These are a few of my favorite things…

Friday brought my birthday celebration – and a day that included so many of my favorite things: a day off from work beautiful weather “Art in Bloom” at the Saint Louis Art Museum lunch at the Fountain on Locust (and dill pickle soup!) the Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden a first visit to…

Look up

A few scenes from an unexpected trip to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis this afternoon. What a breathtakingly beautiful place.  With a design containing more than 41.5 million mosaic tiles in 7,000 colors that took 76 years to complete, that ceiling is stunning. I have never seen so many people looking up with their…

February

Yesterday, I went for a hike in layers and took photos of ice on a lake. Today, I went to the park for my long run without a jacket and put the car’s top down on the way home. Welcome to February in Missouri.

Room

“I hope today is the kind of day you notice beautiful things. Amidst all of your uncertainty, I hope you can trust and believe: “my tired, anxious heart has not seen all there is to see.” Because even though you are waiting, there is still room for dreaming and creating. There is still room to…

Unplug

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.” – Anne Lamott After several highly stressful weeks (months, really) at work, I was recently able to take a day off with no objective other than to decompress. No obligations, no special occasion, no appointments…just an ordinary day. And it was…

Joy

“Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We run the risk of missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” – Brené Brown

Magic

He said, “Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl Even with limited hours of daylight, running continues to give me some special little sightings. With gray…

Life Lately on the Run

Photo opportunities are rare during the winter months, with the exception of my weekend long runs. And I’ve seen some pretty fun stuff lately. Like…. …a snowman that was somehow still standing upright. …a new heart. …a stroller casualty. And someone’s lost sloth kite. Soooo ready for spring.

Whoooo knows

I’ve been seeing – and hearing – a lot of barred owls lately…I’m not sure why. Several nights ago, I heard two owls chatting with each other in the early hours of the morning. Although I couldn’t see them, it was clear there were two. This guy was out back just this morning, taking shelter…

Smile

There’s always a reason to smile… …and sometimes it smiles back. (My raisin toast from yesterday morning was very chipper.)

Scenes From Sunday’s Run in the Park

This was a cold one. Fun, but cold. And how much do I love running in Forest Park. I put in six miles today on paths completely cleared from ice and snow. How great is that?

Love Made Visible

“As the world fights to figure everything out, I’ll be holding doors for strangers, letting people cut in front of me in traffic, saying good morning, keeping babies entertained in grocery lines, stopping to talk to someone is lonely, being patient with sales clerks, smiling at passersby. Why? Because I will not stand idly by…

Look

“Because when you stop and look around… …this life is pretty amazing.” – Dr. Seuss

Wonderful

“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.” I spotted a new bridge today along a route that I’ve run countless times. Our lives and routines don’t have to be mundane or boring. We only have to keep looking around and be open to the…

New Chapter, Old Favorites

The new decade began as so many of my days do — with a sky show and nature’s love notes. New chapter, old favorites. Hello, 2020.

Your Story

“Write your story. Whenever you need, close the pages and begin a new chapter. Scratch out the things that don’t belong. Add more of the things that bring you joy. Dream of your future and start writing the adventure towards it. Find the characters that are meant to help you on your journey, and that…

Patterns

Looking back over a recent trip to the Botanical Garden, I realized that I’d unintentionally taken a lot of similar photos. Lots of patterns… And then there’s a behavioral pattern. 🙂 I never forget to take this photo.

Holiday Recap – Florida Edition

A few highlights from an unusual Christmas spent in Florida this year. No snow? No problem. The monkey came home with me. We also visited the Tampa Museum of Art on Christmas Eve. This mug was part of an exhibit, but I thought he looked very holiday-appropriate. As was this fellow shopper in the museum…

Holiday Recap – Cookie Edition

I took my first cookie decorating class a year ago this month. I was so excited to make my own cookies this year instead of buying from the bakery. I still have a lot to learn, but that’s the best part.