Learn something new every day

Throughout this week I learned a few things about the rodents out back as I continued to work from home. 1.) Squirrels come in a variety of colors.  I have better photos of this strange whitish/light grey, seemingly pastel little guy, but this was my favorite because he looked like he was protesting the paparazzi….

Every Day

“We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.” – R.J. Palacio, “Wonder”

Nothing

“The richest human is rarely the one who has the most, but is often the one who needs less. “Wealth is a mindset. Want less and appreciate more. “Pay close attention to your family and health today. Nothing is more valuable in times like these. “And nothing lasts forever.” – @marcandangel, Instagram

Moments

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brené Brown The anxiety, isolation, sadness and uncertainty of our current circumstances make happiness seem like kind of a tough pursuit. Contentment or even staying afloat from day to day…

Mother’s Day

Just in time for Mother’s Day, I finally got to see one of my kids for the first time in quite some time. It’s difficult enough to get together now that they’re grown and on their own, but it’s been impossible with a pandemic thrown into the mix. But lucky for me, I got to…

As I suspected…

Research suggests that having cut flowers and plants in your house has positive health benefits!  (Now really, are we surprised?) The American Society for Horticulture Science evaluated surgical patients and the therapeutic influence plants can have. According to the study, patients exposed to flowers had: lower blood pressure and heart rate lower ratings of pain,…

No Filter

Our local park is currently candy-colored…

There it is.

“Jesus wept.” “Not just the shortest verse in the Bible, but a powerful reminder that we don’t have to find the silver lining in everything: to express pain is valid and necessary. Even holy. If you needed permission today to fall apart for a bit and just have a good old fashioned cry, there it…

All Day, Every Day

…is Earth Day. Since I began working from home, I’ve been able to get a good look at the wildlife that shares our backyard. These are just a few samples that I took last week.

Hey, hey, heyyyy…

I took a drive early this morning and noticed these two fellas strutting and puffing up on a side road. Lemme tell ya, they were feeling themselves and all their glory. Why the feathered parade, you might ask? They were trying to impress a very disinterested female across the way. I have no idea how…

Playing

Playing with light and shadows with the most beautiful subjects in my house. I had these beauties delivered during the week. Supporting local while sheltering in place = win, win.

All the time

I’m learning that, now more than ever, optimism, hope and prayer are muscles.  And if you don’t use them, they will atrophy.  Today during a run in my neighborhood, a woman drove up beside me to ask if I’d seen her dogs.  They’d dug out out of the yard and escaped, so she was searching…

And…

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. “And the people healed. And, in the…

Exposure

“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, ‘This is important! And this is important! And this is important! And you need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This…

Social Distancing

Isn’t it great that these guys don’t have to worry about giving each other space? Cleary, the more the merrier.

Gratitude

Social distancing…self isolation…flattening the curve… whatever you call this, it’s a strange, scary time. But as the days drag on, I never forget how ridiculously fortunate I am. – I have a steady income and a home to protect me – My family is healthy and well – Fresh air can’t be cancelled – Spring continues…

Pause

“In all the chaos and hurry, do not forget to notice the beauty and miracle of this world. Slow down. Notice. Observe. Be aware. Allow presence and awe to come back into your life.” – Brendon Burchard I’m a pretty good planner –  especially when it comes to vacations and adventures. In fact, I’m a…

Art

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” — Edgar Degas I always appreciate what kids’ art makes me see…silliness, innocence, fun, vibrance, love, joy, hope.

So good

“That is one good thing about this world… There are always sure to be more springs.” – L.M. Montgomery