Subdued

It’s almost time to make plans or goals for the next quarter. I’ve been too ambitious before, so I’m going to aim lower. Trying to do too much before has backfired on me. My major areas of focus will be connection and creativity with plenty of room to meander.

The wind is shaking the windows, whipping and howling through the complex. I’ve been listening to scary books recently, so my imagination wanders. I’m not afraid like I used to be when I was young. I’ve always loved scary things, though. I couldn’t help myself, curiosity would get the best of me and I’d read or watch frightening stuff. I’d pay for it later though, lying awake with the covers over my head, afraid of the monsters coming to get me.

I’m listening to a book by Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It’s interesting how his writing transports me in my imagination so vividly that I see everything unfold in my mind as if I’m watching a movie. Why is it some writers whisk me away like that and others don’t? I smile, laugh, and gasp in awe at their writing. I’m trying to decipher that magic formula. Is it their writing, or is it the actual writer’s spirit coming through and connecting with us, or both?

I’ve watched no TV today. Usually, when Drue’s at work, I’ll watch something when I eat supper. I was so engrossed in the book I listened to it while eating instead. I wished I could listen to it while bathing, lol. I will finish listening to it tomorrow.

Nine more days left in the year. I plan on whooping it up on New Year’s eve and day! I will get party favors at our next grocery run. I wish I had a rollerskating rink with a disco ball and an arcade area, with Tempest, all to myself. Drue could come too, lol.

We didn’t watch a movie last night but watched His Dark Materials instead. It’s so good! I want to read the books again. Then we watched an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a guilty pleasure.

I cleaned the house this afternoon and chopped the small piles of dried plants atop the pots of soil so they would compost better. I sat for a while watching the sun go down, enjoying the chilly air. The snow has mostly melted. There have been avalanches in the backcountry.

This will be a subdued Christmas for us. We’re thankful to be alive and well, along with the rest of our family. My heart mourns along with those who have not been as fortunate.

I found a notice I saved about sponsoring holiday meals from the Denver Rescue Mission. I am donating on their website. https://denverrescuemission.org/

Time for a movie and popcorn now. Woot!

Michelle Miyagi
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