Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009 - a New Year

It is amazing to me that this is a new year approaching this nite. It has been a strange one at that. I lost a loved one and a new employee. I gained, I lost, I struggled, I ran around in circles. The thing I have learned, FINALLY, I believe, is that we do indeed create our own reality.
I sometimes feel like I am hardwired to matter how good it gets I will "struggle." This year, if I have learned nothing is to indeed "let go, be in the moment, pray, ask, and be willing to receive." I have learned that you can ask and get, but if you are not willing and ready to receive......the opportunity will come and it will go. Just like that.
So, to all of you who challenge yourselves on a daily basis.....I encourage you, as I encourage myself, to let go. Be in gratitude. Recognize grace. Be in the moment.........and THRIVE.

A blessed NewYear to all.............Cynthia

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Looking forward to it. New directions, new relationships, new habits. After a near meltdown......I know I will make it. Thanks to all my friends, family and especially my loyal customers.

Happy New Year

Sunday, December 21, 2008

No matter where I go......

There are women talking about hormone issues. A party, the neighbor stopping over, the gas station......I mean everywhere. My goal is, obviously, finding out how to get to all of you. Any suggestions..........let me know.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Holidays

Here we are nearly at Christmas Day. All of my friends are cutting back, not sending cards.........we seem to continue to feel this sense of "change" or a shift. Perhaps we are all just rethinking the way we live our lives. I know for me, the doom and gloom that is everywhere can be I don't listen to it. A bit of news to get the weather is just enough for me.

I may be away from this space for a bit as I travel down to Florida. I'll be working on a house I have inherited and dreaming up new ways to get MoonMaid out to the many women who would benefit from using it. I plan to read up on investing, saving and general money management. I am going to set up a new financial program on my computer. It is clearly time to improve my relationship with money.......which can only improve my ability to operate in the world......hence improving all of my relationships.

I hope you all have a blessed holiday season!!!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hormone Replacement Therapy.......

It's in the news again.......the article is pasted in below. This is scary stuff. I hope I am able to reach out to more and more women and keep them off these nasty pills. Horse pee may be great for horses, though I doubt it, but it sure is not good for us gals. RESIST.....there is hope in the herbal kingdom.

AP) Taking menopause hormones for five years doubles the risk for breast cancer, according to a new analysis of a big federal study that reveals the most dramatic evidence yet of the dangers of these still-popular pills. Even women who took estrogen and progestin pills for as little as a couple of years had a greater chance of getting cancer. And when they stopped taking them, their odds quickly improved, returning to a normal risk level roughly two years after quitting. Collectively, these new findings are likely to end any doubt that the risks outweigh the benefits for most women. It is clear that breast cancer rates plunged in recent years mainly because millions of women quit hormone therapy and fewer newly menopausal women started on it, said the study's leader, Dr. Rowan Chlebowski of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. "It's an excellent message for women: You can still diminish risk (by quitting), even if you've been on hormones for a long time," said Dr. Claudine Isaacs of Georgetown University's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. "It's not like smoking where you have to wait 10 or 15 years for the risk to come down." Study results were given Saturday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. They are from the Women's Health Initiative, which tested estrogen and progestin pills that doctors long believed would prevent heart disease, bone loss and many other problems in women after menopause. The main part of the study was stopped in 2002 when researchers saw surprisingly higher risks of heart problems and breast cancer in hormone users. Since then, experts have debated whether these risks apply to women who start on hormones when they enter menopause, usually in their 50s, and take them for shorter periods of time. Most of the women in the federal study were in their 60s and well past menopause. So the advice has been to use hormones only if symptoms like hot flashes are severe, and at the lowest dose and shortest time possible. The new study sharpens that message, Chlebowski said. "It does change the balance" on whether to start on treatment at all, he said. Even so, most women will not get breast cancer by taking the pills short-term. The increased cancer risk from a couple of years of hormone use translates to a few extra cases of breast cancer a year for every 1,000 women on hormones. This risk accumulates with each year of use, though.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Holidays

My sister's are at Disney with my three nephews......reminding me of a weekend a few years back when we had a most memorable time. My favorite was the BuzzLightYear ride. It's like being inside a pinball machine. Aunt Kim was great at knocking all the guys out. I wonder if they ride it this time.
I'm preparing for a parte' tomorrow. Just a small holiday get together. Then it is getting into full swing for my trip down south. I am grateful I am bringing my little dog along......I wasn't feeling good about travelling without her. Things changed....she has to come.....Mom and I will work it out.
Just watched Raising Arizona.......strange movie....Nicholas CAge so young.

Off to a sweet winter's sleep.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


The tight economy. It has been something I have been able to avoid mostly. My company is doing well, my home, seems, at last, be in good repair. Oh, there are always things that need to be done....but mostly I'm comfortable and cozy. I have a new kitten...a teenager really, Grace. She is the princess around here these days....her big sister Lily is not at all happy about it. Actually, the crew seems to have accepted her.......she, Grace, has not accepted them. I trust she will.....currently she simply hisses at all but Delilah. We'll get there!!

Monday, December 1, 2008


blowing in like crazy now. I am so glad I got the beds composted with the last of the compost. A few more to will have to wait until a milder day. Off to the post office, gratefully, with a stack of orders. They just keep flowing in. I am so amazed at this cyber world that supports me in having a world of nature all around me.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Heading into the holiday season. I have made a conscious decision to make or create, in some way, all of the gifts I give to my circle of girlfriends. I have so many things that sit in a drawer, that I know someone else could make use of. Unused frames, beautiful drawings in my old calenders, tiny bags and boxes......lots of items that I know will be loved. It feels exciting to do this. For the cards for to keep them intelligent!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


I am thankful for all of my friends, my family and the wonderful food we will consume today. I give thanks for all that I have done, learned and seen this year. Though my life has turned in a direction I would not have imagined a year ago....I am grateful to be alive. It is a beautiful sunny day....I shall go for a walk in the woods, breath in the fresh mountain air, raise my arms to the sun and say THANK YOU!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Here it is almost the big eating day!!! I've been a vegetarian for 30 or so that time I have never missed the turkey. Friends often make a tofurkey for me, though that would not be necesary......there is always so much more to eat!!! I most love, about this day, the feelings of family gathering, even if we aren't all gathering in the same place, and I love he sense of gratitude this day seems to bring up for all of my friends. I am grateful for all of you who contribute to my my the wonderful world we have here in the mountains.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday....the end of the week/beginning of the weekend

It snowed last night bringing down the last of the leaves. This weekend will entail sanding the garden, to continue to loosen up the soil, and compost all the beds!!! A joy!!! Whatever last herbs are still showing their faces will be harvested and dried. It is amazing what weather comfrey and lemon balm will grow in. A nice cup of tea.

And, we are loving our new addition to the farm/garden....Ms. GracieGray......a wise little silver kittie. She just couldn't be better.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Winter is on the way

The leaves have all fallen from the trees. Like the leaves.....letting go.....I have been letting go of HUGE amounts of things, people, and situations in my life. Another death.......a fellow who I had just hired to work as a rep for MoonMaid. Very sudden. Shocking. what was the meaning of this very special and deep connection.....someone even more enthusiastic about MoonMaid then I was. Wonderful and incredible. When he was jerked out of my life so fast......I had to ask.....what is the message?

Today.....I figured it out. I am supposed to be out selling MoonMaid while Megan and Andrea are holding down the kitchen and garden. So exhilarating to "get it!!!"

Friday, August 29, 2008

Labor Day

The last full weekend of Summer, officially. It seems much more like early Fall here in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. I am enjoying the shift in the air.

I've had company for the last several weeks, a friend from Australia. It is an interesting experience to share space with someone from another country. It amazes me what they think of us, what we think of them, and I am keenly interested in how other countries "operate." That for means; how do they take care of their citizens, are the trends in real estate the same, is gas as expensive, what is rent like. I was amazed to find out that in Australia, every working person gets 4 weeks paid vacation a year. If you have a stressful job, like social work, you get an extra mental health week. Health care is provided. If you choose alternatives or specialists, that is your choice and you pay. They do pay for chiropractic.....which is seen as alternative here in the US. Taxes are not much higher, litter is not such a huge issue.......somehow it seems like life could be a bit easier there. Not that I would only makes me ponder what sort of society I would like to live could we be more community hence creating a less stressful environment for all citizens of this great land.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

On my way home....

I know I will be travelling a lot this year.....taking care of business in Florida. At this moment I am about to begin the journey back to Tennessee and looking forward to it.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Wait a Minute......this is not Georgia!!!

Just as I was entering the freeway on my way South, I got a call from the Lakeland Police Department that my GodFather had died. I tell is a twilight zone experience. Now I find myself in Florida taking care of details that I never imagined I would be doing so soon. Tomorrow is the day before my birthday.....I'll be meeting with an attorney and "figuring things out." It is an interesting experience going through the things of the loved one who has passed on. I find myself asking questions out loud, noticing things and wondering "how did I not sense that things had gotten so bad." And realizing that these things do happen and going with the flow.
I have a long ago friend arriving from Australia tomorrow. I find it interesting, that after 17 years, she will be meeting my Home, pets and friends before we see each other. Isn't that a trip.
I look forward to getting home. I needed to get away to let go of another situation, the breakup of my relationship......which I really thought was "the one."Sometimes I feel like I cannot breath, at other moments I find myself laughing, smiling remembering, tears flowing with a knowing.

Life and it's many twists and turns........heed the vibe, ride the wave and enjoy every moment.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Monday, a new week, a new life

Starting off this week with a bang. I do a training for the staff of my newest chain of stores, PeachTree in the Atlanta, GA area. I am looking forward to the adventure. I love to be on the road......I think I got that gypsy blood from my Dad. He always loved to take a "ride up the road." That could be an all day affair.
For now......I'm off for a walk in the woods.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday, July 31

This day use to be the beginning of "Birthday Season" as it was my Father's birthday, Saturday my Mom's, next week mine, then in September my brother and then sister's ( they are twins).
I miss my Dad has been 17 years since his passing......and still feels like it was just a bit ago........and at other times it seems like forever. Having a garden and living on the land has given me a better sense of the ebb and flow of begins, then one day it ends. It is hard, as young people, to "get" that life is precious, should be LIVED every moment, but not only lived, appreciated as well. It is the appreciation that I am beginning to get a better understanding of as I grow older.
As the years have gone by, the family has grown, there are many more birthdays. I can hardly keep up. I may not get Chritmas gifts to all, but I do try to remember birthdays. The one day when we can show a person that they are special.....with a small token of affection. My favorite gifts are ones I can make, grow, or happen to find in a funny little shop. Chocolate, flowers, coffee, or an afternoon together are my favorite gifts.
I offer these thoughts as we go towards the time of Harvest. This is Llamas for the Celts, a time to celebrate the bountiful harvest that awaits us in our Gardens, honor the life these veggies give of themselves to give to us.
Make this a blessed day.........only you can.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday in the Garden.....

It's quite early. I'm off for a morning walk with Delilah as I have a coaching call this morning. Business coaching is something I discovered, through my sister Kim. She guided me towards the Success Principles by Jack Canfield. Very powerful stuff. I joined a year long program. Part of it has been a call from a coach once a week.......I have grown a lot. This month alone I have acquired 3 new chains. You will soon find MoonMaid Botanicals products at Mother's in Southern California, EarthFare in the SouthEast, and PeachTree in the greater Atlanta area.
We're growing and thrilled about it.

Make it a great day!!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


It's a beautiful day after a nights rain. The garden is popping out tomato's faster then we can eat them. Isn't that always the way!!! The kitchen is piled up with, not only produce, but all the herbs I got yesterday. Tried wild lettuce for a relaxant and pain reliever. Best night sleep I have had in days!!! Darn hip......maybe this will help!!!

Off for an early morning walk with the dog!

Make it a great day!!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Spiffing up my blog

Been having a lot of fun working on this blog. I will post more pictures of the garden later.....right now, off to the PostOffice.
And on MySpace
I am happily "techno" now!!!!
OOOPS!!! The group is on FaceBook.

MoonMaid Botanicals

Day one of if I can figure out how to connect it to my website. See MoonMaid Botanicals @
Email Cynthia, the @
We have a menopause group on MySpace as
If anyone has questions...........1-877-253-7853
Make it a great day.
MoonMaid Botanicals