233. Windows Rolled Down

July 8th, 2018

There’s something wonderful about driving fast with the windows down. It’s a sunny day, but cool. Not much traffic. Driving past trees and flowers. Bright blue skies. Music playing. It feels good to be alive!

232. Birds Singing

July 8th, 2018

Today it was like someone flipped a switch after our hot week, and the weather turned glorious. I got to spend four hours today out on my balcony reading. And while I read, the birds sang. I love feeling like I’m in the treetops among the birds. It was lovely!

231. Crazy Summer at the Library

July 5th, 2018

Even though it makes life feel hectic – it is a blessing that the library is crazy-busy during the summertime.

Because it does remind me how essential the library is.

We’re not going away any time soon.

And families love us!

230. Good Books

July 4th, 2018

Have I mentioned lately that this year I get to spend every possible minute reading good books?

Well, I do, and it’s amazing!

229. Fireworks Out my Window

July 3rd, 2018

Tonight I discovered there was a fireworks show going on outside my window.

Okay, it was far enough away that the bangs came quite a bit after the bursts of light. And, okay, there was a tree between me and them.

But the tree’s foliage was fairly sparse – didn’t really obstruct my view much at all. And the fireworks were also reflected in the lake – which was beautiful.

And I could actually sit in my rocking chair and put my feet up and watch the show – which makes them marvelous right there!

228. Answered Prayer

July 2nd, 2018

Today I learned about an answer to prayer. My sister Abby recently finished her PhD in Educational Psychology and had asked for prayer about what job to look for in the Fall. We don’t know if she will still be needed to help care for my mother, who is in the last stages of Alzheimer’s. So she wasn’t sure where to apply or whether full-time or part-time.

Well, through a friend of a friend, she was put in touch with a professor who was looking for someone to teach a course in educational psychology this fall. After talking 3 minutes on the phone, she was hired!

It’s one night a week, 3.5 hours per night, and sounds like a course she’s interested in teaching. And the professor has some very good connections for when she’s looking for a long-term job.

It’s lovely to see prayers dramatically answered.

227. A New Dress

July 1st, 2018

I wore a new dress today. And it was pretty, and super comfortable, and it makes me happy to wear it.

One of life’s little blessings!

226. Family Math Games

June 30th, 2018

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this one before. But I do love it when I get to host families playing games with their kids. Today I brought my cousin’s game, Sovereign Chess, and a teenage boy and his dad showed up and really enjoyed playing it. I really enjoyed watching them. (The dad started out aggressive and came very close to winning – but then in the longer game, the son controlled many more colors and won the game.)

It just makes me so happy to provide this for our community and get to watch it happen.

225. My Friends

June 28th, 2018

I posted a quote on Sonderquotes tonight that hit the spot.

When I was married, I didn’t feel like I needed my friends as desperately as I do now. After all, I went home to my Best Friend.

I no longer have a Best Friend who lives with me – but I do have a wonderful hodge-podge of wonderful people in my life. Tonight I’m thinking of Silent Book Club and the two friends who came – one a delightful and kind storyteller, and the other a young college student who loves horror stories and drives an hour to join us.

I’ve got friends who build me up in my faith. I’ve got friends in the library world. I’ve got 14 new friends who are going to help choose this year’s Newbery winner with me! I’ve got friends who play board games with me.

And this quotation reminded me that the wonderful variety in my friends enhances my life. Even though I’m not “in a relationship,” even though I’m in my home alone right now – I am so rich in my friendships.

224. Michelle Obama at ALA

June 27th, 2018

I got to hear Michelle Obama!

My flight was delayed almost 4 hours – and I didn’t get to my hotel until it was almost time for the opening session to start. People had been lining up since before I got on the plane. But I was able to get registered and get in there by 4:20 pm – and they were still doing Opening Session things. I heard her introduced and every bit of her talk, and it was a treat all the way around.