My Car Won’t Start! A Tale Of Mercury Retrograde! Dec 19, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017

mercI should know better. I should really, really, really know better, but somehow it totally slipped my mind, as retrograde planets do, that Mercury was in retrograde right about now.

Yesterday morning my car wouldn’t start. Not only wouldn’t it start, but it was making little hissy-fit clicks at me. It was a sullen car. This car was literally emoting sullenness at me.  So I do what I usually do when faced with vehicular trouble – I called my husband to come help me out. (Yeah, yeah, I know – liberated feminism and all that yadda yadda. I don’t care – when it comes to cars and insect removals – I call the person I know best who actually has experience with such things.)

So he pokes around, decides my car needs a jumpstart and handily provides it. Then tells me my jaunt to the grocery store might not be long enough to recharge the battery and I might get stranded there, and oh by the way, be home by noon, he’s got an appointment to get to. But, ya know, no pressure or anything. 😀

Luckily I make it there and back and even get to schlep it over to my mechanic. The mechanic tells me that merely driving the car around isn’t enough to charge it fully, I’ll either need to leave it with him overnight and for $20 he’ll charge it for me, or I can buy a charger of my own for around $50 at an auto supply store and have it on hand whenever I need it.

Hmm….

So I call my favorite auto supply store where they are very nice and don’t sneer at me for not being able to do car stuff or when I call car parts “thingy”.  A lovely young lady trudges out with me, into the winter cold and hooks up some gizmo to my battery. She says that the battery only has a half charge and I might need a new one.

car

A new battery? We’ve only had this one since 2010! Then she points to all the bubbling ooze and acid corrosion it has on it and around it and under it…well, you get the picture. It isn’t pretty. So I guess I kinda sorta maybe do need a new battery, how much are those?

OVER A HUNDRED DOLLARS??!! Holy Toledo, Batman!

She says she’ll try to charge the battery first, about 30 minutes – FREE!!!! YAY!!! If it still won’t hold a charge, she really, really thinks it’d be a good idea to get a new one. Or, ya know, be constantly in need of a jumpstart, especially since cold weather makes tetchy batteries even more cranky.

Ooookaaayyyy…..

So, 30 minutes later and the verdict is not good.  The battery won’t hold a charge. The battery to replace it is $120.

Sigh…I hand over my credit card.  The store manager is nice enough to do an online quickie price comparison and finds it cheaper at another chain and gives me a discount to compensate, even throws in some anti-corrosive thingy, too! 😀  Total including tax is about $116. 😀

Finally, when I get home, I remember – oh yeah….Mercury Retrograde!  In addition to mechanical things going gaflooey, contracts getting sticky and communication breakdowns, this one seems to be packing an additional wallop of ‘out with the old, in with the new’ in the overall planetary vibe department.

You can read all about that here:

Mercury Retrograde In Capricorn And Sagittarius: Dec 19th, 2016 – Jan 8th, 2017

Tis Time, Tis Time For Xmas Cards! A Holiday Card Giveaway!

wreath-i-made

One of my favorite winter holiday traditions is the giving (and hopefully receiving) of xmas cards.  Whether your holiday greetings are for Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Festivus, Solstice, or the upcoming New Year, there most likely is a card for that.

Increasingly though, eco-conscious folks are swapping out their paper (aka dead tree) cards for spiffy new online versions!

I’ve been asked to host a giveaway for a very forward-thinking stationary website that in addition to its traditional paper offerings, also has some absolutely lovely online greeting cards as well! Paperlesspost .com!

Just a few quick minutes of clicking and I was ready to go with this whimsical online card for 8 coins per recipient (I added some fancy backdrops, fancy virtual envelope options and a reply card that are not shown here) 😀

bear

They also have online versions of photo cards as well!

To make the giving of holiday cards even more exciting, I’m hosting a sponsored** giveaway for a prize of 1000 coins from Paperless Post! ($90 USD ARV)

Method of entry is a piece of cake: Simply write a comment below with your favorite holiday story! Touching, hilarious, shocking – let’s hear it! 😀

My own favorite story is the tale of the Great Rice Pudding Massacre!😀

Way back over a decade ago, I lived in Japan and decided to host a potluck holiday party for my ESL students. My husband had just finished his third go-round of wiping and mopping our dining room floor when disaster struck!  I had just taken a rather large tray of rice pudding out of our mini-oven (Japan usually doesn’t have either baking ovens or rice pudding!) and set it on top of the oven to cool while I finished stirring a pot on the range. While my back was turned, the ENTIRE TRAY of rice pudding slipped off and fell – SPLAT!!! – face down on the floor!  We madly scooped it back into the tray, sprinkled it with more cinnamon and re-wiped the floor just before our first guest rang the doorbell! I was mildly concerned that someone would find something weird in it, but that was very unlikely considering how thoroughly my husband had cleaned the floor beforehand. 😀

**RULES:  Just one entry per person, and a winner will be chosen randomly from all who comment.  Entry period ends 11/28/16 at 11:59pm and a winner will be chosen on 11/29/16. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to respond before a backup winner will be chosen. This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of 1000 coins for Paperless Post ($90USD ARV).  Open to US residents, age 18+.

family

Have You Done Your Research? Car seats! A Giveaway!

car toys - can't leave home without 'em!
car toys – can’t leave home without ’em!

If you’ve ever had to transport a baby or small child from Point A to Point B in a motor vehicle, they you are no doubt well-acquainted with the reams of research needed to pinpoint the safest car seat for your chosen price-point range.

Whether you decide on a well-known brand like Graco car seats, or any of the other manufacturers out there, you’ve probably spent hours scouring Consumer Reports, government safety regulation websites, or parent review sites or possibly even social media parenting groups focused on the subject.

car seat
OMG – it’s got cup-holders!

To make the chore a bit more exciting, I’ve been asked to host a sponsored** giveaway for a $50 USD gift certificate!

Method of entry is a piece of cake: Simply write a comment below with your favorite funny or disastrous child + car story! (If your child hasn’t been born yet, or you really don’t have any stories then simply let me know if you’ve ever seen a movie at a drive-in theater and what decade that was! – I saw my first drive-in movie in the 70’s 😀 )

Whether it’s a mention of how your children were talented in arching or bowing their backs to inhuman angles and then locking their body in that position so you absolutely could not buckle them in, or the relentless ear-splitting shrieks for repeated renditions of ‘Old MacDonald Has A Farm’ while you were trying to drive, or the revolting diaper fail that called for a haz-mat team to disinfect your car, we want to hear it! 😀

**RULES:  Just one entry per person, and a winner will be chosen randomly from all who comment.  Entry period ends 11/25/16 at 11:59pm and a winner will be chosen on 11/26/16. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to respond before a backup winner will be chosen. This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a $50 gift certificate.  Open to US residents, age 18+.

The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowin’ In The Wind…

It seems like politics has practically become a form of religious zealotry with all the mud-slinging, name-calling and vitriol being tossed around! Think how much good could be done for the world if all that negative energy were instead transmuted into positive energy and channeled into everything in the world, society, “the system” that we know needs some fixing?

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

Reserving our ire for only the figureheads of the myriad ills of our nation is worse than useless. What are we personally doing on a day-to-day basis to remove the scourges of racism, sexism, human exploitation/trafficking, abuse, homelessness, hunger and rotting infrastructure, environmental destruction? Petty squabbling and name-calling like children? Not too sure that’d be effective.

Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, MLK Jr., JFK, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Elizabeth Blackwell, Joan Baez, William Wilberforce, Nelly Bly, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Erin Brockovich, the Standing Rock Water Protectors and so many others were not special snowflakes. They saw the injustices right there in front of them, they rolled up their sleeves and they waded right in, whether it was by use of their occupation, their voice, their pen, their pulpit, placing their body as a blockade, or their outpouring of compassion for their fellow human beings, they certainly made a difference in the world around them with reverberations that are still felt today and which will continue to be felt for generations to come.

starfish

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...