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…

Catching Up

Just now posting some photos from a couple of weekends ago from when my sister and I visited the National Churchill Memorial and a little art fair in downtown Fulton. This huge random pumpkin cracked me up on the way to the art fair. Looked like he was keeping an eye on the Farmers Market….

It Was Always About You

“You’re going to realize it one day — that happiness was never about your job, or your degree, or being in a relationship. Happiness was never about following in the footsteps of all of those who came before you, it was never about being like the others. One day, you’re going to see it —…

Life Lately…

…according to the iPhone. Beautiful blooms. A makeshift Color Run in my neighborhood. Unparalleled Easter enthusiasm. Baking, decorating, running, enjoying. Is there anything better than a weekend? (No.)

Whoops.

After enjoying the snow outside in the Garden for a bit, it was time to bail on the 30 degree temps and head back inside for the annual Orchid Show. As a result, I was reminded of something today. Big temperature swings can fog up the camera lens. So the hazy effect in these photos? Yeah, that…

Sunday Stuff

“This is your Sunday evening reminder that you can handle whatever this week throws at you.” — unknown Since the anticipated ice didn’t happen today, my Sunday happily turned out to be a little more active than I’d anticipated. Got to go to church, went to lunch with my son, and headed out for a run….

Onward.

“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl,  but whatever you do,  you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. The Girls on the Run 5k was this weekend. As I indicated a few days ago, discouragement had given me reservations about running….

Behind the Scenes With Big Cats

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” – Diane Arbus Yesterday I took my Little Sister on an adventure at our zoo for a behind the scenes tour of Big Cat Country! What a great time! Neither of us had ever done this before. When we first walked up to the exhibit…

It’s the Japanese Festival!

Got to spend the afternoon at one of my very favorite places with some of my favorite people. Today our Botanical Garden was host to the annual Japanese Festival. Bonsai displays, art, demonstrations, food, flowers, Japanese product vendors…there was a lot of neat stuff. We were surprised by how many people dressed in ethnic costumes for the…

Art Adventure

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he* grows up.” – Pablo Picasso *or she. Sorry, Pablo.  Check out my Little Sister, the artist! You can see her handiwork on this wonderful metro bus (in partnership with the Saint Louis Art Museum), along with the handiwork of lots…

Three-Day Adventure…and a New Chapter

When you spend 24 hours of a three-day road trip in the car, you make your own adventures. My younger son started his new job in Tennessee today, so his brother, his girlfriend, and I moved him over the weekend. Each way, we drove through  Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. Day One We didn’t stop…

Art in Bloom

Today brought a trip to the art museum for Art in Bloom, an exhibit featuring floral interpretations of some of the museum’s collection. Gorgeous stuff…                                

Spring Affirmations

A walk through the Botanical Garden this morning revealed some glimpses of color and earliest signs of spring, as well as some fun shapes, patterns and even a few stories. The Garden always seems to be the place I can go to decompress and re-center when life gets busy. Today was no exception. With gratitude, here…

Running Around Town

The Spring Girls on the Run 5K was so much fun that it only made sense to run the fall 5K as well. And it didn’t disappoint. I never get tired of the view of our downtown. Almost all of the races I’ve run have had the arch as the backdrop. So, so lucky. Today’s…

Sunday Surprises

Early this morning I headed to the Botanical Garden to see if anything was still in bloom or if any fall colors were still hanging in there. Much to my surprise, I found a little bit of both! In fact, I had more than 130 photos to wade through by the time I got home. Here are…

Weekend, Part II

Today started out with a beautiful mist — and it only grew lovelier. This was the perfect day for a trip with my Mom and sister to Warm Springs Ranch, home to the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. We got to see lots of these pretty fellas. I think this one wanted a scratch.   It’s hard…

Weekend, Part I

So how much fun was this weekend? My answer? A LOT of fun. Saturday morning, I headed to the middle of the state to spend the weekend with my family. First stop: the local nature center with my sister to take an ornament-making class. This plant is real. It stopped me in my tracks on…

9 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

So I found a new website that’s kind of fun. It’s called “unstuck” and you can find it here. It bills itself as A Practical Guide to Gratitude (so you can see and think differently). There’s some really great stuff in here. One thing I really loved was a graphic that included “9 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude.”…