“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



NaNo Countdown


I’m looking at the final week here of the NaNoWriMo challenge.  I got Nothing done on the weekend.  (shame on me!)  I spent most of my time working on Christmas presents.

I’m not sure what I’m doing for Thanksgiving.  I would really like to just hibernate.  I like the idea of spending the 4 days, tucked away, wearing my jammies all day if I want to.  Lazing on the couch, wasting the morning drinking coffee.

But that probably isn’t going to happen.

I’m pretty sure I won’t have my book done.  This book has turned into something much more complex and detailed than anything else I’ve written.

It does surprise me about the details.  The details in a book, I mean.  I guess being a reader all my life, I took those things for granted.  I’m referring to the real mechanics of a story.  Like when person A goes from place #1, through to place #’s 2, 3 and 4.  All those tiny details that need to be there to be sure your story flows in a logical progression.

The way a person’s body will move, what they see, hear, smell along the way are all the mechanics of the story.   But oh so important!

Even if I don’t complete my book by November 30th, I’m still really glad I took on this challenge.  The challenge has forced me to dig deep, to stick with it, return to that keyboard, even when I had no idea what was going to be written on the next page.

I accomplished more than I ever thought I would!

Although I’m having a good time, another eye opener for me is the actual WORK involved in writing something of this depth and length.  All of my writing up to this point has been shorter and much more of a lark.

Most of the time when I post something on WordPress, it’s for my own pleasure .   This book has been a real mixture of Work and pleasure.  I’ve got other,  more serious things I want to write about in the future and they will be WORK as well.

I hope all of the other NaNoWriMo participants are doing well at accomplishing their goals!  But no matter what, just remember, you tried!!  That in itself is huge!  So carry on fellow WriMo’s!!

One more thought here.  Thank you to those of you that continue to encourage, push and nag me!  🙂   I love you too.