Sweetest Day

I learned that Saturday, October 19 was something called “Sweetest Day.” I don’t know much about Sweetest Day, but I do know that October 19 is also my mother’s birthday. So that works out well. Very appropriate. And for my sweetest mother’s birthday, we spent all day Friday celebrating around St. Louis — starting with…

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…

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…

Some Thoughts on Mother’s Day

I had an odd relationship with Mother’s Day for many years after becoming a mom more than 20 years ago. While the responsibilities of being a mother have happily consumed my existence from the start, it took me a long time to feel like the celebration of Mother’s Day encompassed “someone like me.” I’m a single…

A Very Good Day (Part II)

Got my birthday (cup)cake after the Garden at SweetArt, where love, magic, sweets and fantastic art are served every time. Because I can say after 45 years…life is short, eat dessert first. I have no other reason for posting this photo than I thought it was funny. That’s some cute advertising. After cupcakes, we headed…

A Very Good Day (Part I)

My big birthday has come and gone, brought to a close with a really lovely visit with my Mom. I loved getting to spend the day showing her around my beloved city. The first stop was the Botanical Garden for the Orchid Show. I’ve been there so many times, but the Garden never gets old —…

Friday with Mom

My mamma picked THE most beautiful day of the year for a day trip to our zip code. Sunny, seventy degrees…so, so lovely. And we picked THE most beautiful place to start the day — the Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show. So many wonderful varieties, shapes and colors. But mostly just wonderful company. Loved getting to…

Last Stop: Smiles

On a whim, I took mom to the Seeds of Happiness studio on the last stop of our Day-cation. Made right here in Kirkwood, it’s one of my favorite things. So it was fun to get to show it to mom. The folks were so sweet and gave us a tour and told us the…

Next Stop: the Garden

After spending the morning with butterflies, mom and I headed to the Botanical Garden for the Orchid Show. Shapes, colors, sizes, patterns…no two were alike. These were not your Mother’s Day corsage. In addition to the orchids, we enjoyed lunch and a walk around the grounds. Here’s mom at the Japanese Garden, perfecting the art…

Happiness is Like a Butterfly…

…the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder. (Thoreau) Or, if I may amend, on the flower above your head. Or on your pants leg. There was lots of butterfly happiness happening yesterday when…

World’s Best…

…mom, coach’s wife, grandma, bridge player, coffee consumer, friend, cheerleader, support system, movie collector, role model, confidant, lasagna maker, and… …birthday girl. Happy Birthday and lots of love to my Mom.

Birthday Wishes

Best lasagna maker, indigo bunting lover, wicked bridge player, dark chocolate-covered cherry consumer, smart cookie, wise counselor, brutal cross word puzzle solver, living dictionary and thesaurus, loving grandma, loyal friend, avid reader, compulsive movie collector, patient coach’s wife, tireless shopper, nervous sports spectator, lovely singer, mother of three (living saint), daily phone call receiver, birthday girl, my wonderful Mom….