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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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

A quiet walk, on the porch, and a thunder storm

 This morning when I walked it was 68 degrees, sunny
with a bit of a breeze.

Walked around the cemeteries, town, and ball park.
Didn't see anyone else out walking when I was.

A few pictures along my way.




Pretty quiet around town this morning - almost seemed like a 
Saturday morning.

Walked 6 miles

This lavender is on the edge of the parking lot at the library.


☀️    🚢‍♀️    πŸ˜ƒ

Ken's tractor had a hydraulic hose break on it so he loaded the tractor
onto the trailer and we drove it in to the tractor store to have it fixed.
We left it there because it will take up to 3 weeks to get it fixed.

Finished up another wash/dish cloth this afternoon.
I knitted 4 different patterns to make a set of them for Liz.

David and Liz stopped mid afternoon after work and we sat 
out on the porch for a while and talked and 
watched the sky get very dark, and then it got windy.
They left and then came the thunder and the rain.

By the time we ate supper the sun was shining again.

That's all I've got for today.
Hope your day was a good one.
Thanks for stopping by.
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone ❤️
πŸ™‚

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

More about Accident

Temperature this morning was the same as yesterday at 66.
Another sunny one too.

Walked all over town.
Ran into Rebecca and Joy a bunch of times as we were all
trying to stay on the shady side of the streets.
The ball park loop was traveled around quite a few times too.

Pretty quiet around town this morning but still a great morning for walking. 


 This tractor looks like it's been there a while.


Walked 6 miles

Pretty Clematis 


☀️    🚢‍♀️    πŸ™‚

A quick trip to the Shop and Save - only needed a few things.
Home to put groceries away and then we headed out again.
This time we went down to LaVale.
Needed a few things at Harbor Freight and stopped in
at the Lowes's down there too.

Got a bit more housework done and then spent some time on the
computer looking through the link below about Accident.

A little reading and knitting is always nice out on the front porch.
All the windows are open and breezes blowing through the house.
It is almost like being outside.

Thanks for stopping by.
A happy day to you.
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone ❤️
πŸ˜€


Comment Replies:
Quite a few people commented on Accident, the town we live in.
Here's the story I was told how Accident got its name.
In 1750 King George II of England paid off a debt to George Deakins by giving him 600 acres of land in western Maryland.  Mr. Deakins sent out two parties of engineers – each without knowledge of the other – to find and survey the best land in that section of Maryland.  When the engineers returned, they discovered, much to their surprise, that they had each marked the same oak tree as a starting point and then marked off the same 600 acres.  Mr. Deakins considered it safe to choose this land and had it patented as “The Accident Tract.”
I think it was more of a Coincidence and would have named it that. πŸ™‚

If any would like to see old pictures of town or some more about it you can 
visit this LINK
Thanks Anni for the link.  I spent quite a lot of time browsing around the site!!!  So cool to see all the old pictures!!

Another link you might find interesting is the climate of Accident - CLIMATE

Monday, June 28, 2021

A walk and a paddle

 This morning when I walked it was 66 degrees and sunny.
Walked all around town.

My shadow walked along with me.
Didn't see anyone else out walking this morning.


I walked from one welcome to town sign coming into town 
 to the other welcome to town sign down the other end.
It was 1.3 miles.
Coming into town heading south this sign greets you.


Coming into town heading north this welcomes you to town.


Went down to see the bulls and there are now 4 of them there.

Some hay wagons are stacked nice and neatly.
Then there are some like this, that the hay is just thrown in any old way.



Walked my usual 6 miles

☀️    🚢‍♀️    πŸ˜€

After breakfast and I got the sheets hung out on the line
we decided to go to Savage River Reservoir 
for a morning of paddling in our kayaks.

The water was very calm and it was so peaceful paddling along
near the shore line.
This is the only picture I took.
Just wanted to enjoy the scenery without having to take pictures.
Besides I didn't want to take a chance of dropping my phone in the water.


We saw deer, geese, some kind of huge bird flying past,
and a few fish jumping up from the water.
There were quite a few cicadas floating around still alive
but not being able to fly out of the water.

The nice thing about kayaking here is that so few people go here.
Today we didn't see anyone else at all.

It was hard to get any work done once I got home but somehow I
got the motivation to clean our bedroom and the bathroom.

Then for a little sitting on the front porch knitting till supper time.

A gentle rain is now falling as I write this post.

Life is Good
Thanks for stopping by.
A happy day to you.
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone ❤️

πŸ˜ƒ

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Blue and white and a hymn

Bright Blue skies and puffy white clouds from this past week.




🌀    ☀️    🌀
 
🎢 Blessed Assurance 🎢

1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine;
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

chorus

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
  Praising my Savior all the day long.
 
2. Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

3. Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

Lyrics - Fanny Jane Crosby
Music Phoebe Palmer Knapp


I John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;
that YE MAY KNOW that you have eternal life 
and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 

A Blessed Sunday to all.
Jesus Loves YOU   ❤️
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone πŸ™‚

Saturday, June 26, 2021

A clean vehicle

 60 degrees, sunny, with a nice cool breeze this morning for walking.
Walked around the cemeteries, town, and the ball park.

Corn is doing nicely in Farmer Marvin's fields.
He doesn't grow sweet corn but corn for feed.


Nice and cool walking around the ball park loop because it is in
the shade so walked around there a few times.


Joy was out again walking too.
She is fast becoming a regular walker. πŸ˜ƒ

The ditch and dirt in the yard yesterday has been put back to normal
so it would seem the work is done.
Now the grass just has to grow back.

Walked 6 miles

☀️    🚢‍♀️    🌽

A drive back to town to the Dollar General after breakfast
to get the groceries that we didn't get at the Shop and Save 
earlier in the week.

Got those things put away and continued with the every day
chores around the house.

After lunch I went outside and finally got the Jeep washed.
It was pretty dirty and it's so nice to have a nice clean vehicle again.
Also cleaned and vacuumed the inside.
Then it was nice to sit out on the porch and drink a nice cold bottle of water.

That's been my Saturday and a good one it has been.
Hope your day was a good one too.
Thanks for stopping by.
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone ❤️

One of the quickest ways to feel better is be kind, helpful and generous.
- Frances Goodhart -

Friday, June 25, 2021

Old irons and a jug

I'm loving these nice sunny mornings for walking.
54 degrees with a bit of a breeze.

Oh no this can't be good.
Hard to believe so much dirt came out of the ditch.
This house is just before you get to town and a retired pastor lives there.


 Had a very random walk around town.  I usually have a bit of a plan
for my walk but today I had no plan at all.

A bicycle race is on in the area and I saw a few bikes
zip by through town.  There was a van parked at the edge of town
taking a video and I'm sure they got me in it too!

I saw Joy out walking again and we stopped for a little chat.

Walking down from the cemetery I noticed someone running laps
around the pond.  Can you spot her in orange?


Some people put other things at the gravesites besides plants, flowers, or flags.
Some place different objects there.
A collage of some of them.
The skull seems a bit strange.


That's my Friday walk.
Walked 6 miles

☀️    🚢‍♀️    πŸ™‚

I made a small rhubarb cobbler with the little bit of rhubarb that I
got out of my garden.  
That is one thing I cannot bake and not eat.
I love it.

Also had some milk I had to use up so made Ken some pudding 
with it - banana cream.
(not from scratch, just a box)

Ken has finished cleaning out the upstairs room in the tractor barn.
This afternoon I went over there (it's by the cabin) to see 
how it looks now (he did a great job with it)
and I brought these things back to the house 
that I forgot I had.

Old Irons

and this old jug.


The irons make great book ends or door stops.
I like them as door stops because when the windows are open and
it's windy out, the slamming of the doors in the house always scare me.

Washed the irons as good as I could and was going to paint them black
but decided to just let them be.

I did a little knitting and then read for a bit sitting out front on the porch.

The lilies that I have in a pot out front decided to bloom today. πŸ˜€


It's been a good day.
Hope you made a good day too.
Thanks for stopping by.
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone ❤️

Comment Replies:
Anni - Thanks, you're right about the flowers from yesterday being Larkspur.  Looked them up and they look like Rocket Larkspur. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Bedford and streamers

Another beautiful sunny morning but this time it was 50 degrees.

Saw a few rabbits and a deer on my way to town.
Had my usual walk around town, the ball park and cemeteries.


Saw Joy again and Rebecca was out walking Leo too.

Still only 2 bulls down by the barn.
Number 61 wanted his picture taken.


 Some pretty flowers along the side of a garage and the street.
No idea what they are.
I bet Tom, Anni, and FG will know though! πŸ˜ƒ


Walked 6 miles

☀️    🌸    🚢‍♀️    ❤️

Last night we took the truck to church and hooked up the church
trailer filled with the Roman's books that we all assembled last month.
Did that so we could just leave from home this morning to take
them to the warehouse in Bedford, Pa.
We unloaded the finished books and then loaded
 up another pallet in the trailer and brought it back to church.
The trailer is an enclosed one so we can just leave everything right
in the trailer and take things out as needed.
Bedford it just 1 hour and 15 minutes away and it's a pleasant drive.
We stopped at Wendy's for lunch.

When we got back to church we put up some streamers on some guide wires
behind the church so people wouldn't run into them.
We put them up in three different places.
  You can see Ken is working and I'm playing around with the streamers. πŸ˜€


We were back home again around 3:30.
This morning I had put some chicken in the slow cooker so wouldn't
have to worry about making supper.
Worked out well.
Shredded up the chicken and we had it on Caesar salads again.
We've been eating that a lot lately.

That's it for today.
Hope your day was a good one.
Thanks for stopping by.
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone ❤️

Comment Replies:
Deb - Yes, the Drane garden, house, and grounds are all kept up with volunteers.

MsBB - The pedometer I use is called a Striiv and I've used it for many years.  I'm on the second one and they no longer make this kind.  I've tried a FitBit but returned it because didn't like it as much my Striiv.  My Striiv just fits in my pocket and I have it with me always. It is also very easy to see with big numbers.
It gives me the time, steps, miles, calories burned, and I can even play a game where I earn energies for steps walked so I can build structures and plants. 
As of just about 6:00 here is where I stand so far today.  Will probably have another thousand steps by the end of the day.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A Cool Summer's Day

A chilly start to the day at 41 degrees, but it was sunny
with nice crisp air and no breeze.


Enjoyed a walk around town, both cemeteries, and the ball park.

A couple of rabbits about and the deer was down by the Drane house 
again.  Pretty sure it is the same one.

Saw Joy and walking and we passed by each other two different times.

Stopped to take a peek to see how the garden at the
Drane house is doing.


This is behind the Drane house and the pond.


Walked  6.2  miles

Think these pretty flowers are Sweet Pea.


☀️    🚢‍♀️    ☀️

A beautiful sunny day though again on the cool side.
Great day for getting the laundry done.


Spent a good part of the day straightening up our bedroom closet.
Didn't throw anything out but gave it a good vacuuming and dusting.
Took everything down off the shelves and picked everything up off the floor.
Lots of dust accumulates on those top shelves!!
My side of the closet is always nice and neat but Ken's
side is a different story. πŸ™‚
Now his side is nice and neat too!

Got another Bible Lesson done this afternoon on the ABC lessons. 
I finished up with W for Witnessing.
Only three more lessons to go.

Didn't get all that much rhubarb this year but picked all
that was left - maybe enough for a half of a rhubarb cobbler.

That's it for today.
Thanks for stopping by.
A happy Wednesday to you.
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone ❤️
πŸ™‚

It's Wednesay! 
I'm breathing. 
I'm healthy. 
I'm truly blessed. 
I'm grateful for this day.

Comment Replies:
A few comments mentioned the 'gloves' so here's a recap about them.
It is me who finds the gloves along my walk and put them on the posts along the main road.  It is like they are waving good-bye to people leaving town.

They are mostly work gloves and I think maybe workers put their gloves on the roof or in back of their trucks and forget about them.  Then going down the road the gloves blow out of the truck. 

No one has picked any of the gloves off the posts but one day they will all be gone.  That's what happened last time anyway. 

Victor - I find all sorts of clothing.  Of course the gloves, but I've also seen boots, hats, shirts, jackets, sweaters, and socks. I don't pick them up or put them anywhere though. Just amused at the things I see.

Anni - I've heard it's not good to eat raw cookie dough too, but I've been eating it my whole life and don't intend to stop now. πŸ™‚

Deb - Yes, I do keep a record of the books I read.  Under the header picture is a link that says, Books in 2021, you'll find my list there. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Another Glove

 A rainy morning walk today with a temperature of 55 degrees.
Started with just a few gentle sprinkles and didn't even need
my umbrella.  Did bring it but left it in the Jeep.


The last couple of miles it started raining harder and then I
went back to the Jeep and got the umbrella.


Walked first to the library to drop off a DVD.
Finished up the series of Wings.
We enjoyed the series but the last season was pretty bad.
Seemed like they just ran out of story ideas so 
it was a good time to end it!!

Found glove number 7 and walked down the main road to
add it to a post.


 Continued walking around town and the ball park loop,
and ended with walking around the cemetery up the hill.

Didn't see anyone else out.
It's really quite nice walking in the rain once in a while.

Walked 6 miles

🌧    ☔️    πŸ™‚   

Off to the Shop and Save we went after breakfast to pick
up groceries for the week.  

Spent the rest of the day around the house.
Got a bit more cleaning done and changed a few more things around.
Straightened up a couple of book shelves and moved all the books
I haven't read yet to one place.

These are the colors of the weave-its I'm making for July's baby blanket.


Did a bit of reading too.
Rained during the morning but by lunch time it stopped
and even saw a little bit of sun.
Stayed cool though in the 50's.

That's all for today.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you Tuesday was a good one.
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone ❤️

It's TUESDAY! And since itsCHOOSEDAY: 
Choose to Smile. 
Choose to be Happy. 
Choose to Love. 
Choose to Bless. 
Choose to be a Blessing. 
Choose to be Humble. 
Choose to be Patient. 
Choose to be Kind...and above all. 
Choose God to guide your Life. 
HAPPY TUESDAY!
- unknown -

Comment Replies:
Kim - I'm sure the Rolling Pin will do great in their new spot.  They just had a little store in town and did great and that is why they moved to a bigger place.
No, didn't eat any cookies but did eat some cookie dough. πŸ˜€

Monday, June 21, 2021

Farm Loop Walk and The Rolling Pin


66 degrees this morning with a mix of sun and clouds and at times windy.
Nice to have the clouds and wind to keep things cool.

Walked the Farm Loop this morning.
Busy along the farms - TWO cars passed by me.  πŸ˜€

A couple of pictures along the way.



Once I got back to town, I walked around the lower cemetery
and a little around town.

The Rolling Pin Bakery is now open at the new location where
Annies' used to be.
They've kept Annie's Big Chair and put it by the outside eating area.


Didn't see any people walking around today.
Saw a couple of chipmunks run across the road.
Boy they can really move!!

Walked 6 miles

🌀    🚢‍♀️    πŸ™‚    🌸

Baked another 5 dozen chocolate chippers for Bible Time which
is coming up in three weeks.
This makes 15 dozen with another 5 to go.
Glad they freeze well so I can make them ahead of time.

Sheets dried super fast hanging out on the line today.
Sun and wind is quicker than a clothes dryer!

Mid afternoon, it got DARK and a thunder storm rolled on by.
Afterwards the sun came back out again.

Did a bit of house work and then read.
Supper was baked ziti.

Looks like another thunderstorm is about to come though.
In fact I think I just heard thunder.

Thanks for stopping by.
A happy Monday to you.
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone ❤️

πŸ™‚

Sunday, June 20, 2021

A Bible verse and sky pictures

 Happy Sunday

Galatians 6:9 and 10
 
 And let us not be weary in well doing: 
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
 
As we have therefore opportunity, 
 let us do good unto all men, 
especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
 
 πŸ“–     πŸ“–     πŸ“–

A couple of morning skies from this past week when out walking.
 


 An evening sky from my driveway.
Kind of hard to get a picture from the porch now that the trees are full.


A Blessed Sunday to all.
Jesus Loves You ❤️
 
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone ❤️

Saturday, June 19, 2021

The Purple Toilet

 A windy, cloudy morning with the threat of thunderstorms
and 66 degrees.
Never did rain while I was walking though so got to finish my walk dry.

Walked around town, the ball park, and cemeteries.

Another collage - this time a few streets around town.


Rebecca was out walking Leo and another woman out walking her dog too.











Another couple of trees are being taken down - some mighty tall pine trees.  

















Here's something you don't see too often in a front yard.
This purple toilet has been moving around from yard
to yard for a while now.


Walked 6 miles

☁️    πŸ™‚    πŸ’¨

After breakfast we made our weekly Saturday morning stop
at the Dollar General.

It was windy and looked like rain all day and it finally did late in the day.

I had a nice day just puttering about.
Got some reading done, a few weave-its made, and knitted.

I made pizza dough and Ken made the pizza which we had for supper.
David got back home yesterday and he and Liz came over 
and ate with us.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you had a happy Saturday.
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone ❤️


Comment Replies:
Replying to a the comments about snakes - Snakes really don't bother me.  The black snake is a good snake to have around, they eat mice!
The two poisonous snakes we have around here are the Timber Rattlesnake and the Eastern Copperhead, but I have never seen them here at Happy Trails.  Besides the black snake I've seen ribbon and garter snakes around here but they run away if you come upon one.

Ms BB - There is a link to the Drane house just below the posts and also a link to James Drane.
We go to bed around 11:30.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Friday

 Another beautiful sunny morning for walking but this time
the temperature was a little warmer at 50 degrees.
No wind but it did get windy later in the day.

Sunrise 5:49
Sunset 8:47

Had another walk around town, cemeteries and ball park.

Only two bulls are left now. 
I still go down and say good morning to them.

The Drane house in the early morning sun.


Liked the shadows in the path from the posts.
Amazing how quickly they got smaller and smaller each time
I walked around the cemetery.


This was the closest I could get to a little swallow sitting on the fence.
Times like this I wish I had a camera to zoom in instead of my phone.


On the way to town I saw a couple of young deer - probably twins
that have lost their spots not too long ago.
Another lone deer was farther along in the field.

Spotted a 3 or 4 black snake on the side of the road. 
Stayed away from it and thought it might even be dead.
But passing by later again it was gone.
It was either enjoying the warm sun or maybe a hawk or 
something picked it up.

Joy was out walking this morning. 
Joy, what a nice name.

Walked 6 miles

☀️    🚢‍♀️    πŸ™‚

We went to the dump to get rid our our garbage.
Then drove down to Oakland to the hardware store. 
Name of the store is
Naylor's.  πŸ™‚ 

Was outside this afternoon pulling more weeds out of the gravel.
Then sat on the porch and knitted - making yet another wash/dish cloth.

That's it for today.
Happy Friday to you.
Thanks for stopping by.
πŸ‘©πŸ»‍🦳 happyone ❤️