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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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Meeting Ken

This morning it was 62 degrees when I walked to town.
Another sunny morning and calm.

Saw some deer just down the road from my house.
A small buck ran across the road and then I 
saw this doe up in the field watching me.

The dead deer was still on the side of the road from yesterday.
Surprised it wasn't picked up by now.
A little ways up the road there was another dead animal.
This time a coyote.
We heard coyotes the other night.
Boy they sure make an eerie sound.

Once I got to town walked a big loop all around.
Rebecca was out walking and a little while later I saw her
mom and dad (Lena and Jim) over by the post office.
We stopped for a chat.

Then I headed back home again.

Walked 5.6 miles

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A pancake breakfast today with strawberries and Redi Whip.
Would have been nice if we had blueberries too!
They would have been red, white, and blue.

Just hanging around the house today enjoying 
another summers day.

Had lunch out on the porch and supper too.
Fourth of July 49 years ago Ken and I met.
Have told the story of how we met before but new blogger friends may not know.

My mother and father were divorced and my dad had a 
boat which he kept on the Hudson River, in Nyack, New York.  
I would drive up to the boat on weekends to see my dad and his girlfriend Jeanne.
One 4th of July I went up to the boat for the holiday 
with my boyfriend and another friend of mine to spend the day. 
Jeanne's two kids were to be there too 
and I would be meeting them for the first time.  
Her daughter Kathy was there with her 10 month old baby, Diane. 
Her son, as you probably have guessed is Ken 
who came up to the boat with his girlfriend.  
Well when the two of us met there was a connection right away 
and Kenny captured my heart that very day.  
It made things a bit awkward 
because we both happened to be engaged to other people.  
We ended those engagements and started dating. 
We were married the end of January just 6 months later. 
Though my dad and Ken's mother did get married 
they got divorced several years later 
but for a time Ken and I were step-brother and sister!  
My mother in law was also my step mother.
My sister in law was also my step sister.
When David and Debbi came along, not only were they our kids, 
but also our nephew and niece. 
Pretty crazy huh.

Thanks for stopping by.
Life is Good
Find the good in your day.
happyone  🇺🇸

Comment Replies:
Vee - The lake isn't in our town but about 10 miles down the road.  Deep Creek Lake it's called and summer brings tourists around the lake.  Tourists come in winter too for skiing but not has many as summer people.  Lots own houses all around the lake and some are pretty huge places. 
Brenda's where we go for pizza over looks the lake.  I'm sure I've taken pictures of the lake but not that often.  
We pass by the lake often as it is on the way to Oakland our biggest town in the county
which isn't saying much! 🙂


Lowcarb team member said...

The 4th of July is a very special day for you and Ken …
Have a lovely weekend.

All the best Jan

Tom said...

...it's interesting how things happen, my wife and I meet 54 years ago and that was that!

Brenda said...

Loved the story...wow...

The Furry Gnome said...

Crazy things those relationships! Love the sound of coyotes howling.

Vee said...

I love that story of your meeting. It had to have been difficult for you when your respective parents divorced each other. Just goes to show that your marriage was meant to be in spite of whatever swirled around you.

The photo of the doe in the field is frame-worthy.

Off to check out the lake!

Susie said...

Such a funny story...but isn't that the way life can be. We just never know. Glad you found each other. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Granny Marigold said...

I probably have read how you met Ken in earlier posts but I enjoyed reading it again. How complicated all the various relationships were there for a time. I'm sure you're so glad you met before marrying someone else! My DH was my older brother's good friend so we saw each other often before we ever dated.

Deb said...

Wow, Karen, that is some love story you and Ken have. I had never read it before. Glad everything worked out. Glad you had a nice 4th of July around home. Have a good Sunday and I will see you again soon!

Rose said...

I love hearing how you and Ken met! I don't remember hearing it before. Funny how it was when your mother-in-law became your stepmother...chuckling here at the 'relations' you had.

Leslie said...

What a great story!!!! Happy 49th anniversary of the day you met! Happy 4th of July also.

ellen b. said...

Happy 4th of July to you. It was good to read about how you met and ended up together. Really meant to be for the two of you to be together.

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eileeninmd said...


Your pancake breakfast sounds yummy, it is nice to eat out on the porch. Love the cute deer photo. I remember your story about meeting Ken, it is nice to hear the story again. Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

Lisa said...

You and Kens love story sounds like something you would see in a movie. Yall are just too cute.
Happy Anniversary

Ruth Hiebert said...

Your story is somewhat similar to mine. Jake and I considered each other as cousins, due to a second marriage of his Dad. Later we threw that aside, since it was only by marriage and not actually related. And as they say, the rest is history. So my brother-in-law are also my first cousins.

Jeanette said...

I love your story about you and Ken!

bill burke said...

What a nice story about you and Ken meeting. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

Rose said...

I just read your and Ken's meeting and connections to Roger and he got a chuckle out of them, too.

Hootin' Anni said...

Now, let me get this straight! No, I will just take your word and keep the members as just "family". Must make an interesting family tree with the offspring branches!

Your marriage happened quickly but, Bud and I beat you by three months (if my math is correct) 1st date March 9, married May 11th...52 years ago. Have a grand evening.

Pom Pom said...

Hi Karen! That's a GREAT story! VERY romantic!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Great story.

God bless.

R's Rue said...

Love it so much

dot said...

Enjoyed the story about how ya'll met. Thanks for sharing!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's fun to remember back at when we met our husbands. You've really got a great story! And lots of good memories. Love the deer you've been seeing on your walks! Hugs!

Debi said...

I love the story of how you and Ken met!