When the old is new

So I post about this pretty much every year. Or at least it feels like it. And I’m totally good with it. Because some things just can’t be emphasized or lifted up enough. This is my favorite Christmas decoration — and it gets put out first in my house during the holidays. No tree, no…

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.

Smile

Day twenty-seven delight is kinda built in: World Smile Day!

Shared joy

“A dog wags his tail with his heart.” – Martin Buxbaum Day twenty-five‘s surprising delight happened on our way home from the park. The top was down and Finn was in his car seat (looking into every car window we passed) as we pulled up next to an SUV at a stoplight. When we came…

Hello, love

Day twenty-one‘s delight: a long Saturday morning walk in the park, complete with a few little love notes along the way.

Peace

Day fifteen. Good night and God bless.

I was told there would be no math

Today’s unexpected surprise is that apparently I can’t count. So today is day 10, and I had said yesterday that it was day seven. Seriously? How did I manage THAT? Since I clearly need a reset, I’m just going to share a few photos from yesterday’s walk in Forest Park and resume regularly scheduled programming…

Yellow

“To the attentive eye each moment of the year has its own beauty and in the same field it beholds every hour a picture which was never seen before and which shall never be seen again.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Day number five … it was all yellow.

Rest

“I suspect that true rest is akin to being truly present, where your whirring mind stills, where you’re not racing ahead to whatever is next.” – Suleika Jaouad Rest. I think this is a little bit of what I find when I go to the park. It’s the one time of day I don’t think…

Often

“I understand now that I’m not a mess, but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, I say, ‘For the same reason I laugh so often – because I’m paying attention.’” – Glennon Doyle Melton A couple of fun things I…

Look at you

Just think about it. There is no one else who is the same as you in the world. There is no one who has the same personality, the same tastes, the same smile, the same soul, the same memories, the same loving character, or the same journey. You are so unique and so special. You’ve…

And yoooo are…? (Part 2)

In addition to getting a better look at the mama owl in Forest Park (and finally one of her babies), guess who recently paid me another visit? This amazing creature chilled outside my back door for almost an entire day, from mid-morning until nightfall. I have no idea what the appeal of this spot was,…

When all else fails

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy; O divine Master, grant that I may not so much see to be…

Reflecting on Betty and Bob

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return.” – Eden Ahbez, “Nature Boy” Gotta give credit to 2021 and 2022; it’s been a fairly seamless handoff of bad news. Somehow we managed to close one year with the death of Betty White and open another with death of Sidney…

Beginning

“It’s madness to hate all rosesbecause you got scratched with one thorn, to give up all dreams because one of them didn’t come true, to give up all attempts because one of them failed.” …. For every end, there is always a new beginning.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince After my top-of-my-bucket list…

Magic

“Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it – you feel it.” – Kevin Alan Milne May the magic of Christmas be yours, and may you be safe, joyful and blessed. I took this photo two years ago during Christmas in Tampa, Florida. This will forever be one of my all-time favorite images I’ve come…

Winter Solstice

May the longest night and the shortest daybring rest to your mind and soul, I pray. May you find guidance and may you find peace,as the cycle of light will slowly increase. Embrace the magic that the darkness bears.Breathe deep in the chill and shift in the air. May you always be blessed with the…

Simple Secret

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – The Little Prince As I tried to finish out my work day, I could tell that I was missing a gorgeous sky show outside. Admittedly,…

I said that?

Day 13 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: A life lesson. Answer: Okay, I totally cheated on this one. It’s been a long day and today’s prompt was a little deeper than I had the energy to dive. I figured that surely I had something in a past blog post that could give me some inspiration….

Second Act

Check out yesterday’s sky at sunrise when I took the dog out… …and then an hour later when I left for work. I had assumed the sky show would be over once the colors faded. Imagine my surprise when I walked out the door again and saw the show was simply in its second act….

Finnegan (Finn-again)

Day 10 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: Something that made you smile today. Answer: Otherwise known as something that makes me smile every day.

Frost Flowers

Several years ago I read about something called “frost flowers” and I’ve wanted to see one in person ever since. But the timing (a brief window in late fall) and conditions have to be just right (first hard freezes have arrived, but ground is still warm) for these ribbons of ice crystals to form, so…

Small journeys

On the way to the office this morning, I realized how much being home for the last year and a half has made me enjoy getting out and about — so much that I even appreciate the stoplights along my route to work. I love to look around, see what’s developing (in nature or man-made)….

You’re doing great

Goodness, it seems like the leaves are slow going this year. But I’m milking every glimpse of color I can find. Even the ones like these just starting the transition give me hope. Anyway, as I mentioned yesterday, I found an exercise/self-reflection on Instagram (@laurajaneillustrations) that I really liked: “7 ways to be more kind…

Make sure

“Every minute someone leaves this world behind. We are all “in line” without knowing it. We never know how many people are before us. We cannot move to the back of the line. We cannot step out of the line. We cannot avoid the line. So while we wait in line: Make moments count. Make…