It’s Leap Day!!!

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Why is there an extra day in February this year?

You can thank the Roman emperor, Julius Caesar.

You see, Rome followed a 355-day calendar, not 365 days like we do currently. They wanted to keep festivals in the same season every year. To do that, the Romans began to add another month to their calendar every other year.

I think that would be confusing.

So did a lot of people way back then. In 45 B.C., Caesar created the 365-day calendar and decided to add one day every four years. (This schedule was actually created by his astronomer, Sosigenes).

It was Pope Gregory XIII, in 1582, who decided to add the day to any year divisible by four (except in years divisible by 100).

For groups that don’t follow the Gregorian calendar, the dates still need to be adjusted. A month is added to the Hebrew calendar every nineteen years and the Baha’i calendar has a leap day added as necessary to ensure the Vernal Equinox is the first day of their new year.

Whatever the reason, enjoy your extra day in 2020! Sonja

Just For You!

Watch this site for news on big discounts and price cuts just before the Tucson Festival of Books! I’m not going to advertise it anywhere else, so if you are a consistent reader (thank you!) you will have the pricing available only to you.

When the pricing is available, I’ll post it here. You’ll need to go to the website (here’s the link) to find my books and see the special pricing. I plan to have it available for all my books, including the new ‘Guinness the Therapy Dog’ series. Click on “here’s the link” and then on the square with the arrow through it to go to a new window that will have my page.

You can also access all my books in the left margin of this website. Those links will take you directly to each book. If you want to see my entire catalog, use the above link or search for my name ‘Sonja Danielson’ on

I hope you enjoy! Sonja

Just Twenty Days–!!!


The Tucson Festival of Books is just around the corner! I can’t wait and I hope you plan to attend. There will be so many authors and books available!

It’s a well-run festival and I hope you come to the University of Arizona to see what it’s all about!

I’ll be in the children’s section on Saturday morning (until noon) and I hope you come by my booth to see me. I’ve been stocking up on giveaways and will have all my books for sale at special festival prices!

I hope to see you there! Sonja

#Nature #Outside #Horses

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It’s Sunday Funday and I plan to spend it outside.

I would love to enjoy this beautiful weather from the back of a horse. Too bad I don’t have one to ride! But I can use my imagination–

I love the smell of horses, the creak of the leather saddle, the sound of the hooves clopping on a dirt trail. And so much more.

Tell me what you like to do on your #Sunday Funday. Sonja

Enjoying The Everyday


I love pretty plates and tea cups. And I love tea.

Not coffee.

Sacrilege? Possibly. I come from a family of coffee drinkers. Does that help? Between the three of them, they drink enough to cover my expected daily consumption.

I love tea. Mainly loose-leaf, but I’ll have the bagged variety as well. No milk. A little Stevia if it needs sweetening. I’m a purist, I guess.

I make pots of tea and keep them warm with a teapot warmer fueled by tea lights (what else?!?!?). It makes my writing area cozy and gentle.

Have a cup with me! Sonja

My Favorite Book

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If you’re are a regular follower of this site, you likely know about my love of anything Jane Austen!

My favorite book to read is ‘Pride & Prejudice’. My favorite adaptation is the BBC mini-series of ‘P&P’, and the 1995 version of ‘Persuasion’.

I would love to hear about your favorites.

I’m always on the lookout for a new experience! Sonja

Have You Found Guinness On Insta?

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Guinness the Therapy Dog has an active account on Instagram! Search for @Real_Guinness_the_Therapy_Dog and follow his page. He adds to it every day and I let him know about any comments (since he has a tough time reading).

I hope you are able to follow him in Insta! Sonja