A Different Look

My neighbors’ garden is starting to fade, but it doesn’t make for any less interesting and beautiful blooms. Here are a few of my favorites through the lens of the Hipstamatic. I kept thinking that this last bloom looked like Chihuly glass. Then I did a google image search and found this image (source of…

That One

“Be that one. That one who forgives when deep offense has been committed. That one who loves when no one else does. That one who gives kindness to those who are mean. Be that one who looks past the insult, instead seeing the pain that motivated it. That one who shines light upon those who…

Bloom

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.  I’ve watched in awe this summer as my neighbors’ garden has filled with a stunning assortment of blooms. Different shapes, colors, textures and heights have all worked together to create a welcoming front entry and a comforting back yard…

This Moment

“Inhale and exhale this moment, and thank God for the unique beauties and wonders of this day. We should take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation – whether it be clear skies and sun or clouded over with gloom.” – Chadwick Boseman

Magic

I pulled a photo of my flowers into the Hipstamatic app and this is what happened. I am geeking out.

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…

More than enough

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – anonymous The universal challenge to cultivate happiness is to list three things from each day for which we are grateful. Heck, I don’t even need a full day to generate that list; I just need a run in the park.

Ever So Slowly

“You don’t just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process.” – Rupi Kaur, poet (But wouldn’t it be nice to grow to be as beautiful as this little creature?)

Sorry, little guy

This funny little fella was enjoying a snack atop our fence until I showed up at the door with my camera. And if that wasn’t interruption enough, this bird swooped in and photobombed the scene. Poor little chipmunk just wanted to eat in peace.

Scenes from a Sunday Run

My Sunday long run was on Grant’s Trail, a route I haven’t taken since last fall. Some random observations: 1.)  This sign made me laugh out loud because it reminded me of a pain scale in an emergency room. Which is entirely appropriate when you’re in the middle of a tough run. 2.) I also…

Just Humming Right Along

Earlier this summer, our neighbors gave me a hummingbird feeder for my “birthday.” And it has been one of my greatest sources of joy this summer. It hangs right outside our glass patio door, just a few feet away from where I’ve set up my home “office.” I have loved watching every single tiny whirring…

Jewel Box

You’d never guess by looking around at the beauty in our world that anything is remotely amiss right now. Sunsets still glow. Flowers still bloom. And Forest Park is still perfect. One of my favorite places in the park is the Jewel Box — and one of my favorite times to visit is when her…

Surprise!

It’s Resurrection Lily or Surprise Lily season! My heart. I learned something new about this flower this week, thanks to the Botanical Garden’s Instagram feed: “Surprise lilies’ foliage sprouts in the springtime, only to die back around June. Then, later in the summer, their flowers spring suddenly from the ground.” I love them even more.

Monday motivation

“Never underestimate the power of kindness or rest. Give yourself copious amounts of both.” – Chani Nicholas

Saying hello to the neighbor

Not long ago, I learned that we now have a pair of great horned owls living in our neighborhood. And lucky me, I got to take a good look at one of them! (I also got a good listen — goodness, what a talker!) It was getting dark, so I was a little worried about…

Friday Flowers

“Perhaps the reason you are drawn to flowers is not only for their outer beauty, but because they remind you beautiful things will bloom after the longest seasons of waiting.” – Morgan Harper Nichols I love that quote. But given that I bring fresh flowers into the house at least every other week — sometimes…

Distance and Presence

“Presence is more than just being there.” – Malcolm Forbes The past several months have been challenging for everyone in a myriad of ways — work, kids, isolation, basic safety, etc. While I’ve adjusted well to the remote work environment and have had the unexpected blessing of my children’s company at different times over the…

Meet Me in St. Louis

This weekend, I briefly explored downtown with my younger son, taking in some of the temporary graffiti art — and some permanent art accents on some old buildings. I love this town.

Bee Blossom

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.” 

Weekend According to the iPhone

Just a few scenes from the weekend: the Botanical Garden yesterday, Forest Park on Friday (and today), and Rockwoods Reservation today.

Gratefully

“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 Today I’m grateful for my first trip to the Botanical Garden in months.

Today’s Headlines

“Sometimes I just want it to stop. Talk of Covid, protests, looting, brutality. I lose my way. Become convinced this “new normal” is real life. But then I meet an 87-year old who talks of living through polio, diphtheria, Vietnam, protests, and yet is still enchanted with life. He seemed surprised when I said that…

Life Lately

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien I’ve been on an extended trip away from home to help my older son recover from surgery and, while it’s not a vacation, I’ve decided to use some of my time take photos on my daily…