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


Thursday, November 30, 2023

Candy Peanut

A couple of pictures taken out the basement door this morning
as I once again walked laps inside.
There was a beautiful pinkish purple glow to the sky.

The morning moon off to the left.

 Every day I find one of these candy peanuts sitting around for me
that Ken has put out.
This is where I found one today.

Another load of laundry got done today and hung on the drying rack
and a few other every day chores.

Finished knitting another dish/wash cloth, that makes four.
Still have two more that I want to get done.

Reading The Family Plot by Megan Collins, one of the books I
picked up from the library yesterday.
It's a strange book but good so far.
Parents of 4 kids are obsessed with true crime stories.
One of the kids runs away but 10 years later is found buried
in their own back yard.

Tonights supper is meatloaf, baked potatoes, and peas.

That's it folks.
Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by.

Comment Replies:
Debby - No, not unusual for us to get snow here at this time of year.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

A cold day

 Only 10 degrees this morning and didn't know what town would
be like for walking so started my walk in the basement this morning.

Later in the morning when the sun came out and it warmed up to 15
Ken and I went out and shoveled the driveway.
He went back inside and I walked around Happy Trails a little while.

Our house - as you can see the garage which is on the left is
just about as big as the house.
Ken loves his 3 car garage!! 😃

We went to the library to pick up a couple of DVD's that Ken had on hold.
I have 2 books on hold but they haven't come in yet.
While there I picked a couple books off the shelf to check out.

While we were in town I took note of the sidewalks and places to walk.
Town walking doesn't look good so I'm thinking I'll not be going
to town in the morning.

Did a load of laundry and it dried pretty quickly over the heating
vent with the heat going on often because of the cold.

Started reading one of the books I got from the library
and did some knitting.

Happy Wednesday and thanks for stopping by.

Comment Replies:
John - Nothing new on Ken's layout and I've pretty much taken pictures of it all over the years.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Inside once again

 Another day for a walk in the basement for me.
This is why.
Wasn't going to go driving to town and walking in that. 😃

A look out the basement window when it got light out.
Took the picture passing by as I walked basement loops.

I made us pancakes for breakfast and then
made the final batch of the Welsh Cookies for the Drane house sale.

Did my usual house chores before lunch.

This afternoon I was going to start another jigsaw puzzle but ended
up knitting most of the afternoon.
Finishing up some more wash/dish clothes.

That's all for today.
Thanks for stopping by.

Comment Replies:
Melanie - No, Ken's train layout isn't the kind you set up and decorate for Christmas.  It's a huge layout that takes up the whole basement! 🙂 Nothing to do with Christmas at our house.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Our Tree

 In the low 20's this morning, very windy, and a wintry mix
so I reluctantly decided not to go out for my morning walk.
On days like this I walk laps around Ken's HO train layout in the basement.
I had 3 sessions of walking there to get 12,000 steps in.

Ken had an appointment in Oakland so we went there this morning.
On the way we dropped off our trash at the refuse center.
Since we were down in Oakland we made a stop at Walmart.

Got back home in time for a late lunch.
Didn't feel like doing any work this afternoon so just puttered
about the house.

A picture of our little 4 foot Christmas tree that we bought at Lowes last week.
It fits perfectly in the corner on a couple of boxes.

Have a little Christmas village that I put up on the hutch.

As I do most afternoons spent some time knitting and reading.

Going to get supper started now which will be chicken burritos. 

That's all I have for today.

Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by.

Only those who are truly aware of their sin can truly cherish grace.

C.J. Mahaney

Sunday, November 26, 2023


Happy Sunday


Titus 3:5-7

 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, 
but according to his mercy he saved us, 
by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

 That being justified by his grace, 
we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

A Blessed Sunday to you.

Comment Replies: 
John - Yes, that was the first time the pond had ice on it. The ice was gone this morning.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

A chilly start

Woke up a bit later than usual so didn't get to town
till 6:50 to start walking.
It was chilly at 22 degrees, but no wind and once 
the sun rose at 7:12 it was sunny.

Light enough so that I could walk around both of the cemeteries first.
Then stopped at the Jeep to pick up a couple of DVD's and dropped
them off at the library.

Sure was nice to feel the sun on my face.

Then over to the ball park for walk around there and finally 
around town and a little ways down the main road toward home
and once again back to the Jeep.

The town pond had a very thin coating of ice on it.

 Another very quiet morning around town.
Didn't see anyone.
Just some crows, cows, geese, and some bluejays.

Morning Walk Steps 13,582

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Did my usual everyday morning chores around the house
in the morning.

I don't usually put up Christmas decorations till the first week in December
but got the urge to do it early this year.
So that's what I spent this afternoon doing.

Read a little as usual and also knitted and now 
it's time to see about supper.

That's all I have for today.
Happy Saturday and thanks for stopping by.

You must pay for everything in this world one way and another. 
There is nothing free except the Grace of God. 
You cannot earn that or deserve it.

Charles Portis

Friday, November 24, 2023

My first pie crust

Up, out of the house, in town and walking at 6:30.
A cloudy morning and 31 degrees.
Sunrise was at 7:11 but never did see it with all the clouds.

Walked around town up and down the main road and the side streets.
The ball park and both cemeteries were on my route this morning too.

Went to see the cows at the big barn.
This one has an unusual face with the black below her eyes.
Looks like she didn't wash her mascara off last light! 😄

The corn is still around and getting kind of rough looking now.
It is shrinking so that I can look over the top of it.

Sure was quiet around town this morning.
No one around - like a Sunday morning.

Morning Walk Steps 13,037

😃         ☁️         🎄

A few house chores got done and then I made another batch
of the Welsh Cookies for the Drane house sale next Saturday.
Still have one more batch to make and will do that next week.

🥧    🥧    🥧

Making a pie crust the other day got me to thinking 
of the first time a made a pie crust.
It's a bit of a story.

I must have been about 14 and my mom called me from work 
and told me to make a pie crust.
Told her I had no idea how to.
Mom said just look it up in the cookbook, it's easy
you'll have no problem.
So I got out the cookbook and gave it a try.
Got the ingredients mixed and in a ball.
Now I was ready to roll it out.
How hard could it be.
I rolled it out nice and big and then I had a problem.
How to get it off the counter.
I had rolled it so hard without enough four that it was stuck.
Ended up SCRAPING it off the counter and was so frustrated with
it that I threw the whole mess against the backsplash
thinking, oh boy my mom is really going to be mad at me.
So I called my Gramma (dad's mom) and explained what happened.
Very calmly she talked me through the process reminding me to 
use more flour and to roll from the center out.
It worked and I put the crust in the pie plate, cleaned the backsplash
 and when my mom came home there was the pie crust nicely in the pie plate.
She never knew my gramma helped me.
I think of my gramma when I make crust now and it always makes me smile.

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That's it for today.
Thanks for stopping by.

For grace is given not because we have done good works, 
but in order that we may be able to do them.

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Thursday, November 23, 2023

A Day of Thanks

A day of thanks today as it should be every day.

On my way to town this morning I saw 7 deer all crossing the
street and coming onto Happy Trails.

I'm thankful for all the wildlife I see.

Got to town and started walking at 6:30.
It was 31 degrees and dry!!
A mix of sun and clouds.
Sunrise was at 7:10.

I'm thankful that I am ABLE to take a morning walk each day
and walk 6 miles like it was nothing.
I'm thankful that I have the desire to do it and enjoy it.
I am thankful to see the beginning of each new day.

I walked up the main street in town and up behind our old house
and then on to the DG Market where I turned around, walked
back through town and kept on going toward home a ways and
back to town again.

I am thankful for the safe places I have for walking
and the beautiful scenery along the way.

Lastly I walked around the cemetery on top of the hill.

I'm thankful for my little town and all the people I meet
along my walks.

Morning walk steps 13,168

🙂    🦃    🦃    🌤

David and Liz joined us today for Thanksgiving.
So very thankful that they live so close and we see them often.

We had a most enjoyable day but we ate too much.
We are now in the middle of playing Mexican Train.
So off I go.

Happy Thanksgiving

Psalms 100:4
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, 
and into his courts with praise: 
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Comment Replies:
Jack - Gene Kelly sang Singing in the Rain in the movie of that name.  I sing it often while I'm walking in the rain.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Pumpkin Pie

A drizzly walk this morning.

Got to town and started walking at 6:30 and it was 42 degrees.
Drizzled the whole time except for the last couple of thousand steps.
Saw 4 deer on my way to town.

Dropped a book off at the library and walked up and down the
streets in town.
Over to the ball park and then to the DG Market where I 
turned around and then went to the cemeteries and walked
around both of them.

After the odd Christmas decorations from yesterday 
I took a picture of this traditional looking pretty house.

A pretty quiet morning around town
and happy to say I got all my steps in this time.🙂

Morning Walk Steps 13,849

😀    🌧    ☁️    🦃

This morning I baked the pumpkin pie for tomorrow.
Hard not to eat a piece today.
My crust came out so nice I thought I'd take a picture.
I wonder how many people still make their own crust.
Do you?

Did a load of laundry but no hanging them out on the line today.
They are over a heating vent on a drying rack.

I already set the table for tomorrow.
Just nice to look at it for while.

That's it for today.
Thanks for stopping by.

Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, 
to the which also ye are called in one body; 
and be ye thankful.

Comment Replies:
Arieth - Yes, wearing layers is the way to stay warm.  My feet never get cold.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

A shorter walk

A wintry mix was in the forecast but when I got up it was still dry.
The temperature was 36 degrees and VERY WINDY.
Got to town and started walking at 6:25.
Sunrise was 7:08

Walked up and down all the streets in town.
Went over to the ball park and walked around there a few more
times then usual because the trees along the path blocked some of the wind.

Some of the streets I walk up and down are no more than alleys.

I headed on over to the lower cemetery and felt the first
few drops of COLD rain.
Thought I could make it around the cemetery but got just
a quarter of the way around when the wind got really strong
and with it some rain.
Though I had only walked 10,000 steps, I went back to the Jeep
and went home early.
Morning Walk Steps today 

😀    ☁️    🌧    💨

Nice to get home in a warm house and have some nice
hot oatmeal for breakfast.

Grocery shopping day and this time it was at Casselmans Market.

Did housework today and made some

We never did get that wintry mix, it just rained all day.

That's all I have for today.
Thanks for stopping by.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. 
It turns what we have into enough, and more. 
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. 
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Melody Beattie

Comment Replies:
Jeannette - My house plants are scattered about but the two from yesterday are on the east side. The living area of our house is one big room and we have quite a few windows so the sun comes in from both directions.  I don't have curtains either so we get a lot of light.

Monday, November 20, 2023

New Plants

 I got to town and started walking at 6:30.
It was 30 degrees with a slight breeze.
Sunrise was 7:07
Once the sun was up there was a mix of sun and clouds.

Walked up and down the main road through town,
then over to the ball park.
From there went back through town and around the cemetery
on top of the hill.
Continued down the main road toward town a ways,
turned around and once back to town walked around the
other cemetery.

Quite a few people have Christmas decorations up now.
I think these are some of the strangest 
Christmas decorations I've seen.

Not much happening around town on this early Monday morning.

Morning Walk Steps 14,035

😀    🌤    🚶‍♀️    🦃

Another week I was able to wash the sheets and hang them outside.

We had to make another trip to Lowes.
Ken needed to get some wire.
This time I picked out two new house plants. 😁
Left is an Aglaonema
Right is a Codiaeum
I've never had either one.

We had a few other stops to make also before getting back
home just in time for lunch.

Got some things done around the house this afternoon
and then did some more knitting and reading too.

That's all I've got for today.
Thanks for stopping by.

O Lord, who lends me life, 
lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.

William Shakespeare

Sunday, November 19, 2023


 Happy Sunday

Matthew 30:11-12

 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: 
thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. 
O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Colossians 3:17

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, 
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

A Blessed to all.

Comment Replies:
Ginny - We don't go to the church that is in town.  The church we go to is 20 miles away in Mountain Lake.

Saturday, November 18, 2023


37 degrees this morning when I got to town.
Some light drizzly rain for the first half hour and then cloudy
and breezy.
Starting walking at 6:20 and the sun rose at 7:04.
Walked over to the ball park and around there.

Then around town.

Walked around both of the cemeteries.

Went over to see the cows in the big barn.

Took off one of my hooded sweat shirts and dropped it off at the Jeep.
It was wet from the drizzle but by this time it had stopped
I was dry for the rest of my walk.

Amy is our insurance agent and she gives me a little toot most
mornings on her way to work.
Today as I walked behind the church in town I saw her park at the church.
Went over to say hi.
I didn't realized that was her church. 
They were having a ladies get together for breakfast.

Despite the drizzle walking is still the best way for me to start my day.

😀    🌧    ☁️    🦃

Right after breakfast we went to the DG Market to get a few items.
Also at the market I saw Joy (not walking Joy), Joe who used
to be the town maintenance man, and Danielle who I see walking
once in a while around the industrial park.

After that it was time to go the library for knitting.
4 of us were there today.

Yesterday I finished the wash/dish cloth and started the second one
at the library this morning.
Just about everyone thought I should go with the turquoise 
so that is the color I'm using.
I was leaning toward that color myself.

This afternoon I did some more knitting on the wash cloth
and read.

It stayed cool today but the sun came out and it was a pretty day.

For supper we are having shrimp and I'm making

Happy Saturday and I'm glad you stopped by.

I wake up every morning to say thank you God for waking me up 
to see another day to enjoy life.

Michael Myers Jr

Friday, November 17, 2023

Yellow or Turquoise?

 Only one deer down my road this morning.
A warm morning at 47 degrees when I got to town and 
started walking at 6:20.
Sunrise was at 7:03.
It was calm and mostly cloudy but the sun did
show itself once in a while.

It is just a bit too dark to walk the cemeteries when I first get
to town now, so walked a little while under the street lights.
Then walked around the ball park loop.
The man was there again running his laps.
I'd ask him his name but he looks like he doesn't want to stop and talk.

From there I went back to the cemeteries and walked around them.
There were a couple of mallard ducks swimming around on the pond.
Didn't even try for a picture because they always fly away too fast.

Continued walking around town and up and down the side streets
to finish up my walk.

The two parts of the module home have been put together
and the concrete slab as been poured for the garage.

Morning Walk Steps were 13,567

🌥         🦃         🥾         😀

This morning was baking time.
Nice recipe because it makes three loaves.
One for us
One for David and Liz
and one for Thanksgiving day.

I'm knitting a couple of wash/dish clothes for someone.
Not sure what color I want to make the next one to go with this one.
What would you pick?

Happy Friday
Make it a good one.
Thanks for stopping by.

I want to thank you, Lord, for life and all that's in it. 
Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute.

Maya Angelou

Comment Replies:
John - Thank you very much for those kind words.  All the pictures I take are taken with my cell phone. (Samsung Galaxy A13)

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Fleece Blankets

A word of thanks to Ellen and Mari
for pointing out a couple of errors in yesterdays post.
I said happy Tuesday instead of Wednesday
and the link to the Welsh Cookies recipe was to the baby blanket.
Both have been fixed.

✏️         ✏️

The deer were back, saw 5 this morning along the road.
The temperature was 32 degrees when I got to town at 6:25
and started walking.
Sunrise was 7:02 and once again walked in the sunshine
once the sun came over the mountain.

First walked over to the ball park and walked the loop.
The guy that likes to run laps was there.
No hat for him and short sleeves!!!

Next my walk took me around the cemeteries.
In town I made a right turn up this street.
Hardly ever walk up this way because of the hill and the curves
in the road with no sidewalk.

I walked up to the S curve, turned around and walked back to town.

Continued walking up and down some side streets in town till it
was time to go home.

Joy was out this morning and so was Rebecca.

Morning Walk Steps were 13,667

😀         🦃        🚶‍♀️        ☀️ 

Baby blanket work day so headed out to church after breakfast.
There were 10 of us there today and we did more talking than usual
and were quite noisy!
Always enjoy being with these ladies.

Most of you know that I make the weave-it blankets and the
others make tied fleece ones.
Took a few pictures of some of the blankets the others made.
This afternoon I washed some windows.
Kitchen ones and the bedroom.
The insides of the windows I can of course do from in the house
but needed the ladder to do the outside so they don't get
washed as often as I'd like.
I feel good now having them sparkly clean.
Dirty windows are a pet peeve of mine.

Happy Thursday and thanks for popping in for a visit.

As we express our gratitude, 
we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, 
but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Another sunny day

All the deer were in hiding this morning - didn't see any.
I did see a rabbit though.

31 degrees this morning when I got to town and started walking
at 6:25 and sunrise was at 7:01.

The town put up the Christmas decorations along the main road.
There is a different decoration on all the poles.
Here is one of them.

 I walked around the cemetery on the hill and then made my way over
to the industrial park and walked around there.

Also walked up and down the road behind the DG Market.

Then walked back through town and over to the pond where
I park the Jeep.
It was a calm morning with lots of sunshine which made for a lovely walk.

No other people about.

Morning Walk Steps were 13439

🌤         🥾         😀

Another good day for getting the laundry outside to dry.

Then I got busy making the first batch of 
for the Drane House Cookie Sale which which will be on December 2.
 I'll have to make 3 batches and then freeze them.

Was tempted to go walking around Happy Trails again this
afternoon but really had to get some chores done.

Then I got to knit and read a little before supper time.

Happy Wednesday and thanks so much for stopping by.

The more we express thanks, 
the more gratitude we feel. 
The more gratitude we feel, the more we express thanks. 
It’s circular, and it leads to a happier life.

Steve Goodier

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

A sunny day

 The deer were sure out this morning.
6 of them along the road as I drove to town.
Then walking up by the cemetery I saw 3 more.
Heard something in the corn and stopped to see what would pop out.
A deer came out of the corn but didn't see me at first.
Can you see him on the right?

Then he looked up and saw me and ran down by the Drane house.

It was 35 degrees this morning and got to town and started walking at 6:25.
Sunrise was at 7:00.
A nice calm morning with sun and clouds.

Walked around both of the cemeteries first and then headed down
the road toward home a ways before turning around back to town.
Through town and over to the ball park where I walked the loop.
Back through town, up and down a few side streets and finally
back to the jeep and home.

Morning Walk Step were 14,464

😀    🚶‍♀️     🌤    🦃

Food shopping day and this week we went to Cassleman's Market.
The cashier Donna was there, and I got to give her the scarf I knitted.
It was so much fun to give it to her because it came as a complete surprise.
She thanked me and gave me a hug and said no one ever made a scarf for her.
She put it on right there.
I told her I made it for her just because she is nice and a light in this dark world.

The November baby blanket is. now done.
If you care to take a look at you can see it

Went for a walk around Happy Tails on this beautiful sunny afternoon.
I'm coming back to the house here which you can see down the path.

Happy Tuesday and hope you made yours a good one.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, 
to enact gratitude is generous and noble, 
but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.

Johannes A. Gaertner

Comment Replies:
Dianne - We get the puzzles all over. Some White Mountain puzzles we get on line.  Other puzzles we pick up some at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Joanne's, and some were gifts.