#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.  

Something to Smile About


This is in response to Trent’s Weekly Smile prompt, which you can find out all about HERE.  

I had a lot to smile about this last weekend!

We had our first full weekend without rain in 6 or 8 weeks!  Texas has been drenched with rain, unseasonably so, for weeks on end!  Everything is soggy!  I don’t think that it’s rained for 40 days and 40 nights, but it’s seemed that way!

My sweet Sister-in-law had a birthday.  I joined her and my brother for a lovely lunch and some birthday cake, both of which my brother cooked!  I had a grand time.

Early Saturday morning I went to a sale at a local nursery and went a little crazy.  😊  Since buying my home, I’ve spent Way Too Much money, but I just couldn’t help myself!  I bought pansies, mums and some ornamental kale.  I brought back irises from my sister in law’s yard too.

Saturday afternoon, the sun came out!!  It was glorious to see after all the rain!

Sunday, I was a busy girl.  I got all of the irises planted and then I set about separating the mums and getting them and everything else planted.  It took me a few hours, but I think the effort is worth it!

The pansies and kale will last most of the winter as will the mums.  The mums will also come back next year and spread.  I’m very happy with the result.  My deck is looking very pretty, don’t you think?

Along with all the fun stuff I did over the weekend, I also did home home-owner, handy-man, type of stuff.  I filled some holes in the backyard where their dog had dug and I replaced the flapper in the toilet so it would stop leaking water!

I was Very productive and all of this makes me smile!

 

The First Time


 

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”  This is a line in the song “For the First Time” sung by Darius Rucker.  I’m experiencing a lot of “firsts” right now.  Being in my new home is such a Blessing!  It has made me take note of all of those little firsts.  The first time I cooked a meal in my kitchen.  The first time I sat on my deck and listened to the rain.  The first time I looked out my kitchen window and watched the squirrels run and frolic on the lawn.  The first time Rocket ran across the yard, chasing a squirrel, to defend me and His yard!

Being from a small rural town in Oregon and moving to the mega metroplex of the DFW area has been a Huge transition for me.  Now that I have my own little slice of “nature” and a relatively quiet neighborhood, I’m in heaven!!

Because of all of the work that I’ve been doing since I moved, my feet and legs are killing me.  This gives me the perfect excuse to sit and post something here while I rest up.

Although it’s been hard work, BLESSED is how I am feeling about my life.  I want to pinch myself!  I came from Very Humble Beginnings.  So to have my own home is almost unbelievable for me!  Happy, happy girl here!

Thank you for joining me on this journey!  Penny  ❤

 

 

A Good Tired


Have you ever heard someone say that they were tired, but it was a Good Tired?  That’s how I feel.  I’m getting settled in my new home and I am loving it!  Although there is still a lot to do, I’m making good progress.  I go to bed Very Tired at night and sleep like the dead.  🙂  But it is a Very happy and satisfied tired.

I’m glad that I’ve taken some time off to get settled.  By the time I go back to work, I won’t be done, but I’ll have made a good dent in things.

My writing has taken a back seat for the time being.  But I will be back and posting again soon.

I am looking forward to creating my little writing/office oasis.  I’ve not had a real designated place to write so designing this space is going to be fun.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!  Penny  ❤

Moving Day!!


*This was supposed to have posted on Friday , the 14th.  It was my first attempt at scheduling a post ahead of time.  Apparently I did something wrong.  sigh…  No matter, I’ve moved!  I’m sore and tired, but getting settled in.  I’ve taken some vacation time to get things done here.  I am so, so happy!  

It’s finally Moving Day!!  It’s been a long time coming, but today is the day that I finally move into my home!!

I’ve got boxes stacked in every room.  I’ve been living out of a box for several days now.  I’ve been trying to eat up what I have in my fridge so that I don’t have to transport any more refrigerated items than I have to.  Even the coffee pot is packed!  Horrors!!  🙂

So that my closets are ready to move, I’ve had to plan out exactly what I will be wearing for several days.

At the new place, I’ve scrubbed the bathroom and the kitchen.  I lined the shelves in the kitchen and I’ve had the carpets shampooed throughout the house.  I purchased and assembled some storage shelves for the garage.  I’ve had some trees trimmed in the yard and the lawn mowed.

I’ve accomplished a lot!

Around noon, my Big Brother will be at the house to install new door locks for me.  (his housewarming gift)  He will also be bringing a picnic lunch for us that my sweet sister-in-law has prepared.

I’m as ready as I can be and I keep feeling like pinching myself because of all of the wonderful Blessings that are taking place in my life right now!

Wish me luck!  Thank you for joining me on this journey!  Penny  ❤

 

Gratitude


If I’m dreaming, don’t wake me!

My life has been interesting.  For the majority of my life, I’ve gotten by and made do.  You know what I mean.  I’ve never had any money to speak of.  I’ve never expected to have any.  I’ve never been destitute, but my life has had its challenges.  There were times when I wasn’t sure if I’d make the rent payment and there were times when I couldn’t.  There was a time when a bowl of beans or Ramen noodles was all there was to eat and I was grateful to have that.  I’ve been homeless and had no idea where my next meal was coming from.

I was taught from a young age that if I worked hard and kept my nose to the grindstone that I would reap the rewards for my efforts.  It took me a long time to realize that life is not always fair.  No matter how hard you work.

But I’ve never lost that hard-working mentality.

The last several years have seemed surreal.  I was terrified of making the move from Oregon to Texas.  I was over 50 and I was going to Quit My job and move across the country to an uncertain future and start over.  Madness!

It was the best decision of my life.

I now have a job that I love.  I’m employed by the World’s Best Boss and I have a few wonderful friends that have my back no matter what the situation.  I have family close by that I love and they love me.

Then there are the material blessings!

I make a good wage.  I own a nice car and live in a nice house.  I have the money to buy almost anything I want.  My cupboards are full and so is my closet.

I will soon close on a house that I am buying.  Me.  Just me, buying this house.  I can’t hardly believe it.  (by the way, the financing went through!)

I’m incredibly grateful!!  I have been truly blessed!  If I’m dreaming, don’t wake me!

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny wilson

 

The Up Side of Feeling Down


As my last couple of posts have reflected, I’ve been feeling down, bummed out, blue, whatever you want to call it.  My spirits are better.  I think I’m over the worst and am finally coming out the other side.

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Spring’s Celebration


*Spring is my favorite time of year.  So in honor of the first day of spring… 

The first blush of spring.  When the flowers begin their peek out of the soil seeking the sun.  A time of New Beginnings.   A time of Rebirth and Fresh Starts.

What a joy to behold!

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The BEST Day!


I have had the Best Day!!  
I have the World’s Best Boss and the World’s Best Job.  I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but if not, I should have!

The flowers in the picture above were given to me by my work family.  The picture really doesn’t do them justice.  They’re beautiful and my whole office smells beautiful!  I received these yesterday.

I am so thankful to have so many wonderful people in my life!  🙂

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