248. Books, Books, Books!

I’m starting a 48-Hour Book Challenge tonight! It’s that time when I make reading my top priority — and that makes my heart sing.

I am privileged to get to be a judge for the Cybils Awards and for the Mathical Awards. And I so love doing the reading for both awards! I’ve also got my dream job selecting children’s and YA books for my public library system, and life is very good. Getting to do a 48-Hour Book Challenge always reminds me I live a life of luxury! I can spend time reading.

247. Walking by My Lake

I’ve lived in my condo for almost ten years now, and I never will get tired of walking to the other side of my lake and back. It’s about a mile there and back, so it’s good exercise. But I enjoy the wildlife — birds, deer, and plants. I’m never getting tired of how they all change with the seasons. Today the first flock of Canada geese for the winter was floating on the lake, and the leaves are almost down. I feel more in touch with nature on a daily basis than ever before in my life. And I’m thankful.

246. Autumn

I’ve let this blog go for more than a year. (Losing all my past entries a few years ago disheartened me.)

But today our pastor preached a sermon about gratitude. I also learned recently that when they did a study comparing people who wrote five things they were grateful for each day with people who wrote five sentences about one thing they were grateful for – writing five sentences about one thing had more benefits. And that’s what this blog is all about.

So I’m going to try to revive my habit of posting on my Sonderblessings blog. I’m going to start with a simple one: I love Autumn! And this has been an exceptionally beautiful one in Virginia. The picture above was taken on one of my rambles in the late afternoon between the brightly-colored rows of trees across the lake from my home. Just a beautiful place to get to look at often. I’m thankful!