Posted in Life, Stories

Happy Spring!

I LOVE spring!  To feel the warmth of the sun after winter’s chill is healing to my soul.  I love the smell of newly tilled earth and freshly cut lawns.  My BFF gave me a rosebush for my birthday (photo above) and I love the multi colored blooms!

I started some snapdragon seeds indoors this winter and have been rewarded with some amazing colors! See photos below.

Texas’ state flower is the Bluebonnet.  The flowers grow wild along the roads and in fields in the spring.  Below, you will see bluebonnets in bloom along a country road and blue and RED bonnets growing in my brother’s yard!

Here’s a full view of my pretty little rosebush. (below) Looking at the one bloom on it, you would think that the blooms would be yellow.  But they are a multicolored bloom changing from yellow to yellow with pink tips.  I also have a couple of new buds on the bush that look to be mostly pink.  It’s going to be fun to see how they change as they open!  🙂

One more photo.  (I can’t help myself)  Below is a photo of a petunia plant that I saved when I first bought my house a year ago.  When I first saw it, it had one little bloom on it.  I was having a lot of work done on the yard at the time and I couldn’t let the little thing die.  So I dug it up and put it in a pot.  It lasted through the winter and is now blooming like crazy!

If you are still in the grips of winter, I’m sorry.  Spring IS coming.  Hopefully the photos that I’ve shared here brought you a warm smile!

Thank you for joining me on this journey. ❤

Posted in Life, Poetry, Prose, quotes, Stories, Writing

Anniversary

  1. 9 Year Anniversary Achievement
    Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
    You registered on WordPress.com 9 years ago.
    Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

    I received the message above from WordPress yesterday.  This kind of thing makes me reminisce, thinking about how I got here.  My blog has gone through many changes over the years.  It’s still a mish mash of life experiences, poetry or whatever else I happen to fancy at the moment.  I’ve made some wonderful friends along the way. 

    For those of you who have come along for the ride, I thank you!   

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A Review of Lion Scream by Robbie Cheadle

REBLOG: PLease read Charles’ review of Robbie’s new book!

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I received this book and read it in one sitting. It is staggering in its beauty and message. Robbie Cheadle has crafted an excellent book, filled with syllabic poetry, commentary, and a short story. Taken as a whole, this text is an important lesson on the impact of humanity on the wildlife of Southern Africa and, by extension, the rest of the world.

“Lion Scream”, the title of the book and one of the poems within, is my favorite. It is short but deeply impactful. Cheadle shows her talent with words as she creates this poem, and then many others in a fascinating form called the Double Enead, which has 99 syllables.

Cheadle’s book is a masterpiece! I do not use these words lightly or easily, but this book moved me emotionally and intellectually. I was shaken and in tears while I read it. As a man of my age…

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For the Love of Books

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I love books.  I love the look of them, the feel of them, I love their smell.  I love the excitement I feel when I crack open the first page and the adventures that await me within those pages.   I love the shiny, glossy book jacket and reading those tantalizing, teasing words on the jacket.

I learned to read and developed a love of reading at a Very young age.  I could read long before I started school  Whenever the family would take a trip I was always reading the billboards or other signs aloud to everyone on the car.  Loudly of course!  🙂

The first time I met my grandparents, on my mother’s side, I drug my Grandpa over to the couch and sat him down and read to him.  I was very proud of the fact that I could read.  I think I was about 3 years old.

My mother raised 4 of us kids mostly by herself.  She didn’t have an education to speak of, so money was tight, always.  But when I opened a book, I was transported to another place and time.  It was a fantastic way for me to entertain myself.

I would walk to the library in the summertime and bring back an armload of books every few days.  During the summer, I averaged reading about a book a day.

No matter what you read, you learn something.  I kept a dictionary handy when I was reading.  If I came across a word that I could not figure out the meaning by the context of the sentence or paragraph, I would look it up.

I still love to read, but don’t take the time to do it as much anymore.

I think my life has been much more fruitful and accomplished because of my love of reading and my learning along the way.

As a kid, I used to read everything from Shakespeare to Poe to Sci-Fi to love stories.   I love biographies.  I love learning about people like Abe Lincoln, or my favorite artists.

My 2 older brothers always had comic books in the house, which I read.  But those comics would spark my interest in people like Sherlock Holmes or Isaac Asimov.  So my taste in books has varied widely.

I have some old books that I have packed around with me for years that I just cannot part with.  One is a favorite from the 1970’s, which is beautifully illustrated about the life of Gnomes.  Another is a book, also from the 70’s called “Shut Up and Eat Your Shoe Shoes!”  It’s a hilarious true story about a couple that homesteads in Alaska.  I also have some rare, old Tarzan books that I may pass down to my eldest grandson some day.

These books evoke wonderful memories of a simpler time for me.

I still have a stack of books on my night stand that are gathering dust.  Maybe it’s time to crack open one of them and make a new friend….

Copyright (C) Penny Wilson

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Final Roundup #Name Your Number Challenge

Happy Thursday!  Below is a list (in no particular order) of posts and links from those that have joined in the #Name Your Number Challenge.  Please show them some love and visit a few (or all!) of them.

From Dawn Benedict:

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/29/whispered-warning/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/30/last-bite/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/31/exceed-the-numbers/

From KS Woods:

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/30/true-love/

From The Reluctant Poet:

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/30/no-longer-a-home/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/31/come-find-me/

From Poetisatinta

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/29/jusjojans-sunday-muse/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/30/magnetic-blue-glass-sky/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/31/write-till-the-end-jusjojan/

And in case you missed any, Here are mine:

Bruises Left

Wreckage

If you participated and I missed your post, please contact me and I will add it.  THANK YOU to everyone that has joined in!  

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Sunday Roundup #Name Your Number-Week 4

Happy Sunday!  Below is a list (in no particular order) of posts and links from those that have joined in the #Name Your Number Challenge.  Please show them some love and visit a few (or all!) of them.

From Dawn Benedict:

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/plant-a-dream/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/28/tilt/

From KS Woods:

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/22/shine-bright/

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/24/in-the-bleak-midwinter/

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/26/get-a-life/

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/28/portal-seeker/

From The Reluctant Poet:

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/23/happy-to-be/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/somethings-happen-somethings-dont/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/25/sometimes-magic-and-miracles-happen/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/26/not-eavesdropping/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/27/so-starry-skies-can-be-seen/

From Poetisatinta

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/23/magnetic-poetry-for-jusjojan/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/tanka-tuesday-7/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/25/w3-prompt-2/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/26/writephoto-for-jusjojan-3/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/27/friday-fictioneers-34/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/28/weekend-writing-prompt-26/

 

And in case you missed any, Here are mine:

No Choice

Writing-The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Taking On the World

The Mirror

Clear Vision

It’s Not Too Late to Join Us!  For more info, HERE is the Link to this Week’s Announcing Post.

If you participated and I missed your post, please contact me and I will add it.  THANK YOU to everyone that has joined in!  

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The Mirror

Looking in the mirror, I have finally gotten to the point where I don’t see the excess weight as often.  I don’t worry so much about the lines around my eyes.  I’ve come to like the streaks of silver in my hair.  These days, I more often reflect on what’s inside.  I know that I am more patient today than I used to be.  I see the value in friendships, relationships and gestures of kindness.  I’ve slowed down, not only on the outside, but inside too.  I’m much more content to spend time listening to the world around me.  I savor the sunrises and sunsets.  With the road ahead of me now shorter than the road behind me, finally, finally, I can love the image reflected in the mirror.  

Copyright (C) 2023 Penny Wilson

#Name Your Number Challenge Click here for info and to join in!

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Writing-The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Hosting this Challenge this month has taught me to really appreciate those that do this on a regular basis.  It takes a lot more time and dedication than I realized.  

With this particular Challenge, I challenged myself to write  a new post 22 times in January.  So far, I’m on target.  BUT, not everything that I’ve written has been a winner.  In my humble opinion, a few were real stinkers. 🙂 

People say that to write and write well, you must write a Lot.  The more you write, the better you will get at it.  

What do you think?  Is writing like exercising?  You have to use it or lose it?  Do you “practice” writing? 

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson All Rights Reserved

#Name Your Number Challenge  Click here for info and to join in!

 

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Sunday Roundup #Name Your Number-Week 3

Happy Sunday!  Below is a list (in no particular order) of posts and links from those that have joined in the #Name Your Number Challenge.  Please show them some love and visit a few (or all!) of them.

From Dawn Benedict:

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/15/attitude-of-gratitude/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/17/monkey-business/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/19/not-disposable/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/20/step-out/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/21/new-addition/

From KS Woods:

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/16/do-justly-love-mercy-walk-humbly/

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/19/imagination/

From The Reluctant Poet:

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/16/escape-artists/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/18/believing-a-lie-wont-make-it-true/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/18/painting-with-words/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/21/i-learned-2/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/19/expect-the-unexpected-2/

From Poetisatinta

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/15/weekend-writing/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/17/jusjojan-what-do-you-see/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/20/writephoto-for-jusjojan-2/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/21/weekend-writing-jusjojan/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/18/w3-happy-winnie-the-pooh-day/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/21/the-pheasant-micro-seasons/

And in case you missed any, Here are mine:

A Bit of Spring in January

The Price Paid

A Different Outcome

Beauty of Love

Don’t Fall in Love With a Writer

 

It’s Not Too Late to Join Us!  For more info, HERE is the Link to this Week’s Announcing Post.

If you participated and I missed your post, please contact me and I will add it.  THANK YOU to everyone that has joined in!  

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Name Your Number Writing Challenge

Want to kick start your writing for the new year?  We all need a nudge once in a while.  Here’s my idea of that nudge.  Please join me in this fun challenge.  I am challenging myself, and you, to write a number of posts in the month of January.  

YOU name the Number of Posts!  

There are 22 workdays in January.  I’m taking the weekends off to catch my breath, or catch up!  I am going to write a post each of those workdays, for a total of 22 posts.  (I will sometimes use the weekends to get a post or two ahead so that I’m not under the gun every day) 

22 is my number.  What’s yours?  

Day One of this Challenge is Monday, January 2nd.  

If you would like to join me in this challenge, here are the “rules”.  

  • Your post can be in any form you wish. Essay, photo, short story (500 words max, please) poetry, etc.  
  • Please keep the content of your post fairly family friendly.  G or PG rated, please.
  • Your post can be on any subject you wish. 
  • Name your Number!  Challenge yourself!  What number of posts do you aspire to?  
  • Please create a pingback from your post to this one and use the tag “Name Your Number Writing Challenge” so we can find you.  If you do not know how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial HERE.  You can also leave a link to your post in the comments below.  I moderate the comments on my blog, so you may not see your comment right away.   
  • One real “rule” here.  No copies of your past posts or reblogs of others’ posts.  This challenge is to get your writing juices flowing.  So new work only! 
  • *Due to the time differences, etc. some posts may overflow into the weekend or the following day. I’m quite flexible on the times, etc. 

I will do a Roundup of all the posts we have all done for the week on Sunday.  This is my first time to host a writing challenge, so there will be a learning curve!  Be gentle with me!   

So are you ready to challenge yourself?  Please join me!!  

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson