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, May 22, 2017

The old barn

I've taken quite a few pictures of this old barn down by the Drane house.
It seems to be falling down one board at a time.
One of these days the whole thing is going to fall down.
I'm linking up today with Tom for his Barn Collective Series.
Why not hop on over to see more barns or post one of your own.
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Started out walking this morning with a mix of sun and clouds and 57 degrees.
The clouds soon took over though and a light mist started falling
4 miles into my walk and lasted for about a mile.
Didn't rain again till after I was back home.

Walked behind my house, through town, down toward Happy Trails,
up Barn Sale a ways, and around both cemeteries, through town again
and back home.

This is one of the largest rhododendron bushes I've ever seen.
More work was being done at the old bakery this morning, inside and out.

Lee, the older man who rides his bike around town was out and stopped
to say hi and gave me two round red and white peppermint candies.
He hands them out to whoever he sees. 

Lots of swallows out by the cemetery and I counted 6 rabbits
scattered around town.
A opossum ambled across the road in front of me and I'm sure glad it
kept right on going.  

Walked 6.2 miles
Found a penny
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It rained in the morning so I got a couple of things done around the house.
 Then we went out to get some bird seed and stopped at the
library to pick up a book that I had on hold.
By the time we got back home the rain had stopped and the sun came out.

 Ken took the tractor back up to Happy Trails and I stayed home to
get some yard work done.
Transplanted the lily of the valley and also separated some of the
daisies and planted them in another garden.
Got the lawn mowed again.  Grows so fast this time of year.
Sometimes I wish our house was on a smaller piece of land so I could spend
more time up at HT.  Seems like there is always something to do here at the house.
Maybe we should move our house up to HT.  : )

Nice to sit on the porch when my work was done and do a little reading.

Life is Good
Hope your day was a happy one.
happyone  ๐Ÿ’—

She was a girl who knew how to be happy 
even when she was sad.
And that's important -- you know.
~ Marilyn Monroe


  1. ...what a great setting for this worn and weathered barn. The stream, chicken coop. the cemetery, it's just lovely. That Rhododendron mighty big, but south of me in southern New York State I have seen them up to the second story windows. Thanks so much for stopping by, keep walking!

  2. Great barn photograph and the rhododendron bushes look gorgeous - what great colour.
    You certainly keep busy, you need to sit a while on the porch to rest and relax ... sounds idyllic.

    All the best Jan

  3. I love old barns, but I am always sad when I see them begin to fall apart! We have two older barns in much need of some repair, though we did have a little work done on them last year!
    So many times Dh and I too wish we had a smaller yard to up keep, but then we wouldn't want to live anywhere else! I do love time spent on my porch reading, it's usually in the morning when I am out on mine, it is where I enjoy my morning devotion! and of course DH and I love going out at night with coffee and swinging, though we haven't done to much of that lately as we have been so busy, and tired at night!~smile~
    I love finding coins when I walk, and wonder if you save yours for something special!
    Great photos as always thank you for sharing!.

  4. That barn makes me think of all the great wood that could be used for projects!

  5. That old barn looks like it doesn't have many more years left in it.

  6. Love that old barn, and that quote.

    What book did you have on hold??? I don't know why I ask...but I always ask my brother what he is reading and also my sister-in-law...

  7. That barn does look like it's falling down one board at a time!

  8. Wonderful old barn - great photo - and love the rhododendron.

  9. Very impressive rhododendron! I like the poor old barn too.

  10. I love to read what you are telling about your day!

  11. Enjoyed hearing about your walk and your day. You have been finding a good many coins of late...makes me wonder how many I pass up when I walk. I know you have said before that you don't really look for them, that they just happen to be there when you look down. Love that! The barn picture is great, as well as the Rhody...that thing is HUGE! Beautiful!

  12. Hi Karen, your first photo is just lovely! Very interesting with the barns in the foreground and the cemetery in the background.
    We had a misty walk yesterday morning too but no outright rain. The afternoon was sunny.
    Have a good Monday.

  13. Hi Karen, I like the old barn and that huge rhododendron. It has been too dreary for me to walk outside. I hope the sun comes out soon. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

  14. Great barn!
    Love that your friend passes out mint to all those that he talks with. What a great way to foster community friendliness.


  15. Old barns neat. Your pictures are so pretty. The farms, and the land is beautiful there.

  16. The old barn makes for a great photo &
    I liked seeing more of the surrounding countryside.
    Hope you are having a good week!

  17. Old barns makes me imagine about the simple life in the country side while they are in between green sceneries. I love the countryside. I feel closer to nature. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  18. What a great old barn...and yes, that is ONE big rhododendron!

  19. I wonder about the lives lived in those barns.


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