Balance of Life


“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”

Osho INDIAN SPIRITUAL TEACHER

Image by FelixMittermeier from Pixabay

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

 

 

 

Enjoy the Ride


“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed.  The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise.  Life is like an old time rail journey… delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.  The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” 

-Gordon B. Hinckley

Oh, Christmas Tree


I’ve had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year.  Despite that, I think my Christmas tree turned out pretty this year.  I’ve been collecting angels for about a year now.  This isn’t all angels, but by next year I should have enough for an “angel tree”.  🙂

Merry Christmas all! ❤  Penny

#Weeklysmile – Beautiful Day


My dear friend Trent does a Weekly Smile post.  Here’s one for him (and me).

Today was an almost perfect early spring day.  There was almost no wind, which is something that I am SO thankful for!  The wind blows too much here.  The sun shone all day and the sky was a beautiful blue!

I took the day off.  I didn’t do much today other than enjoy the day.  I spent a lot of time outside with my little dog Rocket, sitting on the deck.  The boy loves to chase the birds and squirrels and he loves to sunbathe.  He competes with the neighbor’s dogs in barking for no reason at all contests sometimes.  He’s normally very quiet (unusual for his breed) so when he wants to cut loose, I usually let him.  He has a good time.

I put all of my flower pots out on the lawn to make sure everyone got some sun.  I’ve carefully covered my flowers at night if the temps dropped too low and I’ve been rewarded with some beautiful blooms!

I washed out the bird bath and refilled it.  I’m still waiting for the little birds to discover it and start enjoying it.  But then again, I guess I would be shy about bathing in a stranger’s yard. 🙂

I’m so thankful for this beautiful day and beautiful weather.  Today made me smile.  There are many places where people are not as fortunate, I know that and I’m thankful.  ❤

Friday Good News Challenge!


This is a Challenge to each of you to come up with Just One POSITIVE news story that you’ve seen or heard recently.  If you don’t watch the news, then share an uplifting, positive quote or post!  I think that it’s high time that we all make the effort to see the Good and to see the Positive that happens in our lives every day!  There is so much negativity in our lives that we must Stop and LOOK for the good things!

If you would like to participate in this challenge, please leave your comments below with a link to the post or news story that you’ve found or done.  While you’re here, please share and check out other people’s posts.

Let’s all share something GOOD today!

I would like to make this a weekly challenge.  It will depend on the amount of interest there is, of course.  I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful, positive things you all come up with!  ❤  ❤  ❤

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson

My Good News for the day can be seen HERE.  This is about a group of people that provide Free clothing to foster children. This is for the families that struggle to make ends meet.  A wonderful worthwhile cause that will bring a smile to your face.  🙂

Good News Friday Challenge!


I am personally so fed up with the negative news that is thrust at us every day that I’ve just about stopped watching the news.  I just cannot stomach it anymore!

So, this is a Challenge to each of you to come up with Just One POSITIVE news story that you’ve seen or heard recently.  If you don’t watch the news, then share an uplifting, positive quote or post!  I think that it’s high time that we all make the effort to see the Good and to see the Positive that happens in our lives every day!  There is so much negativity in our lives that we must Stop and LOOK for the good things!

If you would like to participate in this challenge, please leave your comments below with a link to the post or news story that you’ve found or done.  While you’re here, please share and check out other people’s posts.

I will be posting my Good News Post later today.

Let’s all do something GOOD today!

I would like to make this a weekly challenge.  It will depend on the amount of interest there is, of course.  I can’t wait to see all of the wonderful, positive things you all come up with!  ❤  ❤  ❤

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson

 

 

Come next week — sudiecrouch


Please enjoy this positive, uplifting message from my new friend over at sudicrouch.  ❤

There is something peaceful about reflecting on the year as we ready ourselves for the next one. It’s a time, at least for me, to look back over what the last 12 months had brought into my life. The moments of joy and happiness. The obstacles that had been dealt with, whether I successfully bested […]

via Come next week — sudiecrouch

#WeeklySmile-Self Publishing


This past week has been a blur.  I’ve decided to publish a book of poetry!  Along that line, I sent out a request for Beta Readers.  That effort didn’t pan out as well as expected, but I did receive some good feedback that I can use.

This effort is a real learning experience.  I have NO idea what I’m doing.  But that’s never stopped me before!!  🙂  heehee!!

I’m going the route of self-publishing through Amazon.  So I’ve been researching as much as I can.  I’ve gone through my stack of poetry again and again, eliminating some pieces and adding others.

I am now at the point in the project where I’m proofing and formatting each piece.  It’s tedious.  After you look at your own work for so long, you go blind.  What I mean by that is that the piece loses its depth.  You have to really concentrate and stay focused.

I’m excited about this project and am happy about the progress I’ve made.  I’m especially looking forward to the long weekend so that I can concentrate on it.

I’ve decided on a title for the book, but don’t have the artwork for the cover yet.

Once I am further along in this process, I may post another request for Beta Readers, with a more finished possibility of the book.  If you’re interested in being one of those Beta Readers, use my contact page and send me an email.  I’ll be in touch!

All in all, I’m a very happy girl these days.  I’m still loving my new digs, although I am having some plumbing issues.  But that’s for a different post.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thank you for joining me on this journey!  Penny ❤

*This is in response to Trent’s “#WeeklySmile” prompt.  If you would like to join in on the fun you can find out all about it HERE.