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

 

 

 

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  ❤

 

 

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  ❤

 

Getting Ready to Get Ready….


I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a while.  Between getting the new location ready, work and packing and organizing things for the move, I am just bone tired.  I know it will all be worth it, but I’m wore down to a nub.  🙂  My move date is the 14th, so this will be my last weekend to finish ALL of the packing.

I’ve got piles of mess everywhere, in preparation for the move.  I have looked for something that is already packed a few times.  So everything is pretty much in chaos.  Stressful for me to have my life so disorganized.

I’m not sleeping very well either.  My brain just won’t shut down.  I keep thinking about everything that still needs to be done!

I will get back to a regular posting schedule eventually, but it’s going to be a few weeks.  I will continue to peek in when I can, I miss you guys!

Thanks for joining me on this journey!  Penny ❤

 

The American Dream


I have once again achieved the American Dream.  I closed on the house yesterday!  So after signing my life away, I am now in debt up to my eyeballs!  A true American dream!  🙂

I have been a very busy girl lately.  So please forgive my absence.  Things are progressing along.  I’m headed to the house this evening to take some measurements.  There is still a LOT to do before I move.  But I am just thrilled!

Yesterday morning, bright and early, I was at City Hall, waiting for the doors to open so I could get my water account set up with the city of Burleson.  While waiting, I had a few minutes to explore the immediate area.  The beautiful clock in the picture above is in “Old Town” Burleson, TX and immediately reminded me of my dear friend Audrey and her wonderful blog Minnesota Prairie Roots and photographs that you can find HERE.  She takes amazing pictures of small-town life and recently took a picture of an old clock similar to the one in the picture above.  Be sure to take a few minutes to visit her blog.  You won’t be disappointed!

I could have taken a picture of the stacks of boxes that I’ve packed or the over-grown lawn at the new place, but I thought you would appreciate the clock picture a lot more.  I will keep you posted as to my progress on the house as I can.

Thanks for being along for the journey!  Penny ❤

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson

 

 

Waiting Game


Sometimes the world of finance moves slowly.  That is the case right now for me.  Everything is done.  I can’t do anything else but sit on my hands and wait.

It’s frustrating, but I also know that it’s part of the process.

Then, once the financing is done, I’ll have to wait for closing.  sigh…

Happy Blogging my friends!  ❤  Penny

On the Road Again


Movin’, movin’, movin’!  In case you’ve noticed, I’ve been rather quiet here lately.  I’m pre-occupied.  I am just starting the process of looking for a house to buy.  So my attention has been focused on that.

I know from past experience that buying OR selling a house, either one, can be very stressful.  I’m hoping I won’t go too crazy with the process.  🙂

I’ve found, what I think is an awesome Real Estate agent.  She seems to be very aggressive.

I’ve moved many, many times in my life.  What I am looking at will be my last home purchase, I hope.  A place to retire.  I’m pretty excited about the whole thing.

I’ve looked at just a few places so far.  Nothing that works.  But I should see a few more this week.  I will keep you posted on my new adventure!

Thanks for playing!  ❤ Penny

Gluttony


We have become a society that expects instant gratification.  We all want more and we want it now.  With same day or one hour delivery even from Amazon, it’s like there’s nothing we can’t get if we just want it.

I grew up dirt poor.  My mom was a waitress that was raising 4 kids mostly by herself.  We lived on commodities (remember those?), lots of pinto beans and peanut butter.  I wore hand-me-downs and second hand.  I learned early on how to stretch a dollar, pinch a penny, make do, use it up and wear it out.

I have fallen prey to the lure of consumerism.   I’ve always been good with money.   I’ve had to be and I thought I still WAS good with money, until just recently.

I’ve decided I want to buy a house.  I put pen to paper and figured out what I can afford to spend and have it paid for in less than 10 years so I can afford to retire.  That’s the grand plan anyway.

In order to have my plan work, I need to save some money for the down payment, closing costs, moving, etc, etc.

I thought I would have a yard sale.  What a great way to make some money and pare down what I have before I move.  Brilliant!

This is when I realized how awful my spending has become.

I moved to Texas in the fall of 2011.  I came here driving a small Uhaul truck, 10′ long and towing my car.  The truck was about half full of my possessions.  I sold or gave away most of my belongings before I left Oregon.  I moved here owning NO furniture.  I brought only the essentials and the sentimental I items I could not part with.  It wasn’t much.

I now live in a 2 bedroom house with a 2 car garage.  Every room has furniture in it.  Some rooms, have too much furniture!  Every closet is full.  I’ve run out of places to store my linens!

The storage of Stuff goes out to the garage too.  The garage has Christmas decorations, luggage and boxes of stuff that hasn’t seen the light of day in years!

In one corner of my living room I’ve started to stage things for the yard sale.  I am floored at how much crap I have acquired!  And I’m not done!

Why?   Why have I done this?

One of the main reasons I moved to Texas is because of the pitiful state the economy was in where I was living in Oregon.  Let’s just say that my income is much better than it was in Oregon.

I count my blessing all the time.  I tell my boss that I am thankful to work where I do!  I have enough money to have a nice place to live.  I’ve not over extended myself, so if I need a car repair, I get it repaired.  I eat well.  If I see a blouse in the store that I want, I get it.    I have some money in savings.  I’ve been able to help out friends and family in Oregon.

Looking at the stack of boxes in my living room, I am flat ashamed of myself!  I added 10 pairs of shoes and 6 or 7 purses to the stack of crap.   There are 2 sets of dishes for sale and I have 2 sets of dishes still in the kitchen!

In light of this gluttony, I’m putting myself on a strict no spending diet.  I’m going to start with the month of April.  NO unnecessary spending At All.   Let’s see how I do!  I’ll keep you posted.  Wish me luck!