Pretty Simple

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.  – Mary Oliver (And take LOTS of flower photos.)

Like it or not

“Here’s how you grieve 100,000 lives: You wear a mask at the damn grocery store and you wash your hands and you keep your distance and you show kindness to cashiers – and you follow the simple rules put in place to keep people healthy and alive because that’s what decent human beings do, and…

God Wink

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalms 37:4 Over the past several weeks, I’ve blogged about the scenes out my backdoor as I’ve worked from home — particularly birdwatching. It’s been one of my biggest sources of joy during this pandemic. In addition to the…

Up and down road trip

Took a fun day trip south of St. Louis to pre-celebrate my youngest’s birthday. First, we went to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park – up to the state’s highest point of elevation (1,772 feet). On our way to our next stop, we saw this salon. I want so badly for someone to build a cafe…

Love – Part II

For almost a week now, I’ve watched a pair of downy woodpeckers perform a little feeding ritual. Every day, the little male takes pieces from the suet feeder and feeds it to the female. It happens so regularly that I have even been able to take photos. Also for quite some time, I’ve watched a…

For what it’s worth…

“For what it’s worth…it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or worst of it. I hope you make…

Scenes from the office

Or scenes  from my view at the dining room table that currently serves as my home “office,” that is. I cannot get over the amount of wildlife traffic in our little back patio area. Granted, I’ve been putting out birdseed, so I’ve stacked the deck a bit in my favor, but still. One of the…

Love

“Do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa For two days from our back door, I’ve watched this male downy woodpecker take chunks of seed from the suet feeder and go feed the little female. Such a tiny thing, but such an act of love. And a total joy to watch.

Iris Season

Spring has so many seasons all of its own. And this Iris season has been a doozy.

The Grove

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” – Twyla Tharp After a(nother) long week of working at my dining room table, I wasn’t ready to go home after my run in the park this morning. So I put the top down, went for a little drive and explored the Grove. Two…

Write it

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and…

Learn something new every day

Throughout this week I learned a few things about the rodents out back as I continued to work from home. 1.) Squirrels come in a variety of colors.  I have better photos of this strange whitish/light grey, seemingly pastel little guy, but this was my favorite because he looked like he was protesting the paparazzi….

Every Day

“We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.” – R.J. Palacio, “Wonder”

Nothing

“The richest human is rarely the one who has the most, but is often the one who needs less. “Wealth is a mindset. Want less and appreciate more. “Pay close attention to your family and health today. Nothing is more valuable in times like these. “And nothing lasts forever.” – @marcandangel, Instagram

Moments

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brené Brown The anxiety, isolation, sadness and uncertainty of our current circumstances make happiness seem like kind of a tough pursuit. Contentment or even staying afloat from day to day…

Mother’s Day

Just in time for Mother’s Day, I finally got to see one of my kids for the first time in quite some time. It’s difficult enough to get together now that they’re grown and on their own, but it’s been impossible with a pandemic thrown into the mix. But lucky for me, I got to…

As I suspected…

Research suggests that having cut flowers and plants in your house has positive health benefits!  (Now really, are we surprised?) The American Society for Horticulture Science evaluated surgical patients and the therapeutic influence plants can have. According to the study, patients exposed to flowers had: lower blood pressure and heart rate lower ratings of pain,…

No Filter

Our local park is currently candy-colored…

There it is.

“Jesus wept.” “Not just the shortest verse in the Bible, but a powerful reminder that we don’t have to find the silver lining in everything: to express pain is valid and necessary. Even holy. If you needed permission today to fall apart for a bit and just have a good old fashioned cry, there it…