Walking is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside. Elizabeth von Arnim

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Sunday, December 31, 2023

Sunday

 Happy Sunday and New Years Eve


Deuteronomy 11:12

A land which the LORD thy God careth for: 
the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, 
from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

Five things to do every day that will make us better Christians.

1. Meditate in the Bible every day.

Joshua 1:8

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; 
but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, 
that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: 
for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, 
and then thou shalt have good success.

2. Spend time in prayer every day.

Psalm 5:3

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; 
in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

3. Be a witness every day.

Acts 1:8

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: 
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, 
and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, 
and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

4. Perform an act of kindness every day.

Ephesians 4:32

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, 
even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

5. Express gratitude every day.

Psalm 68:19

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, 
even the God of our salvation. Selah.


A Blessed Sunday and New Year to all.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

Comment Replies:
GrannyM - We just put together the book of Romans.  We've done them in Spanish, French, and English. 

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Third and final work day for the year.

We had a dusting of snow over night and some flurries hanging around
as I walked and throughout the day.
32 degrees and a little breeze.
Started walking in town at 6:30 and sun rise was 7:37.


Walked to the library first thing again and put a DVD down the drop.
Then  walked around town, the ball park loop and one
of the cemeteries. 


LOTS of birds in the field where the corn was and when I came by
they all took off.
You might have to enlarge to picture to see the birds.


Once again it was pretty much a ghost town this morning.
As I was leaving the parking lot to drive home I spotted Lisa.

Morning Walk Steps 10,126

☁️    ๐Ÿ™‚    ๐ŸŒจ

Walk a little short again this morning because it was another Fingerprints
work day at church and had to leave early.
We worked today from 9:00 - 12:30 and a good group of 18
turned out to work.
I worked on the cutter the whole time.
These three days we got 10,206 Romans books put together,
stapled, cut, and boxed up.
The grand total for the year of 2023 was 78,808.
 A pretty good total I'd say.

On the way home we stopped at Taco Bell for a bite to eat.
Also stopped at the Oakland library while we were in the area.
A stop at Shop and Save and another one at DG Market before
getting home.
Nice to be home and sit and read for a little while!!!
I've read 100 pages of Demon Copperhead and lsoo far like it.
Pretty sure I'll like the rest of it too.
It is hard to put down so don't think it will take me that long to read.

Hope your Saturday was a happyone.
Thanks for stopping by.
happyone ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

Friday, December 29, 2023

A BIG BOOK

Got to town at 6:45 and started walking.
31 degrees, calm and once the sun rose at 7:37 
there was a mix of sun and clouds.

Walked around both cemeteries, the ball park and around town.



Lisa was out walking and I saw the guy running his laps around the ball park.

A rabbit hopped across the road by the one cemetery and
KitKat was by the pond and walked along with me a short way
after I gave him a little pet.

Pretty quiet again around town.

Morning Walk Steps 11,326

๐ŸŒค    ๐Ÿˆ    ๐Ÿ™‚

Walking steps a tad short today because I had to get home so we could
leave on time to get to church for Day 2 of working on Fingerprints.
A low turn out again but we got quiet a few Romans books done
and had a fun time.
Someone brought donuts and I didn't have a one!!!
This time I spent all three hours (9:00 - 12:00)
folding covers.

Home this afternoon just hanging about doing some fun stuff.
I drove to town again and went to the library after seeing
an email from the library saying a book I had on reserve was ready for pick up.
This book was recommended by a woman in my book club.
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver.
It is quite a big book with 882 pages in it though it is large print.
Hope it's good.  ๐Ÿ™‚


Looking forward to pizza in a little bit, Ken is making it now.

Happy Friday (I've been thinking is was Sat all day)
and thanks for stopping by.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

Comment Replies:
Debby - I still have all the Christmas decorations up. Try to wait till new years to take them down but rarely make it.  Probably will this year though because I've been busy.  I too like the lights up and keep the lights around the mantel up year round.

Thursday, December 28, 2023

No rain and a work day

 To town and walking at 6:30.
Sunrise 6:37
42 degrees and happy to say no rain, just cloudy, and letter we saw the sun.
Morning Walk Steps 13,171

First walked over to the library and put a book down the drop.
Continued all around town, down the road towards home, back again,
and both of the cemeteries.

Now that the corn is finally cut down I can see the barn from
the cemetery again.


Lisa was out walking this morning and since it has been a while
since I've see her, we stopped and had a chat.

I returned to the Jeep a couple of times to take off a layer of clothing.
It felt a lot warmer out that 42, maybe because there was no wind.

☁️    ๐Ÿ˜€    ๐Ÿฅพ

Did a few things around the house this morning and then we were off
to church for a Fingerprint Ministry work day.
Work was scheduled today between 12:00 and 5:00.
Low turn out but we who were there had a good time working
and got quite a lot done.
I did a lot bit of everything.
Will head back to church tomorrow morning for a half day of work.

Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Framed after 3 years

There was a drizzly rain the whole time I walked this morning.
45 degrees and just a little breeze.
To town and walking at 6:40
Sunrise 7:36
 Morning Walk Steps 13,354

A very random walk up and down the streets all over town.
Walked around the ball park loop a few times.

The chickens all came running over to me.
Had to tell them I had no food.


Got all my steps in before I had time to walk around the cemeteries.

Another quiet morning around town.
No people and very few cars.

๐ŸŒง    ๐Ÿ™‚    ๐ŸŒง

Another puzzle got started today.
I have all the pieces out on the table and the border is done.
We've done this one a couple of times already too and will be giving this one
away also.
Going through the puzzles this year one last time.
Next year we can buy new ones to do.


Three years ago I finished this counted cross stitch and it as been 
sitting around waiting for a frame.
Maybe some of you remember it.
Ken made the frame and I'm happy to say the picture is hanging on the wall.


That's all I have for today.
Happy Wednesday and thanks for stopping by.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Tuesday

It was raining when I got to town and started walking at 6:40.
43 degrees with a bit of a breeze.
Sunrise 7:36

Walked all over town up and down the sides streets and down the main road.
 

With school closed this week it was very quiet around town,
almost like a Sunday morning.

Walked around the ball park and both of the cemeteries.
The rain had pretty much stopped by the time I got to the ball park
and the bit of a breeze turned into WIND.
The kind that makes you take a step backward walking into it and
pushes you along when walking with it.


Workers were at the first new house doing the electric.
Nothing happening at the second new house nor at the modular home.

Morning Walk Steps 13,097

๐ŸŒง    ๐Ÿ™‚    ☁️

We finished the jigsaw puzzle we've been working on last evening.
It was the third time we've done it so we will be giving it away.


Did some chores around the house.
We usually go food shopping on Tuesday but didn't need anything today.

This afternoon I read and knitted.
Back to knitting on a blanket that was put on hold a while so I could
make some other things for Christmas.

It's been a dreary kind of day but the Christmas lights around the
house made it cheery.
I usually take all the Christmas decorations down a couple of days
after but am trying to wait until New Years Day before putting it all away.

Hope your day was a good one.
Thanks for popping in for a visit.
Happy Tuesday
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. 
Be happy now.

Earl Nightingale

Monday, December 25, 2023

Did I walk today?

 Merry Christmas


I actually THOUGHT about not walking but I DID.
If I didn't walk I'd just be sitting at home waiting for Ken to get up because
I'm always up before him.
Walking around in my little town in the early morning watching the day begin
and thanking God for all my many blessing was the perfect way to 
begin this Christmas day.

I was at town and walking at 6:30.
No white Christmas for us this year, it was 42 degrees and cloudy.
Morning Walk Steps 12,741

Walked all over town, both cemeteries and the ball park.
The guy who runs laps around the ball park was doing his laps.

Walking down to the cemetery KitKat came out to meet me and
walked about a block with me.
He walked ahead of me and kept looking around to make sure I was still there.


Most people had all their Christmas lights on and since it was still dark
it was nice seeing all the lights.

When I got back home Ken was up and had all our Christmas lights on.

I made us blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

David and Liz came over this afternoon to enjoy the day with us.

๐ŸŽ„   ๐ŸŽ„    ๐ŸŽ„


Matthew 1:21-23

 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: 
for he shall save his people from their sins.

 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled 
which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

 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.


Happy Monday, Happy Christmas and thanks for stopping by.
Thank you, my blog friends for visiting throughout the year and a special thank you to all who leave comments.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ


I passed by a church and this was written on the sign.

Jesus was born so you could be born again.

That says it all and again may you all have a
Very Merry Christmas
and take a little time out of all the fun to remember Jesus.
Happy Birthday Jesus.

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Sunday and Happy Christmas Eve

Happy Sunday and Christmas Eve


๐ŸŽ„   ๐ŸŽ„   ๐ŸŽ„
 

Luke 1:46-47

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Away in a Manager

Away in a manger
No crib for a bed.
The little Lord Jesus
Lay down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky
Look down where He lay.
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing.
The poor baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus.
No crying He makes
I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky.
And stay by my side
'Til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray.
Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there.

Have a Blessed Sunday and Christmas Eve.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Purple Sky

34 degrees this morning, cloudy and calm.
Sunrise 7:35

At town and walking at 6:45.
Walked through town and over to the DG Market.
Planned on turning around there but instead walked the road behind the store
and then around the industrial park.

A farm behind the industrial park and one I pass when walking the farm loop from the other side.
Love the purple and pink sky.


Also walked around the ball park and one of the cemeteries.
Isn't this a perfect Christmas tree!!
It should have lots of lights on it.


Very quiet around town, didn't see anyone out.
 Morning Walk Steps 13.039

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A lot of you mentioned my wooden Christmas tree from yesterday.
I made it quite a few years ago.
Cut it out on a scroll saw and painted it.
I have three that size (6 1/2 inches) and three an inch or so smaller.
Don't have a scroll saw any more but would like to get another one.
It was fun making things with it.
We sold things like that in a shop when we lived down in Waldorf, MD.

It was stitching day at the library.
I went but was the only one there.
Still it was a nice time because no one else was in the library at all
except for Connie the librarian and we had a very nice visit.

This is our little library.
It my be small and not have lots and lots of books but there is never a
book they can't get for you.


That's my coat and knitting basket on the red chair on the left.


Made chili in the crock pot today.

Puttered about doing this and that in the afternoon after lunch.

Happy Saturday and thanks for stopping by.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

Friday, December 22, 2023

From sign to sign

 

Didn't get to town to start walking till 6:50 - woke up a little bit later than usual.
Sunrise was at 7:34.
Temperature was 29 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds.

On my way to town I saw only one deer and a rabbit.

First walked over to the library and put a book and DVD down the drop.
Walked up and down one of the roads a block away from the main one.
Continued down the road toward home and then back through town.

The welcome to town sign coming into town from the south end which
is the way I come to town from home.


I walked to the north end and turned around at the other welcome
to town sign.
It is one mile from sign to sign.


On the way back I took a walk around the industrial park.
Then back through the rest of town and by that time I had walked
all of my steps.
When I got back to the Jeep there was an envelope on it.
A Christmas card and thank you note from Kinsley for the scarves.
Sure made me smile.
๐Ÿ˜€

The first of the new houses being built was getting the concrete poured
for the driveway this morning.  
That answers my question of macadam or concrete.

Morning Walk Steps 13,663

๐ŸŽ„    ๐ŸŽ„    ๐ŸŽ„

Did my usual house chores in the morning.

This afternoon I spent reading, knitting, and doing the puzzle which is
proving to be a challenge this time around too.
Better a challenge than too easy.

Yesterday I found the last of the candy peanuts.
I'm hoping the next thing will be chocolate kisses!!

Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

Comment Replies:
Sandi - No, the bulls and cows don't fight.  They are really gentle and curious animals, at least the ones I know.  The metal fence runs along the whole side of the barn and just keeps the animals inside.  On the other side of the fence is a concrete trough dug in the ground and the hay gets dumped in there.  Some of the slats in the fence move so the animals can get their heads through to eat.  Hope this explains your question.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Snowman


Was at town and walking at 6:45.
Still a few icy places around where I couldn't walk but didn't have a
problem finding places where I could.

23 degrees, calm and cloudy.
Sunrise 7:34


Walked around town where I could and one of the cemeteries.
Went over to see the bulls.
Lots of hay for these fellows.


Also walked up and down the main road toward home and back.
As expected didn't see anyone else and it was very quiet around town.

Morning Walk Steps 12,092

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป    ๐ŸŽ„    ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿป

It was a Blankets for Babies work day at church so I left right after breakfast.
We worked on blankets till about 11:00.
Then we had an ornament exchange and a few other little gifts
that we gave each other.
Played a little game of naming Christmas songs and then we had lunch.
As usual we did a lot of laughing and had a great time.

At home this afternoon I didn't feel like doing any work,
so just puttered about the house.

Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

This is the ornament I ended up with which I thought was so cute.
Snowman

He lights up too.


Wednesday, December 20, 2023

A walk to town


 I left the house a little later than usual this morning at 8:40.
Walked to town instead of driving.
That's why I left later after breakfast - wanted to walk in the sunshine.

It was only 16 degrees but with the sun shining and no wind it was
actually quite nice.

It's a little over two miles to town.


Also didn't think the sidewalks or side roads would be clear of ice and snow
and I was right, so glad I decided to walk.


I turned around and headed back down towards home when I got to town.
When I got to Barn Sale Road walked up that way.


Then back down and walked home.
This is the road I live on.


Around a couple of curves that go up a hill that is steeper than it looks
in the picture!!


My driveway is up there on the left.


Forgot to look at my pedometer before I left so don't have an
accurate step count of my morning walk but it was probably around 12,500.

Didn't see anyone else out and walking up and down my road didn't see
any cars either. 
Cars just on the main road.
It was a very quiet and peaceful walk.

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป    ๐ŸŽ„    ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿป

Worked on the latest puzzle a little this morning and late morning
we took a trip to the dump and got rid of our garbage..

After lunch I did a wee bit more cleaning.

Started reading a Miss Read book.
I'm reading the Fairacre series now.

Since I've finished with Christmas knitting I'm back to knitting the shawl
I started for myself.

Some of the Christmas cookies I baked, I put in tin and was walking
up the lane to give it to a neighbor.
On the way I saw Liz coming home from work and she stopped to say hi.
Then the neighbors I was taking the cookies too came driving down the lane.
He stopped and I gave him the tin of cookies.
Never did get very far up the lane.

Happy Wednesday and thanks for stopping by.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

Comment Replies:
Faith - My parents lived right on Abenaki Lake.  They lived in a log cabin and there was a gazebo down by the water.  Perhaps you've seen it!!

Diana - We probably got 4 or 5 inches of snow.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Tuesday

Not a good day for walking in town.
Snow, wind, maybe ice, no clear place for walking.
Started getting my steps for the day in the basement first thing.
Had three sessions in all.

After breakfast did some house cleaning.

I went outside after lunch and swept off the porch and in front of the garage.
Walked down our icy driveway to get the mail.
Shoveled a little snow but really wasn't out all that long.

I finished sewing up the baby blanket for December.


Also tied the cards on the mini prayer squares.

Supper today is tuna casserole and broccoli.
I call lit tuna casserole but actually use canned chicken.

Happy Tuesday and thanks for popping in for a visit.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

Comment Replies:
Faith - Under the header is a tab, WALKING FAQ and there you will find every question I could think of about my walking. 

๐Ÿ“–    ๐Ÿ“–    ๐Ÿ“–
I finished my Bible reading.
Each year I read the Bible through and I got done a little early this year.
Those last few verses of Revelation always give me the chills.
22:18-21 

 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things,
God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, 
God shall take away his part out of the book of life, 
and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. 
Amen. 
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Monday, December 18, 2023

Split walk

Didn't look so nice outside this morning when I got up.
A cold rain was falling and I just didn't feel like getting wet
so decided to walk in the basement.
After two miles down there I noticed it had stopped raining
and went outside to check the weather.
Didn't feel cold either so got on my outside walking clothes and went to town.
It was 37 degrees and was just cloudy.
Arrived in town at 7:30 and walked around town, the cemetery
and the ball park.
A few snow showers came and went while I was walking and it got windy.

The corn has finally been cut down.


Walking down the main street in town I saw Liz driving in town and turn
down the post office road so I walked to the post office to see her.
She was mailing off some pretty big packages to her kids and I helped
her carry the packages inside.

She made us some cookies and was going to drop them off at the house
so she just gave them to me now.
When we got out of the post office it was like a blizzard but it only lasted
for about 5 minutes and then it stopped.

Finished walking and then went back to the Jeep.

Total of the basement walking steps and town steps were 13,541.

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป    ๐ŸŽ„    ๐Ÿคถ๐Ÿป

Today I made Pfeffernusse Cookies.
Some I'm giving away but keeping some for myself too because
these are some of my favorite cookies.
It's one of those things I say I'm going to bake at other times of the year
but never do.

We had snow on and off today but so far it hasn't amounted to anything.
We shall see what the morning brings.

Did some reading this afternoon and finished knitting all the 
mini prayer squares that I wanted to make.

Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ


Comment Replies:
Melanie - You are right, picture is sunrise. 

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Sunday

 Happy Sunday


Another pink glow picture from yesterday.



๐ŸŽถ Infant Holy, Infant Lowly ๐ŸŽถ
- A Polish Carol translated by Edith, M. G. Read -

 Infant holy, infant lowly, for His bed a cattle stall;
oxen lowing, little knowing Christ, the babe, is Lord of all.
Swift are winging angels singing, Noels ringing, tidings bringing:
Christ the babe is Lord of all!
Christ the babe is Lord of all!

 Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new
saw the glory, heard the story, tidings of the gospel true.
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises voicing, greet the morrow:
Christ the babe was born for you;
Christ the babe was born for you.


๐Ÿ“– Luke 2:12 ๐Ÿ“–

You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

A Blessed Sunday to you.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ

Comment Replies:
Ellen - The kids at our church had their Christmas program today too.  They all did such a great job!! 

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Farm Loop

 28 degrees this morning and clear when I got to town and started walking at 6:40.
The sun rose at 7:31 and once it came over the mountain it was sunny.

I walked through town, passed up the DG Market and kept walking
till I came to the left turn to take me around the the farm loop.

A pink sky this morning which turned everything to a beautiful pink glow.


It didn't last long though and by the time I got to the top of the hill
and started down the other side the color was gone.


Remember this leaning silo?


It finally toppled over.


Didn't see anyone around the loop and for 2 1/2 miles didn't even see
a car and I could walk down the middle of the road.

When I got to the school I walked along the path to the playground
and stopped to have a ride on the swing.


The three sheep at the school were laying down in the hay by the door
and when they saw me they got up


and came over to see me.
The third one wasn't that interested.


From the school I walked down the hill and made my way over to the Jeep.

Nice walking the farm loop for a change.
It was Saturday so didn't have to worry about walking in the road
(no sidewalks)
with the school buses and people bringing kids to school.

Morning Walk Steps 13,807

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป    ๐ŸŽ„    ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป

Went to the library to meet up with the stitching group.
4 of us there this morning.
I knitted another mini pray square.

Mikie made us all an infinity scarf, (we each got to pick out a color)
Jalene gave us a little note book
and Sally made some ornaments.
She made a few different ones and we each picked out one.
I chose the cardinal.


They were all surprises and I feel bad because I didn't have anything for them.

We're having roasted Italian sausage and vegetables again for supper.
Just change the vegetable and it's like a different meal.
Today I cut up carrots, potatoes, red bell peppers, and a zucchini.
It's in the oven right now.

Happy Saturday and thanks for stopping by.
happyone๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿฆณ