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…

Big L

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.” – Thomas Merton What I have…

Extraordinary

“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.” – BrenĂ© Brown Otherwise known as a walk in the park.

Exactly

“A dog is one of the few things in life that is exactly what it seems.” – unknown *Totally biased, shamelessly and unapologetically proud dog owner post* If Finnegan seems to be the happiest, smiley-faced pup you’ve ever seen, it’s because that’s exactly what he is. And I sure love him.

Special Day

“Your life journey is a special one. Cherish every single day of your life, because if you won’t, who will? Time flies so quickly and every day is a blessing. Don’t take it for granted. As you wake up every day, put your heart into every breath of yours. Be grateful to be able to…

Purina Pet Parade

St. Louis, specifically the Soulard neighborhood, is known for throwing an amazing Mardi Gras celebration. But in all the years we’ve lived here, remarkably we’ve never participated in any of the festivities – including the annual Purina Pet Parade. But we remedied that today. Originally, I’d signed us up to walk in the parade with…

Smile

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Good grief, 2022 is the gift that just keeps on giving, isn’t it. Among the many other recent deaths making…

Mood

Winter, can we not do this?

Six Days

“These six days between Christmas and New Year’s is the only time of year you should strive to do absolutely nothing. Make zero progress. Take all the time off. Go on vacation from your vacation. Be the least impressive version of yourself. Transform into a couch.” – Eugene Lee Yang I’m actually working this week…

Finnegan

“When was the last time someone was so overjoyed to see you, so brimming with love that they literally ran to greet you?” – Mark Twain We’re just shy of reaching the one year point since this very good boy became mine. I brought him home right after Christmas — my beloved pandemic pup. It…