Wednesday, January 2, 2013

50 SHADES OF..... 2013

Ha Ha
I thought the title might grab your attention
because , seriously....I got Nothing
Just not that much to blog about lately
So I'll try and shade in some thoughts
It's a new year
in case you didn't know
As I get older I find that a New Year
isn't really a New Year....but a new number
2011, 2012, 2013
a new way of "charting things"
but....A NEW YEAR
might be something entirely different
focusing on more of a New You
in THAT year
(deep eh)
I have spent 61 New Years
the Date's have had little meaning as to the
way I have grown
spiritually and mentally and emotionally
they blend into one year from another sometimes
So, therefore
there are many Shades...30, 40, 50...or 61 in my case
of how a new year has affected you
polishing your experiences
sharpening your opinions
Time flies, that I KNOW
so trite, but so true
Those wings are flapping faster then I'd like sometimes
the older you get, the quicker things change
for good...for bad...for better...for worse
(hmmm, was that a marriage vow?)
The tricky part
is that
it's EASY PEASY to deal with the good,
(yes I love Duck Dynasty)
and well, Better is just Better !!!
for Bad
harder...does it make you angry, bitter, what??
for Worse
now there's a doozy
worse, is well....just worse
Worse is where we get tested right to the core of who we are
not so sure I have liked what I have found out about myself
I have been reading some of my journals over the years
and I have found a "pattern"
a pattern I want to change......somehow
Since Time Flies
I better get on it so I can see some accomplishments
in this place I want to be
Where I thought I'd be by now
WHO I thought I'd be by now
my dreams
my visions
my hopes
they don't always change over the years
just need a little altering
as reality hits you right in the schnoz
THIS year I suspect will be full of many
experiences for growth for me
(hopefully not in the waist line)
My parents are getting older and much more fragile
I am still in the process of  "building" my life here
children with dreams and aspirations of their own
grandchildren finding their way
I don't know
NEW YEARS have surprises for all of us
I want to try and stay on top of it all
Like the country song
"I'm gettin' a little stronger all the time"
that's what I need to do
for each and every one of you
a New this new year
this calendar year
just a number
but WHAT does it hold for You
I'm gonna go for it
before I run out of numbers


"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Hey Wendy...Happy New Year to you too!
I think it is good to take stock of your life once in awhile and why not the beginning a new year. I would like to make some changes too but I am just not sure how to go about them....yet! I will figure it out though....yes, yes I will. Sincerely, Cathy

The Gathering Place said...

I hope you have a great New Year and that time slows down-just a little for us!

mCat said...

Insightful post my friend...Happy New Year to YOU!

tammy said...

I've decided that one can learn a lot from Duck Dynasty. They always seem to live in the moment, forgive and move on, respect their elders and end each day with a prayer.

I find that the time does go by faster the older I get too, and that I want to make the most of it.

Happy New Year!

Becky said...

You have amazing insightful posts even when you think there is nothing to say :)! Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is a wonderful one for you and perhaps the year our paths will cross when you are here for a visit!

" Hit It......." said...

You really got my attention with your title. btw - did you read the series? Hate to admit it...but yes I did! :)

I think we all need to live in the moment. You can waste a lot of precious time worrying about the past, present and future. We all need to learn to go with it. (I really need to practice what I preach).

Love the picture of you. Let's both make this our new resolution.."Live in the now."

Dixie Mom said...

Happy New Year to you! I hope this year brings you health and happiness! And I hope it does for me too!

val of the south said...

You make me happy!! I hope I do 61 as fabulously as you have :)

dbs said...

61 shades of hurray! Happy New Year.

Julie Harward said...

You are a deep thinker...that was such a truth, and along the way you sprinkle in some sparkle and are an amazing gal. I think I am going along improving and then something happens and I find I am right back there, 5 steps forward, 3 back! But that is life I guess, the trick is to just keep gaining ground I suppose. Love you beautiful lady. :)

Kristina P. said...

I always think of you as 25!!

Georgia said...

Your New Year's photo is darling! You are rocking 61, girl!

I wish you a happy, healthy, and hopeful 2013. Best wishes to you and your family.

Jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Happy New Year to you dear Wendy. You always write with so much meaning. I truly love your outlook on things. Honestly, you are a deep thinker and that is a good thing most of the time. Sometimes one can over think a bit, especially when things are troubling you. You are blessed with a spirit of great fun, great love, and great moments. I love you just the way you are. When the bad moments come think yourself right out of them and quickly.

Claudie has something when she says "sing". Music makes you happy. It makes me happy too. My dad was a happy man and he sang constantly, making up his own words. I think he had a handle on keeping himself happy. I am a lot like him I think...except I don't sing I listen to music. HA!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2013.
Love and hugs,

Garden of Egan said...

I love it.
You had me at 50 shades....(no I didn't read it, but I hear I'm missing out)

Ya, a New Year always freaks me out. I'm not ready to face another year. I feel like I'm already ready for a nursing home.

You are 50 shades of awesome my dear friend.
You lift and build and encourage...I just wanna be like you.

gigi said...

Happy New Year, Wendy!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thanks goodness there's at least one time of year to reflect on it all. I hope the New Year is wonderful you!

Teacup Mosaics said...

Your 50 shades I think your shades are more interesting than the book
and I haven't even read it, (Kool and in the know I'm not).
You said you don't have much to blog about but...I think this is one of my favorite posts of all blogs of all time. To me this is what blogging is about. I did a post that was titled,"I get to see my feelings" and that is how I truly feel after I do a post.
Happy New Year!

Pondside said...

Happy New Year from another one who has just had her 61st Christmas season. I think that there might be quite a number of us getting out the ledger to a little self-accounting.
Wherever your contemplation takes you, I hope it brings satisfaction and peace.

Mimi Sue said...

Boy, isn't that the truth! Time is flying by. I'm with you, I need to enjoy each moment a little more. Not sure how many moments I (or any of us)have left...Mimi

Anonymous said...

Worse is where we get tested - indeed and I have not like what I found out about me niether.. It's so much harder going through the worse - I thought = yes, I thought indeed I could pass through it better but I did slip and now I am trying to move forward in the mist of it being worse -- I can't have it MORE worse - wink!!! Awe such as life -- grr up's and downs but I'll be moving onward with you my sweet friend -- I do enjoy your insights they help me...tons so keep-em coming- cowgirl - country gal!
Hugs and may the new year be better for us both..that's my prayer and hope!!!!!

A Vintage Chic said...

I hear ya on the time flying thing...the years really DO blur together, don't they?!

You look GORGEOUS, my friend! Love that picture--

Wishing you a wonderful New Years, as well--it's going to be a good one, I can just feel it.....


C'est moi Claudette said...

You rock 61. What are talking about? Oh and while we're on the topic I see your email address still has Eric Gunderson?? Time to move on sister. I love you and thank you for the chat. I talked too much again and yelled at the dogs. What else is new? Lol.
Happy New Year BGF.
PS I said on my blog post that my list wasn't finished???

CB said...

Wendy you sometimes say you got nothing but then you reel off something great like this. The way alot of us are feeling.

It really does just become a number. The trick is to always be moving forward and doing better.

Happy New Year~! It's good to be back in the blogland!

H.K. said...

Happy New Year my friend! You always write such insightful and well thought out posts. Your right about each year being just another number. Some years seem to blend and melt into one another and there are some years where they stand alone-usually those are the years loaded with lots of burden. Here is to a great 2013!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Very thought-provoking, Wendy! I always look forward to seeing what a new year has in store...hoping it will be mostly good!

~CC Catherine said...

Surprise DD :-) Happy New Year honee! Can I start by saying that you,my princess friend are an author and just haven't figured it out yet? I mean wonder us Sista's instantly became so bonded,threads of our lives tapestry are so similar... Maybe we should all come together to write a midlife chronicles type of book... you make me laugh, you make me are are light. :-) :-) :-) I love how you draw me into your moments when I come to your blog...where you are,you take me there too. :-) I do GET what this post is about. I'm there with you love... doing my own search for growth... reading an Amazingly good book Johnny bought me for Christmas... Abiding in Christ by Andrew Murray... just what I needed ...let's talk soon! HNY 2013 :-)

camp and cottage living said...

You can't be 61! You look great.
I, too, have a few issues within myself I need to deal with. With the Lords help I can change. I sure hope getting older will start bringing a bit more wisdom into my life!

Jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Hi Wendy, Thanks for your comment today. I just realized I spelled Bagel wrong on my header. Yikes.

I would so love to feed you bagels and lots of good food. If you could ever visit me here in the mountains it would be awesome. Bring Barry, I already think he is terrific and we have never met. This is a gorgeous part of the USA.

At least my computer is working today. Bill says we need a new router. Whatever that is!!!

I am a happy camper today. We bought a new recliner for me. We only had one and we both loved it. Now I have my own. It is a rocker recliner. Yay! When we are old it doesn't take much to thrill me. HA!

Stay warm and cozy. Love you bunches,
Jeanne xoxxo

Michelle Lunt said...

Whoa, you make 61 look fabulous! {Especially since no botox is allowed!} Happy new year.

Warmly, MIchelle
PS - I am so worn out from the holidays that I've been having a tough time blogging as well!

Shelia said...

You cutie patoody! You're the youngest looking 61 I've ever seen. I'm 61 too but I look it! :) This really was a great post and with lots to think about!
Here's to another great year of blogging with you, Wendy!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pedaling said...

Happy New Year.
Time Does Fly quicker the older you get.
Having older parent challenges is a new thing for many...more growth,, more love, more compassion.
We learn we grow we do!

koralee said...

Wise words my friend. Life zoooooms by way too fast...somethings we will never figure out ....I don't even try to...way less stress. xoxoxo Hugs for a wonderful new week.

DesertHen said...

Great post! I have noticed the last few years how fast they seem to fly by! My nana always said that the older you got, the faster the year's went, but I never believed it!

Hugs and Happy New Year!

GardenofDaisies said...

That is a super cute picture of you!! They say it is never too late to be the person you want to be. So Go For it!!!!

annie valentine said...

I know I've been off the radar for ages but I'm not gone, just quiet. I love you and I love this and I feel like I'm only a few minutes behind 61 and it's freaking me out.

You should take a trip to Germany, I know a girl who has an awesome empty guest room and a bakery at the bottom of the hill.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


And Wendy, let's make it all AS GOOD AS WE CAN. The way I look at it, is in spite of my occasional melt-downs when I don't get things done the way I want them to go (I am an over-achiever!), life can be so GOOD when we do slow done that clock a bit by stopping to watch, observe, remember, create. IT IS GOING BY TOO FAST but thank GOD we have a soul, a life, the GIFT of opening up the doors of our mind and heart to see all that is there for us to discover. You are so kind to come to visit me! I hope your holidays were great my dear! HUGS MY SWEET FRIEND! Anita

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