I've been trying really hard to think of something to blog about and not succeeding too well. Lots of people are blogging about the election, but that's just too depressing. I could tell you about my two upcoming surgeries, but that's depressing too and leads back to the election and the huge increase in price and reduction in coverage I'm facing thanks to Obamacare. I guess that leaves the weather.
I thought about illustrating this blog with a cute picture of my little granddaughter, Jennifer, playing in the leaves, but she wouldn't go near the pile of leaves. She barely touches one at a time with her toe.
But I did get a pretty good shot of our spectacular firebush with little Jen checking out individual leaves..
According to the weatherman this beautiful fall weather is leaving us this week to be replaced with snow. We need the snow! Another dry winter will limit the West's water next summer, damage trees, and create a number of unpleasant problems. A good snowfall not only improves our water situation, but brings in lots of skiers who spend money and fill our tax coffers. Still I hate driving on icy roads, worrying about my family driving on icy roads, and just plain being cold.
Perhaps I should stick to blogging about my next book. It has a title now, Where the River Once Flowed. My editor and I are almost finished with the edit; I don't have a cover yet, but it is due for release in February. If you read The Heirs of Southbridge, you'll remember when Clayton decided to return East to attend school and visit the plantation where he was born, his younger brother opted to go further west. This new book features three major characters, one of which is the younger brother, Travis.
This month is a month when American's thoughts generally turn to giving thanks and this month's Wish List contest is focusing on gratitude, though any comment on any of my blogs, as long as it's tasteful, will count as an entry in the contest. The winner will receive an LDS novel of his/her choice from my bookshelves. (US only unless postage is sent by winner to cover shipping cost) Admittedly I'm disappointed in many aspects of this recent election, but I'm thankful to be an American. I'm grateful to live in a country where I can express my dissatisfaction and not fear punishment. I'm grateful to live in a country where there is still hope for a course correction when rights are trampled on. I'm grateful for all of the hardworking individuals who built this country. I'm grateful for all those who died to ensure this land's liberty and I'm thankful I can worship God and seek His blessings upon all who sincerely endeavor to protect this country from a loss of liberty. I'm grateful, too, that every four years we get another chance to try to get it right.