Tulip Trot

When my friend and I signed up for a “tulip trot” in the Garden, winterish weather wasn’t what we had in mind.  But that’s what it was — super cold and rainy. But it’s the Botanical Garden. And the Botanical Garden is always beautiful. We didn’t bother to trot, but we did get to see…

Life Lately…

…according to the iPhone. Three guesses as to what season it is: Hint: it’s not winter. (Above: Around the neighborhood; Below: Trail run) (Below: cookie decorating class) Fully enjoying every bit of this beautiful SPRING.

Daffodil Dash

Did my first trail run today at the Shaw Nature Reserve — the Daffodil Dash! This was my start line view. View from the trail. Finish line view! And my finisher’s “medal.”

Weekend Adventures

“For the highs and lows and moments between, mountains and valleys, rivers and streams, for where you are now and where you will go, for “I’ve always known,” and “I told you so,” for nothing is happening,” and “all has gone wrong,” it is all in this journey you will learn to be strong. And…

Always

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henri Matisse  From my kitchen window… …to our local Botanical Garden… ….there is so much beauty in 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…

Unexpected Guest

My neighbors’ chickens had a visitor this morning. A lovely, unusual visitor. Their ruckus would indicate that I was more enthused about and fascinated with this guest than the chickens were. Fortunately he mostly napped before taking his leave. Isn’t he a beauty?

Art (and Orchids) in Bloom

Flowers, art museum, botanical garden, cupcakes and my Mom’s company — all enjoyed on a day off from work. I got to experience so many of my favorite things yesterday. Lucky, lucky me. First up was the “Art in Bloom” event at the Saint Louis Art Museum. So much fun – and rare – to have…

Nature’s Design

“Art takes nature as its model.” – Aristotle This was the frozen lake surface at a nearby park on Friday. The natural designs reminded me of modern art line drawings. Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. By the way, today’s temperatures were close to 70 degrees. Good thing I got these icy photos when I did.

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…

Brewery Lights

Finally! After calling St. Louis home for all these years, last night was the first time I got to see the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights. It was worth the wait. We even got to see it under a full moon! A few of the Clydesdales were available for photo opportunities. Even the lights are happy. (See…

Pop!

What a happy, colorful break indoors from the cold and colorless landscape outside. I went to the Saint Louis Art Museum today to take in the Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now — and it didn’t disappoint. It was fun and surprising. But nothing could’ve prepared me for the Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibit….

Hometown Tourism

“Old friends are memories personified.” — Richard Paul Evans My second big adventure of October was with my oldest and dearest friend, right here in my home town. Is there a bigger hug in the world than spending time with someone you can just be your authentic self with in the place that you call…

Three in one

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. – Henry David Thoreau Oh, how I have loved running this fall. Even at night. But today’s run around Forest Park was a dabble in three seasons: Summer’s flowers. Fall’s…

It Was Always About You

“You’re going to realize it one day — that happiness was never about your job, or your degree, or being in a relationship. Happiness was never about following in the footsteps of all of those who came before you, it was never about being like the others. One day, you’re going to see it —…

Running with the Redbirds

“Unless you give it all you’ve got, there isn’t any sense in playing.” – Stan Musial Today I got to run in a really special event — the Cardinals Care 6k. (“6” was the legendary Stan Musial’s number. Our 6k started at #6’s statue.) There’s only one word to describe this race: amazing.  Hugs from…

Japanese Festival

“Friends are flowers in life’s garden.”   Today I got to visit my favorite Garden with some of my favorite friends for the Japanese Festival! While it was a little hot and sticky, we got to see some unique people and celebrate another culture. Of course the Japanese Garden was on the agenda. But today was…

15 Things to Savor

“Don’t slide though life. Savor it. Slow down, be kind, pay attention. Because this isn’t going to happen again.” – Carrie Fisher I subscribe to a magazine called “Bella Grace” and it’s one of my favorite indulgences in the world. It’s like a deep, relaxing breath of fresh air, offering exercises and activities focused on…

Shaw Nature Reserve

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

Every Adventure is Worthwhile

“Adventure starts where plans end.”  Late last Sunday afternoon, on a whim, I set out on a little adventure. A local artist had left a clue to the hidden location of one of his “finders keepers” pieces on his instagram page. Oh, I really wanted it. I didn’t have any plans left for the weekend,…