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   Early morning bike ride took me by a big group of these beautiful fellas at Grant’s Farm.    Have I mentioned lately how much I love St. Louis?

Tiny Bite of the Big Apple

What an adventure. A few months ago, Tanner received an email letting him know that he’d won tickets to see U2 at Madison Square Garden. Obviously this was not a trip we’d planned to take this year, but wow, it turned out to be amazing. We spent three quick days in the Big Apple, but…

Perfectly Flawed

Imperfect flowers. For whatever reason, this seems to be a trend over the past few days. I spotted the above FrankenConeflowers during my run this morning. Below is a photo I took as I watched in fascination as a man painstakingly worked his way through dozens of bundles of flowers trying to find the perfect…

Unusual in the Typical

One thing that fascinates me about running is that, even though I usually take the same routes most of the time, every run is different. Different sights, sounds, weather, seasons…it all makes for a unique experience almost every day. Since today was a long run in the middle of summer, I wasn’t expecting it to be much fun. But…

Life Lately

I love weekends. Seriously LOVE weekends. This morning, Tanner and I went to the Peach Festival at our local Farmers Market. As you can see above, I scored lots of treasures…flowers, breads, fruits. What is it about Farmers Markets that make me want to bake? I’m really hoping my new peaches eventually become a pie……

Sunday Scenes

It’s amazing how early the first signs of light are appearing in the mornings now. I needed to get downtown SUPER early to pick up my bib for another 5K race this morning. This sky set the tone for the day with warm shades of pink and orange*. If a sky can be described as looking…

Lantern Festival!

The Lantern Festival started today at the Botanical Garden and my son and I got to be there at the start. Lots of pomp and ceremony — and so beautiful!! It’s the first time I’ve seen the lanterns during the daylight, a totally different perspective. And still impressive. Adorable couple made me smile. While we…

Bunny Brunch!

A few weeks ago, I saw an ad for a very special brunch with the Easter Bunny at Bissinger’s chocolate factory downtown. Naturally, I wanted to go. However, given that my kids are wrapping up their college careers, I figured they wouldn’t be interested in painting their own chocolate bunny or high-fiving a stranger in a…

Saturday (and Every Day)

Saturdays. Be present. Make tea. Embrace conversation. Buy a plant, water it. Make your bed. Make someone else’s bed. Run. Get downward. Make art. Swim in the ocean. Take chances. Ask questions. Make mistakes. Learn. Know your worth. Love fiercely. Forgive quickly. Let go of what doesn’t serve you. Grow. This was a caption from…

Little Loves

Yesterday was my first training run post-respiratory virus. And oh boy, was it a rough one, given that two weeks have passed since my last run. Exhausting as it was, my route showed me some holiday-appropriate love — both natural (above nutshell) and man-made (little plastic heart sitting on a bridge). I’ve spotted random hearts…

Yes, This Actually Happened.

So the first ever Hello Kitty Con was held in Los Angeles this weekend. And guess what? I went. I boarded a plane at 6:30 a.m. our time and was standing in line at the Geffen Building at the Museum of Contemporary Art by 9:30 a.m. LA time. The four-day event was was completely sold…

Ever have the feeling…

…that you’re being watched? On three separate occasions (two this weekend), in three separate communities (one of which is two hours away), I’ve noticed these funky eyeballs staring back at me. No idea what that’s all about, but I laugh every time. Savoring the last few hours of a much-needed long weekend. So, so sad to see…

My Saturday Role Model

Nobody. And I mean NOBODY can fully, totally and utterly lounge the way our Violet lounges. As all Saturday loungers should.

Sunday Session

For awhile now, Drew and I have been talking about taking some “Senior Photos” of him before his last year of college kicks off. So this morning, we decided to set out. Destinations: Laumeier Sculpture Park and Citygarden. Perfect morning, perfect locations. And perfect company. Loved the late summer blooms. St. Louis, I love you…

Just Because

Started this morning with a long, slow stroll through the Botanical Gardens…for no other reason than I could. A lot of fun things are blooming right now…but the waterlilies are the showstoppers. Stuh-ning. The Chihuly glass brings such a wonderful sense of whimsy to it all.  Not sure what this little guy is, but the…

Not My Kids’ Legos

When the kids were growing up, I learned quickly that the bottoms of adult feet have some strange magnetic pull specific to stray Legos left on the floor. Especially in the middle of the night. I became quite familiar with that feeling of cut glass underfoot. Thanks to an afternoon trip to the Botanical Garden, it…

Never Too Late

Today I followed along on twitter as 91-year old Harriette Thompson competed in the Rock ‘n’ Roll – San Diego marathon. She crossed the finish line in just over 7 hours, setting a new single age group record. Here’s the article that came out after she finished. While initially I marveled at her current accomplishment, I was most inspired…

Happy Day

“Making Tracks for the Zoo” with the boys at an early morning 5K. The finish was a personal best for both of the boys — and Drew finished 2nd in his age group, Tanner finished 14th. It wasn’t a personal best for me in terms of time, but I finished in the top 35% of women…

Glimpses

This has been one of the most beautiful springs I can remember. Many flowers seem to be peaking this weekend. Sigh. Smile.

New Friends and Flowers

Saturday hike with Tanner on a perfect spring day. I’ll take it. We met new friends. This is Sadie and Sophie Bassett. We found random fields of flowers… …some Bleeding Heart… …and the show-stopper: loads of lilacs just starting to bloom. We’ll have to go back when the bushes are at their peak. But today…

Sunday at the Ball Park

Yesterday Tanner and I got to go see the Cardinals play the Cubs, courtesy of my sister and brother-in-law. Not only was it a ton of fun, we saw a winner! Above is a panoramic view from our seats. Click on the image for a larger look. “That’s a winner” is always a favorite expression,…

25 Questions to Ask Yourself – Part II

Picking up where I left off from yesterday’s list of 25 questions after a gorgeous Saturday of sunshine, breezes, and kitties shoving themselves against the window screens trying to absorb it all. So here goes Part II, answering questions eleven through twenty of the list. 11. Would you break the law to save a loved…

Life Lately…in Pictures

Graffiti: the evolution of cycling…and a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em game of chess. Sheet metal store window display. Open house at my friend’s plant store. Just some random photos of visual goodness. Love this weekend.

Hike in the 100 Acre Wood

  “Hey Mom, let’s take a hike.” Sunshine…Saturday…time spent with my son in the great outdoors… Gee, twist my arm. It’s amazing how much scenery can be packed into a relatively short trek. Along the way, I’m pretty sure we found Piglet’s house in the 100 Acre Wood. If this thing had a door… Don’t…