Back to Reality


I’ve been back at work for just a couple of days now.  The time off was good for me.  I didn’t realize how much I actually needed the time away.  I feel refreshed and can look at things at the office with a clear head.

It will take me a little while to get back into the swing of things.  I sort of feel like I need to be retrained!  I haven’t taken this much time away from work in a Long time!  But the pieces are falling into place.

I’m still adjusting to the new house with my morning routine.  I haven’t quite got that down yet.  My travel time to work is just a little longer.  (so worth it!) So I need to get that figured out.

While I was off work, my mind has been percolating on a couple of story ideas.  So I am itching to sit down and really dig into these plots!  Soon!!

You should be seeing a bit more of me here now.  I’ve just about caught my breath. I miss you guys!

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  ❤

 

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 ❤

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Bloom Where You’re Planted


When I moved to Texas, I think I was in mourning for Oregon for about 3 years.  It took me that long to appreciate where I am and to truly count my blessings.  I could not see the beauty around me.

I’ve gotten so that I can finally appreciate the beauty of Texas.  The wildflowers that are in bloom right now are just amazing.  Primrose, Indian Paint Brush, Bluebonnets, Black Eyed Susans, etc.

I am blessed to have my friends and family.  I am loved and appreciated.  I love my job and my boss and co-workers are awesome.

I have an amazing life!

These are all things that I could not see previously.

What changed?  I finally got my head out of my ass and saw the world around me for what it is!

I’m doing my best to Bloom Where I’m Planted!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

H- Home


houses

I know, I know.  It’s been a while.

When I hear the word home I always get a little wispy.  I’ve moved So Many Times.  I’ve started over So Many times.  So the word Home probably has a different meaning to me than it does to you.

I didn’t grow up with lifelong childhood friends.  I remember few people I went school with because they were not in my life very long.

I lot of people can drive through their “home town” and drive right to the house they grew up in and point at it.  They can tell you all kinds of childhood memories about that house.

I have no home town or house I “grew up” in.

I grew up mostly in the back of the station wagon, or in a tent.  A lot of my very early childhood memories are of berry fields and orchards.  I would play among the fruit as my parents worked to harvest it.

Sure I went to school, but many different schools.

After I left home at the tender age of 16, I was on the move again.  I was a young woman without a brain cell in her head, trying to figure it all out.  I went wherever the wind or my inclination at the time led me.

Before I was 20 years old, I had lived in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Wisconsin and Tennessee.  There may be more locations mixed in there that I don’t remember.

As an adult, (am I REALLY an adult?) I’ve continued to move again and again.

Once in a while I am a bit envious of those that had a steady upbringing.  Those kids that came home from school to the same house every day.  Or met up with friends they had had since the 2nd grade.  But then again, I’ve met people that have never left the county they now live in!  I can’t imagine that!

My life, good, bad or otherwise is what has shaped me into the person I am today.   I’m pretty pleased with that person.  When I look on the mirror and that (mature) woman looks back at me, I like to think that she did pretty well for herself!

I’m pretty sure that the specific house I’m in right now will not be my last.  I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I have the feeling that I’m right where I should be.

 

Ah, My Achin’ Back!


Huge pile of cardboard boxes, forming a wall, ideal for backgrou

Boxes.

Piles and heaps of boxes.  I’m sick of looking at them and I’m tired of the smell of cardboard!

The move went pretty well, but I’ve had a bit of a hitch.  I managed to mess up my back!  So the unpacking has slowed to a crawl.

I really over-did it last weekend, shuffling boxes around, climbing ladders, etc.  You know all that fun stuff when you first get moved into a new place.  I was out of commission for about 3 days because of it.

monsanto-tv-dinner

My kitchen has just the necessities unpacked so far.  I still need to scrub down all the cupboards and line the shelves.  This means climbing a step ladder and crawling around on my hands and knees.  That is NOT in the cards right now.  So I guess I will continue to eat TV dinners.  Ak!!  Those are all starting to taste like cardboard too!

What I am ready for is a good massage and some time in a hot tub!  IF I had a hot tub!

Happy Trails Boy & Girls!

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The Adventure of Moving With Pets


Moving can be quite the adventure.  It can either be a good experience or a bad one.

My pets seem to have mixed reviews about their new space.  My little dog, Rocket, is fine with it.  He’s enjoying all the new smells to investigate and a little yard that is all his to pee and poop in!  He is just happy to be there.

Rocket

Rocket has a joyous attitude about everything in life.  He is just a very happy little guy.  There isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t make me smile.

My cat, Otis, has a totally different attitude about the whole thing.  He stayed hidden during most of the first 2 days.  I had him snuggle up in bed with me, but he would wander off into another room and start yowling and hollering!  Maybe he felt lost.  I don’t know.

 Otis 2

Everything around these animals is new.  After the movers left, then the Charter guy showed up to hook up my internet.  After he left the guys delivered my washer & dryer.

So not only is my kitty in a new place but there are strangers here too!  A very frightening experience!

Otis’ litter box is in a new place.  His food has been moved.  The living room is twice the size of the last one, etc., etc.

Otis is an indoor kitty.  So his world is very small and I have just messed with EVERYTHING in his world!

With Otis hollering the 3 of us didn’t get a lot of sleep the first couple of nights in the new place.

The first thing I had to find was the dog and cat food and of course their treats!  The fact that I cannot function without coffee had to take a back seat to the pets’ needs.  So after the “kids” were settled in, THEN I could look for my coffee pot, filters and coffee.

The adventure continues….. Maybe tonight I’ll finally find the coffee cups!