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



[laf-ter, lahf-] 
1. the action or sound oflaughing.
2. an inner quality, mood, disposition, etc., suggestive of laughter;

    a man of laughter and goodwill.
3. an expression or appearance of merriment or amusement.
4. Archaic. an object of laughter; subject or matter for amusement.

What would the world be without laughter and humor?  It is a sad day when I don’t laugh out loud.  I find humor and enjoyment everyday and everywhere.   Even if I hardly see a soul that day, there is always something to smile about.




I was raised by parents who loved to laugh.  My Mom was the funny bone in our family.  Her humor was wicked and hysterical.  Humor and laughter was in her blood.  She came from a long line of funny women.  My grandmother would say the funniest things at the most inappropriate times.  It was so hard not to snicker, she had a way of cutting her eyes at us, giving us the “high sign” not to laugh right now, but just pay attention to the funny stuff going on around us.  After it was free and clear, we would laugh about it for hours.  My most favorite memories were spending time with my grandmother, her sisters, my mother and her sisters.  We would laugh about anything.  It was like having Lucille Ball, Carol Burnette, Betty White, Sandra Bullock, Tiny Fey and every other funny woman in the room at the same time.

My mom was saying funny things and trying to make us laugh 20 mins before she passed.  God has lots of laughter and joy now!



I am hardwired to find amusement in everyday life.


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I am, thankfully, married to a man with a quick, wicked humor.  I love that most about him.  We laugh from sun up to sun down.



We are bent on passing enjoyment, fun and silliness down to our kids and grandkids.. I think they got it!



Our grandkids look at life is such a way that everything is fun.  And why shouldn’t it be? Having a sense of enjoyment is free for the asking.



Colt waiting for the birds to land on his arm early one morning.



There is so much crazy, bad stuff being thrown at us everyday.  I know people that get caught up in that and it brings them down.  They don’t see the good stuff, the funny stuff, the goofy stuff right under their nose.  It is a shame to always look at the bad side.




God intended us to laugh, why would he have put so many funny things on earth?  Like the Platypus or that lizard with the rotating eyes?   I find  humor in nature and animals to be inspiring!  They really don’t know that the world is in chaos, they choose to find joy..


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This is just a weird photo. My cow Hilda eating my cactus while Lulu acts all tough…


It is great to have friends that share the same sense of humor that I do.  It is weird how we somehow find each other!




Nothing is better than having a meal with good friends and laugh.  It can be a business meeting or just hanging out, if we are laughing, it is all good!


Finding happiness and joy is easy.  Just look around!  Everything is an adventure in fun if we watch innocent and young.  Standing on a gate and watching the cows is so much fun!  I would have probable just feed the cows, gave them a head rub and move on to the next chore.  But our youngest grandson had it right!  Stay and wonder in the sun for a while and smile at the cows,  what is the hurry?


So take that time to swim in the stock tank with your dog and kids.  Go for a walk and watch the squirrels chase each other or a baby calf frolic in the pasture.  You will feel so much better afterwards and your mood will be ecstatic, I promise!




So laugh when you want to, laugh OUT LOUD!  It is contagious!  You will make everyone around you happy…



…and you will feel even happier!



Have a happy Day!



Job 8:21



New thought process

Life gets busy, one day turns into the next, our to-do lists gets longer and longer, obligations and appointments sneak up on you.  It seems from the minute I open my eyes until I close them late at night, I am going 90 to nothing, with very little sleep in between.




My mind gets so jumbled up with what I am suppose to do everyday, It makes me crazy somedays.


I don’t know about you, but I get so anxious and hurried, that I feel guilty for having a little time for myself to create and do what is necessary.


I finally took some time this last Sunday to just walk our fence line and see what this scorched, Texas weather has done to our land.  At first glance, it looks dried up and parched.  But when I looked closer, beauty made herself visible.



My to-do list took a backseat to my calmness of walking in nature. It gave me pause, a new clarity, a balance of gratefulness and joy.




Nature has a funny way of showing up with exactly what I need to know.  I felt that I was fried, withered and just plain old tired from the “heat” of everyday challenges.



But finding, instead of just giving up, letting the anxiety and feeling doubt take over, nature turns herself into beautiful vignettes.




Subtle little things catch my eyes, opens them up to see the big picture.  A full illustration of what life is about. ” The flowers do not compete with other flowers, they just bloom to their full potential”.  Bees and birds do their very best to take care of their own without complaining.


The spider has a lot of time just hanging around on her web, lots of time to ponder what needs to be done.  She is rested when it is time to get to work and can do her very best with clarity, definition and skill.



There are always going to be days when a wrench is thrown into the best laid plans.  My decision is to not be so hurried and anxious about things out of my control or how people expect me to be.   To be rested and calm when a wrench is thrown into my day.






Another lesson in nature…the thistle has beauty and blooms on her own time, but has a defense against what she does not want near her.


God gave us Grace to be able to handle any tough decision, strength to get through each day and a brain to think for ourself.  We are all individuals with different priorities.  That does not make me wrong and you right or visa versa.



Having spent a few hours in the fields and woods, I came out with a better understanding of where and what I should be doing.  I am basically a calm, quiet person who really doesn’t get upset.  So it goes against my nature when my mind and heart go into turmoil over things that are out of my control or what people want or expect of me.  We all have to set boundaries to protect ourself and our hearts, just like the thistle.



Just like the dried up flowers that should be long gone, with just a little gumption, determination and hope, she blooms in the most difficult situation. This will be my new thought process:  I will stay true to myself, do what I know is right in my heart, be kind and grateful.   To bloom in my own time, and not someone else’s schedule.




I will follow natures and God’s lead to be my authentic self.  As I get older, it is harder to set boundaries, but I am going to give it a whirl!  I suggest everyone mind their own, set boundaries, be grateful and just like in nature, we will all have beautiful vignettes to share with others.



1 Peter 5:7


p.s.  I will have my kitty mugs on my website shop very shortly..purrfect for the cat lover!


Walking the fence line








There are chores that I like to do, like walking the fence line.


We walk the fence line looking for broken fences, fallen trees that may have snapped the wires,  posts that have been pushed over…just general upkeep.




But there is so much more to find than broken fences, it is a time to slow down a little bit and just walk the perimeter of the place.  Get reacquainted with the boundaries.




Walking the fence line can be associated with everyday life.  We all have our boundaries, sometimes they need to be taken down,  sometimes they need to be reinforced.  Maybe just a little adjusting will do.


If we put up too many boundaries we miss the beauty that lies outside our perimeter.  We might miss an extraordinary event or places that we only dream of.

We might miss meeting new friends, neighbors and others with similar interests and loves.


If we don’t tend to our boundaries and let them all fall to the ground, we run the risk of letting in things and people that can ruin our well tended intentions.  One that might turn our lives upside down and give us angst.




I have found while walking the fence line, that if a little patching is done to give our boundaries strength, yet can yield, it can stop the unwanted intruder, but give a right-a-way to beautiful creatures that may want to stop by.




It is always a good idea to check the fence line, to keep it in good repair.  Strengthen where needed, patch if necessary and even put in a gate that opens both ways.




So, I like to walk the fence line.  It gives me a good lesson on my own boundaries.




Hopefully my boundaries are strong enough to weather the storms and yielding enough to let the beautiful in…..





So walk your fence line and keep it in good repair.



Psalms 23:3