Signs of the Season

The leaves have been as reluctant to change as the temperatures have been slow to drop. But one thing is for sure, the days are gradually growing shorter — and my runs are getting darker. And over the past few days, I’ve noticed some sure signs of the season’s transition. Resident chipmunk or neighbor’s squirrel…

A Good Sign

Some people wait for pumpkin spice lattes to mark fall’s arrival. Others wait for the arrival of football as the sign of the season. Or mums. Or apple cider. My signs of the season include funky pumpkins at the Farmer’s Market. Or the migration of monarch butterflies. Or landscaping changes. And cooler temperatures. But perhaps the sign of fall we anticipate the…

It Was All Yellow

Last week, I was fascinated by a number of ginkgo trees around town that seemed to decide to drop their leaves all at once, forming gigantic yellow carpets on the ground. Here’s a big one I saw near Forest Park. I was totally impressed with our local display until I saw… Check out this article and these photos…

9 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

So I found a new website that’s kind of fun. It’s called “unstuck” and you can find it here. It bills itself as A Practical Guide to Gratitude (so you can see and think differently). There’s some really great stuff in here. One thing I really loved was a graphic that included “9 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude.”…

Yes, Indeed. So Glad.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery For any number of reasons, I haven’t wanted to resume training since the Chicago Marathon nearly two weeks ago. A little tired…a little sore…a little burned out. I’ve needed a break. But at the same time, I cannot bear to…

What’s In This Season

Of all the seasons, fall feels like the time of greatest transformation to me. There’s nothing subtle or slow about the transitions of fall. New colors. Less light. Colder temperatures. Bare trees. It seems to happen just like that: Boom, fall presents itself. For whatever reason, fall also makes me turn inward more than the other…

Can’t Decide.

Confused or nonconformist? Or simply indecisive? Whatever the case may be, what a striking little fella this is!

Five Tips for a Healthy Spirit

Tiny Devotions, my favorite Instagram account and mala maker, posted these “five tips for being a Free Spirit” today. I think I would amend this title to read “five tips for a healthy spirit” to make it more relatable for everyone. “Free Spirit” implies hippy-dippy to some (although I’m totally good with it). This is…

Orange

Now see the beautiful sunset ore the ocean blue Fiery colors due abound of poems there are a few I wish that I could write one, about that perfect hue But nothing rhymes with Orange Orchards stretch for miles, they never seem to stop Their nectar-baring fruit is one that’s hard to top A fruit…

Listen

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” — Shel Silverstein

Monday Adventure

A much-needed vacation day took me on a road trip to the middle of the state. I had some extra time on my hands this morning, so I stopped by Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Brought to you by the color yellow. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. A cool breeze coupled with the warm…

Ten Rules for Changing the World

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” — Mahatma Gandhi Passing along an article I really enjoyed at dailygood.org called Gandhi’s 10 Rules for Changing the World, by Henrik Edberg. Here’s a link to the full article, but I’m including…

Traveling Mercies

Saw these images and the following post on Facebook yesterday from the National Weather Service. Eventually, this made me really giddy: “Keen observers of our radar data probably noticed some fairly high returns moving south over southern Illinois and central Missouri. High differential reflectivity values as well as low correlation coefficient values indicate these are…

You Sure Look Happy

This is that utterly perfect time of year to be a runner. In my mind, any way. Temperatures are cool. Sunlight lingers long enough to get in a few miles after work. A lot more people are out and about. And of course, there’s that little matter of changes in color. Tonight I had one of…

Looking Like Fall

Temperatures in the 70s and new fall flowers. My kind of Saturday.

Sometimes…

….God smiles in color. And this year, God seems to be smiling a lot. In fact, I’d call it a full-on belly laugh. The trees in our neighborhood don’t even look real this year. It’s absolutely spectacular. A number of four-legged friends were out and about enjoying the colors and cool temperatures. Including this big…

Looking Like Fall

I cannot figure it out, but there are costumed scarecrows all along my route to work. There are so many themes…baseball players, cheerleaders, super heroes, Buzz Lightyear, pirates, you name it. But this Wizard of Oz set is my favorite. …and on the other side of the street is the Wicked Witch and some ruby-red…

Today was a good one.

“I see the good in the world because I choose to. I don’t imagine that it’s there; it’s there waiting to be noticed.” — Richelle E. Goodrich

Fall Sunday Fun Day

  …And they’re off!! See Batman and the Riddler at the front of the starting line? Those are my guys, barreling out of the gate and running their first 5K race with reckless abandon. Pre-race silliness. I can’t begin to tell you how many people asked to pose for photos with them. It was hilarious….

A little odd

On a run this weekend, I saw an iris in bloom. A big, purple, oddly timed iris. This morning, I saw a few scraggly, tiny yellow blossoms poking through the branches of an otherwise dormant forsythia bush. This afternoon, I saw several rose bushes blooming proudly among a pile of crunchy, freshly fallen autumn leaves….

Little Changes

For the past several weeks, I haven’t been able to take my favorite route to work because of road construction. Which means that I haven’t been able to see Country Bear Jamboree in quite some time. But tonight on my way home, I was missing him. So I went out of my way and paid…

Out the Window

Tonight I creeped into my neighbor’s yard to sneak some photos of her beautiful garden. (Who am I kidding. She’s used to it. She usually waves out her kitchen window.) I’m in awe of her garden not only because it’s gorgeous, but because it’s thrived in spite of having to endure the hottest, driest, most…

Fall at the Farmers’ Market

Today’s run started at our little downtown Farmers’ Market — and gee whiz, it looks like The Great Pumpkin blew though here since last week! The early morning light was so perfect. I wish I would’ve had my real camera with me! But it was worth resorting to the iPhone because this was my longest run…