Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 1 Chronicles 16:23-24 (NIV)
All week, I looked forward to Saturday. I had a photography class this morning and then, to my in-laws for a birthday party tonight, but the rest of the day stretched ahead of me with no plans. For some reason, though, the entire day, I was out of kilter. Everything I did was more complicated than it should have been. I blame Lucy who nudged me out of bed way before my alarm clock was scheduled to go off. She was a good girl to let me know she needed to go out, but shoot, it was a Saturday after all! Because I was up earlier than planned, I decided to put a few pendants in my kiln and make sure it still worked after its nine month vacation. I had just enough time to run a load of glass before leaving for photography class. But, the kiln didn’t want to heat up as fast as normal. I figured it was damp or cold from sitting for so long, but that added time that I did not have made me rush to get ready for photography class. When it was time to turn the kiln off, I realized that it had been so long since I had used it I forgot to turn the bottom heat element on. No wonder, it was so slow. I was fifteen minutes late to class and debated my wisdom on going the whole time I was there. The instructor is not the greatest teacher in the world. He reads his power point presentation each week and while he does, I fret and wish he would just post it on the Internet for me to see from the comfort of my own home. I always pick up one or two tips so keep going back, but this was not a morning that I was in the mood to waste time. I had some prints made while I was at the store, one poster sized that I intended to put into a large frame I found in the attic during home improvements. I was excited about mounting and hanging it, but, when I got home, I realized that the mat in the frame was too dirty to use again. I will have to wait to put it together until I can buy a new mat. That’s the way the whole day continued. At one point, I was carrying my laptop, tripped over a dog and fell, knocking the images on the screen sideways. It took me a half hour to figure out how to rotate them back into position. By the time we had to leave for dinner, I was grumpy and out of sorts. I had to make a choice. I could think about what went wrong today, or think about what went right. Despite the obstacles I faced, it was still Saturday after all. Even better, we get an extra hour of sleep tonight. Unless Lucy is still on daylight savings time that is.