Our first walk of 2023 was a strange and wickedly wonderful little adventure in the fog – below are just a few of the photos I took along the way. I know I should write something about resolutions or goals as we begin this new chapter, but I’m not in a new-year-new-me state of mind….
WordPress reminded me yesterday that I first posted with them 11 years ago. Prior to moving over to this platform, I’d blogged somewhere else under a different title. In all, I’ve been blogging for 14 years. Some more diligently than others, but 14 years. I briefly scrolled through my first posts and I started thinking…
Today I’ve done nothing. After the frenzy of Christmas preparations and baking/decorating dozens upon dozens of cookies (a few samples below) – not to mention managing a load of work stress, today I’ve done absolutely nothing. Or to put it another way: 1.) I rested. 2.) I chose not to make plans. 3.) I recovered…
Just some fun finds along a frigid morning walk in the park.
Minions and Memories
“The truth is, not everyone can change the entire world, and not everyone needs too. All we can do is give as much love in our lives as possible, treat ourselves kindly, and leave the world a more positive place than we entered it. That is all I can ask of myself, and I try…
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…
You know what’s great about sunrises and sunsets? It’s that no matter what lies ahead, the day can begin beautifully. And no matter what happened over the course of the day, it can end beautifully. And today, well… today began beautifully. Like jaw on the floor beautifully.
I spotted this sculpture at a local museum over the weekend and my thoughts keep wandering back to him. This first photo was my surprise and delight. The large block figure was so unexpected as I pulled into the parking lot. And the accompanying sign with the title of the piece was even more unexpected…
“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” – George Santayana This park looks so cool any time of year. Fascinating shapes when the trees are completely bare. Nature’s garland. Perfect reflections. And always a smile.
I’m a little behind, but I really wanted to post these images from the other day. With the first real cold snap in the area, the air was frigid, but the ground still hadn’t experienced a hard freeze — which makes for ideal conditions for a frost flower bloom. (Or so I’ve been told.) So…
Today is International Kindness Day! To mark the occasion, here is a fun mural I saw over the weekend during a road trip, along with a list of “seven ways to start making kindness the norm in your daily life” (according to a very nice random Instagram post I spotted this week): 1.) Send an…
“Your brain will constantly rewire itself to suit the information that you feed into it. If you constantly complain, gossip, find excuses, etc., it will make it much easier to find things to get upset about, regardless of what is happening around you. Likewise, if you constantly search for opportunities, abundance, love, and things to…
That’s about right.
A squirrel’s interpretation of Monday. And I am totally feeling it.
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.
And it was all yellow
Today’s leaf report: Gingko trees are starting to let go. Even the damp, dreary morning couldn’t dull this display. This is not my house, but I could not resist taking this photo on my way home. You know how Christmas cards sometimes depict a sweet little house enveloped in a fresh blanket of snow? This…
There it is
Today’s leaf report. I had to take the photo inside because I collected these leaves during a walk that I couldn’t finish before dark — for the first time this season. I’ve been dreading this. Although I did manage to spot and take a photo of a little tar heart before I needed a flashlight….
“If you look closely, you can find magic tucked inside of ordinary moments every single day… You can see it in how your momma looks at you with boundless love, even knowing your entire story, faults and all. You can feel magic as the sun rises, filling the air with endless possibility at a new…
Saudede – /souˈdädə/ – an emotional state of conspicuous melancholic or profoundly nostalgic longing for something or someone that one cares for. Tonight I took Finn for a long walk after work, which started with my normal obsession with fall leaves and colors. But then we started to notice trick-or-treaters trickling into the streets and…
No Words Necessary
“Spread the love of God through your life, but only use words when necessary.” – Mother Teresa I was looking through my photo library this evening and was startled when I noticed how many little love notes I’ve stumbled upon recently. Some I’ve already posted, but I thought it was worth posting them all as…
“Almost everything you think and do is a subtle reflection of what you believe about yourself. Thus, it’s not what you broadcast to everyone else that determines the trajectory of your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself behind closed doors that has the greatest power and influence.” – @marcandangel
Lessons from Leaves
This year I’ve been noticing a lot of leaves that appear to have been tie-dyed instead of simply transitioning to a solid shade. I love how unique this makes each leaf. Even ones from the same tree can look and transition in totally different ways. (This one reminded me of a stoplight.) (If I’m not…
Yesterday I was able to close the day with a stroll around the park with my younger son. Golden hour, gorgeous weather. It was perfect. I honestly believe the light is different this time of year. It’s like viewing the world through a colored filter.
Just a bit of goofiness form the past day or two. I thought this tree looked animated thanks to these clouds/streaks. Like it has superpowers. And Cookie Monster/Muppet Man is living his best life here.