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.
An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
~Henry David Thoreau
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
We've enjoyed a beautiful white Christmas in the woods.
I made us chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast.
We finished the puzzle.
This was a fun one to do. Lots of strange shaped pieces.
I hadn't made any cut out sugar Christmas cookies this year.
Felt the urge to have some so I baked cookies today.
I'll never win any cookie decorating prizes but had fun
making them and they taste good.
We watched It's a Wonderful Life this afternoon.
Hope your Christmas as been happy, bright, and thankful.
A Christmas Alphabet Poem
A is for Angels, appearing so bright, telling of Jesus that first Christmas night.
"An suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host."
B is for Bethlehem, crowded and old, birthplace of Jesus by prophet foretold.
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel.”
C is for Cattle, their manger His bed, there in the trough where He laid His head.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger.”
D is for David and his ancient throne promised forever to Jesus alone. “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God
shall give unto him the throne of his father David.”
E is for East, where shone the bright star which Magi on camels followed afar. “Behold, there came wise men from the east asking ‘Where is the king of the Jews?’”
F is for Frankincense, with myrrh and gold, brought by the Wise Men as Matthew has told. “And when they had opened their treasurers, they presented unto him gifts gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
G is for God, who from heaven above sent down to mankind the Son of His love. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
H is for Herod, whose murderous scheme was told to Joseph in a nocturnal dream. “The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise
and take the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt… for Herod
will seek the young child to destroy him.”
I is for Immanuel, “God with us,” for Christ brought man back to the Father’s house. “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
J is for Joseph so noble and just, obeying God’s word with absolute trust. “Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife.”
K is for King. A true king He would be, coming in power and authority. “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, the King cometh unto thee;
he is just, and having salvation.”
L is for Love that He brought down to earth God enfleshed in lowly birth. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent his only begotten Son into the world,
that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9.
M is for Mary, His mother so brave, counting God faithful and mighty to save. “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”
N is for Night, when the Savior was born for nations of earth and people forlorn. “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”
O is for Omega, meaning “the last;” He’s eternal present, future and past. “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
P is for Prophets, when living on earth foretold His redemption and blessed birth. “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near.
A star will come out of Jacob; a sceptre will rise out of Israel.”
Q is for Quickly, as shepherds who heard hastened to act on that heavenly word. “And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”
R is for Rejoice. The sorrow of sin is banished forever when Jesus comes in. “And you will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth.”
S is for Savior. To be this He came; the angel of God assigned Him His name. “She will bring forth a son, and you will call his name JESUS,
for he will save his people from their sins.”
T is for Tidings of joy, not of danger, telling of Him who was laid in a manger. “And the angel said unto them, Fear not for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.”
U is for Us, to whom Jesus was given to show us the way and take us to heaven. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
V is for Virgin, foretold by the sage, God’s revelation on prophecy’s page. “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23.
W is for Wonderful, His works and His words, the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lords. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given… and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
X is for Christ. It’s X in the Greek, Anointed, Messiah, mighty, yet meek. “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.”
Y is for Yes, called God’s Yes in His Word; God’s answer to all is Jesus the Lord. “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”
2 Corinthians 1:20.
Z is for Zeal as it burned in Christ’s heart. Lord, by thy Spirit to us zeal impart. “And his disciples remembered that it was written, the zeal of your house has eaten me up.”
It was dark and snowy when I woke up so walked a few miles around
the basement loop.
After breakfast I went outside to finish my walking.
Stayed around home and walked around Happy Trails
and up the lane.
Some pictures along the way.
The cabin in the woods that Ken and I built before we had the house
here at Happy Trails.
It is about 1/4 mile away from the house, out back and off to the left.
Pretty windy out there and 30 degrees.
Nice getting outside for a while to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
My goal today was to finish that last slipper for the slipper
basket and I am happy to say I did.
All six slippers now sit in a basket by the front door and
all who visit can slip on a pair to keep their feet toasty warm.
It was a good day to get some reading done too.
It has been snowing on and off all day.
Nice to watch it falling from inside a nice warm house.
It is so pretty, much nicer than watching the rain.
Hope your day was a happy one.
A Christmas Prayer
by Robert Louis Stevenson
help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing
which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning
make us happy to be they children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds
with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven,
for Jesus' sake.
7:10 is the earliest I can leave in the morning without it being too dark.
Looking forward to the days getting longer so I can leave at 6:30
one day again.
24 degrees this morning and thankfully the wind has died down.
A mix of sun and clouds.
Another walk to town and around there before heading back home again.
A couple of pictures down the main street in town.
Good smells coming from the bakery.
Good thing I don't carry any money with me
or I might be tempted to stop in.
No other people about walking or running.
Just the usual waves and toots from people who see me every day.
Food shopping day down in LaVale at Walmart.
Even though Christmas is in just a week away it is still not so very
hectic around here. Nice living in a place where there are not
so many people.
Can't help but remember what this time of year was like down
where we used to live in Howard county and glad we are up here.
We went to the MVA to get our address changed on our licenses.
We've been to this one a few times now and it is always the same.
The people are all friendly, helpful, and happy.
I no longer dread going to MVA.
I took the time to fill out one of the 'how are we doing forms'
just to let them know what a pleasure it was doing business there.
Also told the people who helped us today that this was the
nicest MVA I've ever been too.
To see their faces light up made me so glad I told them so.😊
Home this afternoon I finished writing out all my Christmas cards.
Don't send out as many as I used to but still enjoy sending them.
Then we went down to town and mailed them.
Stopped at the library too, to get yet another book that I had
on hold. Our library is such a pleasant place to go to also.
I love that when I walk in the door they know who I am and say
Hi Karen and if I have a book on hold I don't even have to ask,
they just turn around and get it off the reserved shelf.
Oh the joy of living in a small town.
A nice sunny day today.
Hope yours was too.
"It is good to be children sometimes,
and never better than at Christmas
when its mighty Founder was a child Himself."
It felt almost balmy today at 38 degrees after the cold mornings we've been having.
It was a cloudy morning and no wind and I left again at 7:00.
Walked to town and went up the cemetery where I left the
message in the snow for Kathy.
Thought maybe she would leave me one,
but most of the snow had melted so even if she did it was gone.
I'll have to ask her about when I see her.
This road leads to the cemetery.
From there I walked to the post office and dropped
a Netflix down the mail slot.
Walked to the main street and then back home.
Saw all the usual people in trucks, cars, and buses who wave or
give a little toot passing by.
Saw a couple of Blue Jays and deer.
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11:30 this morning I was at the library for the book club meeting.
There were 10 of us there.
We always have a fun time and still find time to discuss the current book.
Next months book is a little short one called
Two Old Women by Velma Wallis.
The library was also having an open house to celebrate their
40 year anniversary.
Haven't done much today.
Ken and I worked on the puzzle quite a while
and then I read till supper time.
Now for a nice evening at home.
Hope your day was a happy one.
"I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day.
We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity
of the whole year.
As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at time all through the year.
And thus I drift along into the holidays -
let them overtake me unexpectedly."
~ David Grayson
18 degrees this morning but today there was a bit of a breeze.
Just starting to get light when I left for town on my walk
and by the time I got to town the sun was just starting to come over
Walked here and there around town and then headed back home.
Once again I didn't see anyone else out walking.
A few deer were around this morning and some birds.
A cold morning but sunny and invigorating.
I'm doing better about walking up that very steep 1/2 mile
hill coming back to the house.
Don't walk it very fast but don't have to take a rest anymore,
that's progress. 😊
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Sewed up another slipper this morning,
and that makes 4 pair I've finished.
Would like to have two more for my basket.
We used to go bowling with friends every Tuesday and
somehow we have gotten away from it
and haven't been in quite a long time.
But that ended this afternoon when we went bowling.
There were seven of us there and it was fun bowling again.
in that order.
After bowling we all had a bite to eat at a local restaurant.
Before coming home Ken and I made a quick stop at
Walmart to pick up a few things.
This evening I'll be
watching an episode of
Last of the Summer Wine on Netflix
and enjoy being in my nice warm and cozy home.
Hope your day was a happy one.
"The great challenge left to us is to cut through all the glitz and glam
of the season that has grown increasingly secular and commercial,
Light enough at 7:10 this morning to get out for my walk.
14 degrees this morning but clear and no wind.
Was nice to have the sun out after a couple of miles too.
Walked down the hill and up to town and dropped a library book
down the drop at the library.
Then went to the post office to mail a Netflix.
Walked over by the town pond which now has
a coating of ice on it.
The only people I saw were in vehicles and
only animal I saw was a little squirrel running across the road.
The sun shining on the grass and trees sure did look pretty.
Just turned off the main road here and walking back up the hill to home.
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We have a little reminder button which blinks
when it is time to change the water filter in the basement.
It was blinking today and with Ken supervising I changed the filter.
Thought it would be a good idea for me to know how to do that
on my own. It is very easy and only takes a few minutes.
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I started a new project this afternoon which will be a gift
for one of my friends. It is not a Christmas gift so I am under
no pressure to get it done and she has no idea that I'm making
The project is a counted cross stitch of a quote that
is a favorite of hers.
What I did today was put the saying on graph paper
so I could figure out the size.
Have to order the Aida cloth on line for the project
because I am using a large count and the local stores don't carry it.
I have a book with a lot of different alphabet designs in it
and picked out a simple backstitch one.
Will take some pictures when I get started.
Went to Brenda's for pizza this evening.
The restaurant is across the street from Deep Creek Lake
on the second floor and over looks the lake.
The lake is starting to freeze over now.
That's it for today.
Hope your day was a happy one.
"It is impossible to conceive how different things would have turned out
if that birth had not happened whenever, wherever, however it did...
for millions of people who have lived since,
the birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life
but a new way of living it.
It is a truth that, for twenty centuries,
there have been untold numbers of men and women who,
in untold numbers of ways,
have been so grasped by the child who was born,
so caught up in the message he taught and life he lived,
that they have found themselves
profoundly changed by their relationship with him."
Some for a friend this time and will keep a dozen for us.
We saw periods of sun and blue sky.
Stood by the back window and watched the deer roaming around the woods.
Finished up moving a couple more things around in the house
and then read and knitted.
Made dough in the bread machine for pizza
and Ken is now making the pizza
and I am getting mighty hungry.
Hope your day was a happy one.
"Who can add to Christmas?
The perfect motive is that God so loved the world.
The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son.
The only requirement is to believe in Him.
The reward of faith is that
you shall have everlasting life."
~ Corrie Ten Boom