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  1. So eloquently put. Our contentment is one of most valuable assets. So glad you found your happy place. Peace.

  2. Brenda, you are a fabulous person! I, too, along with everyone else here, love reading your posts. You tell us that it is difficult to express yourself in face-to-face conversation with people but when you pick up a pencil and start writing your words, you're nothing short of a genius. Your words are eloquent and your messages so very clear to everyone.

    You may not remember me saying this but I'm a teacher of extra special students on medical leave (since the last week of Nov.) until I can walk w/o the air cast and stand on my feet all day. I have two students in my class I love more than the others (I try not to show it) and both of them have an autistism diagnosis. The one little guy has a very tender heart like yours and he astounds me every day with his astute observations about people and life in general. Just like I look forward to your every post, I simply cannot wait to get back to him for more conversation with him!

    I love your humour- adding a picture of the pups for one reader made me laugh out loud! Okay, I've got a question for you- What does the quote in the picture ("Red is neutral") mean? I'm thick-headed today. *red-face*

  3. I agree with Debby, your happiness and peace can be heared in your words. I am going to make a copy of this post to remind myself and share with others the joy of a simple life filled with the beauty of nature and unconditional love of animals. You are an example of a woman who left an abusive relationship and created a wonderful life. It did not happen over night but you have proven that it can be done. Thank you!

    1. I want to keep writing about this from time to time, in the hopes that one of these other women might happen to be reading on that day. And know that it is possible.

  4. Even your writing has matured since I've been reading you in those days, Brenda. There has been such growth. You have been through so much, so many many roadblocks along the way but you have triumphed over them and come out wiser. I bet there are many out there who you give hope to.

  5. It's what I strive for Brenda..peace and contentment in my little house on my little piece of land…People with negative attitudes can just Go Away!!!…Life is way to short now to deal with anyone who wants to upset me..

  6. Hi Brenda~

    Sounds like you have been on quite a journey . . . life definitely take us to places we never expected, can't they?! Beautiful post.


  7. You can read the happiness in your words. You have gone through some real storms. So glad you are away from all of that. I love that you have that garden space.

    1. It would be hard to leave that garden space. When I was having money problems due to the Italian lady, I looked for something cheaper for months. I just couldn't bring myself to leave my little garden space. It is so conducive to my contentment. Only a gardener understands that. I got things turned around, fortunately, mostly due to my beloved readers who were so generous and caring. I hope that you have happiness in your new place.

    1. Oh, thanks Jane! I've known you for so long I can't imagine not knowing you. Even though it is online, it's very real to me.

  8. That 'hung over like a pall" phrase struck me / brought back memories when my marriage was bad, though the boys' dad and I get along now / how funny that we became different people over time…

  9. Nothing is worth the sale of your soul. I think you always had normalcy within you. He was the unsettled one that needed you to be "sick".

    1. Scary to think that. I wish I'd realized that many years ago. I wish I'd figured out that obsession and control is not love. He told me that no one would ever love me like he would. He was right that no one had ever professed love in words…he knew the words.

  10. Money can never buy health or peace! When I was working with clients with unlimited budgets, they always thought one more accessory, one more piece of art, or furniture would bring happiness, it never did. Thanks for sharing your beautiful gift of writing! Blessings, Pam @Everyday Living

    1. Contentment…I won't spout the meaning in the dictionary. I have read that many times, and it didn't constitute what I felt then. Now, I know that meaning with my mind and body and spirit.

  11. I am like you now that I am so happy with living alone and not having so many things. It is amazing how happy little things can make you when you are happier yourself. Great post Brenda.

    1. If I could hold a glass up to tap yours, I would say "Cheers to being happy with our pets in our own little spot."

  12. I absolutely love the way you take your thoughts and so eloquently get them out on paper – you are such a lovely writer and you inspire me each and every day. I agree with you – there's nothing better than peace, it's priceless. You don't need a big fancy house…you just need enough space for you and the pupsters and your patio garden. I found peace when I left my marriage in rentals with patio gardens as well, and I was quite happy…the peace was amazing, the lack of drama and fighting. There's nothing better.

  13. I agree!! This is my absolute favorite post!! Thank you for this post. Now, where's my daily Charlie and Abi fix!

  14. My favorite post ever, ever, ever you've done. The only thing that would have been a cherry on this delicious pie, would have been a photo of the pups LOL. Hugs to you and cheers to finding our your own truthful meaning of life. Peace and pups.

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