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! 🙂

 

 

I Write For Me


This blog has gone through a lot of transformations over the last 5+ years. Although I’m not setting any records, my following has continued to grow.  I am grateful and still a bit in awe that anyone would want to hear what I have to say!

I’ve grown personally, and as a writer over these years.  Along the way, I’ve had some real stinkers for posts. I look back on some of these and cringe.  But you, my fellow bloggers and others, have hung in there through the good and the bad.  You’ve allowed me to subject you to whatever ramblings I find important at the time.  🙂   For this, I am grateful.

I’ve made some wonderful friends and connections on WordPress.  People that hopefully, will be life-long friends.  This community has given me a connection to the world that I never knew I was lacking.  My life is richer and better for it.

We all write for different reasons.  The above are some of those reasons.   There are other reasons as well.  I won’t bore you with the laundry list of reasons I write (expression, creativity, etc. etc.).  The real reason I write is for ME.

In many instances, my writing has been healing.  We all have struggles and being able to express myself as I go through those struggles has kept me coming back again and again.

As I approach my 2,000th follower (blows my mind), I want to thank all of you who have endured the good and the cringe-worthy posts of mine.  With your kindness and grace have I been able to grow, learn, and express myself here.

I don’t know what the future hold for Penny Wilson Writes, but I do hope you will continue to join me on this journey.

❤ Penny

 

 

Thanksgiving


“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity… it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ―Melody Beattie

I had a harder time creating this post than I thought that I would.  I have had an incredible year and have a ton of things to be thankful for.  When there are so many that have so little, it’s not easy to write about what you have.  I think that the quote above encompasses much of what I’m feeling.

On this special day, I wish you the joy and love of your family.  I wish you a warm and peaceful place to lay your head tonight.  Most of all, I wish you the simple gift of gratitude.  It’s a gift that transforms lives.

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

Thank you for joining me on this journey! Penny ❤

 

 

 

Under Pressure


Does anyone else feel as though they are being pressured with the approaching Holiday Season?  Yesterday on the radio, someone said that Thanksgiving was just a little over 2 weeks away.  I felt a surge of panic inside me!

How the hell did this happen?  🙂

I’m the type of person that will Christmas shop all year long.  If I think that something might make a good gift for a loved one, I will often purchase whatever it is and stash it away for that Birthday or other life event that comes along.

So I went into my Stash to take inventory and I’ve done pretty well this year.  That made me breathe a little sigh of relief!

The holidays put SO much pressure on us!  I don’t care what you say, it’s still pressure.   There’s the pressure to buy, spend and consume.  There is the pressure to cook, gorge and indulge.  You’re pressured to decorate. “You mean, you don’t put up a Christmas Tree?”  Then there is the pressure to socialize or to host the party or gathering.  So there seems to be no escaping the pressure.

So as the insanity begins this season, remember to take a moment and breath.  Say a little prayer and remember what you are thankful for.   Let’s also remember why we celebrate and what the true meaning of the celebration is all about.

Stay Strong my friends.  🙂

(C) 2018 Penny Wilson

 

 

1500 Followers, Wow!


 

I’ve been blogging on WordPress for about 5 years now.  Way back then, I never dreamed that 1500 souls would give a lick about anything that I wrote.

My writing has evolved and changed over the years.  You all have seen some really, really crappy stuff posted here and you continue to show me your love and support.  My blog is very random.  I post whatever I happen to feel like posting that day.  A fellow blogger that I follow does the same thing and he was told that his blog was “messy” because of this.  Well, if that’s the case, then I’m messy too.  🙂

The WordPress community has been a Huge blessing in my life!  This isn’t just a blog.  It’s part of my life; an important one.

WordPress is a place that I come to and can be uplifted by those that not only follow me but also by the incredibly inspiring words that are written here.  I find myself sharing in your joys and your sorrows.  I’m not here just for the flash fiction or the poetry.  Although, I love that stuff too.

So to all of you that Make My Day, almost Every Single Day, THANK YOU!!  I look forward to seeing what the future holds for us during the next 5 years!

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson

 

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

 

Now Award Free


I have been horrible about completing the kind Nominations that have been given to me during the last several months.  I must apologize for this.  I do appreciate the nominations!  I really do!  I find that I no longer have the time to keep up with them.  I have thought about this for some time and have decided that I must make my blog an Award Free blog.

My page that used to say Awards & Badges now says Award Free Blog.

Please pass along that nomination to someone else.  The nominations are a great way for a new blogger to get their feet wet and to expand readership.  They are also a wonderful way that the community here expresses gratitude.

So THANK YOU, THANK YOU for each of the amazing nominations I have received!!

As always, thanks for playing! Penny ❤