Home sweet home?

This photo reminded me of a memory from my past. My son was 3 yrs old and I was pregnant with my daughter. We had just found a house not too far out in the country, a fixer upper, located near a deserted sawmill. But the price was amazingly low. Almost too good to be true … if you know what I mean. So we rented it, the house was in Knoxville, Tennessee. This weeks short story is for  Alastair’s Photo Fiction:




He looked at her, “So whaddya think?”

“It’s perfect,” She replied. “I love it, not far from our friends. It has potential.”

He had a few concerns, but didn’t share them. Others could show up at any time. But he didn’t want to think about that. Besides, she was generally pretty good when it came to places to live. He could certainly see the numerous advantages for his growing family.

The house was remote. That was probably a good thing, convenient too. In fact, it could be a great hang out for his friends as well. he knew they’d be stopping by. Yes he thought, this is going to be just perfect!

He turned to look at his mate and the two mice scurried back across the field to the deserted  sawmill. Deserted of humans but populated with many hundreds of other mice. Wait til they shared their latest find.


As I mentioned, sadly this was a true story only the names of the mice were changed to protect the not so innocent. We were able to secure the house incredibly cheap because even if you had an exterminator come once a week, more mice living in the sawmill just kept on coming. After a few adventures, I don’t feel the need to share here, we moved out of the bargain house!

Hope you enjoyed. Do check out Alastair’s Photo Fiction. He provides a great opportunity for writers to practice their skills: A weekly photo prompt of one of his photographs. The challenge: write a short story, flash fiction, not to exceed 150 words! Sound like fun? pop over and give it a try!

Thanks for visiting,

~ Penny

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Are you hiding from Life … Don’t!

hiding from life


Life is waiting …

… patiently – just for you – right over there on the other side of all your doubts and insecurities.

Waiting for you to recognize your own self worth and come exploring.

That’s what life is about – after all!

Living that is.

It isn’t always easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard; the good, the bad, all of it! I believe we decide, not only what we’re going to do or be in our lives but of greater importance – how we’re going to respond to what happens to and around us (on any given day) – how we react to that which comes our way. Our choices, always!

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If you’re a new blogger, Welcome! You will be very well received here in the wonderful world of blogging. I was – and you will be too. There’s a whole rich community of bloggers all around the world just waiting to meet you, greet you and visit your blog site. So come and explore. Visit other bloggers, read, view, comment and then write entertaining blogs about things that interest you.

Share yourself and your talents. Come on! Speaking for myself I can’t wait to meet you!


It's A Blogger's World After All!

It’s A Blogger’s World After All!

Thanks for the visit today, And a special “Hi” to my friends out there in blog land, I’ve been away for a few days. “Yes”, and having a wonderful time also! It’s still a busy time for me but I will be here as I can, I’ve been missing you all so much. I hope your holidays are proceeding in a good way – for each and every one of you.

With much affection ~ Penny

A Very Special Awww…

A personal one!

Today Maxima reminded us, with a beautiful written piece on his inspirational blog, that today is Universal Children’s day.

This special day was established by the United Nations in 1954 to encourage all countries to institute a day that would encourage mutual exchange and understanding among children and initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children.

It was also chosen as the day to celebrate childhood. And so I shall.

This year for Halloween, 10 year old Emma went trick or treating as a bunny, to me definitely an awww moment! And she did extremely well in the candy haul so she obviously made an adorable bunny!

Having said that, she also knows her priorities, so she is busy working on digital cartoon videos that she creates herself while learning about science (the science of things fascinate her) and remembering that she is strong also!

The picture quality is poor, but did want to point out that like many of our future women – she is strong inside and out! (this is her second year since the death of her father so she is doing well indeed, as are her older brother and sister)

And she asked me to add that she loves cats and taking photographs (she’s good) and of course giggles with her friends!

Children everywhere, in your home and around the planet, need love and encouragement in all that they do. Most definitely our job to see that this is accomplished.

I Hope today you hop right over any problems you encounter and make the time to spend quality time with your children! Always time enough for love!

~ Penny

A Rainbow of Possibilities

Unfolding behind the clouds…

A Rainbow


Have you noticed after a storm there is a cleaner crisper feel to the air. Everything renewed, in a sense. And often, coming out from those dark murky clouds is a rainbow ~ and we tend to stop what we are doing, look up and enjoy the wonder of a rainbow’s beautifully arching colors. Why? Because rainbows make us feel good in that moment!


We point the rainbow out to others. We take photographs of the rainbow. Children laugh and get excited when they view a rainbow and when we view it with others it is a glorious thing. And this happens almost every single time in the viewing of a rainbow! Interesting that!


Are the myriad of colors appearing in the sky after the rainy stormy darkness so compelling? Is it the manner in which the rainbow arches? Is it Nature’s signal that the day will be a better day now? I’m guessing yes to all of the above.


A visible sign that in that moment things are better! We all feel better when rainbows appear in our life. They do seem to represent good things. A day renewed with promise and possibilities!The view from my eyes, anyway!

Life ~ A Rainbow of Possibilities

Thank you for visiting, I hope your day is filled with possibilities and a rainbow of colors to lighten your day!


Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe

Purely Inspirational

“Free to Fly”

This morning I was having a conversation with an online friend and she was telling me how she was enjoying so many bloggers posts as they were so inspirational. That she was feeling more inspired and how she was starting to feel she could be freer to express herself.

I encouraged her to do so with the following message “Please with all my heart I would wish you to be free to fly” (express yourself).

Christina (my daughter) and I recently posted on the wall, our ‘wish/dream’list for the family’s journey of moving on with their life. (Duane – beloved husband to Christina and loving father to his children was struck and killed 2 years ago by a driver not paying attention) Emma, my 10 year old granddaughter said this morning when asked what she would wish for (for our list) and I quote her exact words”

Emma – self portrait

Emma: “I would wish to fly like a bird. Perhaps I could use a jet-pack or a glider, I do so want to feel free to fly”.

I think that is nicely summing things up!

This was said by a 10 year old beautiful young creative girl (a girl that is now without her wonderful father ) who is at last moving forward like her other family members and joyously embracing her future.

The  art and photograph are 100% all compliments of talented Emma.

The photo at the top was taken by Emma a few weeks ago.

she’d rush in to grab the camera to shoot a picture of the sky because it was so beautiful and then she’d review the photo and do “touch ups” with effects so the picture would represent her view.

If you truly wish to be inspired here you go! (this is just a sampling) She makes cartoon videos, clay characters, puts on plays and she’s a nut about science. She loves to talk about time travel and her favorite expression is “that must be a psychological phenomenon”. And yes she does know what that means!

Sidewalk art by Emma

And this is Emma! I hope she has inspired you today!

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe

Aging Well or the Fountain of Youth – Part 3

For the third secret of staying young we are going to the wild side. The wild side I am referring to is – Nature!  Did you think I meant something different (hmmm)? Well that’s okay too, also very good for longevity. (I’m not suggesting I knew where you were going with that comment, just saying…you know! lol)

Seriously there are several important lessons to be learned from nature. The word of the day for longevity is “S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g”. Yes, sounds like another easy one doesn’t it. But we have the same problem with stretching that we had with breathing. Today many of us are more inactive physically and for longer periods of time.

There isn’t a mammal on the planet (in the wild or otherwise) that doesn’t instinctively stretch when it gets up from a prone or still position, Immediately. They stretch the largest muscles in their body because it is the natural thing to do to losen up. To be more flexible, to be prepared, at a moment’s notice,to move quickly. They can do this because they have made their body limber by stretching.

A muscle that is used infrequently begins to atrophy.

That is to say it becomes inactive and when the brain sends a message to this stiff muscle it may respond in the moment but it will let you know the next day how badly it feels (full bore). I think we can all relate to that one.

One of the things I do faithfully when I rise in the morning is stretch, every single day.

I will also stretch again during the day prior to doing something of a more physical nature. It makes a huge difference. I do not have stiff muscles, even though I have done very few “work-outs” in the last few years due to other commitments, I do stretch and I stay limber…just in case!

If you have health issues always speak with your doctor before beginning any new physical activity. I recommend the mayo clinic’s slide show of 10 basic stretches.  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretching/SM00043&slide=2

So there you have it my friends, if I can do this at the age of 65 (if you haven’t read them here is part 1 and part 2) than so can you. Stretching (by the way) is good for all ages and if you can’t stretch all of your body, (because of physical limitations) stretch the parts you can. Your body will thank you for it.

Have a great day and keep stretching! Penny

Imagine this…if you will!

“…In my own little corner, in my own little world I am whatever I want to be.”

These are lyrics from a song from one of the earlier musical versions of Cinderella. The song has always moved me because it reminds me of myself. As a little girl and then as an adult.

There are times when being alone can be a cherished piece of time to look inward at yourself and become playful – setting free your imagination, having fun with your dreams.

It seems that today it is far too easy for each of us to get caught up in the endless cascade of daily activities and the chattering of social media. So I post this gentle reminder today.

Give yourself permission to be childlike with your imagination, if not every day then at least once in a while.

Your imagination is the key to your future happiness…cherish it.

And in closing, two quotes from my short list of the world’s greatest heroes:

“Imagination is everything, it is a preview of life’s coming attractions” – Albert Einstein

“Imagination has no age and dreams are forever” – Walt Disney

Have a great day today!