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…

Before and After

“Humor is reason gone mad.”  – Groucho Marx I was searching through my photos for something this morning and found this silliness from a few weeks ago. These still make me laugh out loud. Before: My kitchen candle looked like a little old Zen master. After: Then I lit him. Cling tightly to humor wherever…

Wonderful

“By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” – Edwin Elliot [More fun from our exploration of the Bushwick Collective.]

Mauhaus

My kids are home! But before my older son arrived, I took my younger son to Mauhaus, a cat cafe and lounge. What a great idea! The cats, with the exception of two resident cats, are all up for adoption. While we had a great time making new friends, we were happy to come home…

Cup of Gratitude

“When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.”  Now that both of my kids are living in different states and have obligations there, the holidays just became a little more complicated.  My youngest couldn’t make it home due to his work and…

Big Birthday

“If I didn’t have you as my mom, I’d choose you as my friend.” Earlier this week, I got to spend a day with my mom to celebrate her birthday. Perfect weather, favorite foods and places, and the best company. Totally fitting for a big birthday. Here are a few photos from time spent at…

Garden of Glass at Night

For the first time since Christmas, I have my family together. We spent our first full evening at the Botanical Garden with Tanner’s girlfriend and my Little Sister for the Garden of Glass at Night. Before checking out the glass, however, we wandered around the Garden grounds as the sun went down. I’d somehow forgotten…

Little Surprises

I’m gonna be honest. Sometimes I wish I could be a fast and serious runner. The early-corral-assignment, knows-all-of-her-PRs-by-heart, badass type of runner. But the longer I do it, the more I realize that it’s just not in the cards for me. I’m slow. Running doesn’t come naturally for me. Plus, the only thing shorter than my stride…

Goals

“Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Please forgive this blurry photo, but when you see something this dear, you use whatever you have handy. Which in this case, when I was looking out the window at the art museum, I only had my iPhone. So I…

Life Lately…

Life lately…according to the iPhone. Heart sightings. Valuable reminders. Floral therapy. Beautiful morning skies. Fading tulips retaining their loveliness.

What Happened to My Snowman?

From the students at my church who brought you “I am Not a Turkey” (post here), may I present “What Happened to My Snowman?” “Snowmen shouldn’t go to battle! They would get shot! They would melt! They might get hit by a tank! Finally, they can’t drive tanks! Snowmen shouldn’t go to BATTLE!!!” “Snowmen shouldn’t sit by…

Always Be a Unicorn

“Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.” Recently I posted about a photography hike and how embarrassed I was about looking weird to other hikers. I’ve thought a lot about that day, trying to understand what I had been so worried about. I finally realized that what made that incident unusual is…