Always

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse  From my kitchen window… …to our local Botanical Garden… ….there is so much beauty in the world.

Scenes from St. Patrick’s Day

May there always be work for your hands to do; May your purse always hold a coin or two; May the sun always shine on your windowpane; May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; May the hand of a friend always be near you; May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer…

Unexpected Guest

My neighbors’ chickens had a visitor this morning. A lovely, unusual visitor. Their ruckus would indicate that I was more enthused about and fascinated with this guest than the chickens were. Fortunately he mostly napped before taking his leave. Isn’t he a beauty?

Signs

Winter finally gave us a brief reprieve. 67 degrees and signs of spring, including: love… …blooms… …and peace.

Full Speed Ahead

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all, become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” — Roald Dahl Seemed like…

Art (and Orchids) in Bloom

Flowers, art museum, botanical garden, cupcakes and my Mom’s company — all enjoyed on a day off from work. I got to experience so many of my favorite things yesterday. Lucky, lucky me. First up was the “Art in Bloom” event at the Saint Louis Art Museum. So much fun – and rare – to have…

Sunshine State

So my son now lives where normal people go on vacation. I helped my son move and was able to visit two different beaches in the process. I guess if there’s one bright spot in having my kids live far away from home, it’s that I will have fun visiting them.

Random Acts of Kindness

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, writer I spotted this snow angel in the park yesterday and, beyond how well it was made, it gave me a lot of food for thought. As I moved away from it, I wondered if…

The Simple Life

Missing somebody……call. Wanna meet up……invite. Wanna be understood……explain. Have questions……ask. Don’t like something……say it nicely. Like something……declare it. Want something……ask for it. Stressed……let go. Love someone……say it. Simple is good.

Fire and Ice

In the span of one week: Fire in the sky… …ice on the ground… …and ice on a windshield. Nature. is. Amazing.

Nature’s Design

“Art takes nature as its model.” – Aristotle This was the frozen lake surface at a nearby park on Friday. The natural designs reminded me of modern art line drawings. Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. By the way, today’s temperatures were close to 70 degrees. Good thing I got these icy photos when I did.

Flower Love

These flowers came home with me from a work event. I’m in love.

You Do You

“Always remember you are just where you need to be. Everything you are experiencing is conspiring to help you grow. So let go and love where you are and the infinite wisdom of your life in this moment.”  This morning I saw snow flurries blowing around in subfreezing gusts of wind, so before I set…

Meet the Neighbors

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but look at what they can do when they stick together.” – Unknown And look at how creative my neighbors are! Our neighborhood’s snowman/woman game is on point this snowfall. Made this morning’s run one of my favorites of all time. Meet nearsighted, patriotic reindeer snowman. And…

Better

I found some words to make living better….and some blooms to make my house better. Both are below. 1.) Stop worrying. If it’s supposed to happen, it will. 2.) Allow yourself to be a beginner. 3.) Don’t let your happiness depend on anything outside of yourself. 4.) Stay close to everything that makes you feel alive. 5.) Listen to your…

Snow Day

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle Or to walk in the cold. To appreciate a lot of snowflakes.

Words Matter

“If you don’t believe in carefully choosing your words, think of the difference between, “You look like the breath of spring” and “You look like the end of a hard winter.”  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about New Year’s resolutions and some things I’d like to work on. I’ve settled on a few tangible…

Perfectly Imperfect

“I believe God lets us stumble along, slowly finding our way, and giving us chances to pick each other up.” – Anna White Today my oldest son had appointments with his oncologist and neurologist — not our favorite family activity.  I’d handled myself fairly well in the days leading up to the appointments, not quite…

Distracted Runner – New Year Edition

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis Welcome, 2019! I ushered in the New Year with a nice, easy run — my first since developing shingles after Thanksgiving. So this was a real joy. I really missed it — all…