will ever catch on over here.
    We too have had some unseasonally warm days. Makes a welcome change from all the cold wet and windy ones.
    Have a great Tuesday :)

  11. Hello, love shots from your walk. The views are fabulous. I love the quilt barn. It is nice to see Happy Trails again, it has been awhile. Great quote. Have a great day!

  12. Hi Karen, what a fabulous barn quilt today. The colours are so vivid.
    Wow, to see flowers blooming already! I am sure even here some crocuses are up.
    Happy Trails looks great. Glad you were able to spend some time there.
    Have a good day!

  13. Happy Trails is SO cute! I think I'd want to live there!

  14. I love the license plates on the cabin!!! Love you, Pam

  15. Certainly pops next to the old red paint

  16. Those barn quilt are amazing. What fun it must be to track them all down. I'm glad that Happy Trails didn't have much damage from the wind. Love the license plates. It does seem so unusual for you to be having that warm weather right now. I hope the yellow flowers survive for awhile before the next snow comes! Have a great day.

  17. Lovely to see your photo's ... that barn quilt is colourful.
    That is an unusual looking fence.

    Glad you got up to Happy Trails

    All the best Jan

  18. What a very cool barn...photo #2 is amazing! Your Happy Trails looks like a wonderful place...love the seclusion!


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