A fresh taste

My mood a few days back.


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.


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



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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


set aside a few moments to relax and regroup,


Eat good food, have a fresh taste,


watch the blue birds and love unconditionally.


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


Until next time, much love and smooth sailing!



John 14:18



  1. XOXO you have the best lookout on life. Love you to pieces!

  2. Wonderful and your photos? LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

  3. I love your heart.

  4. Karen Holtz says:

    Cindy, Thank you so much! This is very timely for me. I don’t know if it is an age thing or just to much information that is being thrown in our path.

  5. Shelbys says:

    Cindy You are so talented. Love it all

  6. I look to you in this area, even though I’ve not heard you actually speak on the subject I knew you were not one to give up and hide so I would be like, “I just want to be like Cindy.” HAha! It is good to see the behind the scenes glimpse of your process.

    • I don’t know if you “want to be like Cindy”!! Haha. My head spins too much in too many directions😄. You are sweet and I appreciate your comments!

  7. Chris Turpin says:

    Love your words, and I so relate. We are here on our little farm in Indiana. My 74 year old husband has just retired from 46 years as a professor of ‘bugs’ at Purdue University. Life has changed dramatically! I hope there will be more time for friends and family. We have a new grand daughter in Arizona, my 91 year old Dad is still in the ancestral home on our dairy farm in Iowa. Grandsons are entering high school in Ohio. My husband’s family are on the farm in Kansas. So much to do, and so little time, it seems! Love and hugs…..

    • Congratulations to your husband! I know I have asked you to ID bugs before. A wonderful learning experience. Also, congratulations on your beautiful new granddaughter! How exciting! We had 3 grandsons and now we have a 7 month old granddaughter. Needless to say, she is spoiled!
      I am glad you Dad is enjoying his farm, that is awesome!
      Enjoy your new chapter in your life! It was good to hear from you! Xo

  8. Deanna Penix says:

    Cindy, your words are such inspirational. We are all sooo rich with what we have if only we look at what God has given us. Please keep writing. Love you

  9. What a beautiful, inspirational post … especially for someone (like me) that gets overwhelmed easily (and I’m not ashamed of it.) Gorgeous imagery too. Wishing you peace and contentment.

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