“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is
I promised Before and After pictures of my kitchen painting project. So here they are. If you can’t tell, the dark blue was the Before color and the sunny yellow is the After color. I just love it. The whole process was much harder that I realized it was going to be just because of a few unforeseen incidents. Also there is the fact that this 63 year old body is not used to spending a lot of time on a ladder. I forgot how much hard work painting is!!
There are still a few things that are needed to complete the look. I have blinds and a new ceiling light fixture on order. So those will be put into place. Eventually I will change the look of the counter tops and backsplash. But that will be another time.
I’ve always thought that a kitchen should be light and bright. This one fits the bill. Instead of hating the look of my kitchen, now I love it! It was hard work, but well work the effort.
Have you done a big DIY project that you’re proud of? Tell me about it!
Thank you for joining me on this journey. Penny ❤
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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
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Have a little patience with yourself. God’s not done with you yet.
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! 🙂
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Penny Wilson Writes has gone through several transformations since it’s beginning. At the end of the year, the end of a decade, we all tend to look back and reflect. The last decade has seen the Biggest changes in my life. The. Biggest. My decision to move from Oregon to Texas, was the hardest decision I ever made, and it was the best decision I ever made. Words that come to mind when I think about the life that I have now are Thankful, Grateful and Blessed.
My time here on WordPress is included as one of those Blessings. Writing is an outlet for me, a way to express myself and the events in my life. The community here has been so supportive! Your encouragement gives me the courage to put myself out there, when in the past, I would have never dreamed of publishing anything I’ve written!
Ok, let’s see if I can clear a few things up. Yesterday’s post got some reactions that were unexpected. So I think I need to clarify where my head was when I posted those quotes.
So much of our lives is a choice. Sure there are things that we cannot control in our lives. The death of a loved one, illness, like cancer, etc., Acts of God, like flood, tornado, etc. What I was referring to was Our Choices in life and being responsible for those choices.
Often WE CHOOSE to stay in a situation that is not good for us. You will see people that complain about their life, but it was their CHOICE to be in that situation.
Example: You loan money to a relative or friend that does not pay you back. You KNOW they will not pay you back. But you do it anyway. That was your choice. If you don’t like the outcome, don’t do it again!
Here’s another example: You’re in poor health, but your doctor assures you that you can turn it around if you watch this thing or that thing in your diet. Or he recommends that you lose 10 lbs. It’s Your Choice to follow that doctor’s advise or not.
Another: You can’t pay the rent, or buy that next car that you need. Why? Because of the choices you made with your money. You spent it, ran up your credit card limits or drank it away. These were YOUR choices. But you cry and say “woe is me” if you can’t make your next rent payment. Your situation is life is terrible because of your choices.
In all three of these examples, WHO was responsible?
Sure we all have our childish phase. But there comes a point when you have to CHOOSE to grow up. Or not.
So many times I’ve seen where someone will blame everyone around them for the situation they’ve gotten themselves into. The sooner you realize that the choices you make in life determine your present and future happiness, well-being, and other things that effect you and your loved ones, the better.
Often, you can choose to be happy. You can choose to be healthy. It’s a choice, and that choice leads to consequences that are YOUR responsibility.
*I don’t usually post such opinionated things. So thank you for indulging me.
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