Perfect

Another stop on my day off: the Missouri Botanical Garden. A perfect place on a perfect day. But honestly, if I only saw the Autumn Crocus, I would’ve been totally happy.

Art in Old North St. Louis

I took Friday off from work for a much-needed mental health break. First stop was a visit to Cbabi Bayoc‘s new installation at the Old Cass Avenue Bank building in Old North St. Louis – and it did not disappoint. What a labor of love this must’ve been. I wish I would’ve gotten a photo…

A Different Look

My neighbors’ garden is starting to fade, but it doesn’t make for any less interesting and beautiful blooms. Here are a few of my favorites through the lens of the Hipstamatic. I kept thinking that this last bloom looked like Chihuly glass. Then I did a google image search and found this image (source of…

That One

“Be that one. That one who forgives when deep offense has been committed. That one who loves when no one else does. That one who gives kindness to those who are mean. Be that one who looks past the insult, instead seeing the pain that motivated it. That one who shines light upon those who…

Bloom

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.¬† I’ve watched in awe this summer as my neighbors’ garden has filled with a stunning assortment of blooms. Different shapes, colors, textures and heights have all worked together to create a welcoming front entry and a comforting back yard…

Sweet on St. Louis

If you visit or live in St. Louis, there are a few non-negotiable foods to try: toasted ravioli, Imo’s pizza (you just have to try it, you don’t have to like it), Ted Drewes frozen custard and gooey butter cake. I knew that gooey butter cake originated in St. Louis, but I didn’t realize that…

This Moment

“Inhale and exhale this moment, and thank God for the unique beauties and wonders of this day. We should take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation – whether it be clear skies and sun or clouded over with gloom.” – Chadwick Boseman

Magic

I pulled a photo of my flowers into the Hipstamatic app and this is what happened. I am geeking out.

Happy Thoughts

“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is. Life is good…

My Boy

My boy. He’s been a part of our lives for almost 16 years. With age, he’s become demanding, high-maintenance and a stickler for routine. He loves to nap in the sunshine or sprawled across our laps. He eats three times a day and when he is hungry, he will not stop complaining until his meal…

Push right back.

He said, “In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that in the midst of winter,…

Butterflies and Baking

During this whole social distancing thing we’ve had going on since March, I really haven’t had many opportunities to go all-out on the cookie making front. I love to bake, but I don’t need dozens of baked goods sitting around the house with no one to eat them but me. But I got to see…

Goals

I tried to guess what was going through this adorable dog’s mind long after the car drove away. Possibilities included: What’s that smell? I think I smell food. I can’t see very well. I wish she would scratch my ears. I wonder if that person over there would play with me. I finally settled on:…

Abundance

“If you begin and finish your days with thoughts of gratitude, you’ll find yourself living from a place of abundance rather than lack. Those first and final moments set the tone for the many minutes that fall in between.” – Erica Layne, author

More than enough

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – anonymous The universal challenge to cultivate happiness is to list three things from each day for which we are grateful. Heck, I don’t even need a full day to generate that list; I just need a run in the park.

Ever So Slowly

“You don’t just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process.” – Rupi Kaur, poet (But wouldn’t it be nice to grow to be as beautiful as this little creature?)

Sorry, little guy

This funny little fella was enjoying a snack atop our fence until I showed up at the door with my camera. And if that wasn’t interruption enough, this bird swooped in and photobombed the scene. Poor little chipmunk just wanted to eat in peace.

Scenes from a Sunday Run

My Sunday long run was on Grant’s Trail, a route I haven’t taken since last fall. Some random observations: 1.) ¬†This sign made me laugh out loud because it reminded me of a pain scale in an emergency room. Which is entirely appropriate when you’re in the middle of a tough run. 2.) I also…

Just Humming Right Along

Earlier this summer, our neighbors gave me a hummingbird feeder for my “birthday.” And it has been one of my greatest sources of joy this summer. It hangs right outside our glass patio door, just a few feet away from where I’ve set up my home “office.” I have loved watching every single tiny whirring…

Jewel Box

You’d never guess by looking around at the beauty in our world that anything is remotely amiss right now. Sunsets still glow. Flowers still bloom. And Forest Park is still perfect. One of my favorite places in the park is the Jewel Box — and one of my favorite times to visit is when her…

Surprise!

It’s Resurrection Lily or Surprise Lily season! My heart. I learned something new about this flower this week, thanks to the Botanical Garden’s Instagram feed: “Surprise lilies’ foliage sprouts in the springtime, only to die back around June. Then, later in the summer, their flowers spring suddenly from the ground.” I love them even more.

Monday motivation

“Never underestimate the power of kindness or rest. Give yourself copious amounts of both.” – Chani Nicholas

Saying hello to the neighbor

Not long ago, I learned that we now have a pair of great horned owls living in our neighborhood. And lucky me, I got to take a good look at one of them! (I also got a good listen — goodness, what a talker!) It was getting dark, so I was a little worried about…