Posted in Life

Focus on mental health: The family living along Hidden Valley Road — Minnesota Prairie Roots


REBLOG: Please don’t miss Audrey’s informative post! 

…I THOUGHT I WAS such a good mother. I baked a cake and a pie every night. Or at least had Jell-O with whipped cream. That quote from Mimi Galvin, mother of 12, struck me as particularly personal and profound in a 377-page book focusing on one family’s experiences with schizophrenia. Six of Mimi and […]

Focus on mental health: The family living along Hidden Valley Road — Minnesota Prairie Roots
Posted in Life

Meet Bessie


Meet Bessie! Bessie is a 1951 Model 221 Singer Featherweight Sewing machine. Isn’t she a beauty? Not bad for being 70 years old! The Featherweight was produced between 1933 and 1968. Singer made approximately 3.0 to 3.5 million of these machines during that time. You can find them for sale online easily enough. Finding one that’s affordable, may be another matter. I’ve seen them range in price from $400 up to over $2,000.
I set my coffee cup on Bessie’s bed so you can see how small she is. Bessie weighs just 11 pounds. Mine happens to be a Centennial model, celebrating the 100th year of Singer’s production, this is signified by the small oval emblem on the front. I’ve wanted one of these machines for many years. The Featherweight is still highly prized and sought after especially by quilters. It has a precise straight stitch that is unequal even in many modern machines. If you look up Singer Featherweights online you will find many colors and variations. People take these old machines and remake them into wild colors and designs. I wanted one as original as I could get it.
Everything for my machine fits into it’s own carrying case. I was fortunate enough to find one with a case and several attachment feet. I don’t have the original instruction book but was able to find a copy of it online that I was able to print for free. The Featherweight models varied slightly over the years, but for the most part, they looked like Bessie. I’ve haven’t had time to use Bessie very much at all yet. But I have several project in mind for her! I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting Bessie. I will post a little something created by her once in a while.
I'd like to mention that I bought my Featherweight from an online site, at 
Machine Lady .Com
Kathy was an absolute sweetheart to deal with.  She even
arranged to meet me in Fort Worth while she was visiting the area so that I
didn't have to pay shipping!  If you have any interest, stop by her site and
take a look around! Oh,and Kathy names her machines once they are
refurbished and ready to be sold. That's how Bessie got her name. :)

Posted in Life, Writing

My Writing Buddy


Here we are in the month of May of 2021 already!  It goes so fast, doesn’t it?  

I participated in the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writer’s Month) last month.  About half way through the month, I was wondering if my decision to participate was a good one or not!  I did struggle making my ‘deadline’ on several occasions, but managed to pull something out of the ‘ole grey matter just in time.  

One thing that helped tremendously was that I found myself a writing buddy.  An “Accountability Buddy”, if you will.  Chuck over at The Reluctant Poet agreed to this.  This was great!  I knew I needed someone to poke me and encourage me to write Every Day! Chuck has become a Dear Friend and we write back & forth quite often.  So it was pretty easy to fall into a routine where I would send him a sneak peek of what was going to post the next day and he would share with me what he had written as well.  We bounced ideas off of each other and shared Writing Prompts that we found to be worthwhile.  We even collaborated on one poem that we jointly put together.  You can see that one HERE.  

I’m really glad that I participated.  It got me back into my writing groove, which has been needing a boost lately and this is just what I needed.  

Another plus to participating was that I discovered a few new bloggers along the way that were also joining in on the NaPoWriMo challenge.  So I have made new friends and have wonderful new posts to look forward to reading! 

This is a lesson I will try to remember the next time I find myself in a writing slump.  I will find myself a writing buddy!  The WordPress Community has been so amazing to me, I’m sure I won’t have any trouble finding someone!  Right?  

Right?  🙂 

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

Posted in Poetry

#NaPoWriMo-Day 30-Directions to My Heart


Follow the pathway along my yesterdays. Take a left just past my shortcomings. Take no heed of these and continue. The path will then turn treacherous, dark and vast. At times you will see pitfalls, things hidden from view that may come to light later in your journey. Stay the course.  If you persist, you will come to a valley that expands out to the horizon. This valley is filled with light and laughter, compassion, and wisdom. It seeks your light. This valley gives from its depths and expects the same from you. Followed precisely, these are the directions to my heart. From here you can see your tomorrow. And mine.  

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson

*Day 30 of NaPoWriMo! Finally!  While most of the prompts on NaPoWriMo’s website were not of much help to me, I did find this one today that seemed to work for me.  The prompt said to write a poem giving directions to someplace real or imagined.  I’m glad that I participated.  It got me back into my writing groove.  Thank you for following along!

Posted in Poetry

#NaPoWriMo-Day 29-Darkness-Reprised


Materializing
from the deep darkness
of a hollowing
sadness

Insistent
and desperate

This lifeless
labyrinth
born of an
aching emptiness

and broken pieces
you left
behind

has not
stopped me
from
seeking the light

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson

*I must give credit to Chuck at the Reluctant Poet for this reprisal. He saw a brighter version of what was once a very dark poem. Thank you for your help and encouragement, Chuck.  ❤

Posted in Poetry

#NaPoWriMo-Day 28-Poison


You
cry a river 

you lay
awake at night

you wonder
‘what if’

he was poison
but

but...
what if..

you plotted your
escape

and now
finally free

you long for him
crave him
miss him

you yearn for
the one person
you know
is your
demise

the years of
conditioning
are evident

remind yourself

you are strong
enough

you
are
enough

Copyright © 2021 Penny Wilson