I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be,
but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.
— Douglas Pagels

Friday, January 12, 2018

What the heck, January...

I drove Midori the Gypsymobile to the grocery store today.
I stood in the cold, handed the keys and title to a tower, and he took her away.
Walking cane in hand, I made the short trek home without my only asset.
I will miss her. She was a great car, and had a long life.

So...now what? I don't know. I'll do what I can to save up some money so I can eventually buy another used car. Only Heaven knows how long that will take, but it's all I can do unless a generous soul wants to give or loan me a couple grand.

In the meantime, I live across the street from the power company, a grocery store, dollar store, coffee shop, and an Asian restaurant. The water company is around the corner...not the easiest walk in my condition, but I'll get there. I'm not near my bank or pharmacy, which is concerning, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it in a few weeks. My local doc is 2 miles north, so I'll have to find a ride there and home when it's time to go back. My docs in Jackson probably won't be seeing me at all this year. Living rural is a challenge where getting places is concerned. No taxi service, and no meal deliveries.

Actually, I do have groceries delivered every eight weeks or so, from Schwan's. That helps! Budget permitting, maybe I can reinstate my Home Chef subscription eventually for once a month delivery.

Saying goodbye to my car wasn't the only challenge of the day. I also had to factory reset my phone. It wouldn't stop freezing every few seconds. I was hard-booting it several times an hour, and couldn't complete text conversations or use several apps. I reset it to its default settings. So far so good, and I'm currently trying to convince family and friends to text me. I lost photos, videos, phone numbers...everything.

Me and all things mechanical don't get along very well these days, it seems. I received an Instant Pot for Christmas, and it broke on day 2. I had to send it back to Amazon. Sheesh.

The universe is making me take this minimalism thing seriously, isn't it? Ha! It could be worse. I've had less than this, and I survived. I'll survive this too.