Connection


Since I am still going to work every day, my family worries about me during this uncertain time.  I do my best to reassure them that we are very careful and being as safe as we can be.  It’s just a skeleton crew at work right now.  I get texts and phone calls now much more often than I have in the past.  I miss my family and my friends.  I’m sure you do too.  Reaching out and communicating is incredibly important right now.  I’m touched and feel loved with each text, email or phone call.  It’s not as good as a hug, but it’s just as important.

Please be sure to take that minute to send a text or make that phone call.  It might just mean the world to the person on the other end.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. ❤ Penny

DIY


car garden diy

I’m a DIY kind of girl. I’ve had to be. Most of my life, I could not afford to hire someone to do things for me, so I’ve always had the mindset of make do, figure it out on my own. DIY.  My mother, bless her heart, taught me to sew before I ever started Home Economics (I don’t think that still exists, does it?) in school. At about the age of 5, she sat me down and taught the art of hand embroidery. I was her shadow in the kitchen, learning to cook. Mom did well at preparing for me for as lot of things in life. Because of this, I’ve never been afraid to tackle something if I thought I could do it. Things didn’t always work out, but I tried. I do know my limitations, most of the time, and if it’s something out of my league, I leave the project to someone else.

I scour the internet and YouTube looking for instructions on how to do things all the time. I recently made my own bar soap. The kind made from lye, the real deal. It turned out lovely and I gifted some at Christmas time. I also tried homemade laundry soap, but I’m still perfecting the recipe. Not so sure about that one. I was taught a couple of very basic crochet stitches and have since taken to YouTube and have followed along teaching myself more.  I gift my crocheted projects all the time.

I’ve painted and laid tile. I added shelving in the kitchen, bathroom and garage. It seems as though I’m always tackling a do it yourself project. There is a lot of satisfaction that comes from doing it yourself. Being able to stand back and look at what you’ve accomplished.

The VW Bug above was pictured in a article about DIY gardening. While a lovely thought, I’m afraid that I would just end up with a rusting hulk in my yard. I know my limitations. 🙂

How about you?  Do you DIY?

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

 

 

 

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

Yesterday’s Post-Where Was My Head?


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. 

(C) Copyright 2019 Penny Wilson

 

 

Responsible


“You are responsible for everything that happens to you.  You either cause it or allow it to happen.”

“It is a painful thing to look at the sorrows in your life and know that you yourself are the one responsible for them.”

“You and only you are responsible for your life choices and decisions.”