Those That Shaped Me


I recently saw the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”.  A lovely movie about Mr. Rogers and a magazine writer.  (if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it) In that movie was a scene where Tom Hanks, who plays Mr. Rogers, is reading a list of names from a book.  At the end of the list he says “thank you, God.”  The movie is wonderful, but this scene really stuck with me.

The culmination of our experiences is what makes us, us.  We’ve all heard this.  I’ve heard it so many times that it didn’t make an impact on me any more.  That is, until I started thinking back to all of the people that shaped me into who I am today.

There are those in the past that have done us wrong, hurt us.  We all have these people in our lives.  It hurt and at the time it was an awful thing to go through.  But that experience, like all the others in our lives, have shaped us to be who we are.

So the next time you look back at the people in your life, those that hurt you, those that did you wrong, thank them.  Thank them and thank God for bringing those people into your life.  Because these people had a hand in shaping you into the incredible human being that you are today.

Just a partial list:

Denise, David D., Bruce, Roy, Mom, Lloyd, Bert, Mrs. Carpenter, Mr. Bruin, Carlos, Teresa, Diana, Nancy, Bobby, Norman, David C., John, Johnny, Cara, Gill, Heather, Chad, Sandy, Dave M., Robert, Ron, Bruce W., Frenchy, Diane, Ruby, Geno, Monk, Barbie, Ron, Bret, Tracy, Chuck, Audrey, Janette, Carlos, Bobby…

Thank you, God, for bringing these people into my life.

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

Image by Eak K. from Pixabay

Doing Nothing


This past Thanksgiving weekend was a very different one for me as I’m sure it was for most everyone this year.  It’s 2020.  What more needs to be said.  Right?  My weekend was different for me for reasons other than the ongoing awfulness (I don’t know if that’s a word) that is the year 2020.  This was the first weekend since I bought my house 3 years ago that I didn’t plan some major project to do during the 4 days that I had off.  I can’t hardly believe that I’ve been in my house now for 3 years!  It’s gone by so fast!

Rather than painting a room or laying flooring or building shelves, I rested, relaxed and Enjoyed my house and myself.  Other than some laundry, there wasn’t a thing that I HAD to do.  So I didn’t do anything much.  Certainly nothing constructive and I think that just doing almost nothing was good for me!

I puttered in the kitchen and cooked a nice meal for myself for Thursday.  I took my dog to the park for walks.  I watched TV, catching up on some shows and I watched a couple of movies.  I started a new embroidery project.  I called and talked to both of my brothers and my BFF and had nice conversations.  I sat on my swing chair on the back deck and watched my little dog wander the yard and soak up the sun when he could.

I don’t remember the last time that I had a weekend that was as relaxing and peaceful as this past one was.

I think that with the state of the world these days, most of us tend to look at things differently.  We see the value in the little things more.  At least I think that most people do.

I am feeling very Blessed and quite happy and content with life.

Yes, I think that sometimes, doing nothing, is just exactly what we need to do.

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

I Wish You Beauty, Peace and Happiness


I know I’ve been quiet lately.  Life just seems to get in the way at times.  I’m good!  Things are going well for me.  I’m still going to work.  I’m blessed and grateful that I have a job when so many at this time do not.  I’m behaving myself and staying isolated.  I wear a mask, I social distance, I order my groceries online and have them delivered.

I stayed home on Thanksgiving.  I cooked a full meal; turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, gravy and rolls.  I even had brownies for dessert!  I haven’t cooked this much in ages!  I’ll have leftovers for a long time!  My little dog, Rocket, Loves turkey!  I am truly blessed to have the bounty of food that I have!

I’m an introvert and spend a great deal of time alone.  So I don’t think being isolated during COVID has effected me the way that it might others.  I do think that in some ways, being isolated has been a blessing.

This time has been a time of introspection for me.  It’s been a time to count my blessings.  There are times when we are our own worst enemy.   I don’t know if it’s human nature, but so many of us tend to see the negative during a time like we are going through right now.  I know it’s a hard time.  I really do.

I think that each of us needs to dig down deep within ourselves and see the good around us; to see the positive; to count our blessings.

I’m not saying that I’m immune to a case of the blues, or a case of “poor me”.  I do it too.  But staying in that state of mind does nothing for you except bring you down.  Let’s do our best to lift ourselves up and lift each other up!

Today is a gift!  That’s why it’s call the Present.  Let’s make the most of it!

I wish each and every one of you a day of beauty, peace and happiness.

Penny ❤

Copyright (C) Penny Wilson

 

Hiatus


being thankful quotes

I found the picture above and felt that it was very appropriate for today.  I have thanked you for joining me on this journey many times and I do mean that sincerely.  I’ve been going through what seems to be one thing after another lately.  I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.  So I am going to take a step back from my blog.  A Hiatus, if you will.  I will still be popping in from time to time to respond to comments, etc.  But other than that, you probably won’t see much of me for a while.  I seriously feel like I need some Down Time.

Penny Wilson Writes is not done!  I’ll be back.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. ❤  Penny

Weak As A Kitten


I’m still recovering from the flu. I’m at work today for the first time in a week and would have stayed home if I’d had the choice. Saturday night I had a fever of 102.  Sunday it was 100.  To just walk across the room took an extreme amount of effort.

But I’m better!  My fever is gone. I’m eating fine.  But I am just as weak as a kitten.  Yesterday I took a 2 hours nap and was still in bed by 8pm. I haven’t been this sick in a very long time.

I want to thank everyone that has stopped by my blog to wish me well.  It really does mean a lot to me.  I love my WordPress Family! ❤

I’m very glad that today is Friday.  I will have the weekend to rest up.  I’ll be back in the groove soon.  Thank you again, my lovelies!  I appreciate you more than you know!

Thank you for joining me on this journey. ❤ Penny

Image by Dimitri Houtteman 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

 

 

 

2020, Here We Come!


Penny Wilson Writes  has gone through several transformations since it’s beginning.  At the end of the year, the end of a decade, we all tend to look back and reflect.  The last decade has seen the Biggest changes in my life.  The. Biggest.  My decision to move from Oregon to Texas, was the hardest decision I ever made, and it was the best decision I ever made.  Words that come to mind when I think about the life that I have now are Thankful, Grateful and Blessed.

My time here on WordPress is included as one of those Blessings.  Writing is an outlet for me, a way to express myself and the events in my life.  The community here has been so supportive!  Your encouragement gives me the courage to put myself out there, when in the past, I would have never dreamed of publishing anything I’ve written!

Continue reading “2020, Here We Come!”

Playing Favorites Friday “Trent’s World (The Blog)”


Happy Friday all!  We all have our favorites, right?  Favorite food, favorite music, etc.  I have favorite blogs.  Many, many favorites.  🙂  I decided that I need to be sharing these favorites with you.  After all, they ARE wonderful and that’s why they are favorites, right?

So today is my first of many (I hope) favorites, that I wish to share with you.  In no particular order, I’ll tell you a little about them and why they are my favorite blogs to visit.  Please be sure to drop by and give their blog a look-see.  You won’t be sorry and they might just become a favorite of yours too!

My very first favorite is Trent’s World (The Blog) 

I start with Trent’s blog because he is one of the very first bloggers I connected with on WordPress.  He’s always been kind, inspiring and helpful to me from day one.  His blog is a treasure trove of short stories, not-so-short stories, prose, photography, art and various other things.

Trent does a Weekly Smile piece that is always fun to check out and participate in.  Trent is a very active blogger and participates in a number of prompts and challenges here.

Trent now has 4 books in print and 5th one coming soon!  He’s a prolific writer who weaves colorful and imaginative stories.  You can check out his book titles and descriptions HERE.

So be sure to check out Trent’s blog.  It’s worth your time and it may just become a favorite of yours too!

(C) 2019 Penny Wilson

Next Friday, Playing Favorites Friday #2.  Be sure to watch for it! 🙂