Sixty

My 60th birthday is coming up rapidly.

I remember when my grandmother turned 60. I thought she was so old! Even though she was a very vibrant red head with red lipstick and sassy attitude.

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t seems like I just turned around, and I am hitting 60.

I think it is the number that scares me more than the actual event. I definitely do not feel 60.

My Mom did not start her clothing business until she was 58 and her business grew even larger in her 60’s and 70’s.

If my Mom was still with us, she would tell me age is just a number. That you really don’t start living your authentic life until you reach 60. You know enough to see pass drama, pretentiousness and perfidious. To see the real beauty that abounds. She taught me to live in grace, equality and be respectable. To hold tight to the ones you love, but not take any absurdity from anyone.

My Dad has taught me to be brave, courageous, not to be knocked down and keep swinging. To measure twice and cut once. To have a firm handshake and to look people in the eye. That I am capable to do anything I set my mind to. After mom passed away, he found out he had cancer and is still battling it today at almost 86. But he is a fighter, a genius, constantly learning something every day. Dad took up painting a couple of years ago and is remarkable! He paintings are covenant. He still teaches me daily how to live honorable, fight for my principles and to feed the birds.

My life has had lots of ups and downs. Fearful, discouraged, heartbroken and hesitate at times. However, I have more to be thankful for and I am truly blessed.

My brother and sister have been my life line through out my life. My sister in law, Wendy keeps us all grounded. I love her dearly.

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They understand me without saying a word.

I am a proud Aunt of a Marine.  This young man is what makes me proud of our country.  I do not fear our future because of young men and women like Sam.

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I really didn’t start living my true authentic life until I married my husband Steve. He has let me be me. He gets me.

He thinks I look best in jeans, boots covered in cow manure, no makeup or up to my elbows in clay while throwing at the pottery wheel. Steve is truly a God send. It hasn’t always been fun and games, but we have a deep love for each other that no one can come between.

 

 

 

 

Steve has taught me how to work smart, be myself, not let what other think bother me. That I don’t have to be fearful. I love his love for me, the kids, our animals and our families.

 

 

 

Our kids, Misty and David (my step kids, their mom so graciously shares them with me since they were very young), and their spouses, are the most treasured people in my life. They let me be a mom. Something I didn’t think I would be. They have brought me so much happiness, love and goofiness to last a life time. They have given us the most loved grandchildren.

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I think this is what I love most about being 60. My family. Being in a place to enjoy all of them. My heart swells thinking of all of them.

My friends have been with me through thick and thin. I have the best friends in the world! Some I might not see for years, but we pick right back up where we left off. The friends I see daily are like my own shadow. They know my every move, my thoughts and my sarcasm.

This is a new chapter in my life, something I was kind of dreading. But I am now looking forward to what is in store for me.

I have strong women that I have followed to be in this place and have younger people that I need to set an example for.

So, I think I am really going to enjoy my “older” years. I live in the greatest country on earth, live in the best state ever, Texas (!), have my own pottery business, The best husband ever to share our dreams with.  I am surrounded by love, here on earth and from above.

60’s are going to be awesome!

Until next time,

Much love,

Cindy

Philippians 4:13

Support the troops! Keep Sam in your prayers!

Bovine Holiday Hair Do Show

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The girls are all gussied up and ready to present their Bovine Holiday Hair Do Show.

First up…Snookie

 

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The sexy blonde with the wind blown look is always popular.

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The high and tight seems to be catching on with the younger crowd.

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There is always the Prince William.

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The Ombre

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The ever popular bedhead.

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and the fade.

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The Donald.

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The bump-it.  Looks like it is coming back in style for the Holidays.

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The Marilyn Monroe is always a good choice.

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A new showing of the Cruella d Vil

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I think the new age group is calling this one the inner circle.

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For all you skiers out there, this is fast becoming the go to hair do..Snow on the Mountain.

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And last, but not least, The grunge.

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Take a bow ladies.  Thanks for showing off your Bovine Holiday Hair Do Show!

Until next time!

Much love and laugher,

Cindy

Job 8:21

A noisy world

Too much.

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It has been a busy, noisy world lately.  Everything is vying for attention. My iPhone buzzes me with breaking news, texts and messages are constantly pinging. Social media is beginning to be a battle field of opinions, mean-spirited posts, and derogatory comments and not enough kindness.  However, I can control that with a flip of the switch.

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Don’t get my wrong, I love my Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest  and twitter.  I love to see what my friends and family are doing.  Events that are coming up, new babies, pets and achievements. Videos of homeruns, slow motion dogs running and art classes.   I love that I have best friends that I have never met,  to feel so connected through conversations and photos we share on social media.  My Fat Cow Studio business counts on this viaduct. One of my favorite things to do, is grab an cup of coffee and flip through instagram, facebook and pinterest.

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But what I want to do is be centered.  To take all that is thrown at me and create my own opinion, my own priority list.  Enough of this rushing through the day not creating, enjoying the beauty around us, hugging a child, petting a beloved animal, talking to a good friend. Flipping the noisy, buzzing, pinging iphone off.  Sit on the porch just listening to the owls and crickets and kissing my husband good night.

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I know what is important, I know my own beliefs and my religion. To take everything into consideration, be fair and equal.  To let my conscience decide which way to go, weighing the good and bad, without judgement,  but at the end, listen to my heart.  I have made many serious and life changing decision with this theory.  It has not led me wrong yet.

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I can honestly say that my belief and opinion has never been changed by a post on facebook.  I have learned that people are just people and they want to be heard.  And that is ok.  I still have my same ol’ friends that I have connected with way back when on blogs, etc and make new ones almost daily.   We have different religions, political views, lifestyles, race and even languages.  I treasure their friendship and want the best for them, as they do for me.

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I guess what I am trying to convey and even convience myself is to live my life within my convictions.  I have made myself a little nutty watching the news, getting caught up in all the viewpoints, controversy and contentions.  It is good to be aware and involved, but we all need a little quiet every now and then.

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For myself, sometimes I need to step back, be still and go gently into the day with a heart full of gratefulness and self-reliance.

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You be you, get your voice heard, stay strong, never back down and keep reaching higher.  Stay true to yourself. I would never take that away from anyone, and would not want to.  That is what makes us great, that is what America was founded on.

That is how God made us, to be free thinkers, if we weren’t, we would just be jelly molds.

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I will be over here.  I will be here for my family, friends and those who depend on me.

Until next time,

xoxo

Cindy

Psalm 27:13-14

My nephew is going to Quantico, Thursday, Sept. 28 as a 2nd LT with the Marines, then on to Pensacola.  Sam is a true American young man.  I am so very proud of him.   Always faithful, always loyal.  Semper Fi and God bless Sam!

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A fresh taste

My mood a few days back.

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I was getting bombarded with all kinds of things.  Things that may seem small to some, more than they could have handled to others.  I could not get my bearings set, a good nights sleep or keep my heart from racing.  We all get bad news, sad news or even news that can make us mad.

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I just wished to lie down and do nothing.  Just step away from what was constantly circling my head.

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But, I couldn’t and didn’t want to do that.  That is not in my nature.  I am a figure it out, make a plan and get on with it kind of person.

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One of the ways that I can calm myself is to be outside. I look to nature for signs that give tenderness, understanding and joy.  Listening to the silence, the birds, my grandkids laughter, my husband calling the cows in.

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You know the old cliche..”It is the simple things”.  Well, that is my mantra.

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Little things add up to big things.  A day full of little, wonderful surprises add up to a great day.  Even in the midst of this season of unwanted turmoil or situations, if I find the tiniest thing to smile about, my day instantly gets brighter.

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We only get one chance to get it right while we are here on earth.  I can’t change what life hands me sometimes, as much as I want to, I can’t.

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But what I can change, is my attitude and my manner in how I handle the circumstances.

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I believe in faith, hope, everlasting love.   I believe we can handle what is handed to us with the grace of God, a higher power and miracles.

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We are all on a journey.  Sometimes it is rocky, slow going and what seems like never-ending.  Sometimes it is smooth sailing, free-flowing and beautiful.

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The beauty provided to me doesn’t change whether I am melancholic or broody, the stars are always there, the sun will shine again and I will see a rainbow, the blue birds and a newborn calf.  Life and her unwavering abundance doesn’t stop showing up because I don’t.  It is up to me to fall back into the rhythm of an ongoing existence.

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Another quote that I like is “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day”.   That is what I strive for.  I do my best to see the bright side of life.  I may be the foolish one, the dreamer, whatever.  But I choose to see that good things are coming.  Maybe not in my life here on earth, but there will be a day when everyday is joyous.

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Until that day,  I will drink my coffee with our cows,

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set aside a few moments to relax and regroup,

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Eat good food, have a fresh taste,

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watch the blue birds and love unconditionally.

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“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius

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Until next time, much love and smooth sailing!

xoxo

Cindy

John 14:18