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


Sunday, April 30, 2023


 Happy Sunday

Sunset from the other day.

🎶 He Keeps Me Singing 🎶
Luther B Bridges

1. There's within my heart a melody;
Jesus whispers sweet and low,
"Fear not, I am with you, peace, be still,"
in all of life's ebb and flow.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
sweetest name I know,
fills my every longing,
keeps me singing as I go.

2. All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,
discord filled my heart with pain,
Jesus swept across the broken strings,
stirred the slumbering chords again. 

3. Though sometimes He leads through waters deep,
trials fall across the way;
though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,
see His footprints all the way. 

4. Feasting on the riches of His grace,
resting 'neath His sheltering wing,
always looking on His smiling face,
that is why I shout and sing. 

5. Soon He's coming back to welcome me
far beyond the starry sky;
I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown,
I shall reign with Him on high. 

📖 Colossians 3:16 📖

 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; 
teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

A Blessed Sunday to all.
Jesus Loves You❤️

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Another pot holder and my poinsettia

 45 degrees this morning when I walked.
Just a few sprinkles of rain when I started out but it soon
stopped and was cloudy the rest of the time.
Sunrise 6:20
Morning Walk Steps 13,813

Went first to the post office to mail a letter and then to the
library to drop off a couple of DVD's.

Next went to the cemeteries and walked around both of them.

Made a stop at the big barn to say hi to the cows.
So cute watching the little one give mama
a nudge and a lick.

This picture taken looking out at the end of the big barn.

Walked over to the ball park and walked around it a couple of times.
This is the short little trail right behind the park.

Continued walking down the main road and some side streets
and that was the end of my walk.

Very quiet around town.
The only person I saw was Phil the Wiggle Man making his daily video.

Missed my walk yesterday and so glad to be out walking this morning.

🙂    🥾    ☁️

We went shopping at the Dollar General this morning
right after breakfast.

I bought another pot holder and hung it up in the kitchen.
A pretty good deal at 99 cents.

I know this poinsettia looks a bit straggly but I bought it in Nov 2021.
It didn't turn red at Christmas but is turning red now.
Know you're supposed to put in in the dark or something but I
just keep it sitting out.  Figure when it dies I'll throw it out.

I'm reading Fort Misery
by William W Johnstone.
I don't usually read westerns and I'm surprised at how much I like it.

Also spent some time knitting this afternoon.

That's it for today.
Happy Saturday and thanks for visiting.

Comment Replies:
Debbie - My cleaning routine is pretty flexible.  Each Monday I start at one side of the house and clean till I get sick of cleaning.  I do that each day and by the time Friday comes along I'm finished!! Some weeks I start at one end of the house and other weeks at the other end. 
I do laundry on sunny days because I don't have a clothes dryer.  If the weather won't cooperate I have a large clothes rack and put it over a heating vent.  You would be surprised at how fast the clothes dry.

Friday, April 28, 2023

Book Crossing

 💦I usually like walking in the rain but not today.
There was a cold steady rain, it was windy
and just didn't feel like getting wet.💦

Did another load of laundry but no hanging on the line today.
Clothes had to get hung on my nice big drying rack.

I stayed in the house all day.
Got the last of the house chores done for this week.

Then it was time for reading, making weave-its and knitting.

I joined a website called Book Crossing.
It is a good way to give away books you no longer want.
You register a book and it is given a number.
A note is put in the book saying something like,
This book is free and is registered at BookCrossing.com 
so its journey can be tracked.
Please go to BookCrossing.com and enter 
this BCID number, (the number here is the registered number you gave it)
to let me know you found it.
Then read it and pass the book along.

You can hand write the note or you can buy stickers to put in the books.

Thought it might be fun to track where the books go.

And that's all for today.
Sorry no photos.
Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by.

Comment Replies:
GrannyM - I'm not that much taller than you at 5'5". 🙂

Thursday, April 27, 2023

A nice sunny day

This morning when I walked it was 38 degrees,
sunny, and no wind - beautiful walking weather!!
Sunrise 6:22
Morning Walking Steps 14,166

Walked around the lower cemetery first and then up to the
one up the hill.
Went left to see the cows in the big barn.
All the cows have had their calves.
Farmer Marvin was there among the cows and calves.
He looked busy so didn't bother him.
Then went down to the barnyard.
Still empty but looks like it is getting scraped clean of mud and hay
and other 'stuff'.

This is the farm pond by the barnyard, in back of the Drane house.
If you look closely you may be able to see a few geese
in the sun at the right side of the pond. 

Took this picture just because it caught my eye.

From the cemeteries I walked over to the ball park and walked
around the loop a couple of times.
Then back to the parking lot at the pond to throw my sweat shirt
in the car.  

From there I walked up and down the main road and most of the
side streets too.

No people about walking but there seemed to be a few more
cars around then normal. 

🙂    🥾    ☀️

A nice sunny day so did another load of laundry.
Whites this time.  
Left them on the line even after they had dried so the sun 
could bleach them whiter. 

Like to make them in the morning to give all the flavors
a chance to blend together nicely.
The salad went along with hot dogs that I broiled.
We like them well done.
Next best thing to grilling them.

Too nice to stay indoors this afternoon so went walking around
Happy Trails for a while.
Was out near the cabin and Liz saw me and came out.
We walked a little and talked more!!

Left her and continued my walking in the woods.

Back at the house Ken and I sat out on the porch for a little while.

That's all I have for today.
Happy Thursday and thanks for visiting.

Comment Replies:
GrannyM - Yes, my walking stride is longer than yours.  I'm probably taller than you.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Another day, another walk

 A picture left over from yesterdays morning walk.

This morning it was 39 degrees and sunny with no wind.
Sunrise 6:24
Morning Walk Steps 13,715
To walk a mile the average person takes 2000 steps.
It takes me a few steps more than that at about 2200 or more.

Walked through town and went up and down the road behind
the Dollar General.

Then walked around the industrial park.

Continued back through town and up and down a few side streets
and then lastly around the lower cemetery a couple of times.

Didn't see anyone else out except for two fishermen at the pond.

🌤    🥾    🙂    🎣

Washed the sheets on this pretty sunny day, hung them outside 
and they were dried and back on the be by lunch time.

Not too much going on around the house.
Just did a bit of this and that.
Knitted a while and realized I had made a mistake so had
to back a few rows.
That took a while but the mistake has been fixed.

That's all I've got for today.
Happy Wednesday and thanks for visiting.

Comment Replies:
Deb - My old pedometer was a STRIIV the new one is a STIVE.  Notice the slight difference in spelling.

HappyWhisk - Some comments do go into the spam folder but I DO SEE THEM and when I do they get published.  I check every day.

GrannyM - The flying birds from yesterday are Canada Geese.  They took off from the field and flew over to the pond.
It is not that I'm a fast reader, I just spent the whole afternoon reading!! 😃

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

An afternoon of reading


A chilly 26 degrees this morning when I walked.
It was calm and sunny with a light frost.
At the end of my walk it was up to 36 degrees.

Sunrise 6:25
Morning Walk Steps 13,860

Walked around the upper cemetery first and made another trip
over to see the cows.
One more was born.
The calf with no tail was up and doing good.

Went down to the barnyard to see the bulls and was surprised
that they were all gone.

Will have to ask Farmer Marvin where they are.
I think they may have been put in the pasture down the road from
our house.  Don't know if it is just my imagination but they look like them.

Next I walked the ball park loop.
Then all around town up and down side streets and then the
other cemetery.  Still had a little way to go so went back up the
hill and walked around the cemetery again.

Saw Lisa out running. (sometimes she runs, sometimes she walks)

I'm still liking my new pedometer and it is working out great.
When I reach 12,000 steps the pedometer vibrates and I feel
it on my wrist.  Then it's time to head back to the Jeep.

☀️    🥾    😊

First thing after breakfast we were off to Casselmans to
get food shopping out of the way.

Did a couple house chores and then made the mistake of sitting
down to read for a while.
Ended up finishing the entire book.
I read Blessings by Belva Plain.
It was one of the books that I bought a few years ago
that got added to my to read shelf.
Trying to get the books on that shelf read and then I can get rid of them.
Will only keep the ones I would like to read again.
I've got it down to about 10 now.

This evening I'll be making some weave-it squares for the 
May baby blanket.
Have quite a few already made.
34 with 36 to go.

That's it for today.
Happy Tuesday and thanks for visiting.

Monday, April 24, 2023


 28 degrees this morning when I walked.
It didn't feel that cold though.
It was mostly cloudy but the sun did come out from behind the clouds 
every once in a while.
Sunrise 6:26
Morning Walk Steps 13,685
Found a penny

On the drive to town I saw a few rabbits.

The town pond fountain as been turned on for the season.

Headed up to the cemetery on the hill to start out.
After walking around it a couple of times I went to see the cows
in the big barn.  
Farmer Marvin was there and we talked a while.
Another calf was just born. There are 4 more to be born.

There is a section in the barn where a few cows and their little ones
are getting some extra attention.
One cow broke her leg, it was put in a cast, then a splint, and is now
healing.  Her calf is with her.
On of the cows died and a calf died, so the live cow adopted the calf.
So far they are doing well together.
One other calf was born without a tail and FM said she is kind of dopey.
Mama cow is taking good care of her but they need to keep an eye on the calf.

It was cold enough that I could leave a message on the mirror again.

Next I walked over to the ball park and walked that loop.
Then up the main road in town and the side streets too.

The big Victorian house built a shed.
I think they did a fine job.

Another project has started in town.
This is between the Rolling Pin Bakery and C&W Lumber.
I wonder what it will be.
Will keep you posted.

Lastly I walked around the lower cemetery and that ended my walk.

A lot of the dandelions have turned to seed and I picked up a few
and blew the seeds off the stems making some more. 🙂

As always it was a delight to be out walking early in the morning.

🥾    ⛅️    🙂   💰

The beginning of the week again and this morning spent some time
getting those weekly chores done.

Drove into town again this afternoon.
This time I went to the library.
A book was there to pick up that I had reserved.
Came home with that one book and 3 others and two DVD's.

We had pork chops for dinner.
I usually cook pork chops in the slow cooker because they always
come out dry if I bake them.
Looked for a recipe on line.
I googled  'baked pork chops that are tender' 
and this simple recipe came up.
Rub olive oil on the meat.
Mix garlic powder, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper and rub on meat.
Put in baking dish and add a little more oil on the meat.
Bake for 18 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
That's what I did and they came out tender and were pretty good.
Had potatoes and Brussel sprouts along with it.

Happy Monday
and thanks for visiting.

Hey I know it's Monday 
but it's also a new day, 
a new week, 
and in that lies a new opportunity 
for something special to happen.
- Michael Ely -

Sunday, April 23, 2023


 One morning this week.

One evening this week.

🎶    🎶    🎶

People think of the hymn Jesus Loves Me as a childs song,
But we still sing it at my church and this morning was one of those times.

1. Jesus loves me this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong.
The are weak but
He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus Loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
The Bible tells me so

Most EVERYONE knows the first verse, but do you know the other three verses?

2. Jesus loves me He who died.
Heaven's gate to open wide.
He will wash away my sin.
Let His little child come in.


3. Jesus take this heart of mine.
Make it pure and wholly thine.
Thou has bled and died for me.
I will hence-forth live for Thee.


4. Jesus loves me He will stay.
Close beside me all the way.
He's prepared a home for me,
And someday His face I'll see.


This song written by Anna B. Warner 
and was never really written as a song to be published.  
Her and her sister Susan wrote a book together, Say and Seal in 1860. 
In the book a little boy is dying and his Sunday school teacher 
comforts him by singing this little song.  

When hymn writer William Bradbury read the words in the book, 
he put them to music and it has become the best known children's hymn.

Have a Blessed Sunday.
Jesus loves me and He loves you too.❤️
👩🏻‍🦳Happyone  🙂

Saturday, April 22, 2023



50 degrees this morning on my walk.
Started out and for just about my whole walk it was cloudy.
Sunrise 6:29
Morning Walk Steps 13,662

Walked around the upper cemetery first.
Some people plant real flowers by the graves.
Thought these white daffodils were so pretty.
Don't think I've ever seen white ones before.

Went over to see the cows and their calves.
Yesterdays cow did have the calf like I thought and another one was born.

Continued my walk around the other cemetery and then over to the
ball park loop to walk.
Then down the main road through town and up and down the side streets.

Saw a couple who I see once in a great while out walking,
and also the man who runs around and around the ball park loop.
Saw Shiela out running too.

It was supposed to start raining any time so kept my eye on the sky.
When I saw these dark clouds filling up the sky I started back to the Jeep.

  Got about a quarter mile from the Jeep when some huge
drops started falling.
I ran the rest of the way with the wind pushing me along and
managed to stay mostly dry.
Thankfully I got a full walk in.

☁️    🥾    🙂    🌧

We left this morning after breakfast and headed down LaVale.
First stopped in Grantsville at the dump and got rid of our garbage.

Went to a few different stores to do a few errands.
One stop was at Joanne's fabric.
This one is a pretty small store and doesn't really have all that much.
But they did have an 18 inch pillow form that I needed for the
pillow cover I've been knitting.
(about half done)
Also picked up a big skein of Caron yarn that caught my attention.
Name of the color is Blush and Blue.

While we were there we went through the Taco Bell 
drive thru and had a couple soft shell tacos.
We hadn't been to a Taco Bell in about 4 years!!

Did some reading and knitting this afternoon.
Liz went down to southern Maryland to visit a friend for the weekend so
David came over for supper.
I made him is favorite meal again.
Tuna Casserole

Happy Saturday and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 21, 2023

The rock maze trail

58 degrees this morning and sunny skies.
Just a slight breeze.
Sunrise 6:31
Morning Walking Steps 13,075 

Walked around both of the cemeteries first.
A side trip to the big barn and it looks like a calf was born
not very long ago.  It was very wobbly and so cute to watch.
Looks like this other cow is about to have her baby.
I waited around a little while but nothing happened.

A couple of geese out on the pond.
I watched them for a while chasing each other around.
Was hoping for a better picture of the geese.
There are two more at the shore line on the other side.

Walked on down to the ball park and walked that loop a couple of times.
Went on the short path behind the ball park by the stream 
where the skunk cabbage has sprouted.

Continued walking up and down the main road in town and
the side streets and back to the Jeep.

Saw Sheila running today.
Bill and his helper were putting up the town flags on the telephone
poles along the main road.
Bus number 49 has started waving to me.

🙂    🥾    ☀️    

Another good day for getting some laundry done.
Have to take advantage of these beautiful days.

Haven't made cookies for a while so today made some Snickerdoodles.
They pretty much tie with the Chocolate Chippers for me.

A couple of years ago David brought me to a trail called the
rock maze trail about a half hour drive from the house.
I've been wanting to take Ken there for quite a while and this
afternoon we went there.
A perfect time before everything gets too overgrown.

This is near the start of the trail.

Took a mess of picture and boiled it down to showing you these 7.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Amazing to be walking among these massive rocks.

Ken was impressed and it sure was a perfect day for being there.

Here's one more picture that Ken took.

When we got back home we sat out on the porch till
it was time for supper.

Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by.

Comment Replies:
Vee - I don't eat breakfast with the other woman because I get up at 6:00 and walk and I'm hungry when I get home and the first thing I do is have breakfast. 🙂 Waiting to eat breakfast at 10:00 is just too long a wait.  

Deb - My life verse is Philippians 4:13.  I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.  That verse has gotten me through many things!!!!

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Hay, front and back

48 degrees this morning when I walked.
No wind today and it was sunny.
Sunrise 6:32
Morning Walking Steps 12,956

First off walked up and down the main road and side streets.
Walked up this way which goes to the school.

 Then it was over to the ball park and walked around the loop
a couple of times.

Back down the main road, over to the cemeteries and around both.

Phlox is spreading nicely among the graves.

Didn't walk over to see the cows at the big barn because a
tractor was going back and forth bringing hay to the cows
and I didn't want to get in the way.

I'm walking behind the tractor here when it is going to get some hay.

Tractor heading over to the big barn with a hay in front and back.

Rebecca out walking today and also saw the man walking his dog,
and RuthAnn out walking her two dogs too.

By the time my walk ended it was already near 60.

☀️    🥾    😊

Blankets for Babies day so left for church after breakfast.
Marilyn brought breakfast (I eat at home) and I did the devotional.
We are doing something a little different for the devotional
for a while called
This Is My Life
and everyone will take a turn.
It is a way to get to know each other a little better.
Since it is a devotional we will include our life verse or one
that has some special meaning to us.

This afternoon I caught up with some house stuff that I 
usually do in the morning.
There was still time to enjoy a bit of walking outside too.

I usually write and post my blog after supper but did it early this time.
Now it's time for supper of homemade pizza!!

Thanks for stopping by and an extra thank you to all who
take the time to leave a comment.
Happy Thursday

Wednesday, April 19, 2023


 This morning it was 32 degrees when I started walking.
There was no wind and it was sunny.
40 degrees when my walk ended.
Sunrise 6:33
Morning Walk Steps 14,168

First walked over to the library and dropped a book down the drop.
Then continued on over to the industrial park and walk all around in there. 
 Also walked the road between the park and the main road.

From there came back to town and up and down all the side streets
off the main road.
The last of my walk was around the upper cemetery a bunch of times.

Stopped to talk to Bill, he was turning on the speed sign that tells
how fast you're driving.
We had a laugh when I told him it tracked me going 4 MPH.

I saw a couple of hawks, killdeers, red winged black birds, robins, and
a couple of rabbits at the industrial park.
Then driving home just down from my house I stopped to watch
a wild turkey take his time crossing the road.
Surprised to just see one of them, usually see lots of them together.
These are the times I wish I had a regular camera.

🥾    ☀️    🌷    🙂

Nice enough today to get wash done and hung out on the line.

A bit of work inside this morning but spent most of the afternoon
outside walking around Happy Trails.

Beautiful sunny day with a little breeze and 65 degrees.

You can see the cabin up ahead where David and Liz live.

Looking up its nice to see the trees just starting to get their leaves

and looking down and seeing some dandelions.

I love days like this for walking in the woods.
No bugs yet and everything isn't overgrown.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Happy Wednesday

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, 
turn routine jobs into joy, 
and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
- William Arthur Ward -

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Just a regular day 😃

 34 degrees this morning and mostly cloudy but the sun did
come out a little near the end of my walk.
It was windy too.
Sunrise 6:35
No longer dark when I start walking.
Morning Walk Steps 13,649

Started out walking around the cemetery on top of the hill.
Then over to the ball park to walk that loop a couple of times.

Continued through town down the main road

and up and down all the side streets.
The last place I walked was around the other cemetery.

Stopped to talk to RuthAnne as she was putting her garbage at the curb.
She was the only person I saw outside.

🥾    ⛅️    🌷    🙂

This weeks shopping got done at the Shop and Save.
Didn't need much so we were in and out quickly.
Walking down an aisle a short lady said I need a tall person.
So I helped her reach a box of pasta on a high shelf.
I'm not that tall but next to her I am.

We ended up having a sunny day but it stayed cool and
was very windy.
Too windy to hang clothes out on the line so they stayed on
the drying rack today.

Got a bit of housework done and then knitted
and read.

Thanks again for stopping by.
Happy Tuesday
All Day Steps 19,665

A child reminds us that playtime is an essential part of our daily routine.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

Monday, April 17, 2023

My new pedometer

Rained a bit overnight and this morning it was 38 degrees
with some wind when I walked.
Sun shining at first but soon after some dark clouds covered the sky.

 Sunrise 6:37
Morning Walking Steps 13,209
Found a nickel

Walked around both of the cemeteries first.
At the big barn there was a baby and a mama still fast asleep.

Next up was over to the ball park and walked the loop a couple of times.
Then down the main road in town and up and down all the side streets.

A man who I see once in a while was walking his dog.

Pretty quiet around town again.

Get a load of the spikes on this wheel!

🥾    🙂    🌤    ☁️    💰

My good old Striiv pedometer has been acting strange for a while.
It wasn't recording all my steps and would turn itself off once in a while.
So I got a new pedometer and it arrived in the mail Saturday.
The Striiv is no longer being made so had to get a new kind.

The one I got is a Stiive Fitness Tracker (blue) and so far like it a lot.

My striiv I could put in my pocket and this one is worn on my wrist.
There is an app for my phone what goes along with it.
I've taken both pedometers with me to compare.
Both record the same miles but on the new one it records more
steps than the Striiv.
I think the new one is more accurate though because if I stopped
walking it took the striiv a bunch of steps to start working again.
So all this time I've actually been taking more steps than I thought.

Stayed cool, cloudy, and windy all day log with a few
periods of very light drizzle.

The book for next months book club has been decided.
It is one that I recommended
The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen.

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Monday
All Day Steps

Comment Replies:
GrannyM - I agree that a white picket fence would look nice, but I think since it is a Victorian a black wrought iron fence would be best of all. 🙂