Fence Me In, Yes!


The Lovely picture above is my view from the deck in my back yard. I love my little house, but there were issues with the back yard.  There was NO privacy. A neighbor on one side of me has junk galore in his back yard and mows his yard 2 or 3 times a year, whether it needs it or not. 🙂  Then I have very nice neighbors behind me that just put in a swimming pool.  They have teen aged kids.  I know this will mean a lot of activity in their yard, which is completely exposed to my yard.  It was time.

Below are a couple of before and after pictures. I’m sorry the quality is so bad in the before shots.  But you can see that the fence has made a HUGE difference! There was a terrible, falling down, ancient, chain link fence in place.  The new fence just went right in front of the old one.

                                                                                                                   

For Christmas, my brother and sister in law gifted me this awesome hammock swing!!  See below.  I got this hung up on New Year’s Day.  Yes, me.  By myself. 🙂

I had been wanting a swing just like this for some time and I guess Santa told my brother that I wanted it.  I didn’t.  But this is what he got me for Christmas!

Here’s another shot of my swing on my back deck.  The swing is where I was sitting in my first picture of this post.  My back yard was in terrible shape when I moved in.  I’ve pulled hundreds of weeds.  ALL the grass was dead.  So it’s come a long way from where I started.  I need to stain the fence and the deck. So there is still a lot of work to do.  But my back yard is becoming my little sanctuary. I love spending time out here with my little dog, drinking coffee, writing, etc.  One the weekends, I take my bowl of cereal and my cup of coffee out there and enjoy my little slice of heaven.

My little homestead still needs lots of work. This last summer I had the attic insulated, I put a new floor in the bathroom, now a new fence.  Next?  Maybe new gutters.  I’m not sure.  Of course there is still TONS of painting that I need to do inside the house.  Slow but sure, I’m making this little gem shine! 🙂

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson

 

 

 

The Angels Will Dance


“We can all be angels to one another. We can choose to obey the still small stirring within, the little whisper that says, ‘Go. Ask. Reach out. Be an answer to someone’s plea. You have a part to play. Have faith.’ We can decide to risk that He is indeed there, watching, caring, cherishing us as we love and accept love. The world will be a better place for it. And wherever they are, the angels will dance.”

-Joan Wester Anderson AUTHOR

Depression, Looking for Answers?


The reason for this post is because I was looking back at my stats for 2019. My most liked post and my most visited post is one called Depression and Denial. This tells me that people WANT information on this subject.

Those of you that have followed me for a while, know the reasons that I continue to write and speak out about Depression. My #1 reason is this: EVERY DAY 121 Americans commit suicide.  50% of those people suffered from depression.  Reason enough to write about it?  I thought so too. My #2 reason I write about it is to help end the stigma that surrounds Depression.

If you’re new to my blog and for some reason you’ve come across this post, maybe you’re looking for answers. Maybe you’re looking for help. Maybe you’re confused about how and why you feel the way that you do. Maybe, maybe, something that you find on my blog will help.

I pray that’s so.

If you need help, or if you’re just looking to get some questions answered about what you’re feeling, please visit my Mental Health Help page. On this page, you will find a lot of links, contact information, social media connections and phone numbers for different ways to seek help.

Also on this page are different posts that I’ve written on the subject of depression and mental health help. You might browse through these posts and see if there is something there that will connect with you. HERE is that link again.

I’ve lived this. I’ve walked this walk. I know about the hopelessness, the darkness that encompasses everything in your life. I know about the isolation, the feeling of being lost. I know what you’re dealing with. If you need answers, I hope you find something here that helps you. Stay strong. There IS help for you.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. ❤ Penny

(C) 2020 Penny Wilson

 

 

 

Shattered-Revisited


The saying “my heart has shattered into a million pieces” is a cliche’, I know.  But let me explain why I describe it this way.  I look at the cracks and reflect on them.  Every one, a lesson, an event, a memory.  They twist and turn, sometimes backtracking.  Some intertwine. This one, just another stumble in the road of life.  I think that tiny one over there, almost too faint to see, is my First heartache.  Some cracks, you can barely see.  Other are red, raw, still bleeding.  Each crack, a spot where I let in the love, or it was an escape from the ravages of war/love.  Every one painful; but I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  The cracks and fissures are part of me.  They have molded me into the woman I am today.  Yes, I’ll keep my shattered heart.  I’ve grown quite fond of it.

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson

*I wrote the original of this almost a year ago and liked it then, but with some tweaks, I think that I like it even better now.  Thank you for indulging me with this repeat. 

Image by CeeMon from Pixabay

Friday Favorite’s-Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo


Welcome to another addition of my Friday Favorites!  Each Friday, I will spotlight a favorite blog/blogger. I hope to give you a glimpse into who and what their blog is about and why they are a favorite to mine. Please check out these posts and maybe they will become favorites of yours too! 🙂

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo .  Sue is a multi-faceted wonder.  I believe the reason that I originally connected with Sue is because she does a photo prompt called #writephoto. After discovering her blog, I was hooked. Sue’s #writephoto prompt is a prompt of a photo, sometimes a painting or other things. THIS is an example of one of her prompts.  

The #writephoto prompts exposed me to the poetry that Sue writes. Her work is amazing. It seems to have a soft, mystical quality about it. Beautiful! THIS is where you can find some of her poetry. 

Sue is quite prolific with her writings. She’s the author and co-author of several books. HERE is where you can find information on them. I counted 22 books on this page, at the time of this writing, there may be more. Sue’s writing talent ranges from the mystical to mystery to stories about her beloved pup. You’re sure to find something of interest among the many titles.

Sue also paints. Samples of her work can be seen HERE.  Are you beginning to see why I say that Sue is a multi-faceted wonder? 

Please take a few minutes to explore Sue’s Blog. There you will find, short stories, flash fiction and even more than all of the different things I’ve mentioned here. Take your time to explore. You’re sure to find several things to delight you and ensure that you’ll be coming back for more.

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

*Be sure to check out my next “Friday Favorite”! Who will it be next time? 🙂

*If you would like to catch up on some of my past favorites, you can see those posts Here, here, here, here, and here.  (I’m not going to list all of them)

 

 

Fume-#writephoto Dragons Do Breath Fire


Peering out from behind the boulder, I could see the plume of it’s breath. The fume, a cloud; glowing.  It mixed with the mist off the lake until the entire night air was lit.  Soon they’d see.  Maybe throwing rocks to wake him wasn’t a good idea.  But now, now they would believe me.  Dragons do breath fire.

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson

*This is in response to Sue’s Thursday #writephoto prompt.  If you would like to join in on the fun, you can find out more about it HERE.