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10 Things Only People From Texas Say

10 Things Only People From Texas Say


How many of these Texas terms do you know?

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Y'all better brush up on your Texas slang.

Considering the fact that we previously did a list of 20 things only people from the South say, this article was expectedly a bit tricky. However, anyone who has been to both Texas and the greater Southeast of the United States knows that although the two regions have a lot in common, certain terms are unique to Texas.

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In other words, all Texans are Southerners, but not all Southerners are Texans. You follow?

With that in mind, we scoured the internet and consulted our Texas experts for the words, phrases, and sayings that hail from, or are almost exclusively used in, the Lone Star State. Though you won’t find any uses of “y’all” or “fixin’ to” here (and some of these were tough calls), there are still plenty of entertaining bits of linguistic locutions. We should point out here that we tried not to include instances of terminology where normal words or phrases are simply pronounced differently, instead striving for wholly original examples.

So grab your 10-gallon hat and throw on your boots, because after publishing lists for the South, Midwest, New England, and the West Coast, there’s now a new sheriff in town.


A 90-Year-Old Texan Has Some Advice for Willie Nelson on His 88th Birthday

Aging isn’t for the faint of heart, but Carlene knows what matters.

1. Stay positive.

I think I&rsquove had a good life. I&rsquove been happy. I accomplished most everything that I wanted to accomplish&mdashgetting a college education, marrying, having children. There have been some dips through the years, but I came out of them successfully.

I&rsquove always tried to have a positive attitude toward things. I think that comes from my mother. She went through trials and tribulations all her life. Both of her husbands were murdered my father was murdered when I was three. She had to support me somehow, so she started teaching piano lessons. We never had a lot of money, but she always seemed to find little things to make us happy. She never was negative about anything.

I&rsquove had some challenges in my life as well. My first husband passed away with cancer. After that, I went through five years of being single, and then I met my second husband. We were both lonely people that got together, and it was fun, and I was married to him for 22 years before he passed away. We had a good life. And I&rsquom still having a good life. I miss everybody, but I stay busy. I got colon cancer around 2002, but I was fortunate to have some very good doctors, and I fully recovered. It&rsquos never come back.

2. Be yourself.

I actually like living by myself now. I like being in control, and I&rsquom my own best friend. At this age, I can pretty well do what I want. If I want to do it, I&rsquoll do it, and if I don&rsquot want to I won&rsquot. I&rsquove gotten calls from people inviting me to do something, and if I&rsquom not in the mood I&rsquoll just say, &ldquoSorry, I&rsquom going to pass on that.&rdquo

I live in a lovely home. It&rsquos not fancy, but it&rsquos comfortable. I like to do my needlepoint, I like shopping on QVC, I like decorating my home. I still have some of my Christmas decorations out. That&rsquos one thing about living by yourself&mdashif you want to keep your decorations up for six months, you can, and nobody comments.

3. Try to accomplish something every day.

I do enjoy cooking. I&rsquove been learning how to cook different foods. My second husband was a fantastic cook, and I learned a lot from him. So I&rsquom always trying new recipes and sharing them with my family.

One of my favorite quotes is from Muhammad Ali. He said, &ldquoDon&rsquot count the days make the days count.&rdquo So I get up in the morning and try to accomplish something every day. It could be trying a new recipe, or moving furniture around. I just try to accomplish something. Then there&rsquos a quote from Rick Steves. About ten years ago, I was watching him on TV when he said, &ldquoOne is not rich who comes home with money, one is rich who comes home with experiences.&rdquo I wrote that down. I&rsquove had a lot of good experiences with friends and family, and I like to look back on those good times.

4. Find your people.

I&rsquove been lucky to have a very good, supportive family. Everybody needs a family, and you need to keep in contact with your family. I have friends who are not even speaking to their families, and that is so sad. I don&rsquot think you can get through life without family.

I also like keeping friends around me. I have a lot of friends, and I work at being a friend. I always say that you have to be a friend to get a friend. I don&rsquot like negative people. They make me terribly nervous. In fact, I&rsquove started to eliminate them from my list of friends. I&rsquod much rather have positive people surrounding me&mdashit just makes me feel better. I also say my prayers every night, and my prayers have been answered many times.

5. Learn to be resilient&mdashand drink a glass of wine every now and then.

We just have one life, you know. Once you&rsquore gone, you&rsquore gone. I want to be here as long as I can as long as my health holds up. The worst thing about getting old is that you don&rsquot look young and pretty anymore. Your hair begins to get gray, or you gain weight here and there. But I&rsquom lucky. I don&rsquot feel any different than I did in high school. I don&rsquot have any aches or pains I&rsquom able to drive my car, take care of the house, do pretty much anything I want to do. I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, and I eat pretty much anything I want to eat. It seems to have worked out.

I was recently thinking about my high school yearbook. My senior year, everyone had a saying underneath their photo about what their future would be. Mine said, &ldquoShe strives for the best, and won&rsquot settle for less.&rdquo I like that. I have some other quotes that I like. Martin Luther King Jr. said, &ldquoThe major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions.&rdquo See, everybody&rsquos going to have interruptions. My big ones were the deaths of my two husbands and my cancer diagnosis. But you&rsquove got to cope. You&rsquore going to have some problems in your life, and you just have to learn how to live with them.

The only thing I could say to Willie Nelson is to do what he&rsquos happy doing. If you&rsquore unhappy with your profession, it&rsquos just not going to work. You&rsquore going to be a miserable person to be around, and you&rsquore going to be miserable to yourself. If he&rsquos happy doing what he&rsquos doing, he needs to continue. And have friends and family supporting him. That&rsquos what I&rsquod say to anyone, not just Willie.

Anyway, I hope he has a very happy eighty-eighth birthday&mdashand that he has many more.


A 90-Year-Old Texan Has Some Advice for Willie Nelson on His 88th Birthday

Aging isn’t for the faint of heart, but Carlene knows what matters.

1. Stay positive.

I think I&rsquove had a good life. I&rsquove been happy. I accomplished most everything that I wanted to accomplish&mdashgetting a college education, marrying, having children. There have been some dips through the years, but I came out of them successfully.

I&rsquove always tried to have a positive attitude toward things. I think that comes from my mother. She went through trials and tribulations all her life. Both of her husbands were murdered my father was murdered when I was three. She had to support me somehow, so she started teaching piano lessons. We never had a lot of money, but she always seemed to find little things to make us happy. She never was negative about anything.

I&rsquove had some challenges in my life as well. My first husband passed away with cancer. After that, I went through five years of being single, and then I met my second husband. We were both lonely people that got together, and it was fun, and I was married to him for 22 years before he passed away. We had a good life. And I&rsquom still having a good life. I miss everybody, but I stay busy. I got colon cancer around 2002, but I was fortunate to have some very good doctors, and I fully recovered. It&rsquos never come back.

2. Be yourself.

I actually like living by myself now. I like being in control, and I&rsquom my own best friend. At this age, I can pretty well do what I want. If I want to do it, I&rsquoll do it, and if I don&rsquot want to I won&rsquot. I&rsquove gotten calls from people inviting me to do something, and if I&rsquom not in the mood I&rsquoll just say, &ldquoSorry, I&rsquom going to pass on that.&rdquo

I live in a lovely home. It&rsquos not fancy, but it&rsquos comfortable. I like to do my needlepoint, I like shopping on QVC, I like decorating my home. I still have some of my Christmas decorations out. That&rsquos one thing about living by yourself&mdashif you want to keep your decorations up for six months, you can, and nobody comments.

3. Try to accomplish something every day.

I do enjoy cooking. I&rsquove been learning how to cook different foods. My second husband was a fantastic cook, and I learned a lot from him. So I&rsquom always trying new recipes and sharing them with my family.

One of my favorite quotes is from Muhammad Ali. He said, &ldquoDon&rsquot count the days make the days count.&rdquo So I get up in the morning and try to accomplish something every day. It could be trying a new recipe, or moving furniture around. I just try to accomplish something. Then there&rsquos a quote from Rick Steves. About ten years ago, I was watching him on TV when he said, &ldquoOne is not rich who comes home with money, one is rich who comes home with experiences.&rdquo I wrote that down. I&rsquove had a lot of good experiences with friends and family, and I like to look back on those good times.

4. Find your people.

I&rsquove been lucky to have a very good, supportive family. Everybody needs a family, and you need to keep in contact with your family. I have friends who are not even speaking to their families, and that is so sad. I don&rsquot think you can get through life without family.

I also like keeping friends around me. I have a lot of friends, and I work at being a friend. I always say that you have to be a friend to get a friend. I don&rsquot like negative people. They make me terribly nervous. In fact, I&rsquove started to eliminate them from my list of friends. I&rsquod much rather have positive people surrounding me&mdashit just makes me feel better. I also say my prayers every night, and my prayers have been answered many times.

5. Learn to be resilient&mdashand drink a glass of wine every now and then.

We just have one life, you know. Once you&rsquore gone, you&rsquore gone. I want to be here as long as I can as long as my health holds up. The worst thing about getting old is that you don&rsquot look young and pretty anymore. Your hair begins to get gray, or you gain weight here and there. But I&rsquom lucky. I don&rsquot feel any different than I did in high school. I don&rsquot have any aches or pains I&rsquom able to drive my car, take care of the house, do pretty much anything I want to do. I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, and I eat pretty much anything I want to eat. It seems to have worked out.

I was recently thinking about my high school yearbook. My senior year, everyone had a saying underneath their photo about what their future would be. Mine said, &ldquoShe strives for the best, and won&rsquot settle for less.&rdquo I like that. I have some other quotes that I like. Martin Luther King Jr. said, &ldquoThe major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions.&rdquo See, everybody&rsquos going to have interruptions. My big ones were the deaths of my two husbands and my cancer diagnosis. But you&rsquove got to cope. You&rsquore going to have some problems in your life, and you just have to learn how to live with them.

The only thing I could say to Willie Nelson is to do what he&rsquos happy doing. If you&rsquore unhappy with your profession, it&rsquos just not going to work. You&rsquore going to be a miserable person to be around, and you&rsquore going to be miserable to yourself. If he&rsquos happy doing what he&rsquos doing, he needs to continue. And have friends and family supporting him. That&rsquos what I&rsquod say to anyone, not just Willie.

Anyway, I hope he has a very happy eighty-eighth birthday&mdashand that he has many more.


A 90-Year-Old Texan Has Some Advice for Willie Nelson on His 88th Birthday

Aging isn’t for the faint of heart, but Carlene knows what matters.

1. Stay positive.

I think I&rsquove had a good life. I&rsquove been happy. I accomplished most everything that I wanted to accomplish&mdashgetting a college education, marrying, having children. There have been some dips through the years, but I came out of them successfully.

I&rsquove always tried to have a positive attitude toward things. I think that comes from my mother. She went through trials and tribulations all her life. Both of her husbands were murdered my father was murdered when I was three. She had to support me somehow, so she started teaching piano lessons. We never had a lot of money, but she always seemed to find little things to make us happy. She never was negative about anything.

I&rsquove had some challenges in my life as well. My first husband passed away with cancer. After that, I went through five years of being single, and then I met my second husband. We were both lonely people that got together, and it was fun, and I was married to him for 22 years before he passed away. We had a good life. And I&rsquom still having a good life. I miss everybody, but I stay busy. I got colon cancer around 2002, but I was fortunate to have some very good doctors, and I fully recovered. It&rsquos never come back.

2. Be yourself.

I actually like living by myself now. I like being in control, and I&rsquom my own best friend. At this age, I can pretty well do what I want. If I want to do it, I&rsquoll do it, and if I don&rsquot want to I won&rsquot. I&rsquove gotten calls from people inviting me to do something, and if I&rsquom not in the mood I&rsquoll just say, &ldquoSorry, I&rsquom going to pass on that.&rdquo

I live in a lovely home. It&rsquos not fancy, but it&rsquos comfortable. I like to do my needlepoint, I like shopping on QVC, I like decorating my home. I still have some of my Christmas decorations out. That&rsquos one thing about living by yourself&mdashif you want to keep your decorations up for six months, you can, and nobody comments.

3. Try to accomplish something every day.

I do enjoy cooking. I&rsquove been learning how to cook different foods. My second husband was a fantastic cook, and I learned a lot from him. So I&rsquom always trying new recipes and sharing them with my family.

One of my favorite quotes is from Muhammad Ali. He said, &ldquoDon&rsquot count the days make the days count.&rdquo So I get up in the morning and try to accomplish something every day. It could be trying a new recipe, or moving furniture around. I just try to accomplish something. Then there&rsquos a quote from Rick Steves. About ten years ago, I was watching him on TV when he said, &ldquoOne is not rich who comes home with money, one is rich who comes home with experiences.&rdquo I wrote that down. I&rsquove had a lot of good experiences with friends and family, and I like to look back on those good times.

4. Find your people.

I&rsquove been lucky to have a very good, supportive family. Everybody needs a family, and you need to keep in contact with your family. I have friends who are not even speaking to their families, and that is so sad. I don&rsquot think you can get through life without family.

I also like keeping friends around me. I have a lot of friends, and I work at being a friend. I always say that you have to be a friend to get a friend. I don&rsquot like negative people. They make me terribly nervous. In fact, I&rsquove started to eliminate them from my list of friends. I&rsquod much rather have positive people surrounding me&mdashit just makes me feel better. I also say my prayers every night, and my prayers have been answered many times.

5. Learn to be resilient&mdashand drink a glass of wine every now and then.

We just have one life, you know. Once you&rsquore gone, you&rsquore gone. I want to be here as long as I can as long as my health holds up. The worst thing about getting old is that you don&rsquot look young and pretty anymore. Your hair begins to get gray, or you gain weight here and there. But I&rsquom lucky. I don&rsquot feel any different than I did in high school. I don&rsquot have any aches or pains I&rsquom able to drive my car, take care of the house, do pretty much anything I want to do. I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, and I eat pretty much anything I want to eat. It seems to have worked out.

I was recently thinking about my high school yearbook. My senior year, everyone had a saying underneath their photo about what their future would be. Mine said, &ldquoShe strives for the best, and won&rsquot settle for less.&rdquo I like that. I have some other quotes that I like. Martin Luther King Jr. said, &ldquoThe major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions.&rdquo See, everybody&rsquos going to have interruptions. My big ones were the deaths of my two husbands and my cancer diagnosis. But you&rsquove got to cope. You&rsquore going to have some problems in your life, and you just have to learn how to live with them.

The only thing I could say to Willie Nelson is to do what he&rsquos happy doing. If you&rsquore unhappy with your profession, it&rsquos just not going to work. You&rsquore going to be a miserable person to be around, and you&rsquore going to be miserable to yourself. If he&rsquos happy doing what he&rsquos doing, he needs to continue. And have friends and family supporting him. That&rsquos what I&rsquod say to anyone, not just Willie.

Anyway, I hope he has a very happy eighty-eighth birthday&mdashand that he has many more.


A 90-Year-Old Texan Has Some Advice for Willie Nelson on His 88th Birthday

Aging isn’t for the faint of heart, but Carlene knows what matters.

1. Stay positive.

I think I&rsquove had a good life. I&rsquove been happy. I accomplished most everything that I wanted to accomplish&mdashgetting a college education, marrying, having children. There have been some dips through the years, but I came out of them successfully.

I&rsquove always tried to have a positive attitude toward things. I think that comes from my mother. She went through trials and tribulations all her life. Both of her husbands were murdered my father was murdered when I was three. She had to support me somehow, so she started teaching piano lessons. We never had a lot of money, but she always seemed to find little things to make us happy. She never was negative about anything.

I&rsquove had some challenges in my life as well. My first husband passed away with cancer. After that, I went through five years of being single, and then I met my second husband. We were both lonely people that got together, and it was fun, and I was married to him for 22 years before he passed away. We had a good life. And I&rsquom still having a good life. I miss everybody, but I stay busy. I got colon cancer around 2002, but I was fortunate to have some very good doctors, and I fully recovered. It&rsquos never come back.

2. Be yourself.

I actually like living by myself now. I like being in control, and I&rsquom my own best friend. At this age, I can pretty well do what I want. If I want to do it, I&rsquoll do it, and if I don&rsquot want to I won&rsquot. I&rsquove gotten calls from people inviting me to do something, and if I&rsquom not in the mood I&rsquoll just say, &ldquoSorry, I&rsquom going to pass on that.&rdquo

I live in a lovely home. It&rsquos not fancy, but it&rsquos comfortable. I like to do my needlepoint, I like shopping on QVC, I like decorating my home. I still have some of my Christmas decorations out. That&rsquos one thing about living by yourself&mdashif you want to keep your decorations up for six months, you can, and nobody comments.

3. Try to accomplish something every day.

I do enjoy cooking. I&rsquove been learning how to cook different foods. My second husband was a fantastic cook, and I learned a lot from him. So I&rsquom always trying new recipes and sharing them with my family.

One of my favorite quotes is from Muhammad Ali. He said, &ldquoDon&rsquot count the days make the days count.&rdquo So I get up in the morning and try to accomplish something every day. It could be trying a new recipe, or moving furniture around. I just try to accomplish something. Then there&rsquos a quote from Rick Steves. About ten years ago, I was watching him on TV when he said, &ldquoOne is not rich who comes home with money, one is rich who comes home with experiences.&rdquo I wrote that down. I&rsquove had a lot of good experiences with friends and family, and I like to look back on those good times.

4. Find your people.

I&rsquove been lucky to have a very good, supportive family. Everybody needs a family, and you need to keep in contact with your family. I have friends who are not even speaking to their families, and that is so sad. I don&rsquot think you can get through life without family.

I also like keeping friends around me. I have a lot of friends, and I work at being a friend. I always say that you have to be a friend to get a friend. I don&rsquot like negative people. They make me terribly nervous. In fact, I&rsquove started to eliminate them from my list of friends. I&rsquod much rather have positive people surrounding me&mdashit just makes me feel better. I also say my prayers every night, and my prayers have been answered many times.

5. Learn to be resilient&mdashand drink a glass of wine every now and then.

We just have one life, you know. Once you&rsquore gone, you&rsquore gone. I want to be here as long as I can as long as my health holds up. The worst thing about getting old is that you don&rsquot look young and pretty anymore. Your hair begins to get gray, or you gain weight here and there. But I&rsquom lucky. I don&rsquot feel any different than I did in high school. I don&rsquot have any aches or pains I&rsquom able to drive my car, take care of the house, do pretty much anything I want to do. I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, and I eat pretty much anything I want to eat. It seems to have worked out.

I was recently thinking about my high school yearbook. My senior year, everyone had a saying underneath their photo about what their future would be. Mine said, &ldquoShe strives for the best, and won&rsquot settle for less.&rdquo I like that. I have some other quotes that I like. Martin Luther King Jr. said, &ldquoThe major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions.&rdquo See, everybody&rsquos going to have interruptions. My big ones were the deaths of my two husbands and my cancer diagnosis. But you&rsquove got to cope. You&rsquore going to have some problems in your life, and you just have to learn how to live with them.

The only thing I could say to Willie Nelson is to do what he&rsquos happy doing. If you&rsquore unhappy with your profession, it&rsquos just not going to work. You&rsquore going to be a miserable person to be around, and you&rsquore going to be miserable to yourself. If he&rsquos happy doing what he&rsquos doing, he needs to continue. And have friends and family supporting him. That&rsquos what I&rsquod say to anyone, not just Willie.

Anyway, I hope he has a very happy eighty-eighth birthday&mdashand that he has many more.


A 90-Year-Old Texan Has Some Advice for Willie Nelson on His 88th Birthday

Aging isn’t for the faint of heart, but Carlene knows what matters.

1. Stay positive.

I think I&rsquove had a good life. I&rsquove been happy. I accomplished most everything that I wanted to accomplish&mdashgetting a college education, marrying, having children. There have been some dips through the years, but I came out of them successfully.

I&rsquove always tried to have a positive attitude toward things. I think that comes from my mother. She went through trials and tribulations all her life. Both of her husbands were murdered my father was murdered when I was three. She had to support me somehow, so she started teaching piano lessons. We never had a lot of money, but she always seemed to find little things to make us happy. She never was negative about anything.

I&rsquove had some challenges in my life as well. My first husband passed away with cancer. After that, I went through five years of being single, and then I met my second husband. We were both lonely people that got together, and it was fun, and I was married to him for 22 years before he passed away. We had a good life. And I&rsquom still having a good life. I miss everybody, but I stay busy. I got colon cancer around 2002, but I was fortunate to have some very good doctors, and I fully recovered. It&rsquos never come back.

2. Be yourself.

I actually like living by myself now. I like being in control, and I&rsquom my own best friend. At this age, I can pretty well do what I want. If I want to do it, I&rsquoll do it, and if I don&rsquot want to I won&rsquot. I&rsquove gotten calls from people inviting me to do something, and if I&rsquom not in the mood I&rsquoll just say, &ldquoSorry, I&rsquom going to pass on that.&rdquo

I live in a lovely home. It&rsquos not fancy, but it&rsquos comfortable. I like to do my needlepoint, I like shopping on QVC, I like decorating my home. I still have some of my Christmas decorations out. That&rsquos one thing about living by yourself&mdashif you want to keep your decorations up for six months, you can, and nobody comments.

3. Try to accomplish something every day.

I do enjoy cooking. I&rsquove been learning how to cook different foods. My second husband was a fantastic cook, and I learned a lot from him. So I&rsquom always trying new recipes and sharing them with my family.

One of my favorite quotes is from Muhammad Ali. He said, &ldquoDon&rsquot count the days make the days count.&rdquo So I get up in the morning and try to accomplish something every day. It could be trying a new recipe, or moving furniture around. I just try to accomplish something. Then there&rsquos a quote from Rick Steves. About ten years ago, I was watching him on TV when he said, &ldquoOne is not rich who comes home with money, one is rich who comes home with experiences.&rdquo I wrote that down. I&rsquove had a lot of good experiences with friends and family, and I like to look back on those good times.

4. Find your people.

I&rsquove been lucky to have a very good, supportive family. Everybody needs a family, and you need to keep in contact with your family. I have friends who are not even speaking to their families, and that is so sad. I don&rsquot think you can get through life without family.

I also like keeping friends around me. I have a lot of friends, and I work at being a friend. I always say that you have to be a friend to get a friend. I don&rsquot like negative people. They make me terribly nervous. In fact, I&rsquove started to eliminate them from my list of friends. I&rsquod much rather have positive people surrounding me&mdashit just makes me feel better. I also say my prayers every night, and my prayers have been answered many times.

5. Learn to be resilient&mdashand drink a glass of wine every now and then.

We just have one life, you know. Once you&rsquore gone, you&rsquore gone. I want to be here as long as I can as long as my health holds up. The worst thing about getting old is that you don&rsquot look young and pretty anymore. Your hair begins to get gray, or you gain weight here and there. But I&rsquom lucky. I don&rsquot feel any different than I did in high school. I don&rsquot have any aches or pains I&rsquom able to drive my car, take care of the house, do pretty much anything I want to do. I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, and I eat pretty much anything I want to eat. It seems to have worked out.

I was recently thinking about my high school yearbook. My senior year, everyone had a saying underneath their photo about what their future would be. Mine said, &ldquoShe strives for the best, and won&rsquot settle for less.&rdquo I like that. I have some other quotes that I like. Martin Luther King Jr. said, &ldquoThe major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions.&rdquo See, everybody&rsquos going to have interruptions. My big ones were the deaths of my two husbands and my cancer diagnosis. But you&rsquove got to cope. You&rsquore going to have some problems in your life, and you just have to learn how to live with them.

The only thing I could say to Willie Nelson is to do what he&rsquos happy doing. If you&rsquore unhappy with your profession, it&rsquos just not going to work. You&rsquore going to be a miserable person to be around, and you&rsquore going to be miserable to yourself. If he&rsquos happy doing what he&rsquos doing, he needs to continue. And have friends and family supporting him. That&rsquos what I&rsquod say to anyone, not just Willie.

Anyway, I hope he has a very happy eighty-eighth birthday&mdashand that he has many more.


A 90-Year-Old Texan Has Some Advice for Willie Nelson on His 88th Birthday

Aging isn’t for the faint of heart, but Carlene knows what matters.

1. Stay positive.

I think I&rsquove had a good life. I&rsquove been happy. I accomplished most everything that I wanted to accomplish&mdashgetting a college education, marrying, having children. There have been some dips through the years, but I came out of them successfully.

I&rsquove always tried to have a positive attitude toward things. I think that comes from my mother. She went through trials and tribulations all her life. Both of her husbands were murdered my father was murdered when I was three. She had to support me somehow, so she started teaching piano lessons. We never had a lot of money, but she always seemed to find little things to make us happy. She never was negative about anything.

I&rsquove had some challenges in my life as well. My first husband passed away with cancer. After that, I went through five years of being single, and then I met my second husband. We were both lonely people that got together, and it was fun, and I was married to him for 22 years before he passed away. We had a good life. And I&rsquom still having a good life. I miss everybody, but I stay busy. I got colon cancer around 2002, but I was fortunate to have some very good doctors, and I fully recovered. It&rsquos never come back.

2. Be yourself.

I actually like living by myself now. I like being in control, and I&rsquom my own best friend. At this age, I can pretty well do what I want. If I want to do it, I&rsquoll do it, and if I don&rsquot want to I won&rsquot. I&rsquove gotten calls from people inviting me to do something, and if I&rsquom not in the mood I&rsquoll just say, &ldquoSorry, I&rsquom going to pass on that.&rdquo

I live in a lovely home. It&rsquos not fancy, but it&rsquos comfortable. I like to do my needlepoint, I like shopping on QVC, I like decorating my home. I still have some of my Christmas decorations out. That&rsquos one thing about living by yourself&mdashif you want to keep your decorations up for six months, you can, and nobody comments.

3. Try to accomplish something every day.

I do enjoy cooking. I&rsquove been learning how to cook different foods. My second husband was a fantastic cook, and I learned a lot from him. So I&rsquom always trying new recipes and sharing them with my family.

One of my favorite quotes is from Muhammad Ali. He said, &ldquoDon&rsquot count the days make the days count.&rdquo So I get up in the morning and try to accomplish something every day. It could be trying a new recipe, or moving furniture around. I just try to accomplish something. Then there&rsquos a quote from Rick Steves. About ten years ago, I was watching him on TV when he said, &ldquoOne is not rich who comes home with money, one is rich who comes home with experiences.&rdquo I wrote that down. I&rsquove had a lot of good experiences with friends and family, and I like to look back on those good times.

4. Find your people.

I&rsquove been lucky to have a very good, supportive family. Everybody needs a family, and you need to keep in contact with your family. I have friends who are not even speaking to their families, and that is so sad. I don&rsquot think you can get through life without family.

I also like keeping friends around me. I have a lot of friends, and I work at being a friend. I always say that you have to be a friend to get a friend. I don&rsquot like negative people. They make me terribly nervous. In fact, I&rsquove started to eliminate them from my list of friends. I&rsquod much rather have positive people surrounding me&mdashit just makes me feel better. I also say my prayers every night, and my prayers have been answered many times.

5. Learn to be resilient&mdashand drink a glass of wine every now and then.

We just have one life, you know. Once you&rsquore gone, you&rsquore gone. I want to be here as long as I can as long as my health holds up. The worst thing about getting old is that you don&rsquot look young and pretty anymore. Your hair begins to get gray, or you gain weight here and there. But I&rsquom lucky. I don&rsquot feel any different than I did in high school. I don&rsquot have any aches or pains I&rsquom able to drive my car, take care of the house, do pretty much anything I want to do. I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, and I eat pretty much anything I want to eat. It seems to have worked out.

I was recently thinking about my high school yearbook. My senior year, everyone had a saying underneath their photo about what their future would be. Mine said, &ldquoShe strives for the best, and won&rsquot settle for less.&rdquo I like that. I have some other quotes that I like. Martin Luther King Jr. said, &ldquoThe major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions.&rdquo See, everybody&rsquos going to have interruptions. My big ones were the deaths of my two husbands and my cancer diagnosis. But you&rsquove got to cope. You&rsquore going to have some problems in your life, and you just have to learn how to live with them.

The only thing I could say to Willie Nelson is to do what he&rsquos happy doing. If you&rsquore unhappy with your profession, it&rsquos just not going to work. You&rsquore going to be a miserable person to be around, and you&rsquore going to be miserable to yourself. If he&rsquos happy doing what he&rsquos doing, he needs to continue. And have friends and family supporting him. That&rsquos what I&rsquod say to anyone, not just Willie.

Anyway, I hope he has a very happy eighty-eighth birthday&mdashand that he has many more.


A 90-Year-Old Texan Has Some Advice for Willie Nelson on His 88th Birthday

Aging isn’t for the faint of heart, but Carlene knows what matters.

1. Stay positive.

I think I&rsquove had a good life. I&rsquove been happy. I accomplished most everything that I wanted to accomplish&mdashgetting a college education, marrying, having children. There have been some dips through the years, but I came out of them successfully.

I&rsquove always tried to have a positive attitude toward things. I think that comes from my mother. She went through trials and tribulations all her life. Both of her husbands were murdered my father was murdered when I was three. She had to support me somehow, so she started teaching piano lessons. We never had a lot of money, but she always seemed to find little things to make us happy. She never was negative about anything.

I&rsquove had some challenges in my life as well. My first husband passed away with cancer. After that, I went through five years of being single, and then I met my second husband. We were both lonely people that got together, and it was fun, and I was married to him for 22 years before he passed away. We had a good life. And I&rsquom still having a good life. I miss everybody, but I stay busy. I got colon cancer around 2002, but I was fortunate to have some very good doctors, and I fully recovered. It&rsquos never come back.

2. Be yourself.

I actually like living by myself now. I like being in control, and I&rsquom my own best friend. At this age, I can pretty well do what I want. If I want to do it, I&rsquoll do it, and if I don&rsquot want to I won&rsquot. I&rsquove gotten calls from people inviting me to do something, and if I&rsquom not in the mood I&rsquoll just say, &ldquoSorry, I&rsquom going to pass on that.&rdquo

I live in a lovely home. It&rsquos not fancy, but it&rsquos comfortable. I like to do my needlepoint, I like shopping on QVC, I like decorating my home. I still have some of my Christmas decorations out. That&rsquos one thing about living by yourself&mdashif you want to keep your decorations up for six months, you can, and nobody comments.

3. Try to accomplish something every day.

I do enjoy cooking. I&rsquove been learning how to cook different foods. My second husband was a fantastic cook, and I learned a lot from him. So I&rsquom always trying new recipes and sharing them with my family.

One of my favorite quotes is from Muhammad Ali. He said, &ldquoDon&rsquot count the days make the days count.&rdquo So I get up in the morning and try to accomplish something every day. It could be trying a new recipe, or moving furniture around. I just try to accomplish something. Then there&rsquos a quote from Rick Steves. About ten years ago, I was watching him on TV when he said, &ldquoOne is not rich who comes home with money, one is rich who comes home with experiences.&rdquo I wrote that down. I&rsquove had a lot of good experiences with friends and family, and I like to look back on those good times.

4. Find your people.

I&rsquove been lucky to have a very good, supportive family. Everybody needs a family, and you need to keep in contact with your family. I have friends who are not even speaking to their families, and that is so sad. I don&rsquot think you can get through life without family.

I also like keeping friends around me. I have a lot of friends, and I work at being a friend. I always say that you have to be a friend to get a friend. I don&rsquot like negative people. They make me terribly nervous. In fact, I&rsquove started to eliminate them from my list of friends. I&rsquod much rather have positive people surrounding me&mdashit just makes me feel better. I also say my prayers every night, and my prayers have been answered many times.

5. Learn to be resilient&mdashand drink a glass of wine every now and then.

We just have one life, you know. Once you&rsquore gone, you&rsquore gone. I want to be here as long as I can as long as my health holds up. The worst thing about getting old is that you don&rsquot look young and pretty anymore. Your hair begins to get gray, or you gain weight here and there. But I&rsquom lucky. I don&rsquot feel any different than I did in high school. I don&rsquot have any aches or pains I&rsquom able to drive my car, take care of the house, do pretty much anything I want to do. I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, and I eat pretty much anything I want to eat. It seems to have worked out.

I was recently thinking about my high school yearbook. My senior year, everyone had a saying underneath their photo about what their future would be. Mine said, &ldquoShe strives for the best, and won&rsquot settle for less.&rdquo I like that. I have some other quotes that I like. Martin Luther King Jr. said, &ldquoThe major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions.&rdquo See, everybody&rsquos going to have interruptions. My big ones were the deaths of my two husbands and my cancer diagnosis. But you&rsquove got to cope. You&rsquore going to have some problems in your life, and you just have to learn how to live with them.

The only thing I could say to Willie Nelson is to do what he&rsquos happy doing. If you&rsquore unhappy with your profession, it&rsquos just not going to work. You&rsquore going to be a miserable person to be around, and you&rsquore going to be miserable to yourself. If he&rsquos happy doing what he&rsquos doing, he needs to continue. And have friends and family supporting him. That&rsquos what I&rsquod say to anyone, not just Willie.

Anyway, I hope he has a very happy eighty-eighth birthday&mdashand that he has many more.


A 90-Year-Old Texan Has Some Advice for Willie Nelson on His 88th Birthday

Aging isn’t for the faint of heart, but Carlene knows what matters.

1. Stay positive.

I think I&rsquove had a good life. I&rsquove been happy. I accomplished most everything that I wanted to accomplish&mdashgetting a college education, marrying, having children. There have been some dips through the years, but I came out of them successfully.

I&rsquove always tried to have a positive attitude toward things. I think that comes from my mother. She went through trials and tribulations all her life. Both of her husbands were murdered my father was murdered when I was three. She had to support me somehow, so she started teaching piano lessons. We never had a lot of money, but she always seemed to find little things to make us happy. She never was negative about anything.

I&rsquove had some challenges in my life as well. My first husband passed away with cancer. After that, I went through five years of being single, and then I met my second husband. We were both lonely people that got together, and it was fun, and I was married to him for 22 years before he passed away. We had a good life. And I&rsquom still having a good life. I miss everybody, but I stay busy. I got colon cancer around 2002, but I was fortunate to have some very good doctors, and I fully recovered. It&rsquos never come back.

2. Be yourself.

I actually like living by myself now. I like being in control, and I&rsquom my own best friend. At this age, I can pretty well do what I want. If I want to do it, I&rsquoll do it, and if I don&rsquot want to I won&rsquot. I&rsquove gotten calls from people inviting me to do something, and if I&rsquom not in the mood I&rsquoll just say, &ldquoSorry, I&rsquom going to pass on that.&rdquo

I live in a lovely home. It&rsquos not fancy, but it&rsquos comfortable. I like to do my needlepoint, I like shopping on QVC, I like decorating my home. I still have some of my Christmas decorations out. That&rsquos one thing about living by yourself&mdashif you want to keep your decorations up for six months, you can, and nobody comments.

3. Try to accomplish something every day.

I do enjoy cooking. I&rsquove been learning how to cook different foods. My second husband was a fantastic cook, and I learned a lot from him. So I&rsquom always trying new recipes and sharing them with my family.

One of my favorite quotes is from Muhammad Ali. He said, &ldquoDon&rsquot count the days make the days count.&rdquo So I get up in the morning and try to accomplish something every day. It could be trying a new recipe, or moving furniture around. I just try to accomplish something. Then there&rsquos a quote from Rick Steves. About ten years ago, I was watching him on TV when he said, &ldquoOne is not rich who comes home with money, one is rich who comes home with experiences.&rdquo I wrote that down. I&rsquove had a lot of good experiences with friends and family, and I like to look back on those good times.

4. Find your people.

I&rsquove been lucky to have a very good, supportive family. Everybody needs a family, and you need to keep in contact with your family. I have friends who are not even speaking to their families, and that is so sad. I don&rsquot think you can get through life without family.

I also like keeping friends around me. I have a lot of friends, and I work at being a friend. I always say that you have to be a friend to get a friend. I don&rsquot like negative people. They make me terribly nervous. In fact, I&rsquove started to eliminate them from my list of friends. I&rsquod much rather have positive people surrounding me&mdashit just makes me feel better. I also say my prayers every night, and my prayers have been answered many times.

5. Learn to be resilient&mdashand drink a glass of wine every now and then.

We just have one life, you know. Once you&rsquore gone, you&rsquore gone. I want to be here as long as I can as long as my health holds up. The worst thing about getting old is that you don&rsquot look young and pretty anymore. Your hair begins to get gray, or you gain weight here and there. But I&rsquom lucky. I don&rsquot feel any different than I did in high school. I don&rsquot have any aches or pains I&rsquom able to drive my car, take care of the house, do pretty much anything I want to do. I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, and I eat pretty much anything I want to eat. It seems to have worked out.

I was recently thinking about my high school yearbook. My senior year, everyone had a saying underneath their photo about what their future would be. Mine said, &ldquoShe strives for the best, and won&rsquot settle for less.&rdquo I like that. I have some other quotes that I like. Martin Luther King Jr. said, &ldquoThe major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions.&rdquo See, everybody&rsquos going to have interruptions. My big ones were the deaths of my two husbands and my cancer diagnosis. But you&rsquove got to cope. You&rsquore going to have some problems in your life, and you just have to learn how to live with them.

The only thing I could say to Willie Nelson is to do what he&rsquos happy doing. If you&rsquore unhappy with your profession, it&rsquos just not going to work. You&rsquore going to be a miserable person to be around, and you&rsquore going to be miserable to yourself. If he&rsquos happy doing what he&rsquos doing, he needs to continue. And have friends and family supporting him. That&rsquos what I&rsquod say to anyone, not just Willie.

Anyway, I hope he has a very happy eighty-eighth birthday&mdashand that he has many more.


A 90-Year-Old Texan Has Some Advice for Willie Nelson on His 88th Birthday

Aging isn’t for the faint of heart, but Carlene knows what matters.

1. Stay positive.

I think I&rsquove had a good life. I&rsquove been happy. I accomplished most everything that I wanted to accomplish&mdashgetting a college education, marrying, having children. There have been some dips through the years, but I came out of them successfully.

I&rsquove always tried to have a positive attitude toward things. I think that comes from my mother. She went through trials and tribulations all her life. Both of her husbands were murdered my father was murdered when I was three. She had to support me somehow, so she started teaching piano lessons. We never had a lot of money, but she always seemed to find little things to make us happy. She never was negative about anything.

I&rsquove had some challenges in my life as well. My first husband passed away with cancer. After that, I went through five years of being single, and then I met my second husband. We were both lonely people that got together, and it was fun, and I was married to him for 22 years before he passed away. We had a good life. And I&rsquom still having a good life. I miss everybody, but I stay busy. I got colon cancer around 2002, but I was fortunate to have some very good doctors, and I fully recovered. It&rsquos never come back.

2. Be yourself.

I actually like living by myself now. I like being in control, and I&rsquom my own best friend. At this age, I can pretty well do what I want. If I want to do it, I&rsquoll do it, and if I don&rsquot want to I won&rsquot. I&rsquove gotten calls from people inviting me to do something, and if I&rsquom not in the mood I&rsquoll just say, &ldquoSorry, I&rsquom going to pass on that.&rdquo

I live in a lovely home. It&rsquos not fancy, but it&rsquos comfortable. I like to do my needlepoint, I like shopping on QVC, I like decorating my home. I still have some of my Christmas decorations out. That&rsquos one thing about living by yourself&mdashif you want to keep your decorations up for six months, you can, and nobody comments.

3. Try to accomplish something every day.

I do enjoy cooking. I&rsquove been learning how to cook different foods. My second husband was a fantastic cook, and I learned a lot from him. So I&rsquom always trying new recipes and sharing them with my family.

One of my favorite quotes is from Muhammad Ali. He said, &ldquoDon&rsquot count the days make the days count.&rdquo So I get up in the morning and try to accomplish something every day. It could be trying a new recipe, or moving furniture around. I just try to accomplish something. Then there&rsquos a quote from Rick Steves. About ten years ago, I was watching him on TV when he said, &ldquoOne is not rich who comes home with money, one is rich who comes home with experiences.&rdquo I wrote that down. I&rsquove had a lot of good experiences with friends and family, and I like to look back on those good times.

4. Find your people.

I&rsquove been lucky to have a very good, supportive family. Everybody needs a family, and you need to keep in contact with your family. I have friends who are not even speaking to their families, and that is so sad. I don&rsquot think you can get through life without family.

I also like keeping friends around me. I have a lot of friends, and I work at being a friend. I always say that you have to be a friend to get a friend. I don&rsquot like negative people. They make me terribly nervous. In fact, I&rsquove started to eliminate them from my list of friends. I&rsquod much rather have positive people surrounding me&mdashit just makes me feel better. I also say my prayers every night, and my prayers have been answered many times.

5. Learn to be resilient&mdashand drink a glass of wine every now and then.

We just have one life, you know. Once you&rsquore gone, you&rsquore gone. I want to be here as long as I can as long as my health holds up. The worst thing about getting old is that you don&rsquot look young and pretty anymore. Your hair begins to get gray, or you gain weight here and there. But I&rsquom lucky. I don&rsquot feel any different than I did in high school. I don&rsquot have any aches or pains I&rsquom able to drive my car, take care of the house, do pretty much anything I want to do. I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, and I eat pretty much anything I want to eat. It seems to have worked out.

I was recently thinking about my high school yearbook. My senior year, everyone had a saying underneath their photo about what their future would be. Mine said, &ldquoShe strives for the best, and won&rsquot settle for less.&rdquo I like that. I have some other quotes that I like. Martin Luther King Jr. said, &ldquoThe major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions.&rdquo See, everybody&rsquos going to have interruptions. My big ones were the deaths of my two husbands and my cancer diagnosis. But you&rsquove got to cope. You&rsquore going to have some problems in your life, and you just have to learn how to live with them.

The only thing I could say to Willie Nelson is to do what he&rsquos happy doing. If you&rsquore unhappy with your profession, it&rsquos just not going to work. You&rsquore going to be a miserable person to be around, and you&rsquore going to be miserable to yourself. If he&rsquos happy doing what he&rsquos doing, he needs to continue. And have friends and family supporting him. That&rsquos what I&rsquod say to anyone, not just Willie.

Anyway, I hope he has a very happy eighty-eighth birthday&mdashand that he has many more.


A 90-Year-Old Texan Has Some Advice for Willie Nelson on His 88th Birthday

Aging isn’t for the faint of heart, but Carlene knows what matters.

1. Stay positive.

I think I&rsquove had a good life. I&rsquove been happy. I accomplished most everything that I wanted to accomplish&mdashgetting a college education, marrying, having children. There have been some dips through the years, but I came out of them successfully.

I&rsquove always tried to have a positive attitude toward things. I think that comes from my mother. She went through trials and tribulations all her life. Both of her husbands were murdered my father was murdered when I was three. She had to support me somehow, so she started teaching piano lessons. We never had a lot of money, but she always seemed to find little things to make us happy. She never was negative about anything.

I&rsquove had some challenges in my life as well. My first husband passed away with cancer. After that, I went through five years of being single, and then I met my second husband. We were both lonely people that got together, and it was fun, and I was married to him for 22 years before he passed away. We had a good life. And I&rsquom still having a good life. I miss everybody, but I stay busy. I got colon cancer around 2002, but I was fortunate to have some very good doctors, and I fully recovered. It&rsquos never come back.

2. Be yourself.

I actually like living by myself now. I like being in control, and I&rsquom my own best friend. At this age, I can pretty well do what I want. If I want to do it, I&rsquoll do it, and if I don&rsquot want to I won&rsquot. I&rsquove gotten calls from people inviting me to do something, and if I&rsquom not in the mood I&rsquoll just say, &ldquoSorry, I&rsquom going to pass on that.&rdquo

I live in a lovely home. It&rsquos not fancy, but it&rsquos comfortable. I like to do my needlepoint, I like shopping on QVC, I like decorating my home. I still have some of my Christmas decorations out. That&rsquos one thing about living by yourself&mdashif you want to keep your decorations up for six months, you can, and nobody comments.

3. Try to accomplish something every day.

I do enjoy cooking. I&rsquove been learning how to cook different foods. My second husband was a fantastic cook, and I learned a lot from him. So I&rsquom always trying new recipes and sharing them with my family.

One of my favorite quotes is from Muhammad Ali. He said, &ldquoDon&rsquot count the days make the days count.&rdquo So I get up in the morning and try to accomplish something every day. It could be trying a new recipe, or moving furniture around. I just try to accomplish something. Then there&rsquos a quote from Rick Steves. About ten years ago, I was watching him on TV when he said, &ldquoOne is not rich who comes home with money, one is rich who comes home with experiences.&rdquo I wrote that down. I&rsquove had a lot of good experiences with friends and family, and I like to look back on those good times.

4. Find your people.

I&rsquove been lucky to have a very good, supportive family. Everybody needs a family, and you need to keep in contact with your family. I have friends who are not even speaking to their families, and that is so sad. I don&rsquot think you can get through life without family.

I also like keeping friends around me. I have a lot of friends, and I work at being a friend. I always say that you have to be a friend to get a friend. I don&rsquot like negative people. They make me terribly nervous. In fact, I&rsquove started to eliminate them from my list of friends. I&rsquod much rather have positive people surrounding me&mdashit just makes me feel better. I also say my prayers every night, and my prayers have been answered many times.

5. Learn to be resilient&mdashand drink a glass of wine every now and then.

We just have one life, you know. Once you&rsquore gone, you&rsquore gone. I want to be here as long as I can as long as my health holds up. The worst thing about getting old is that you don&rsquot look young and pretty anymore. Your hair begins to get gray, or you gain weight here and there. But I&rsquom lucky. I don&rsquot feel any different than I did in high school. I don&rsquot have any aches or pains I&rsquom able to drive my car, take care of the house, do pretty much anything I want to do. I enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, and I eat pretty much anything I want to eat. It seems to have worked out.

I was recently thinking about my high school yearbook. My senior year, everyone had a saying underneath their photo about what their future would be. Mine said, &ldquoShe strives for the best, and won&rsquot settle for less.&rdquo I like that. I have some other quotes that I like. Martin Luther King Jr. said, &ldquoThe major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions.&rdquo See, everybody&rsquos going to have interruptions. My big ones were the deaths of my two husbands and my cancer diagnosis. But you&rsquove got to cope. You&rsquore going to have some problems in your life, and you just have to learn how to live with them.

The only thing I could say to Willie Nelson is to do what he&rsquos happy doing. If you&rsquore unhappy with your profession, it&rsquos just not going to work. You&rsquore going to be a miserable person to be around, and you&rsquore going to be miserable to yourself. If he&rsquos happy doing what he&rsquos doing, he needs to continue. And have friends and family supporting him. That&rsquos what I&rsquod say to anyone, not just Willie.

Anyway, I hope he has a very happy eighty-eighth birthday&mdashand that he has many more.