When you think of string-lights on houses and in the vicinity, the first thing that immediately comes to mind is Christmas. Please raise your hand if that was NOT the first thing that was conjured. Indeed, one of my favorite things to do during that season is to ride around with the family and look at various light displays.
One time in particular that stuck out to me was one of the winters that we lived in Fort Dodge (I think it was the winter of 1993, but don’t quote me on this…). For whatever reason, we decided to drive north to Humboldt, Iowa, and look at Christmas lights. One house that stuck out in my mind was one where they had such an elaborate display that they had a donations box at their mailbox. I asked Mom, and she explained the idea of electric bills.
Later that night, when we returned to Fort Dodge, we stopped at Village Inn and got hot chocolate. We were also with the Jermelands, who were good family friends of ours in Fort Dodge. Yet, I don’t recall other years with Christmas light looking plus the hot chocolate. Our recent tradition has been to go to King Kong in north Lincoln and then do the light tour on the way back, but that is likely to change this year. Hopefully it will be something that works well with hot chocolate upon the return home!
The point of this post, however, was not for Christmas lights, or even for the candles of the Jewish festivals. The reason that I wanted to post this was because of a house that I saw on Monday when heading toward SPAC on Noyes Street. It was all decorated with “Halloween lights” as well as more decorations. I have occasionally passed by this house at other times of the year, and it has had other fancy light displays, such as on Valentine’s Day.
It strongly reminds me of the house at 40th and Van Dorn in Lincoln, for which they seem to have a light display for every holiday. Thus, it’s another way to make me feel like I’m back in Lincoln whenever I pass by that house with lights for every occasion!
Furthermore, there is just something about lights or candles that provoke celebration. Whether it be the holidays, a candlelight dinner, or candles at a party, candles and string lights are happiness!
My second mission in daily blog posting has come to a close, and I say that it is a MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! In some ways, I found O.C.T.O.B.E.R. to be more challenging than M.A.P.L.E. It was not due to writers block, but rather it seemed I always had things going on and had to squeeze time out of some of the days in order to write a post. Many days were such that I did not have access to a computer, but used my smartphone to post a shorter entry. However, this has been a wonderful tool for me in this respect.
I did several days of “full” journaling this month, and noticed that it became much easier for me to stay caught up on it than how it has been in the last year or so. Granted, the mornings were somewhat uneventful, allowing me to focus on the writing.
And unlike M.A.P.L.E., it seems I did most of my posts at night rather than in the morning. The implication, honestly, is that I have somewhat settled into a routine, by doing my physical journaling during the morning most of the time.
Will I attempt another daily blog challenge during May? Another month? It waits to be seen. I have enjoyed the posting, that’s for sure!
Today is the thirty-first day of O.C.T.O.B.E.R. That makes four weeks and three days. That is the end of the challenge!
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