Before the Rain

…today in Lone Elk Park: Some gorgeous reflections… …a startled raccoon… …an indifferent elk… …and a couple of cranky geese parents and their awkwardly unattractive offspring. Not shown: a deer, turkey and a heron. Not bad for an impromptu drive through the park.

Trying…

“Mistakes are evidence that you are trying.” Trying my hand at lomography and film has been providing me with a great deal of evidence that I am trying. Trying new things, trying to learn… and making mistakes. This little Diana F+ and its 120 film has been a lesson in patience and a little on…

Thank you

“May the flowers remind us why the rain was so necessary.” – Xan Oku

Poetry

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” – Rainer Marie Rilke St. Louis, spring looks really good on you.

Fingerprints

“You might think that you don’t matter in this world, but because of you, someone has a favorite mug to drink their tea out of that you bought them. Someone hears a song on the radio and it reminds them of you. Someone has read a book you recommended to them and gotten lost in…

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.

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?

Signs

Winter finally gave us a brief reprieve. 67 degrees and signs of spring, including: love… …blooms… …and peace.

Full Speed Ahead

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all, become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” — Roald Dahl Seemed like…

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…

Sunshine State

So my son now lives where normal people go on vacation. I helped my son move and was able to visit two different beaches in the process. I guess if there’s one bright spot in having my kids live far away from home, it’s that I will have fun visiting them.

Random Acts of Kindness

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, writer I spotted this snow angel in the park yesterday and, beyond how well it was made, it gave me a lot of food for thought. As I moved away from it, I wondered if…

The Simple Life

Missing somebody……call. Wanna meet up……invite. Wanna be understood……explain. Have questions……ask. Don’t like something……say it nicely. Like something……declare it. Want something……ask for it. Stressed……let go. Love someone……say it. Simple is good.

Fire and Ice

In the span of one week: Fire in the sky… …ice on the ground… …and ice on a windshield. Nature. is. Amazing.