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

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.
Psalm 118:24

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Baby Blanket

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Up and out of the house walking this morning at 6:30.
A cloudy morning and 60 degrees.

 Walked up and down the streets in town and around both cemeteries
and the ball park loop.
The older gentleman was out riding his bike and the man who
runs around and around the ball park was there doing his laps.
Also saw Ruth Anne walking her two dogs.
There were many geese by the town pond.  I lost count at 35.

Another enjoyable walk and did my usual 6 miles.
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We left the house not long after breakfast and went to LaVale.
At the Lowe's there (better selection than the one nearer to us)
we bought the towel racks and TP holders for our 1 1/2 baths for the new house.

We also stopped in at Walmart and did a little food shopping.
I picked up some new nail polish too.
Pink
Blue
White

This afternoon I stayed home and finished sewing the baby blanket.
Had a thunder storm roll in just before supper.
It got very dark and boy did it rain.
Should make pulling weeds very easy tomorrow.

We ate the chicken for supper that I cooked up yesterday.
Made Chicken Parmesan this evening.

That's about it for today.
Hope your day was a happy one.
Life is Good
happyone πŸ’•

"The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water
flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green."
~ Thomas Carlyle

Monday, July 30, 2018

Barn Collective

Linking up with Tom for the Barn Collective.
Took these pictures a couple of days ago.
I think a few more boards have fallen off the barn but its still standing.
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When I left on my morning walk it was 62 degrees.
The roads were wet but it was just cloudy.

Headed to the post office first to drop some mail down the slot.
Walking through town I took a picture of what's left of the
house that is being torn down by two people.
Not much left now.
I asked if something else was going to be built there and
they said no it is just going to be a yard.
I think it belongs to the church now.
 Continued my walk down toward Happy Trails, then back to town,
around the cemeteries and the ball park loop.
Walking behind the ball park on the short path by the little brook
I saw a deer and a green heron.
                          
This picture is the back view of the yellow house from yesterday.
Saw some blue sky while walking but by the time I got home the blue
had disappeared again.

Walked 6 miles
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After breakfast I walked over to the bank and made it back home just
a few minutes before the rain.
Planned on getting some weeding done but the rain changed those plans.

Got a load of laundry done and had to hang it inside.
Cooked up some chicken that was in the refrigerator and will
have that for supper tomorrow.  
In the afternoon I read and sewed.
Sewing up a weave-it baby blanket and more than half finished.
Also working on a yellow and white weave-it baby blanket and have
21 squares for that done.
(there are 70 in a blanket)

 The rain moved off late afternoon and we had some sunshine.
Had our usual Monday evening out for pizza at Brenda's.
Always a treat. 

A happy day to you.
Life is Good
happyone  πŸ’•

"On cable TV they have a weather channel - 
24 hours of weather. 
We had something like that where I grew up.
We called it a window." 
~ Dan Spencer

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Hand Shaking Song

This has been our Hand Shaking Song 
at church for the last couple of months.

 It is hard to sing this song without a smile. 
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Oh Say, But I'm Glad
Words - James Patrick Sullivan - 1930
Music - Mildred E Sullivan - 1930

There is a song in my heart today,
Something I never had;
Jesus has taken my sins away,
Oh, say, but I'm glad.

     Refrain:
    Oh, say, but I'm glad, I'm glad,
    Oh, say, but I'm glad,
    Jesus has come and my cups overrun;
    Oh, say, but I'm glad.

Wonderful, marvelous love He brings,
Into a heart that's sad;
Through darkest tunnels the soul just sings,
Oh, say, but I'm gad.

We have a fellowship rich and sweet,
Tongues can never relate;
Abiding in Him, the souls Retreat -
Oh, say, but it's great.

Won't you come to Him with all your care,
Weary and worm and sad?
You, too, will sing as His love you share,
Oh, say, but I'm glad. 

Psalm 90:14 
O satisfy us early with thy mercy:
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Isaiah 35:10
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads:
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Want to hear it sung?
Click on the link.

 A blessed Sunday to you.
happyone  πŸ’•

Saturday, July 28, 2018

More to the picture

Out again walking this morning at 6:30.
55 degrees and sunny and no breeze.

Walked through town down toward Happy Trails, then a turnabout
back to town.  Around the ball park loop, a couple of times around
one of the cemeteries and around town again.

The man who runs around the ball park over and over again was there today
and I saw an older gentlemen riding a bike.  I see him every once in a while.

Here's a broader picture of the overgrown garden and shed from yesterday.
An older woman lives there who used to love working in her garden 
and people say at one time the whole yard was beautiful.
She is too old to work out in it now or she may even have died by now.
I used to see her sitting on the porch but haven't see her for a long time.
 
Heading home here.  I live about a block down the street on the right.

Walked a little shorter today - 5.5 miles.
Wanted to get home because Ken was waiting for me 
so I could go with him to get some gravel.
 The stone place is only open till 11:00 on Saturday.
 We had enough time to get 2 loads.  Spread it all out in the back of the house.

Then it was lunch time and afterward got the lawn mowed.
Ken loaded a few things in the truck that we took to the new house
when I was done with the lawn.

Up at the new house we got the burn pile started again and
just enjoyed being at the new house.
 Thought the Dave would be there working on the stone on the porch
but he never showed up.

It was a nice sunny day in the low 70's.  A perfect weather day.
Got some good work done and that is always a good feeling.
A happy day to you.
Life is Good
happyone  
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Treat everyone with politeness, 
even those who are rude to you -
not because they are nice, but because you are.
~unknown

Friday, July 27, 2018

Outside work

 60 degrees this morning with a mix of sun and clouds 
and no wind.
I walked through town, turned around and walked back through town,
 out the other end and to the industrial park.
Ken passed me driving my car!
Most Fridays he meets his friend Edd for breakfast at Denny's
and he was on the way there.
I let him drive my car every once in a while. πŸ™‚

I walked back to town and around the ball park loop,
once around one of the cemeteries and home.

Not my yard, just snapped the picture along my way.
 Walked 6 miles
Found a penny
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Looked like a sunny day so hung a load of laundry on the line.
Then went out to get some weeding done out front.
Was out about 45 minutes when it started to rain.
Ran around back and got my clothes off the line
and hung them inside.
10 minutes later the rain stopped.
Didn't bother moving the clothes back but I did go out and
got a little more weeding done till lunch time.

After lunch I went with Ken to the new house.
Things are winding down with the inside of the house.
Ronnie and Walter took up the paper and cardboard that was covering
the wood floors protecting the floors while work was being done.
The only work that needs to be finished inside is under the cabinet lighting
and some switch plate covers. 

Stone started on front of house by the front porch.
(not such a great picture)
The same stone will be on the bottom of the garage covering the foundation.
 
Once the stone is done, siding finished, and porch made the final
inspection can be done and then move in time.
I'm thinking a couple of weeks.
 
While we at the house this afternoon there were periods of rain and sun.
In between showers we got a burn pile going out back and
started clearing out the dead fall and some little sucker trees
out of the front yard.  
Still lots to do but we got a start.
We are keeping it natural all around the house and not having a lawn.
 
 That's it for today.
Time for a little relaxation.
Sure looking forward to my ice cream tonight.

Hope your day was happy and bright.
Life is Good
happyone  πŸ’•

"Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Fingerprint work day

65 degrees again this morning.  Started out cloudy but the sun
was soon shining.

Had a short walk this morning of 3.8 miles.

Walked around town, one of the cemeteries and the ball park loop.

Didn't see any else out walking
but I did see some bunnies hopping around by the cemetery.

Took a few other picture but they all came out blurry
so just the one for today,

Just a short walk because had to leave the house early
because it was a Fingerprint workday at church.
Worked from 8:30 - 4:30.
People come and go and at one time I counted 25 of us there working.
Sandy and Brian provide us with lunch and today 
we had sandwiches, chips, and whoppie pies.  
(Around here they call them Gobs but that just doesn't sound nice.) 
Today we got 4,004 Romans books put together, cut and boxed up.

Before we came home we stopped up at the new house.
Dave and his wife Maryanne were there working on putting
the stone on front of the house by the porch.
Will take a picture tomorrow.

Home now for a relaxing evening.
Reading
Watching Netflix
Making some weave-it squares
and of course my bowl of ice cream.

A happy to you.
Life is Good
happyone  πŸ’•

"I love the quiet calmness before the world is just waking up.
That amazing moment before the chaos of the day starts.
Mornings are magical."
~ Keith Wynn

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Growing geese

Up and out of the house at 6:30 again this morning for my walk.
65 degrees, cloudy, and just a slight breeze.

Walked straight through town and down toward Happy Trails,
back to town, around the cemeteries, and the ball park loop,
and finished up walking through town.

I know I've taken a picture of James Drane's tombstone before
but here it is again.  It is the oldest one in the cemetery up the hill.
 Down by town pond I can't tell the baby geese from the parents now
they've grown so big.
As I passed by the geese, one started making quite a racket and
6 of them took a short flight and landed on the pond while
two of them stayed on the bank.
It was like the dad said, "Person coming by, take to the water."
The kids listened and dad and mom stayed on lookout.

Walked 6 miles
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Ken was already up at the new house when I got back from my walk.
Did my usual morning routine and chores.
Was just about to go outside and do some weeding but it started raining.

So I did a little reading and sewed some more weave-it squares together.

The rain stopped later in the morning and I went out and weeded.
The rain made the soil easy for weeding.
Weeded till 12:30 when the rain came again.
  An easy and enjoyable afternoon of sewing squares and reading.
 Had supper and now we are off to church.

 Hope you had a happy day and smiled often.
Life is Good
happyone  πŸ’•

"Life can only be understood backward,
but it must be lived forward."
~ Soren Kierkegaard

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Another Farm Loop Walk

Left the house my usual time of 6:30.
It was 65 degrees, cloudy and windy. 

This morning my walk took me around the Farm Loop like yesterday.
A few of the dairy cows were out in the front field at the farm,
but they were too busy eating to pay me any mind and didn't even look up.
Took a picture of them anyway.
Some chickens along the way.
The Church of the Brethren has a small graveyard next to it.
Left the road to walk among the graves to read the tombstones.
This one of an infant boy was the oldest one I found.
One of the roads runs along a brook but you can't see it because of all the
trees.  As I was walking along a Great Blue Heron came flying out from
among the trees, flew up the road a bit and then flew back in the trees.

Back in town I walked up the main road a ways toward Happy Trails,
turned around and came back home.
A nice 6 mile walk.
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After breakfast got some house chores out of the way.

Then it was time for a little reading.
The book for next months book club meeting is
Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict.
 Right from the start I liked it.

Finished all the squares for the latest baby blanket and started
sewing up the squares today. 
I've started making squares for another one with a
yellow and white variegated yarn.
I'll be working more on that this evening.

Had planned on going outside to get some weeding done
but never made it out there.
Well there is always tomorrow.

Hope your day was a good one and you smiled often.
Life is Good
happyone  🍭

"People say that losing weight is no walk in the park.
When I hear that I think, yeah, that's the problem."
~ Chris Adams

Monday, July 23, 2018

My Monday

65 degrees this morning and cloudy and I thought it might rain but it didn't.
Walked the Farm Loop.
 Don't usually see others walking or running around the Farm Loop when
I do but today Lisa was running around it.
Once I was back to town, I walked through town and around one
of the cemeteries a couple of times.
Was heading back home and I saw Kathy pull into the parking lot
by pond so walked over and we chatted for about 10 minutes.
She drives into town to take her morning walk around town.
She walks later in the morning than I do so don't see her much anymore.
Nice to catch up with her.

Walked my usual 6 miles
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It was pancakes today for breakfast and then Ken went up
to the house.
I stayed home and got some laundry done.  Had morning showers
so had to hang them inside.
The sun did come out later in the afternoon.

Haven't been so good about keeping the house in tip top shape
for selling because no one has been to look at it.  Only had the one family
the second day.
So it was time to get it vacuumed and dusted again.
Planned on cleaning the bathrooms too but will save that for tomorrow.

Had some ironing sitting around needing to be done for a while now
and got that out of the way this afternoon.

Then got the last few pages of my book read.
The Pact by Jodi Picoult.
Thought it was very good and hard to put down though it was sad.

 Had pizza at Brenda's for supper this evening.
Missed having David there with us, but he's well and fine and Asheville.
On the way home we stopped at the Shop and Save and picked up a few things.

This evening I plan to start the next book for my book club,
make a few weave-it squares, and watch something on Netflix.
AND of course have ice cream.  πŸ˜ƒ

Hope your day was sunny and bright even if the sun wasn't shining.
Life is Good
happyone πŸ’•

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.
~ unknown

Sunday, July 22, 2018

July's Verse

The Bible verse this month that we as a church are learning is one
that is well known.

1Thessalonians 5:17-18
  Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
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Yesterday
Had my usual 6 mile morning walk around town.
A sunny one, 58 degrees and WINDY.

 After breakfast we went and got a load of stone in the dump trailer
and put the stone behind the garage along the pipe for drainage.
The lights in the kitchen have been installed.
There will also be under the cabinet lighting too but they are in yet.
Picture below shows the driveway.
On the left is just a parking area and to the right leads up to the garages.
In the afternoon we headed over to Chester and Linda's house
for a day of playing shuffle board with about 25 others.
Lots of fun with lots of good food too.
I played 5 games and won all but the last and ended up in second place.
I usually am not a very good player but was lucky yesterday.

They have chickens and I snapped this picture of them.
Home last night around 7:30.

Hope you enjoyed your Saturday.
Have a blessed Sunday.
Life is Good
happyone  πŸ’•

Friday, July 20, 2018

One more sunny summer day

I'm 5' 5'' tall and this Queen Anne's lace is a few inches taller than I am.
I don't think I've ever seen it so tall.
56 degrees this morning, the sun was shining and there was a bit
of a wind at 6:30 when I left on my walk.
Paving still going on around town and today the street where
we live was ground down.  I guess it will get paved next week.

Walked through town and to the post office to mail off a Netflix.
Continued walking around town, around the ball park loop,
one of the cemeteries and up the hill to the school and back to town.
I've just passed the school and turned around right here before
taking a picture.  If I continued on down this road I would be walking the
Farm Loop. 
Passing by a deer she gave me a snort, stamped her foot and ran off.
A few bunnies hopping around the cemetery, 2 big ones and a tiny one.
A couple of blue birds were at the cemetery too.
Don't see them very often and always a treat when I do.

Morning walks are happy times.
Walked 6 miles
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The lawn mower at church is broken and in the shop getting fixed so
Jerry who mows the lawn borrowed our lawn mower.
Ken brought it there yesterday on the trailer and this morning we
went to pick it up and brought it back home so I could mow our lawn
which I did this morning.

Ken went up to the new house after lunch and I stayed home
and made Macaroni Salad for tomorrow.  Going to a friends house 
to play shuffle board and we all are bring a covered dish.

Got some reading done this afternoon before supper.
Ken made us Nachos for supper. 
Isn't he nice.

Soon it will be ice cream time.
Life is Good

It's been a beautiful sunny summer day in the 70's.

Hope your day was sunny and bright.
happyone  πŸ’—

"Opportunities are like sunrises.
If you wait too long, you miss them."
~ William Arthur Ward

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Latest house pictures

Nice walking weather this morning.
49 degrees and sunny with a few low hanging clouds around at first
but they were soon gone and it was a beautiful sunny day.
A paving crew around town the last couple of days.
The road up to the cemetery at the top of the hill was crumbly with some 
pretty big ruts in it. Look at it now.
A few other roads in town are being done also.

Walked all over town and around both cemeteries and the ball park loop.
Didn't see any people out walking but did see the usual bunnies
and a few deer.

Walked 6 miles
Found a penny πŸ’°
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Left the house at 9:00 to go to church for Blankets for Babies.
Don't have to eat breakfast because one of the woman brings breakfast.
Today Donna brought a variety of bagels and butter and cream cheese.
I had a French toast bagel which I never even heard of before.
It was very good and really did taste like French toast.
I just put butter on mine, but syrup would have gone great on it.
It was Pam's turn for the devotional and she told us her testimony.

There 11 of us there today.

In the afternoon Ken and I went up to the new house to see the latest work.
Driving through town the Rolling Pin Bakery had a new banner blowing
in the wind which said 'Ice Cream.'
Of course we had to stop and check it out.
It was soft serve and pretty good.  
We both got small chocolate cones and sat out front on a bench and ate it.

Then we continued on our way to the new house.
Here are the latest pictures.
 The back  
White door is to the garage and will be painted red.

Detail over the kitchen box window.

The front
Door is to the walk out basement.
Cinder block will eventually have stone on it.

Left the house and stopped by G & W, the lumber yard in town,
and picked out materials and colors for the front porch.
They should be delivered in a couple of days.

Even though I had an ice cream cone this afternoon,
I'm still having my ice cream later while.  😊

A happy day to you.
happpyone ❣️

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."
~ Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan, Annie

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Driving to Staunton

Just a quick 3.3 mile walk this morning.
52 degrees with sunshine and no wind.  A beautiful morning
Walked down the main street in town and around the cemeteries
twice and one around the ball park loop.

A quick walk because we had to leave the house at 8:00.
Picked up the church trailer with the Roman's books that have
been assembled and dropped them off in a warehouse in 
Staunton, Virginia.  It is a 3 hour drive one way from home.
Picked up the next pallet for us to
assemble which is another 20,000 and brought them back to church.
All set now to have a Fingerprint Ministry day next week.

Near there is a huge antique mall and we spent almost 2 hours
looking around there.  It would take days to look at everything there.
 
Just looked and didn't buy anything.

While Ken did the driving I knitted and finished one dish/wash cloth
and just got started on another. 
Got the trailer back to church at 6:30 which left us a half hour
before the Wednesday night service began.
 
After we got home from church it was nice to sit down
and have a nice bowl of ice cream.
 
That's been my day and now after a little reading it will be
time for bed.
 
Hope your day was a happy one.
Life is Good
happyone  πŸ’•

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A little sad but happy

A cloudy morning when I started walking at 6:30
and 66 degrees with no breeze.
Walked the Farm Loop.

A few cows were in the front pasture at the dairy farm.
Farther along the loop I stopped to take a picture of one of the corn fields.
The corn is about 4 1/2 feet high.
When I got back to town and had 2 more miles to walk I felt the first
drops of rain.  Not long after that it started raining in earnest and
I got pretty wet.  It was a nice rain, with no wind and the kind of rain
that is nice to walk in.  Besides I was getting pretty warm and the rain
felt nice and cool.  After a mile it stopped and I started drying out by the
time I got back home.

Walked 6 miles 
Found a nickel
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After breakfast we went to the stone place with the dump trailer
and got a load or redish small stones.
Then we spread it around on the top of the lower driveway and
along the path and some more steps that Ken made out of rocks that leads
up the the upper driveway.
We've had rain showers and sun on and off all day.

After lunch we went to Walmart and on the way home we
stopped at Tractor Supply to look around.
Bought these two pictures of cows and chickens on tin.
Thought they'd look nice in the kitchen at the new house.

A bit sad today because our son David decided to go back to Asheville, NC.  
I am really surprised that he stayed around here as long as he did.
To say he enjoys moving around is a bit of an under statement.
It sure was nice having him near to us for these last 8 months.
I am happy for him though because he is happy,
but I will surely miss him.
Hope your day was a happy one.
Life is Good
happyone  πŸ’•
"Having a place to go - is a home.
Having someone to love - is a family.
Having both - is a blessing."
~ Donna Hedges

Monday, July 16, 2018

Barn Collective

Linking up with Tom today for his Barn Collective series.
This barn I pass often on my morning walk.
This angle of it is from one of the cemeteries.
Looking through the trees at the neighbors barn at the new house.
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At 6:30 this morning when I left on my walk it was 58 degrees,
sunny with no hint of a breeze.

Walked around town including both cemeteries and the ball park loop.
Quiet around town with the sidewalk workers gone, no one at
the house being taken down, and the Rolling Pin Bakery closed on Mondays.
Didn't see any people about either.
Just me and the birds and the rabbits.
 Another fine morning for walking.
Walked 6 miles

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Yesterday afternoon a thunderstorm rolled by so everything got a nice watering.
Nice when that happens and then it is sunny again.

Ken was already up at Happy Trails at the new house when I
got back from walking.

I've been on a French toast kick for breakfast so made that again.

Got a load of laundry hung out on the line.

Tomorrow is our son David's birthday and he didn't want a cake so I baked
him is very own batch of Chocolate Chippers.

 Made Italian Meatballs and got that in the slow cooker for supper.

David had the day off from work and was out for a walk/hike
and stopped by for a while.

The rest of the day I did a some weeding
and a little reading.

It's been a nice sunny summer day.
  Hope your day was a happy one.
Life is Good
happyone  πŸ’•

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned,
earned, worn or consumed.
Happiness is the spiritual experience
of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."
~ Denis Waitley

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Footer

The morning sky from my driveway as I start my walk.
60 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds with just a hint of a breeze.

Walked the roads behind my house, through town and down the main
road, both cemeteries and the ball park loop.

Lots of activity around town this morning.
The annual town yard sales were today.
For those of you who like yard sales you would have liked it here.
I saw 14 different yard sales getting set up.
I passed by all and didn't even look at anything, 
though I did say good morning to all the people.  

The house in town that is being torn down is still being worked on.
Today I saw three people working.
This is the progress.

Didn't look at my pedometer and when I got home realized I only
walked 5.5 miles.  I made up for it at Happy Trails later though.
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I made French toast for breakfast and soon after we were
on our way to Happy Trails and the new house.

We did concrete work this morning.
We put the footer in for the front porch steps.
Mixed 12, 60 pound bags of concrete with water in our cement mixer.
After lunch I did the grading underneath the porch with a rake and hoe.
Ken did more work on the driveway. 
I'll take pictures once it is done.

When I got tired of working I sat on the porch and read.
Did a little more work later on helping Ken with moving stones.

 Home for supper at 5:00.
When we make pizza, we make two at a time.
Eat one and freeze the other.
So we got to eat home made pizza without having to make it.
 
Thanks for the septic TP comments.
I've looked on line too, and it seems to be that Scott TP is the one
that dissolves the quickest and is the one most recommended.
 
Hope you had a good day and that you smiled often.
Life is Good
happyone  πŸ’•
 
We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise
if we have waited in the darkness. 
~ Unknown