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:…

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.

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.

Gratefully

“If you must look back, …do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, …do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present… …Gratefully.” – Maya Angelou Today I’m grateful for my first trip to the Botanical Garden in months.

Iris Season

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

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…

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…

Playing

Playing with light and shadows with the most beautiful subjects in my house. I had these beauties delivered during the week. Supporting local while sheltering in place = win, win.

Art

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” — Edgar Degas I always appreciate what kids’ art makes me see…silliness, innocence, fun, vibrance, love, joy, hope.

So good

“That is one good thing about this world… There are always sure to be more springs.” – L.M. Montgomery

These are a few of my favorite things…

Friday brought my birthday celebration – and a day that included so many of my favorite things: a day off from work beautiful weather “Art in Bloom” at the Saint Louis Art Museum lunch at the Fountain on Locust (and dill pickle soup!) the Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden a first visit to…

Unplug

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.” – Anne Lamott After several highly stressful weeks (months, really) at work, I was recently able to take a day off with no objective other than to decompress. No obligations, no special occasion, no appointments…just an ordinary day. And it was…

Smile

There’s always a reason to smile… …and sometimes it smiles back. (My raisin toast from yesterday morning was very chipper.)

Patterns

Looking back over a recent trip to the Botanical Garden, I realized that I’d unintentionally taken a lot of similar photos. Lots of patterns… And then there’s a behavioral pattern. 🙂 I never forget to take this photo.

Holiday Recap – Cookie Edition

I took my first cookie decorating class a year ago this month. I was so excited to make my own cookies this year instead of buying from the bakery. I still have a lot to learn, but that’s the best part.

Hint

“My favorite color is October.” It’s just the beginning, but fall is starting its show…. P.S. That’s a hornet’s nest at the top of the frame in the above photo. Yikes.

Running with Stanley

I’m almost a week late posting this, but I figure it’s never too late to relive favorite moments. Last weekend I got to run in the Blue Note 5k and watch St. Louis’ love affair with Stanley continue. Play Gloria, this was an amazing  experience. So, so special. Stanley was with us at the start……

Either way

In less than a week, I’ve seen two different rainbows under completely different conditions. Friday after work, I went to the camera shop during a downpour. On my way out, the salesman saw sunlight through the front door and he immediately bolted outside with a coworker to look for a rainbow. The conditions were perfect…

Today

“Today be good to people. listen – without rushing, give the benefit of the doubt, smile – just because, slow down – just a bit, choose kindness first, and tell those you love that you love them.” — Rachel Marie Martin, author And if I might take the liberty to add to this lovely sentiment……