With the mailing of Miss Eloise, I have now donated 73 book characters and 400 books to my former elementary school's library. There are about that many students in the school, so my donations are a drop in the "reading material bucket," but it's a drop that wasn't there before, after all, so I'm happy.
I walked about thirty minutes in the rain this morning and found this double-leaf heart. Birds circling overhead, late October trees in vivid contrast to the sooty-looking sky, and leaves like mixed candy on the ground and in the puddles: Autumn, you are sweet. I have been dragging through fall this year and feel so drained and discombobulated every day lately. I cling to these beautiful things and record some of them here in pictures--and then log back off and bring out my journal and pen to record more of the words.
And dear little Stuffed, forever and always my favorite stuffed animal. ♥ Until the heat is turned on in our building later this fall, this fur-covered yin-yang ball can be found in a nest of pillows and afghans or with his front paws stretched out under the space-heater. Just knowing that something this beautiful and adorable and cuddly and pure exists, does my heart good. And that he is a part of my life: Well! He is one of the sweetest parts, and I am thankful.