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, January 1, 2018

Barn Collective

These two barns are the last ones from our ride to Staunton, back when
there was no snow, the sun was shinning and it wasn't zero degrees outside.

This barn is from a couple of weeks ago on a morning walk around town.
Nice to see some repair work on it.
So many barns are just left to fall down.
Linking up with Tom for the Barn Collective.
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Another day of zero temperatures but at least the sun was out 
for part of the day.
It was then that I went outside and shoveled the driveway again.
I can't believe I was actually warm shoveling snow and had to put my
hood down.

We finished the next puzzle already.  Though it was 1000 pieces
the pieces were big and it was a real easy puzzle to do.
Started knitting myself a pair of slippers.  They go really fast and I should
be done with them in a couple of days.
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All year I've been in a STEP competition.
The results are in.
Out of 72 people I held 7th place throughout most of the year.
The goal was to walk 15,017 steps each day which comes to a total of 5,400,000
for the year.
My steps for the year were
 The winner was way out there in front of everyone with 
a grand total of 8,613,615
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 As most of you know I pick up coins that I find on my walks and
save them in clear glass banks.
This year was not such a good year for finding coins.
Only $2.28 for the whole year.
2 quarters
10 dimes
2 nickels
68 pennies
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I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.
God Bless You.
happyone  💕

Today I'm thankful for
Being outside in the sunshine and fresh air.
Having quick reflexes that I was able to catch myself and hold on to the railing and not fall down the stairs to the basement.


Michelle said...

I always appreciate your posts. I have to say that your quote, at the beginning of your post, has had a great affect on me. I think of it often. Best wishes for a great 2018!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Happy New Year to you. This year should bring some exciting changes for you, when you move into your new home.

Tom said...

...Happy New Year Karen, that second barn will disappear come spring. Keep putting one foot in front of the other in the new year!

Connie said...

Happy New Year! Wow, 5,974,731 steps. Was that one pair of walking shoes or did you go through more than that? Love the barn photos.
Connie :)

happyone said...

My walking shoes usually last about 3 months or so.

Rose said...

I hope this isn't a repeat...hit those magical buttons and lost what I was typing...Anyway, I worked another puzzle, too...just 500 pieces. Started it at about dark yesterday and finished it this morn. It was one of those that you need a microscope to see if you have the right pieces together...

anyway, Happy New Year! Oh, I know I loved your barns!

The Furry Gnome said...

You are an incredibly dedicated walker!

Adam said...

Someone needs to fire old man winter today, he's too good at his job

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Happy New Year Happyone and hopefully it wont be long before you can put on your walking shoes and stride out! Stay warm and have a great day :)

eileeninmd said...

Wow, congrats on completing all those steps. You did great! I hope this weather pattern breaks, it is too cold. I wish you and yours all the best in 2018, happy New Year! Have a great day and new week!

Christine said...

Wow! Well done on walking so many steps!
Great barns but a shame so many are left to fall apart.
Wishing you a blessed 2018!

Lisa said...

Wow that's a lot of steps! I do good to reach my goal of 10K a day. I use a fitbit tracker.
Happy New year!

Inger said...

Love those barns and the barn quilt flag. I now want to get a step counter. Used to have one years ago, don't know what happened to it. Happy New Year!

Debby Ray said...

Seventh place is nothing to sneeze at...that is awesome! Stay warm and Happy New Year!

Leslie said...

first.. every time I click on to your blog this blue polka dot background gets me, I love it! You and your walking shoes are amazing!! I really need to walk more. You found enough money for a cup of coffee and a donut. : ) Happy 2018!

ellen b said...

You are amazing in meeting your walking goals. Yikes! That's a lot of steps. Hats off to you. I am really tickled at how much loose change your find out there on your walks. Someone must have a hole in their pocket! Lol. I have to find puzzles with larger pieces for my dear old pop to put together. His eyesight makes it hard for him to put together small piece puzzles or dark scenery puzzles. Happy New Year!

Lowcarb team member said...

Very well done on your walking.
Happy New Year Wishes.

All the best Jan