Hello, from 6ft Away


REBLOG:  Please check out this positive approach to the Stay at Home Mandate.  Enjoy!

COVID Operations

Hello, fellow humans.

Welcome to COVID Operations. My first post is a small brief about this Operation.

COVID’S contagion is joy, laughter, and stories written from a 4th floor apartment in New York City.

Save the Face Masks for the Hospitals

I am here to keep sane during this global pandemic. Fear is spreading across the globe. Let’s slow the rate of infection.

Before clicking follow, you should know…

  • My bike is my magic carpet.

  • I’m an Australian living in New York.

  • I bought three fish when self-isolation laws came into effect.

  • Two of those fish, Cora and Rona, have already died.

  • Sometimes, I forget hand sanitizer when I leave the house.

  • I ordered 24 bottles of red wine when the first case of Corona hit NYC.

  • I sailed from Australia to Burma once. Well, I was on a boat that sailed from Australia to Burma.

  • Carnival, the third fish…

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Doing What’s Right For All


I’ve been feeling rather Uninspired lately, as you may have noticed.  Laying low, not writing and not posting much at all.  Since my little dog, Rocket Always makes me smile, I thought photos of him were just the ticket today.

We are all inundated with news about COVID-19.  The uncertainty of these times has everyone on edge and it’s hard to find the silver lining in all of this.  I was talking to my BFF on the phone the other day and we started talking about the GOOD that we are seeing in those around us, dealing with this pandemic.  People are stepping up.  Neighbor helping neighbor.  I know those that are volunteering to run errands, shop and make home deliveries to those that can’t get out, like the elderly.  People are putting on local food drives to help those in need.  People are hearing from those that they hadn’t heard from in years, just to check in to see how you’re doing.

Politics aside, in my opinion, we have not been on a UNITED front for Any reason for a Very Long Time.  Remember all the stories you would hear about how we all came together and sacrificed for the good of ALL during WWII?  People banded together and did what was good for everyone.  Not because there was something in it for them, but because it was the right thing to do.  It’s time to do that again, folks.

I am blessed in so many ways in these turbulent times.  I have The World’s Best Boss.  He is doing everything in his power to make sure that we are all safe and taken care of.  My job is considered part of the the Construction Industry, therefore considered Essential.  So I am still working.  We are teleconferencing, etc. to maintain our distance. The office only has 3 or 4 people in it right now and we are all aware of the 6 ft. distancing thing.  We are cleaning, hand sanitizing, etc. to be as careful as we can.  So I am fine.

The only place I’ve been for weeks now is work and home, with the exception of a few walks in the park with Rocket.  So my Best Friend, Rocket has been another huge blessing in my life.  My life would be so quiet and empty without him.  He makes me smile and laugh every day.  (something that is SO needed in life right now!)  If nothing else, he’s a reason to get out of bed everyday!

Rocket is my Office Assistant and goes to work with me on most days.  This is a photo of him at the desk, hard at work.  I try to leave all of the really big decisions up to him because his judgement is always tempered with not only wisdom but compassion and love as well.

At this time, be sure to stay in touch with those you love.  Reach out, if not physically, then send a text, make a phone call, email, whatever.  Just don’t lose touch.  Be there in spirit for them.  Stay Safe, Stay United and let’s Do What’s Right for All for Us.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.  ❤ Penny

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

Weak As A Kitten


I’m still recovering from the flu. I’m at work today for the first time in a week and would have stayed home if I’d had the choice. Saturday night I had a fever of 102.  Sunday it was 100.  To just walk across the room took an extreme amount of effort.

But I’m better!  My fever is gone. I’m eating fine.  But I am just as weak as a kitten.  Yesterday I took a 2 hours nap and was still in bed by 8pm. I haven’t been this sick in a very long time.

I want to thank everyone that has stopped by my blog to wish me well.  It really does mean a lot to me.  I love my WordPress Family! ❤

I’m very glad that today is Friday.  I will have the weekend to rest up.  I’ll be back in the groove soon.  Thank you again, my lovelies!  I appreciate you more than you know!

Thank you for joining me on this journey. ❤ Penny

Image by Dimitri Houtteman from Pixabay

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

SpamSpamSpam


Finally! It’s hard to get decent spam these days!! I was doing these spam posts on a regular basis, but haven’t been getting much spam laterly. We all get spam. My way of dealing with it is to poke fun at some the spammy comments that I get.  The comments below are just as I received them.  My comments about them are in BOLD.  I hope you enjoy!  

the TV Stands that i bought online is made of lighweight what is lighweight?
aluminum, i like aluminum because it can be anodized** Huh? I could give a rat’s a** about your TV trays.

Howdy! Well, howdy partner! I’m at work Shame! Better hope the boss
doesn’t catch you!
surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs! um… ok. 

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New efforts to help Minnesota farmers in crisis


REBLOG:  Please read Audrey’s post about farmers and their struggles.

Minnesota Prairie Roots

Tilling at sunset, Redwood County, Minnesota.

I WITNESSED THE DESPAIR first-hand. The overwhelming concern that can settle in when bad weather affects crops, prices drop and the bills pile high.

A well-kept, stately barn west of New Ulm, Minnesota.

Too many years I observed the struggles my dad faced as a farmer. Even as a kid I understood. But now, as an adult reflecting on my past, I understand even more. I observed the stress Dad faced in 1976 when a drought left him without enough feed for the livestock and necessitated purchasing a boxcar full of hay from Montana. I recall, too, the time he dumped milk down the drain, part of a National Farmers Organization protest over low milk prices. And then, when a tornado hit our farm, he had to make agonizing decisions about whether to rebuild.

A farm site in my native Redwood County, Minnesota, where…

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