Happy Thoughts

“Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is. Life is good…

My Boy

My boy. He’s been a part of our lives for almost 16 years. With age, he’s become demanding, high-maintenance and a stickler for routine. He loves to nap in the sunshine or sprawled across our laps. He eats three times a day and when he is hungry, he will not stop complaining until his meal…

Push right back.

He said, “In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that in the midst of winter,…

Butterflies and Baking

During this whole social distancing thing we’ve had going on since March, I really haven’t had many opportunities to go all-out on the cookie making front. I love to bake, but I don’t need dozens of baked goods sitting around the house with no one to eat them but me. But I got to see…

Goals

I tried to guess what was going through this adorable dog’s mind long after the car drove away. Possibilities included: What’s that smell? I think I smell food. I can’t see very well. I wish she would scratch my ears. I wonder if that person over there would play with me. I finally settled on:…

Abundance

“If you begin and finish your days with thoughts of gratitude, you’ll find yourself living from a place of abundance rather than lack. Those first and final moments set the tone for the many minutes that fall in between.” – Erica Layne, author

More than enough

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – anonymous The universal challenge to cultivate happiness is to list three things from each day for which we are grateful. Heck, I don’t even need a full day to generate that list; I just need a run in the park.

Ever So Slowly

“You don’t just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process.” – Rupi Kaur, poet (But wouldn’t it be nice to grow to be as beautiful as this little creature?)

Sorry, little guy

This funny little fella was enjoying a snack atop our fence until I showed up at the door with my camera. And if that wasn’t interruption enough, this bird swooped in and photobombed the scene. Poor little chipmunk just wanted to eat in peace.

Scenes from a Sunday Run

My Sunday long run was on Grant’s Trail, a route I haven’t taken since last fall. Some random observations: 1.) ¬†This sign made me laugh out loud because it reminded me of a pain scale in an emergency room. Which is entirely appropriate when you’re in the middle of a tough run. 2.) I also…

Just Humming Right Along

Earlier this summer, our neighbors gave me a hummingbird feeder for my “birthday.” And it has been one of my greatest sources of joy this summer. It hangs right outside our glass patio door, just a few feet away from where I’ve set up my home “office.” I have loved watching every single tiny whirring…

Jewel Box

You’d never guess by looking around at the beauty in our world that anything is remotely amiss right now. Sunsets still glow. Flowers still bloom. And Forest Park is still perfect. One of my favorite places in the park is the Jewel Box — and one of my favorite times to visit is when her…

Surprise!

It’s Resurrection Lily or Surprise Lily season! My heart. I learned something new about this flower this week, thanks to the Botanical Garden’s Instagram feed: “Surprise lilies’ foliage sprouts in the springtime, only to die back around June. Then, later in the summer, their flowers spring suddenly from the ground.” I love them even more.

Monday motivation

“Never underestimate the power of kindness or rest. Give yourself copious amounts of both.” – Chani Nicholas

Saying hello to the neighbor

Not long ago, I learned that we now have a pair of great horned owls living in our neighborhood. And lucky me, I got to take a good look at one of them! (I also got a good listen — goodness, what a talker!) It was getting dark, so I was a little worried about…

Friday Flowers

“Perhaps the reason you are drawn to flowers is not only for their outer beauty, but because they remind you beautiful things will bloom after the longest seasons of waiting.” – Morgan Harper Nichols I love that quote. But given that I bring fresh flowers into the house at least every other week — sometimes…

Distance and Presence

“Presence is more than just being there.” – Malcolm Forbes The past several months have been challenging for everyone in a myriad of ways — work, kids, isolation, basic safety, etc. While I’ve adjusted well to the remote work environment and have had the unexpected blessing of my children’s company at different times over the…

Meet Me in St. Louis

This weekend, I briefly explored downtown with my younger son, taking in some of the temporary graffiti art — and some permanent art accents on some old buildings. I love this town.

Bee Blossom

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.”¬†

Weekend According to the iPhone

Just a few scenes from the weekend: the Botanical Garden yesterday, Forest Park on Friday (and today), and Rockwoods Reservation today.

Gratefully

“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 Today I’m grateful for my first trip to the Botanical Garden in months.

Today’s Headlines

“Sometimes I just want it to stop. Talk of Covid, protests, looting, brutality. I lose my way. Become convinced this “new normal” is real life. But then I meet an 87-year old who talks of living through polio, diphtheria, Vietnam, protests, and yet is still enchanted with life. He seemed surprised when I said that…