Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Birthdays and Presidents, oh my!

Today's my birthday. My 49th birthday to be exact. Wow! I've had a great day so far. At lunchtime Annie and I went to our favorite walking park. The road to the park is closed right now, not sure why but it is. So, we park at the top of the hill and walk down and head to the river side along the nature trail. The sun was out and it's warmer out today and no wind. It felt good to be outside among the trees and in the fresh air. I am thankful for today and that I've made it this far. What I really mean is, I've come a long way baby. It feels like an accomplishment to have reached this milestone. I'm really not sure why, but that's what I feel like - like somehow I've reached a milestone in my life. Achevement can be treacherous and rather expensive, if you can relate. I like this age. I don't feel "old" whatever that is. I feel older certainly, but my mind feels ripe, and my relationships with everything and everyone that matter to me are generally good. Life is good, and I'm thankful to be on this journey. And, yes I guess I'm feeling rather philisophical today because it is my birthday.

I got a beautiful boquet of flowers and a music playing card and a little love note from my hubby. I love that guy - I guess I'll probably keep him. :) I got a message on my phone from my big sister who sang Happy Birthday to me and told me that she loved me. That always feels good - to be loved. And, a friend of mine brought me a lovely handmade wooden jewelry box that she's handpainted with little spotted ponies on it. She knows I love those spotted ponies. So thoughtful of her, and I'm just feeling loved and blessed today. It's a good life and I have a lot of blessings to be thankful for.

Life is never perfect, not on this little planet anyway, but it is always interesting and challenging. I think life is what you make of it. Being happy is usually a conscious decision. We all have trials and tribulations, but if we accept that and take life one day at a time and make good decisions every step of the way, we'll always be okay. Life will be good. In my journey, one of my greatest challenges is always remembering what is important and keeping everything in perspective. I tend to be somewhat dramatic at times. Maybe I missed my true calling and should have went for a job in a soap opera or something...but, I know what matters and what doesn't. I just need little reminders every so often. Anyway, I feel good today and am thankful for the day and for my mom and dad and my sister and my friends, my dog, my horses, my home, my job, my health, and yes - even my blog. I enjoy this little outlet so much...and mostly I am enjoying all of the lovely people in this world that I am getting to know through this little blog of mine, that otherwise I would never even know existed. So, thanks everyone for being there and for interacting with me, for listening and laughing or crying, or whatever with me. I'm glad you've been here and that my life has been enriched because of you. yadda yadda yadda...remember I am middle-aged and emotional and philisophical and moody, did I say moody? Okay, yes that too. Anyway, like I've said before - I'm happy today.

So, switching gears now, I want to inquire what everybody thought of our brand new president's inaugural speech? I loved it! For the first time ever, in my 49 years I am hopeful about a president. No, I don't expect miracles or any dramatic overnight changes, but I like this guy. Right or wrong, I find myself believing in what he says. He is either one of the most compassionate, intelligent and gifted speakers I have personally ever witnessed - or he's the best liar I've ever encountered. And, let's get one thing straight - it's not because he's the antichrist!! Puhleeeeze!!!! People, come on - you're scaring me if you believe that - even for a tiny little second. He's just a man, an american, a guy with some gumption and some ideals. And, he apparently knows how to get things accomplished. And boy howdy, do we ever need to get some things accomplished!! I hope and pray that he is what he seems to be; and if nothing else can get the American people united again and believe in the power of ourselves and our ability to overcome and endure. To really care about our country as a whole and stop being so greedy and so darned gullible. We all individually need to figure out just what the truth is, and what really matters and be willing to jump in with sleeves rolled up and do our part and accept the fact that it's going to be a lot of hard work and remember that it's not all about me. For a change, stop thinking just about ourselves and see what togetherness can once again accomplish.

The new president and we, the people have a big old hill to climb. But, you know what?? That never stopped anybody who knew the path and steered straight ahead.

Okay, dismounting's my birthday and I have every right to get on my high horse every once in a while. I'm 49 years old and have earned that right!

Blessings ya'all!!

Cingspots over and out!!



Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Happy 49th Birthday!!

I'm glad today was such a great day for you :)


Grey Horse Matters said...

Happy 49th Birthday! Glad you are having a great day, here's to having a great year.

Gail said...

Happy 49th! It's gonna be your best year ever.

Lisa said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you!!!!! I wish you a special day and many more to come. I'm glad you've had a good day. & a musical card...keep him around he's is a keeper ;)

enjoy the remainder of your birthday.

fernvalley01 said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful!
So glad you chose to let us know it was your special day ,Hope it was wonderful.

Leah Fry said...

Glad you had a great birthday.

Melanie said...

"...we are both fat, fuzzy, and dirty..." LOL!!! You just described me and Bo to a "T!"

Hey....happy birthday!!!!! It sounds like it has been a good one. :) There is nothing wrong with waxing all poetic on us every know and then...teeheehee!!!

Wasn't that speech amazing???!!!! I agree with you 100% about finally having a sense of hope for the state of our country's affairs.
...It has been a long time coming!!!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Happy birthday from me too!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to You!

allhorsestuff said...

Hay Lorie, HAPPY B-BIRTHDAY!!!It is Birth month anywho right!
Great start to a great year woman!
Love ya!

Molly said...

Hey Miss Spot! Happy Birthday
Sorry I missed your day yesterday. But I'm still high on our "change" and happy you are too.

Some vacation you might consider coming down to northern Mexico to check it out. Our Sonoran desert is pretty amazing in the winter, or every other season.

Happy Birthday Week!

gtyyup said...

Kick me in the butt...I'm so sorry I missed your birthday!! Sounds like you had a great one...can't get any better than that!

I couldn't get off of the internet (since we don't have TV access). It was a very inspiring day for me; sitting here so far away from everything in a place that most would consider desolate not a home. Seeing 1.5 million people at the inauguration was beyond comprehension for me. All those faces looking toward one man. But, I have to be realistic...he is only a man and only one will take a nation willing to make change for change to actually happen.

C-ingspots said...

Thank you everybody! I so appreciate each and everyone of your well wishes and your comments. I am learning to love every one of you as you are all so lovely and unique.

Adventures Of A Horse Crazed Mind said...

Happy Birthday!!! If I were you, I'd like to think that Beyonce sanging "At Last" just for me! lol

Hope you had a good one.