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 27, 2017

Barn Collective

Linking up with Tom again this Monday for his Barn Collective series.
This barn is just up the road from the school I walk past on the Farm Loop.
I usually turn by the school but walked passed the turn and found this barn.
Took the pictures last week sometime.
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This morning it was 25 degrees and cloudy when I walked but 
very still, no breeze at all.
Walked the Town Route.

Was passing by one of the child care places in town and stopped
to talk to the two women who run it, Carol and Caroline.
They were just getting there to open it up.
If I had little kids and needed day care this is the place I would choose.
I've walked by when the kids were outside playing and the women
were having just as much fun as the kids. 
When I see parents drop off kids they seem happy to be going there.
I like how even on snowy days, they bundled up the kids
and let them play outside in the snow.
Just seems like a happy place to be.


I smelled these piles of manure before I saw them.
Pretty ripe.
Farmer Marvin is getting ready to spread it around his fields.

 Walked 6.2 miles
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Thanks for all the good luck wishes for my chili
but my chili did NOT win.
Still it was fun having a taste of them all.
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It warmed up a bit so I hung my sheets out on the line.
I wouldn't have hung them out because it was cloudy but a good breeze
picked up and they did get dry before it started to rain.

Went with Kenny to Lowe's to keep him company while he
picked out some lumber (church project) and then he dropped me off home.

Got the weeks house work started - vacuumed and dusted.

We went to Brenda's for supper but didn't get the half price pizza today.
We shared a salad and I got a Cheese Calzone.  It was pretty big
and I just ate half and took the other half home.

And now for our usual evening at home.

Well I do have to do Body Electric yet which I have to make myself do.
I hate doing it but afterward I feel good that I did it.
A happy day to you.
happyone ๐ŸŽˆ

 "The happiest people don't worry too much about whether life is fair or not,
they just get on with it."
~ Andrew Matthews


  1. The barns are very neat....the piles...not so much! heehee! Glad you got to walk today. The weather's been crazy this week! Enjoy your evening! Hugs, Diane

  2. I like the weathered wood with the red colors on the barn buildings. I love to hang clothes on the line. Nothing like that fresh smell!

  3. That is one big manure pile! I can only imagine the smell :).
    Sorry to hear that your chili wasn't the winner although I am out of the loop on your previous post. I took an extended blog break, but now I'm back at it.
    I'm glad to know that you sometimes have to force yourself to exercise. I feel that way often. Like you, I always feel great afterwards.

  4. Oh you may have to get used to that smell for a while. p.u. I know that we endure for about four days after a field is spread. No one will be spreading anything for some time yet here. Your weather seems to be all over the place...a little like here. We're going back to the more typical weather for the season.

  5. Oh, hate that smell! But the quote is wise. We should not expect life to be fair.

  6. I sure like the pop of red on these barns. They say the riper the smell of manure, the better it is. Thanks for stopping by,please stop again.

  7. I grew up with a barnyard smell (our neighbor plowed his fields with a mule), so I am OK with it. Love the barns with their red panels!

  8. Hi Karen, another great barn!
    How wonderful your town has such a lovely day care centre. I know great day care is like gold!
    We noticed many manure pikes on our drive out in the country last week. Time of year I guess!
    Sounds like you had a yummy supper.
    Have a good day!

  9. The smell of manure can evoke many memories of happy times in the country.
    Have a great Tuesday :)

  10. Hello, great barn find. The manure smells are not good, I can smell it inside my car sometimes. The daycare sounds nice, glad the kiddies have fun. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day.

  11. I love the little patches of red on those barns. It's sort of like the farmer couldn't make up his mind... red? maybe unpainted? maybe... oh what the heck!

  12. Interesting barns that you shared this week. Thanks for walking a bit more and taking the pictures.

    I loved reading about the child care center. If the women who run it are having as much fun as the children when they are outside you know it has to be a fun place for the children to spend their days.

    Sorry your chili didn't win, but glad you enjoyed all of the samplings.

    We like calzones also. Is Brenda's very far from your home?

    Enjoyed my visit here with you, Karen...as always.

  13. I do like calzones. I make a note of any place that makes good ones. I could almost smell the manure field as I saw your photo. Brings back memories of my aunt and uncle's farm in upstate NY. Sorry your chili didn't win. It was probably very, very good. Have a great day.

  14. Those barns are interesting I wonder if they intend to paint them all red?
    It makes all the difference if the childcare workers enjoy the children!
    The ground here is too soggy for the farmers to put out the manure but it won't be long until that unmistakable aroma fills the air!

  15. Everytime I see manure I always think Back to the Future

  16. Lovely photographs - even the one of the manure!

    Sorry your chili didn't win, but I think there was a lot of fun and fellowship - which is great

    All the best Jan

  17. Hi Happyone, You absolutely have a great eye for photos! The first photo of the barn is just excellent.


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