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


Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Church Bells

๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you all for the anniversary wishes. ๐Ÿ˜Š

It rained last night, turned colder, and then snowed.
Wasn't sure if walking in town would be slippery so walked
the first couple of miles in the basement.

We went out to Casselmans Market in Grantsville.
Needed just a few things so we were in and out lickity split.
Only a couple other people where shopping at the time. 

Before coming back home we drove through town so I could see
the conditions for walking.
Looked pretty good so after putting away the few things
when we got home I got into my walking clothes and went to town.
By this time it was 29 degrees and snowing.
Since I walked some in the basement only had 4 miles left to walk.

Walked around the one cemetery a couple of times.
It may look slippery but it was just snow.

Walked around the ball park a few times as well.

Yes, if you were going to ask,
those are my footsteps.

Walked up and down the main street in town too.
It was 12:00 noon has I approached the church and I got to
hear the bells of the church.
Here's a short video so you can hear them too.

Thought maybe I'd see someone else out walking because it was
a different time than I usually walk, but didn't see anyone.

๐ŸŒจ    ๐Ÿฅพ    ๐Ÿ˜Š

Last night we watched the movie Saving Mr Banks on DVD
that we got at the library.
We really enjoyed it.
I never read the Mary Poppins books so I'm planning on reading them now.
There are 8 books.
The first five books were published in
1934, 1935, 1943, 1952, and 1952.
The last three were in
1975, 1982, and 1988.

This afternoon found me doing my usual things.
Making a couple of Weave-its

Thanks for visiting.
Happy Tuesday

Monday, January 30, 2023

51 years

 Yesterday on my walk I saw a skunk in the industrial park.
I was walking down the road and the skunk was coming down a
hill to the road.
He saw me stopped, and I just kept walking.
After I passed the skunk continued on his way.
I turned around a took this not great picture.

36 degrees this morning when I went walking.
A misty, foggy, morning and no wind.
Sunrise was at 7:26 but I sure didn't see it.
Walk Steps 13045

Walked up and down the main street and both streets that run
parallel to it, both cemeteries and the ball park loop.

A few pictures along my way.
Starting out. 

Coming to the end.

No one else out walking this morning again.
It's been a while since I've seen any of my regular walker friends.

I did see Phil (Wigggle Man) and walked with him from the car dealers
to the post office a block away.

Got a text from David while I was walking and he just
Good thing we got the rain to melt the snow.

☁️    ๐Ÿฅพ    ๐Ÿ™‚    ๐ŸŒซ    ๐Ÿ”‘

Here it is Monday already again.
Got some chicken cooking in the crock pot first thing.
Then did my usual morning routine.

Ken made us Nachos for lunch.

I've started knitting a simple baby sweater
called a boat-neck sweater.

It is a rare day that we run out of ice cream but it happened.
So for our snack this evening 
I baked a cake.
A yellow box mix but did make the chocolate icing.

 I shredded the chicken that cooked in the crock pot all day
and we made chicken burritos with it for supper.
Still chicken left over to use for another meal.

Today is our wedding anniversary.
❤️ 51 years ❤️

Thanks for visiting.
A happy Monday to you.

Comment Replies:
Rose - No haven't read Hoosiers.
John - I usually start my walk at 6:30 in the morning. Sometimes a bit earlier and sometimes a bit later but it is always the first thing I do when I wake up.

Vee - Tried to put a link to the jigidi puzzle I made but no one can get to the link without signing in. 

Sunday, January 29, 2023


 Happy Sunday

 A couple of sunrises

Our pastor preached a sermon on these verses this. morning.

๐Ÿ“– Matthew 7:13-14 ๐Ÿ“–

 Enter ye in at the strait gate: 
for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, 
that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, 
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.


We are all walking down the road called life.
We can follow down the road with the WORLD which leads to destruction
we can turn off the road and go through the strait and narrow
gate with Jesus which leads to heaven.

๐Ÿ“– John 14:6 ๐Ÿ“–

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: 
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 

A Blessed Sunday to all.
Jesus Loves You ❤️

Comment Replies:
Vee - I did make a puzzle out of yesterdays puzzle and yes I did crop it a bit.

Sandi - Jigidi is a place to do on line jigsaw puzzles. 

Saturday, January 28, 2023


Decided to go to town and check out the walking places there.
Glad I did because I found places to walk.

Icy in places where I avoided walking.

Other places good so walked there.

Also walked down the main road toward home a ways, turned around
and then back to town.
Had to do a bit of back and forth down the same roads
but it sure was nice to get outside for a walk.

Didn't see anyone else out walking.

Temperature was 34 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds and a bit of a breeze too.
Sunrise - 7:27
Walk Steps - 12,807

I think this scene would make a good jigsaw puzzle.
I'll probably make a puzzle of it on Jigidi

I ate the last scone for breakfast this morning.
Next time I make them it will be blueberry ones.

We went out this morning to do some errands.
The dump in Grantesville and then over to the library.
Back in our town we went to our library also and then the Dollar General.
Home in time for lunch.

In the afternoon I read, puzzled, and made a few weave-its.

Thanks for popping in for a visit.
Hope you had an enjoyable Saturday.

Comment Replies:
Debby - Ken was in the Navy and was stationed in Edzell. A most enjoyable 4 years.  Our daughter Debbi was born there.

Anni and Vee - Didn't hang the Bosson heads in a group.  They are scattered around the house.

By the way my favorite Bosson head is the Lifeboatman.

Ginny - Chalkware is made of moulded plaster of Paris or sculpted gypsum and painted with oils or watercolors. 

Friday, January 27, 2023

Bosson Heads

Another day getting my steps walked in the basement.
More snow and icy in town.

 Finished up the housework for the week.

Now that the afghan is done I'm back to making weave-it squares
for next months baby blanket.

๐ŸŒจ    ☁️    ⛅️

Bosson Heads are chalkware figures which were made
 in Congleton, England from 1946 to 1996.
When we lived in Scotland back in the 70's I collected them.
They were inexpensive at just a couple of pounds each so I bought
quite a few of them during the 4 years we lived there.

Only six of them have survived over the years and they
had a couple of places where the paint chipped off.
The other day Ken touched them up with his train paints
and today I hung them up around the house.

The Boatman




Sea Captain

The Smuggler

๐Ÿšœ    ๐Ÿšœ

After lunch we went outside.
I tried to do some snow shoveling but there were layers
of ice, snow, ice, and more snow which made it about impossible.
Ken did what he could with the tractor and at least now
we can drive up and down the driveway.
While he was on the tractor I walked around in the snow.

All kinds of weather today, snow, wind, cloud, and a couple of peeks
of the sun for a minute or two here and there.

That's all I have for today.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hope your day was a happy one.

A person who never made a mistake 
never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Walking inside again

Winter weather had me walking down in the basement again today.
Walked 4000 steps three times,
first thing in the morning,
before lunch
and mid afternoon.

Got the house chores out of the way and then

 I baked Chocolate Chip Scones.
A new recipe for me.
We both liked them!!
Cut it out of a magazine years ago but never made them.
You can get the recipe

I've been going through recipes that I have saved over the years.
Ones I know I'm never going to try got thrown out.
Now I want to make the recipes I've saved and then either
keep it or throw it out.

Finished reading the second book, 
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman.
After I read about a quarter of the book I said I liked it
but not as much as the first one.
Now that I read the whole book, I take that back.
It was just as good and this one even made me cry.
I give this one 5 stars too.
Now I can finally get to the third book which is the selection 
for next months book club.
Before I start on that one, I have an Anne Perry book I'd like to finish first.

The knitted ripple afghan is DONE!!
If you care to take a look at it you can find it 
That's all for today.
Thanks for visiting.
Happy Thursday

Bakers make the world smell better. 
- Anonymous -

Wednesday, January 25, 2023


Snow and a wintry mix of snow and ice forecasted for today but when I got up nothing was falling from the sky so decided to go to town for my walk.
It was 27 degrees, cloudy and windy.
Sunrise 7:30
Walk Steps 11889

Plenty of good places to walk without ice in town, but some places still icy.
Walked through town and went over to the industrial park.
Good walking there and on the street 
between the industrial park and the main road.
No sign yet of the wintry weather on the way.

Sure nice being able to outside walking.
Didn't see any people or animals either, and just a few cars.  
School was cancelled because of the weather.

I was walking up this road behind the house where we used to live 

and that is when the snow started.  
Usually it starts with a few flurries for a while before it really starts to snow.
Not today.
By the time I got to end of the road and turned around at the circle and walked back a few minutes later it looked like this.

I'm just a little over a half mile away from the Jeep at this point 
but thought I'd better get back to the Jeep and home.

It took less than 10 minutes to get back to the Jeep
 and this is down the main road in town already.

By the time I got back to the Jeep, 
the wind was blowing the snow in my face and I could barely see.  
Was glad to make it back.

On the way back home in the Jeep.

Glad I got to walk outside but just as glad to get back home in a nice cozy house.

๐ŸŒจ    ๐Ÿฅพ    ๐Ÿ˜Š    ๐ŸŒจ

Mid morning the snow changed to a snow/sleet mix.
It all stopped by lunch time.

Thought for sure I would have finished knitting the afghan last
night but still working on it.
Just have 3 more rows to do later so it WILL be done today.

Worked on the latest puzzle this afternoon.
Haven't worked on it for a few days so just have all the pieces
laid out on the table, the border done and a few other pieces in place.

Thanks for visiting.
Hope your day was a happy one.

Comment Replies:
Sandi - We did have a treadmill at one time but I just don't like walking on one.  I'd much rather walk loops in the basement.  At least I move and don't walk and not get anywhere. ๐Ÿ˜€ 

Anni - Your comment made me laugh.  So true!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

A Little Sun

Once again couldn't walk in town and got all my steps in down the basement. 

Grocery shopping this morning at the Shop and Save.

A picture from the parking lot of a couple of the Ski slopes at Wisp.

We go through town on the way to get to the Shop and Save 
and I got a good look at the side roads and sidewalks - not good for walking.  
Made a good decision to walk inside today.  
Have a feeling I'll be walking inside tomorrow too.
More snow and freezing rain is supposed to be on its way.
Well, I am thankful that I do have the basement for walking.

Nice to see a little bit of the sun this afternoon.
We took a drive to Grantsville to the library there and picked out a few DVD's.
As we arrived the Amish buggy was leaving.

Didn't get any more house cleaning done today.
That will have to wait until tomorrow.

Never did finish the afghan yesterday but maybe this evening.
Knitted a little this afternoon but mostly read.

That's going to be it for today.
Hope your Tuesday was a good one.
Thanks for visiting.

You have the power to motivate and inspire.
 Let your enthusiasm shine.
- J.D. Crighton -

Monday, January 23, 2023

A little more snow

Not a good morning for walking in town. 
Snowing and slippery on the sidewalks and side roads.
Had to make due with walking laps in the basement.

A couple of train layout scenes that I passed many many times doing laps.

This one is for you Bettye.

There was a banana sitting in the fruit bowl turning brown 
so made banana pancakes for breakfast.

Did the usual morning chores around the house 
and then got started on this weeks house cleaning.  
Got a good bit done.

I've been reading the second book in the trilogy, Us Against You 
and though I do like it I liked Beartown better.  
I'm about a quarter of the way through it.

The knitted afghan I'm making is coming along nicely.  
I might even finish it later this evening.

Since we didn't make pizza o Friday like we usually do, we made it for supper today.

I leave you today with a few pretty snowy pictures taken looking out the windows.

Thanks for visiting.
Happy Monday

 You don't knit because you are patient. 
You are patient because you knit.
- Stephanie Pearl-McPhee -

Sunday, January 22, 2023


 Happy Sunday
Pictures taken last Monday morning and the last time we saw the sun.

๐Ÿ“– Matthew 10:29 ๐Ÿ“–
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? 
and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

This is one of the hymns we sang in church this morning.
It was one of my Grandmother's favorites

๐ŸŽถ His Eye Is On The Sparrow ๐ŸŽถ
 words by Civilla Durfee Martin 
music by Charles Gabriel

1. Why should I feel discouraged, 
why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, 
and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? 
My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.


I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

2. Let not your heart be troubled, 
His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, 
I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, 
but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

3. Whenever I am tempted, 
whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, 
when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, 
from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

A Blessed Sunday to all.
Jesus Loves You ❤️

Hi Bettye 
No racing down the hallway with your walker. ๐Ÿ˜Š ❤️

Saturday, January 21, 2023

A turn around

I got my walking done in the basement today.
Snowing like crazy when I got up but I did get dressed for my walk.
Drove halfway to town in the snow.
The main road was snowy and slippery, didn't see any other cars out, and said to myself, Are you crazy, go back home. 
So I made a U turn and home I went.

The snow stopped by lunchtime and I'm sure the roads were all clear by then, but don't think it would have been very good for walking in town.

In the afternoon I walked up to the cabin.
Yesterday David dropped his Jeep key somewhere walking from his Jeep to the cabin.
Didn't realize he lost the key till today and by that time it had snowed.
He looked and looked but couldn't find it.
Usually I am the one to find things like that so said I'd come up and take a look for it.  
I didn't have any luck either.  Not much snow around so hopefully when it melts the key will show up.  

Took this picture walking down the driveway from the cabin.

Stopped to take this picture when I went down our driveway to get the mail. 
You can barely make out the cows down there in the snow.

It was a nice day around the house doing all the usual things.

Thanks for visiting.
Happy Saturday

Friday, January 20, 2023

Beartown and another puzzle


This morning when I walked it was snowing, 32 degrees and on the windy side.
Sunrise 7:33 but I never saw the sun.
Walk Steps 12707

The snow was just starting to stick but the main roads were wet.
Side streets were getting to be a bit slick for walking and after walking here

I stayed on the main road.
Walked past the Dollar General to the turn around spot up at the farm which is down this way about a half mile.

 Walked back through town.  Sidewalks were good because of all the grit on them.

Continued walking out of town toward home about a half mile down here before turning around and walking back to town.

Lastly I walked around the lower cemetery.

The only person I saw was Phil the Wiggleman.

The snow was better than rain (didn't get wet) and it really was a nice walk.

๐ŸŒจ     ๐Ÿฅพ    ๐Ÿ˜€

It snowed throughout the day but didn't really amount to much.

Finished Beartown and some of you wanted to know how I liked it.  
I thought it was excellent and gave it 5 stars.  
Started the second book in the trilogy, Us Against You and it picked off right where the first book ended.  
After hearing me talk about the book Ken is now going to read it - pretty sure he will like it too.

It's about a small town out in the middle of nowhere that doesn't have much going for it except the hockey team.  Everything revolves around hockey.  That being said it is not so much about hockey as the people.

Did a variety things this afternoon.
  • Played a game of Scrabble with Ken
  • Sewed the first strip of weave-its together for the baby blanket
  • Read
  • Knitted a few rows on my afghan
  • Though I didn't start it yet, picked out the next puzzle to do.

We've done this one before and it is a challenge but I love the picture.
Kind of reminds me of my town.

Nothing else for today.
Thanks for visiting.
Hope your Friday has been a good one.
12707 walk
15421 day

You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total
of this world's happiness now. How? 
By giving a few words of sincere appreciation 
to someone who is lonely or discouraged. 
Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, 
but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.

- Dale Carnegie -

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Half and Half

It was a cold rainy morning so half of my walk today was in the basement.

Even though I brought breakfast for the women doing Blankets for Babies I ate breakfast before I left for church.  
We don't eat till about 10 and I would have been starving by then.

I brought the muffins I made yesterday, orange juice, and a fruit salad of strawberries, melon, blueberries, and grapes.

The muffins were a hit with everyone but the favorite was the blueberry and the least the lemon poppyseed.

The colors I'm using for the next blanket is red and white and it will be checked.

After blankets I went to visit Bettye at the nursing home.  
Dorothy, another church lady who also makes blankets came along with me.
We had a nice visit with Bettye.  
Still improving and getting stronger.

On the way back home the rain stopped so when I got back to town I pulled in by the pond, parked and went walking.  
It was near 40 and I had my walking shoes on so it seemed a good idea.
Since I only had half my walk to do it went fast.

In a lot of places it is a muddy mess.

I was really hungry when I got home because didn't eat lunch till 2:00. 

What was left of the afternoon, I made a few squares and read.

And that's all for today.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Thursday
14785 day

Life's not promised to anyone. 
 Live today and love someone. 
 Don't live life so critical. 
 Make room for your miracle.

- Derek Allen -