Hallelujah! Praise God! Say it in whatever language you like!
They’re done. Finished. Complete.
118 ornaments for our church Christmas tree, made, a label with the church name and year attached, bagged and boxed. There are no markings on the box except for the computer printed note attached to the top indicating the contents. No handwriting to give me away. Now all I have to do is find a convenient time to deliver them to the church office when no one is around. It’s difficult to be anonymous if someone is there to see you deliver the goods. Fortunately, my husband has keys.
What a relief it is to be done. I decided to make them because I enjoy making things and I wanted to contribute something to our Christmas celebration this year. But once I get started, it becomes a pressure I put on myself to get it done. It starts out as a spiritual offering in the true spirit of the season, but at times it seems more like work. I guess that’s true with all spiritual work, whether it’s prayer or making ornaments. Sometimes it seems like more trouble than it’s worth – for a while. I always discover that the trouble . . . the work . . . was more than worthwhile in the long run.
I also finished reading my novel last night. The book was perfect – really. PERFECT by Judith McNaught. It was exceptionally well written. The ending was, perhaps, predictable, as they usually are in love stories. But the path to get to that predictable ending was anything but predictable. The love scenes were well done – not graphic, they showed an understanding of the nuances those connections. This was the first of Ms. McNaught’s books that I have read (written in 1994, I’m behind the times sometimes) and I will definitely be reading more.
I’m glad to be getting some things finished. I have a busy week ahead of me this week and will be leaving on vacation (South Dakota, Minnesota) in early October. It’s good to have things falling into place before I go. Then I won’t have them in the back of my mind the whole time I’m away.
I’m really looking forward to this vacation: 3 days in Rapid City with my Lakota friends, then back to the Minneapolis area for an NHL hockey game, the Minnesota Wild vs the Edmonton Oilers. It’s the third game of the season for the Wild, a team I like a lot. And the Oilers goaltender played in Worcester, MA when he was still in the AHL (minor leagues), so we’ve met him. This will make the 15th NHL arena we have visited for hockey. Our prior games have been at Boston, Long Island, Nashville, Atlanta, Tampa Bay (my favorite locale and team), Buffalo, San Jose, Dallas, Phoenix, Detroit, Ottawa, Florida (Miami area), St Louis and Montreal. Pittsburgh comes in the spring. This Wednesday, we’re going to a pre-season game in Lowell, MA that will feature the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders. It isn’t even sold out yet! Can’t wait. Nice small venue, good sight lines. I’m sure I’ll tell you about it.
I love live hockey – well, who wouldn’t – dead hockey is kind of dull – hee, hee … No really. Hockey on TV is wonderful, but hockey in person in totally different, especially if you get good seats that aren’t near the arena roof. You can hear the sounds of sticks on pucks, skates on ice and players hitting glass or each other. The energy is incredible. The sport is so fast. I can’t even skate, but I’ve dreamed that I was playing hockey (yes, with a pro team) and that was exciting (it didn’t hurt that no one hit me because I could skate in the dream).
As I said, my favorite team is the Tampa Bay Lightning. There are a number of reasons. Except for a pre-season Bruins game in Worcester, MA, Tampa was the first NHL team I saw play. I saw that first game on my honeymoon with my second husband (my idea!). Mostly, I think I like them because they have my favorite player, Martin St Louis. I’ll talk more about him another time.
Between hockey season starting and the new TV season starting this week, I ought to have lots to share. I’m really looking forward to new episodes of Dancing with the Stars, Extreme Makeover – Home Edition, Ghostwhisperer, Medium and CSI (the original). It’s likely I’ll be watching them on the TV in the back room because NHL Center Ice will be on in the living room where the cable box is located. Maybe I’ll get my butt on the treadmill and do something constructive while I watch TV.
Anyway, time to go. I hear a nap calling me – though I’m trying to turn a deaf ear to it. Too close to bedtime.