The list goes on

“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis I realized today that it’s been a hot minute since I sat down and made a gratitude list. It’s certainly not for lack of content. But here are just a few things on my mind. There are so many more things to…

That’s all

I thought it might be a good time for a Finnegan Appreciation Post. Seriously. How can anyone possibly be anything other than cheerful looking at that face. He just makes everything better. And oh my goodness, the love-fest between that dog and my kids is off the charts. So there it is. Today’s Finnegan Appreciation…

Much Better

“Be the person who breaks the cycle. If you were judged, choose understanding. If you were rejected, choose acceptance. If you were shamed, choose compassion. Be the person you needed when you were hurting, not the person who hurt you. Vow to be better than what broke you – to heal instead of becoming bitter…

Learn something(s) new every day

Each of these little wildflower blossoms is about the size of a dime, but collectively they look like a massive white carpet. And right now they are all over the park, making the hills look like they have a fresh dusting of snow. But today is the first time I’ve ever really looked at these…

Happiness is…

…a warm puppy. Happy National Puppy Day! Yes, Finnegan is two years old. Yes, I still consider him to be a puppy. He is a constant source of joy and I can’t remember what I did without him.

Sunday Smile

“Earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson And Finnegan is here to remind everyone that laughter is contagious.

Invitation

Oh do you have timeto lingerfor just a little whileout of your busy and very important dayfor the goldfinchesthat have gatheredin a field of thistles for a musical battle,to see who can singthe highest note,or the lowest, or the most expressive of mirth,or the most tender?Their strong, blunt beaksdrink the air as they strivemelodiouslynot for…

Purina Pet Parade

St. Louis does a lot of things well, but we do Mardi Gras REALLY well. The Purina Pet Parade always gets the lengthy celebration started on the best note – and today was a gorgeous day for it. So my younger son, Finn and I piled into the car and headed to Soulard. What a…

As long as we’re here

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” = Walter Hagen Both of my fur-boys seem to enjoy stopping to smell the flowers. And it always reminds me to pause in appreciation. We are given so many tiny opportunities to savor, if…

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 –…

Frosty

A frigid, frost-filled walk through the park this morning. Mother Nature is such an amazing artist. I couldn’t decide which was more fascinating – the fuzzy frost or the patterns in the ice. I have no idea if Finn’s shirts and sweaters actually keep him warm, but he sure looks cute.

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…

Sunday Scenes

Today’s leaf report: while most colors are past their peak, there’s still quite a bit of beauty and the gingko tress are just getting warmed up. There’s still some red out there! And hearts, of course.

There it is

Today’s leaf report. I had to take the photo inside because I collected these leaves during a walk that I couldn’t finish before dark — for the first time this season. I’ve been dreading this. Although I did manage to spot and take a photo of a little tar heart before I needed a flashlight….

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.

This and that

“It is the small joys and little pleasures that the greatest of our days are built.” – Mary Anne Radmacher Day thirty actually had a number of small joys – something I don’t always say about a Monday. But today was kinda fun for a myriad of simple reasons. Anyway, just a very nice day….

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…

Peace

Day fifteen. Good night and God bless.

Yellow

“To the attentive eye each moment of the year has its own beauty and in the same field it beholds every hour a picture which was never seen before and which shall never be seen again.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Day number five … it was all yellow.

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…