Finn’s fairy find

Today’s walk is brought to you by the letter F. Day three of unexpected joy and delight…Finn finds a fairy village! I knew there was a fairy house in a yard at a corner along one of my routes, but Finn discovered that we just needed to turn down the street to find an entire…

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…

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…

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…

Did that really just happen?

Upon arrival to Kansas City this weekend, if I couldn’t remember why I was there, the entire city skyline would’ve reminded me. Absolutely every major building — and even Union Station’s dinosaur – was lit up red. Kansas City Chief’s red. But of course I never would’ve forgotten my reason for the trip: this was…

Sunday with the Snow People

We didn’t get a lot of snow, but that didn’t stop St. Louisans from making the absolute most of what was there. People still went sledding down Art Hill, as evidenced by the myriad of tracks. And people still built snow people — lots of snow people. Little snow people. A Wilford Brimley snow person….

Icy Humor

“It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.” – Betty White Today I went for a frigid run – shy of 20 degrees – and it was a…

The Best Medicine

Day 25 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Something that always makes you laugh. Answer: Oh goodness, it’s impossible to narrow that list to one thing. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Random faces and smiles in nature. My kids. My best friend and our shared warped sense of humor. Trevor Noah. Tik Tok runner Mrs. Space Cadet. My…

Fun Fall finds with Finn

This week’s walks are brought to you by the letter “F” — fun fall finds with Finn. Above: A house along our route knocks it out of the park every year, but this year’s skeleton scene actually made me gasp out loud. Below: Finn cannot understand why I cannot walk and pick up leaves at…

Neighbors

“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” – Winnie the Pooh My Monday morning started out with this note on my doorstep, a darling portrait of me, my dog and my sweet little neighbor. The sentiment had me smiling all day. When I talked to my mom about…

That’s a first

In all the years we’ve lived here and all the times I’ve visited Forest Park, I have never seen the Grand Basin frozen over — and I’ve certainly never walked on the surface. But guess what I got to do recently? You got it. And what a blast it was. So was the snow angel….

This and That

Just a quick mix of fun finds. The fluffiest ranunculus I’ve seen. Random sidewalk chalk wisdom in the neighborhood. A feline photobomb…with my fluffy ranunculus. More random sidewalk chalk wisdom in the neighborhood. A beautiful bundle of late-summer blooms from our kind neighbors. And still more random sidewalk chalk wisdom in the neighborhood. And a…

Sweet on St. Louis

If you visit or live in St. Louis, there are a few non-negotiable foods to try: toasted ravioli, Imo’s pizza (you just have to try it, you don’t have to like it), Ted Drewes frozen custard and gooey butter cake. I knew that gooey butter cake originated in St. Louis, but I didn’t realize that…

Happy Thoughts

“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is. Life is good…

Up and down road trip

Took a fun day trip south of St. Louis to pre-celebrate my youngest’s birthday. First, we went to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park – up to the state’s highest point of elevation (1,772 feet). On our way to our next stop, we saw this salon. I want so badly for someone to build a cafe…

Life Lately on the Run

“Merely looking at the world around is is immensely different from seeing it.” – Frederick Franck Daylight savings is making “seeing things” a bit of a challenge lately. But not impossible. A few fun things: A leaf that could double as a doormat… Ice melt + leaf = love… Okay, WHO takes a bite out…

Sunshine

Oreo cookies, candy melts and chocolate sprinkles = the easiest cookie pops ever. Sometimes you just have to make your own sunshine.

Summer gratitude

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is hardly a waste of time.” – John Lubbock  Yesterday I took a much-needed day off from work. While I didn’t lie on the grass, I…

Expressions

“Experience every emotion. Each has its own beauty, I promise.” – Varvara, singer If concrete can be so expressive…there’s no limit to what we can do. But seriously, who knew concrete had such a broad range of emotions??

Life lately on the run

I haven’t shared a distracted runner post in a long time, although I have shared a lot of photos from my runs lately. But here are a few that I’ve missed: Two flamingos. No idea why. I saw a heart, but a friend saw a Mickey Mouse head — which I loved. It’s so fun…

Close enough

“The way we choose to see the world creates the world we see.” I spotted this at a stoplight in the middle of my run tonight. I thought it sort of looked like a smile, so I had to smile back.

Kindness Matters

This morning I found a great blog post called “22 Tiny Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do in the Middle of Your Day.”  While I’ve heard of or done many of these, there were a few new ones that I’m going to give a try. And I’m passing along because I figure the world…

Scenes from St. Patrick’s Day

May there always be work for your hands to do; May your purse always hold a coin or two; May the sun always shine on your windowpane; May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; May the hand of a friend always be near you; May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer…

Meet the Neighbors

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but look at what they can do when they stick together.” – Unknown And look at how creative my neighbors are! Our neighborhood’s snowman/woman game is on point this snowfall. Made this morning’s run one of my favorites of all time. Meet nearsighted, patriotic reindeer snowman. And…