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Friday, November 18, 2011

Good Things in My Life Today


The snow came yesterday, starting early in the morning and continuing on and off through the day. The ground was never completely covered, and we got no accumulation, but there was a festive dusting. There was snow in our yard at home...

snow in the meadow...
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...and snow on the sidewalks in town, mingling with late-falling leaves.


The wind was bitterly cold all day, I admit. Still, snow is seasonal, right?

Now today the sun came out! I was paying a brief visit to the Leelanau Children’s Center in Northport when the sun broke through. Sunlight, combined with happy children at play and smells of a wholesome, nutritious lunch being prepared, made my heart sing with joy. The Children’s Center is really fabulous! We are so lucky to have it in our town, and I am proud of my new affiliation with it through the Leelanau Township Community Foundation.

Downtown, village workers were putting up decorations for winter holidays, swags of greenery and happy red lanterns. At least, the lanterms looked happy. (I know I was.) Here are the guys working on Waukazoo Street--yea!!!


Earlier this morning I received by e-mail today’s issue of “Shelf Awareness,” with a lengthy article by Robert Gray featuring Dog Ears Books and our new partnership with the LCC. That was pretty exciting for me (as is the partnership). My initial proposal was to the “Best for Kids” committee, rather than the LCC director, but Bob’s inference was natural and doesn’t affect the rest of the story. I was surprised and pleased that he included as much as he did of my reply to his question about what makes a community.



Finally, my son arrives tonight from Kalamazoo for a long weekend visit. So that’s snow, sunshine, children, holiday decorations, bookstore publicity and my own kid coming to see me. You’ll excuse me, I hope, for not writing anything about books today.

8 comments:

Kathy said...

It sounds like a wonderful day! I can feel your energy and happiness.

Dawn said...

Sometimes when I'm reading people's blogs and I'm smiling or laughing my husband looks over and raises an eyebrow. This morning he's still sleeping so he missed me grinning like a fool as I read your post. Happy happy for you! Enjoy your son's visit and the happy red lanterns, the children...and even the snow.

P. J. Grath said...

Son and I are at Brew North this morning, me with latte, he with espresso--his treat! No sun, but it's a good morning.

Kathy said...

How wonderful that your son is there. Enjoy!

Farshaw@FineOldBooks.com said...

Makes me look forward to going east for a month of winter -- and to seeing my son and 3 daughters over Thanksgiving!

Your enthusiasm is contagious!

P. J. Grath said...

We are both fortunate, Helen, to have families in addition to having our own bookstores.

Ellen Airgood said...

Pamela, Thank you for this lovely post that lifted my spirits by its very happiness.

P. J. Grath said...

You are so, so welcome, Ellen! Hearing from you is a good thing on any day that it happens!