Bovine Holiday Hair Do Show

topknotchcow

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

First up…Snookie

 

heidi

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

splitearcow

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

bigredcow

There is always the Prince William.

fuzzytopcow

The Ombre

fuzzycow

The ever popular bedhead.

dumbo

and the fade.

red2

The Donald.

cowface6

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

snowball

The Marilyn Monroe is always a good choice.

blackwhiteswirlcow

A new showing of the Cruella d Vil

greywhite

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

beehive

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

dirtyhead

And last, but not least, The grunge.

IMG_1423

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.

greyheron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

egretcow1

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.

pottery

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.

IMG_5207

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.

roadrunner

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.

IMG_4900

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.

16386935_1287774991268751_2455614361552269949_n

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.

coltandgate

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.

meandroscoe

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!

marinesam

 

A fresh taste

My mood a few days back.

yellingcow

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.

tess2017

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

artstudio

 

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.

birds

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.

blackberries

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

wildflowers

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.

eggs

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.

purpleflowers

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

cowsmrythle

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.

kayak

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.

thunderstorm

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.

blooms

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.

butterlfy

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

hildacoffee

set aside a few moments to relax and regroup,

sophiesleeping

Eat good food, have a fresh taste,

watermelon

watch the blue birds and love unconditionally.

IMG_9576

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

blance

Until next time, much love and smooth sailing!

xoxo

Cindy

John 14:18

 

It is in the details.

Details, details, details.  10897816_806567316056190_4532931090003681074_n

It is easier to see the big picture.  Only glancing momentarily, letting it skim your thoughts and moving on.  It is like looking out an airplane window.  You can see the patchwork fields, big cities and flowing rivers.  But, as you get closer to landing, you can focus on people, cars, cows, boats, etc.  Everything starts to breathe and come alive.

underwood5

Life is kind of like that.  We can choose to skim on by.  See everything and everyone as a whole.  To be disconnected, a little self-centered and oblivious.  Creating a wall around us, even if unintentional.   Life can be hard, heart breaking and even unfair. We may not even care about the details of our lives, just living for the whole picture.

heartrock2

We wonder if our hearts have turned to stone.  Why even try to sort out details, just live on the edge in a fuzzy haze and misguided understanding.   But do you really think we are supposed to live like that? I don’t think so..

P1020957

I think we are born to thrive!  To pay attention to the details, work on the details and even fix broken details.   Like the old windmill on our place, until the details of the gears are worked out, it will not turn, will not produce and not bring joy to those around.  Much like ourselves..we may get messy, dirty, even angry and worn out.  But keeping up and tending to the details, we will turn, we will produce and we will bring joy to those around.

fullsizerender-15

Sometimes, we have to retreat to find the details that need working on, being less exposed to the particulars and technicalities.  It is a good thing to pay attention to what needs fixing.  Tinkering with the gears,  asking for help, researching, meditating, praying, trying new things, new routines and opening closed doors.

mydogsam1

When we start paying attention to the details, they become more focused upon, more meaningful.  We see the handiwork that is hidden.  We become less obsessed with the dull and meaningless.  We start to take joy in the inner workings, the fine lines and delicate balances. Big stuff loses its shine and glory.  Small victories and accomplishments are thrilling and significant.

 

thistle

The more attention we pay to details, gears, life, family, loved ones, friends, the more we get out of life.  It is easy to paint the world with one big paint brush and call it good. To think we owe no one nothing, being calloused and unsparing only hurts ourselves in the long run.  Hunting out details, glimmers of hope, feelings of grace, investing in relationships, long friendships, partnerships and most importantly, love…is all worth the journey.

leafheart

It is a big world out there.  It can be hurtful, prideful and hateful, but need each other.  Whether we all agree or not.  We are God’s handiwork, the details and the gears.  We can’t thrive without each other support and connections.  We don’t have to go it alone on one big playing field.  Listen closely to what your details are telling you.  It is the small things that make up the big things. It is the small moments, the shared loved, the tender mercies and grace that contributes to our short time on earth.  I know that I want to love and be loved, enjoy the small wonders and overlooked sentiments that are offered to us daily.

dadsg5

Life is in the details.  Go find it.

Much love to all!

Until next time, xoxo

Cindy

Matthew 13:32