Present

“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 The best part about long walks outside with my dog is that it is the one time I am sure to be fully…

Mondee

I figure it never hurts to start the week with a bit of gratitude. So here are just a few of the things that have made me smile and say thank you lately. – Blue skies after seemingly endless grey, dreary days – Arrival of new cookie cutters for the neighbor kids’ Valentine gifts –…

13 Necessary Virtues

Today I stumbled upon something kinda neat on LinkedIn. It was a more extensive post than what I’m including now, but below are the 13 Necessary Virtues according to Benjamin Franklin in┬áThe Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Some pretty lofty standards for moral living, but I also thought it was timeless food for thought and effective…

Well, hi!

Colorful bandit birds? Rainbow snow people in disguise? I don’t know what these are, but I love them. I spotted these guys earlier this week on an unseasonably warm, sunny and altogether lovely day — the complete opposite of today’s cold, rainy, dreary ickiness. I’ve opened my photo library several times today to smile at…

For today

If you know me or are even a little familiar with this blog, you know I’m a look-for-the-bright-side kind of girl. Make gratitude lists. Always find the positive in every situation. Choose the good. And so on. It’s taken me many years to develop this lens and I’ve worked very hard to build the glass-half-full…

Frosty

A frigid, frost-filled walk through the park this morning. Mother Nature is such an amazing artist. I couldn’t decide which was more fascinating – the fuzzy frost or the patterns in the ice. I have no idea if Finn’s shirts and sweaters actually keep him warm, but he sure looks cute.

Imperfections and grace

“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging. Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we are all in this together.” – Brene Brown Lawd have mercy, I have been SO aware of my imperfections lately. And for whatever reason, I’ve been thinking about it a…

Noticing a pattern lately….

Literally. This was taken out my car window this morning at a red light. And this was taken as I headed through a glass walkway early yesterday morning. It’s a little different than what I usually am drawn to, but it’s nice to change focus from time to time.

Visible

“As the world fights to figure everything out, I’ll be holding doors for strangers, letting people cut in front of me in traffic, Saying good morning, keeping babies entertained in grocery lines, stopping to talk to someone who is lonely, being patient with sales clerks, smiling at passersby. Why? Because I will not stand idly…

New Year

Our first walk of 2023 was a strange and wickedly wonderful little adventure in the fog – below are just a few of the photos I took along the way. I know I should write something about resolutions or goals as we begin this new chapter, but I’m not in a new-year-new-me state of mind….

14 years

WordPress reminded me yesterday that I first posted with them 11 years ago. Prior to moving over to this platform, I’d blogged somewhere else under a different title. In all, I’ve been blogging for 14 years. Some more diligently than others, but 14 years. I briefly scrolled through my first posts and I started thinking…

Nothing

Today I’ve done nothing. After the frenzy of Christmas preparations and baking/decorating dozens upon dozens of cookies (a few samples below) – not to mention managing a load of work stress, today I’ve done absolutely nothing. Or to put it another way: 1.) I rested. 2.) I chose not to make plans. 3.) I recovered…

Minions and Memories

“The truth is, not everyone can change the entire world, and not everyone needs too. All we can do is give as much love in our lives as possible, treat ourselves kindly, and leave the world a more positive place than we entered it. That is all I can ask of myself, and I try…

Beautifully

You know what’s great about sunrises and sunsets? It’s that no matter what lies ahead, the day can begin beautifully. And no matter what happened over the course of the day, it can end beautifully. And today, well… today began beautifully. Like jaw on the floor beautifully.

Perspective

I spotted this sculpture at a local museum over the weekend and my thoughts keep wandering back to him. This first photo was my surprise and delight. The large block figure was so unexpected as I pulled into the parking lot. And the accompanying sign with the title of the piece was even more unexpected…

Happier

“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” – George Santayana This park looks so cool any time of year. Fascinating shapes when the trees are completely bare. Nature’s garland. Perfect reflections. And always a smile.

Frost Flowers

I’m a little behind, but I really wanted to post these images from the other day. With the first real cold snap in the area, the air was frigid, but the ground still hadn’t experienced a hard freeze — which makes for ideal conditions for a frost flower bloom. (Or so I’ve been told.) So…

Kindness

Today is International Kindness Day! To mark the occasion, here is a fun mural I saw over the weekend during a road trip, along with a list of “seven ways to start making kindness the norm in your daily life” (according to a very nice random Instagram post I spotted this week): 1.) Send an…

Reality

“Your brain will constantly rewire itself to suit the information that you feed into it. If you constantly complain, gossip, find excuses, etc., it will make it much easier to find things to get upset about, regardless of what is happening around you. Likewise, if you constantly search for opportunities, abundance, love, and things to…

Sunday Scenes

Today’s leaf report: while most colors are past their peak, there’s still quite a bit of beauty and the gingko tress are just getting warmed up. There’s still some red out there! And hearts, of course.

And it was all yellow

Today’s leaf report: Gingko trees are starting to let go. Even the damp, dreary morning couldn’t dull this display. This is not my house, but I could not resist taking this photo on my way home. You know how Christmas cards sometimes depict a sweet little house enveloped in a fresh blanket of snow? This…

There it is

Today’s leaf report. I had to take the photo inside because I collected these leaves during a walk that I couldn’t finish before dark — for the first time this season. I’ve been dreading this. Although I did manage to spot and take a photo of a little tar heart before I needed a flashlight….