Good news, bad news

    I think today the wind chimes go up. I have thought about the window screens a couple of times now, but walking a couple of blocks to get a cappuccino I passed the neighbor’s wind chimes and thought, this is the day.

    I have SERIOUS wind chimes. I had wanted musically tuned ones for quite a while, so when my mom wanted to know what I wanted one Christmas, that’s what I told her. She responded with this set that is longer than a toddler. They have a beautiful deep tone and I will just be able to see them out my window.

    I didn’t mention I telecommute much of the week, but I do. More on that maybe another day.

    Why was I walking to the convenience store? Well, partly because it’s close and if I don’t have a lot to carry back, I’d rather not burn the gas and the environment.

    Also, though, my car is sitting at the dealer, having been towed there Sunday after suddenly developing a loud engine problem Saturday evening and declining to turn over Sunday (when all I wanted was to drive it to said dealer for night dropoff).

    They were too busy yesterday to give it more than a cursory glance, so I am waitingwaitingwaiting to hear how much this will cost me.

    I am not surprised it has a mechanical problem. It has nearly 120,000 miles on it.

    I am annoyed, though, because I am paying it off this month. And as much as I pat the dashboard and tell the car I like it and plan to keep it around a very long time, it knew.

    Would waiting one month to blow something have been so much to ask?

    This post originally appeared on, the online home of the Midland (MI) Daily News. Republished with permission.

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