Present

“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 The best part about long walks outside with my dog is that it is the one time I am sure to be fully…

Mondee

I figure it never hurts to start the week with a bit of gratitude. So here are just a few of the things that have made me smile and say thank you lately. – Blue skies after seemingly endless grey, dreary days – Arrival of new cookie cutters for the neighbor kids’ Valentine gifts –…

Well, hi!

Colorful bandit birds? Rainbow snow people in disguise? I don’t know what these are, but I love them. I spotted these guys earlier this week on an unseasonably warm, sunny and altogether lovely day — the complete opposite of today’s cold, rainy, dreary ickiness. I’ve opened my photo library several times today to smile at…

14 years

WordPress reminded me yesterday that I first posted with them 11 years ago. Prior to moving over to this platform, I’d blogged somewhere else under a different title. In all, I’ve been blogging for 14 years. Some more diligently than others, but 14 years. I briefly scrolled through my first posts and I started thinking…

Minions and Memories

“The truth is, not everyone can change the entire world, and not everyone needs too. All we can do is give as much love in our lives as possible, treat ourselves kindly, and leave the world a more positive place than we entered it. That is all I can ask of myself, and I try…

Kindness

Today is International Kindness Day! To mark the occasion, here is a fun mural I saw over the weekend during a road trip, along with a list of “seven ways to start making kindness the norm in your daily life” (according to a very nice random Instagram post I spotted this week): 1.) Send an…

In Season

“May your day be full of magic and may you not be too busy to see it.” This is the season of magic. Even a leaf stuck in a fence can glow like a star during the golden hour. A leaf can also double as a doormat. Of course there’s always love, which is always…

Remember

“There is such a difference between asking ‘what did you do today?’ versus ‘what do you want to remember about today?’” – Topher Kearby Today I want to remember an early morning walk in the park, so chilly I could see my breath in the air. And I want to remember all the red. The…

Our Dog

My dog met a different type of dog…the wienermobile! What a surprising send-off for a weekend road trip. Only to be greeted by a gorgeous sunset once we got to our destination. Such a wonderful weekend, filled with family, friends, joy and inspiration that I continue to process.

Dolce far niente

I have a small practice of typing random tidbits into the notepad on my phone. Just a hodgepodge of to-dos, names to add to my prayer list, shopping lists, quotes I want to revisit, that sort of thing. But today as I was scrolling through my note library to locate a recipe, I noticed this…

Connected

The delight for day twenty-six doesn’t have an accompanying photo, so I’m including a few scenes from yesterday’s walk in the park. Anyway, my grown children live on opposite sides of the state, yet they are so often on the same wavelength. Specifically as it relates to my gratitude today, I cannot count how many…

Shared joy

“A dog wags his tail with his heart.” – Martin Buxbaum Day twenty-five‘s surprising delight happened on our way home from the park. The top was down and Finn was in his car seat (looking into every car window we passed) as we pulled up next to an SUV at a stoplight. When we came…

Of gardens and gratitude

I noticed this evening that the days are definitely getting markedly shorter and it made me just the tiniest bit anxious. The loss of daylight can sometimes contribute to seasonal blues and I’m really not ready for it. So I thought I would share tip (abbreviated – click on the link for full text) from…

Joy delivered

My best friend is visiting for the weekend and I didn’t have a chance to post day twenty. There were way too many unexpected joys and delights throughout the day to count. Those will be recapped later, so I will go with the first delight of the day: Peanuts stamps celebrating the centennial of Charles…

Hello, dahlia

Can we just pause for a moment and admire the gorgeousness that is this dahlia? She’s actually about the size of a sunflower. And I’d like to briefly point out that there *might* be a heart in her center, if you look at it just right. But there is no mistaking this heart. If you…

The Luckiest

I’ve decided that I want to start every week with an impromptu walk in the park after work with one of my kids. What a wonderful surprise! Now that my boys are grown with lives of their own, even the most ordinary activities together are cherished. A walk in the park – something I do…

I’m in

Yesterday I was on the fence about the 31-day challenge I stumbled upon and finding one small thing each day that surprised me with joy and delight. I had a good start from my walk yesterday, but I wanted to give it some time. Then Finn and I went for a walk in the park…

Surprise

“For the next 31 days, allow yourself to be surprised by joy. Find one tiny thing that catches you by surprise in its delightfulness or its beauty.” – Field Guide to Everyday Magic Today when I stumbled across this book during some fall cleaning, I flipped through and paused at this prompt. I went for…

Naturally

“Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them.” – Ruben Chavez I am naturally drawn to hearts… …art… …nature… …hearts and nature… …and words of wisdom and love. Don’t know what that says about my…

Six little stories with lots of meaning

Once, a group of villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That is faith. When you toss babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That is trust. 3. Every night we go to…

Surprise

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a…

Hello, little friend

Hummingbirds are so hard for me to photograph. But this guy seems to be used to me and isn’t in a hurry to leave the feeder, so I was in luck. It is oddly satisfying when these little ones not only stop in my yard for their nutrition, but they feel safe enough to pause…

Found

“And they keep asking me where happiness can be found, but I’m no longer trying to find happiness. I just appreciate where I am and then happiness finds me.” – Soyen Shaku Just a few love notes and smiles that have found me recently.

Dream

Please remember: Your job is the dream of the unemployed. Your house is the dream of the homeless. Your smile is the dream of the depressed. Your health is the dream of those who are sick. Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity. Find something to be grateful for. I saw that reminder…