Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The bits I choose

It is the hardest thing in the world to be a good thinker
without being a good self-examiner.
                                 Anthony Ashley Cooper


What a long few weeks it has been. So much has happened. Good, bad, happy, sad and some incredibly delightful moments. Such is life, I suppose. 

Sometimes I wonder why things have to happen all at the same time. Why does it all have to mix together?  Mixing and churning the sadness and the happiness into a melancholy jumble, with bursts of laughter and bouts of tears. Like a stew with delicious tender bits mixed with bitter tough bits. In the business of life you, unfortunately, cannot pick and choose what you choose to partake of at the time. The choice is never ours, and you must deal with it the best you know how.


There are many stories that lie here but I am not ready, to write nor share. There is a time and place for everything I believe. This is not the time, and I am still deciding if it is the place. This means I will partake of the bits I need to right now, and possibly deal with the rest later, leaving it in the bowl till I am ready.

This morning I am going to concentrate on getting back to a bit of normal. Back to my place of familiarity and back into a routine which is full of hard work and distraction. A much needed time to think and to remember.


The cows made their way up the laneway this morning. They stood there and stared into the kitchen window. They watched the girl who should have been outside by now. Who would have already hopped into the tractor and headed down to meet, and feed her cows. The girl who finds herself dragging her feet and feeling her energy gone zapped from her body, by weeks of an absence of routine, and probably a bit of laziness.

They moo loudly. This pushes her into doing what needs to be done. She runs downstairs, slips on her coveralls and her Pink Cadillac Boots, a warm fuzzy hat and heads out into the April chill, wishing it was warmer. She walks down the lane and into the middle of the herd of cows that appear to have missed her. Happy that she is back, but not knowing why she was gone so long.


The cows run and jump. They then head back to the calves that had been wondering where mothers had gone. The girl in those Pink Cadillac Boots follows behind, at the back of the pack, driving her tractor. She smiles and then laughs as she watches the cows race down the lane, like children in a race to get to the best bits first. She knows that things are going to be OK, and she will get to her own other bits when she is ready.  Right now she knows there is work to do.

Later

43 comments:

  1. Lovely photos ! The ups and downs of life like my mum always said life is to try us how we handle it all is up to us . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  2. Sending you well wishes. It is weird how things happened all at once and sometimes we don't have the capacity to cope and must deal with them individually to understand the big picture. xoxo

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  3. Glad to have you back to share "the bits" you choose to share - pink boots and all!

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  4. This girl is wishing for spring too! Hope more good things, and warmer weather, come your way soon!

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  5. It is so true, we cannot pick or choose what life's rich pattern may 'throw' our way.
    We do all need to deal with life's ups and downs as best we can. An inner strength so often comes to the fore.

    I do like your photo's here ...
    Sending positive thoughts your way

    All the best Jan

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  6. It's probably good that we can't pick and choose and don't know beforehand what will come in this life. It would be way too hard to worry before the fact. (Which I sometimes do anyway!) Like the cows, I'm glad you're back. Sending hugs from CO. I love the old cracked door - is that a metaphor for you right now?

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  7. You have written this so well. I can relate. All my best to you as you put it all back together.

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  8. This is awesome, the cows came to the house to fetch you. I see they make you feel very useful in the morning. Wishing you some warmer weather.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  9. Right there with you Buttons, deal with things on your own terms. *hugs*

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  10. sometimes, a bit of comfort comes from telling the stories. but some stories don't need to be told. you will figure it out!! i so need normal and my routine, it really keeps me in my happy place!!! i am happy, right where i am right now!!! xo

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  11. I can picture those cows coming looking for you! Not lazy, though...no way! Out of the routine sounds much much better. :) Hope all is well!

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  12. How we deal with things really determines how life turns out for us. Press on!

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  13. The bitter comes with the sweet because so often a bit of sweet is necessary to blow us out of whatever funk we may be in at the time. Like just now, when your cows came to your window, which is something I find pretty amazing by the way, and you cheered up while following them back to the calves.
    the opposite is true too, too muh sweet can lend a false sense of everything being perfect, so a little bitter must be popped in to remind us that life is, in fact, hard work.

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  14. Home is home. It looks like your snow has disappeared (for now) and your cows and calves are happy to have you back in their lives. Onward and upward.

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  15. Your images are a delight to see. Love them! I am sorry for your loss of your Bestie friend I read recently in one of your posts. It takes time to get back into the swing of things. Keep on trucking as that saying goes.

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  16. Those cows are the greatest. They welcomed you back and made you feel good. Life is good!

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  17. love the cows along the fence lane. yup, they missed you. :)

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  18. Yup, I missed you too. Sending all my best thoughts.

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  19. Love, hugs & prayers for you. Those cows of yours are blessings in your life.

    FlowerLady

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  20. I KNOW EXACTLY how you feel. I do. Last year was probably the worst, but the last few weeks have been pretty up there too. Hang in there...work on routine...and do stuff for YOU. If there is one thing I have found, we have to take care of us. Those cows need you my dear!

    Cindy Bee

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  21. When searching through the 'stew' don't forget that some of the spice is there in forms of your friends. Friends who are always there for support when needed. Hugs.......

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  22. Hello, I love the cow images. They did miss you! It seems we all have our ups and downs to deal with, I hope all is well. Sending my good wishes and hugs. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  23. Walking along wih the cows look like a decent place to be. No hassle, no worries. They don't ask, you won't tell. Just a time to reflect and enjoy the day.

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  24. Love the cow and fence photos ~ Great shots ~ Yes, life is a series of ups, downs and in the middle ~ I try to stay in the middle and just deal with whatever comes ~ am still practicing that one ~ Hugs to you ~

    Wishing you peace in each day ~ ^_^

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  25. So glad you are back! It is so easy to get out of our routines - but the animals we care for need them, so back into the harness we go! I bet the girls were happy to see you again.

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  26. I have always loved cows, such lovely faces. Your fence photos are also really neat. Enjoyed reading your post also, wise words.

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  27. Happy cows make happy calves which make the Pink Cadillac Book girl happy too!
    MB

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  28. The cattle look great along the fence line

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  29. I love that first pic so, so much...and I often wonder about the jumble of life. I sometimes think we need the ugly and or sad parts to make us appreciate the good. But I always wonder why must that other shoe always fall...and sometimes both at once.

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  30. You are so right about life being like a stew! Hope things mellow a bit for you! Dear sweet cows waiting & welcoming you back! What a simple pleasure to enjoy!

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  31. you are good to go at life step by step, in your cadillac boots with your girls, big hugs from France...

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  32. I love the cows looking for you! I hope you get your zip back.

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  33. Such an accurate description of life you gave and the reference to stew. We also say around this old house that "Life is Rich". Really enjoyed the photos of your cows and fences. Hope your normal, which I'm beginning to wonder if that's long gone in my life, comes back.

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  34. Time is one of the best healers. Loved the cows.

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  35. I love, love, love seeing cows jump and run! I know they are always so happy to see their momma in her fancy boots.

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  36. It looks like they know where to find you! I could just hear them gathering together, taking a vote on whether to come looking, or if you'd get there first. I hope you had a lovely day.

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  37. Have missed your stories and sorry to hear not all has been good. Hopefully routine and work and your mooey girls will get you back on track.

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  38. Life always moves on, with or without us, but it is a pleasant boost to the soul to see that we are remembered, needed, expected and loved. Have a wonderful day, Grace.

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  39. I enjoy the cow photos, I find them very amusing, sometimes they are very rambunctious.

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  40. I like hearing from you
    Pink Cadilkac Boots Buttons . . .
    Roller coaster life seems to be happening all around "our land!"
    Happy to see you, happy to have the chance to catch up, happy spring WILL arrive soon . . .
    Love . . .

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  41. Enjoyed your photos of the cows and fences and am glad you ventured out to be with them. - Life can be hard at times and our emotions take a toll but just know there are those who care if you need to talk.

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  42. Life is all ups and downs, good bits and bad bits. As my wise mother would say "One door closes and another door opens" and one can use that phrase about so many things in life.
    Those cows fill my heart with love....as a city person I so long for a country life. On a farm till I was 6 and I have never really forgotten the wonderful life it was.

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