Thirty-One

“We’ve been infected with the idea that love is an emotion only felt between two people. But love is universal. An energy. A contagious force. A gift. To offer money to a homeless person is to love. To save a worm from the sun is love. To smile at a stranger is love. To be…

This and that

“It is the small joys and little pleasures that the greatest of our days are built.” – Mary Anne Radmacher Day thirty actually had a number of small joys – something I don’t always say about a Monday. But today was kinda fun for a myriad of simple reasons. Anyway, just a very nice day….

Dolce far niente

I have a small practice of typing random tidbits into the notepad on my phone. Just a hodgepodge of to-dos, names to add to my prayer list, shopping lists, quotes I want to revisit, that sort of thing. But today as I was scrolling through my note library to locate a recipe, I noticed this…

Big Deal

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant We’re seeing hints of traditional fall colors popping up here and there, but it is an unhurried transition. In the meantime, check out this unconventional color palette from the park today. And the butterflies and bees enjoy it every bit as much as the human visitors…

Smile

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

Connected

The delight for day twenty-six doesn’t have an accompanying photo, so I’m including a few scenes from yesterday’s walk in the park. Anyway, my grown children live on opposite sides of the state, yet they are so often on the same wavelength. Specifically as it relates to my gratitude today, I cannot count how many…

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…

Must be October

The above cardinal from yesterday was my day twenty-three delight. This lovely creature lingered in my back yard for much of the afternoon, his unmistakable song drifting through my screen door. I think he likes the berries on that tree. Of course, if you live in St. Louis, a cardinal in October means something very…

Of gardens and gratitude

I noticed this evening that the days are definitely getting markedly shorter and it made me just the tiniest bit anxious. The loss of daylight can sometimes contribute to seasonal blues and I’m really not ready for it. So I thought I would share tip (abbreviated – click on the link for full text) from…

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.

Joy delivered

My best friend is visiting for the weekend and I didn’t have a chance to post day twenty. There were way too many unexpected joys and delights throughout the day to count. Those will be recapped later, so I will go with the first delight of the day: Peanuts stamps celebrating the centennial of Charles…

Yes, girl

“If I could tell younger me one thing, I think it would be this: You don’t have to be constantly striving. Measuring. Yardsticking. Trying. You can grow, but you can also rest. You can aspire, but you can also just be.” – Erica Layne This afternoon, I noticed a young lady in a parking lot…

Hello, dahlia

Can we just pause for a moment and admire the gorgeousness that is this dahlia? She’s actually about the size of a sunflower. And I’d like to briefly point out that there *might* be a heart in her center, if you look at it just right. But there is no mistaking this heart. If you…

Shady

Is it just me or does this fence look like he’s up to something? On an unrelated note… so the surprise continues. Check out how our friend is doing. Day seventeen.

The Luckiest

I’ve decided that I want to start every week with an impromptu walk in the park after work with one of my kids. What a wonderful surprise! Now that my boys are grown with lives of their own, even the most ordinary activities together are cherished. A walk in the park – something I do…

Peace

Day fifteen. Good night and God bless.

Flutter

Little surprises fluttering everywhere. Day fourteen.

Peachy

“All wilderness seems to be full of tricks and plans to drive and draw us up into God’s light.” – John Muir Day 13 started beautifully. I could tell by the peach hue cast over my living room that the sunrise outside the window was a stunner. I opened the door and was not disappointed.

Catching up

A few unexpected surprises for days 11 and 12. I ran out of time yesterday, so I’m doubling up today. After a long and stressful day, I decided to put the top down, put the puppy in the car and head to the park. With a zero percent change of rain on my weather app…

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…

Good Grief

Day seven surprise…the most unbelievably ginormous blueberry I have ever seen. I dropped a fresh pint on my kitchen floor and blueberries went rolling everywhere. I cannot get over the size of this thing. I can’t even bring myself to eat it.

Rainy Sunday

“May you do what is right and kind, for others and yourself. May you attend to your responsibilities but also remember to make time for rest and play. May you listen for what your heart tells you is true and let it guide you. May your coffee and your humor be strong and plentiful, and…

Missed it

Well, I didn’t get a photo of the sixth day of unexpected joy and delight — it disappeared too quickly. It was a brief stare down and funny little exchange between my dog looking out the front door and a chipmunk on the porch. The startled little guy took off before I could grab a…

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.

A good crappy day

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank…