FREEDOM in Postcards 4

  • July 7, 2021, 1:36 p.m.
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The days are full now. Always decisions to be made. My hairdresser has an auto immune disease and can no long work. It’s heart breaking. G bought a machine that cuts hair all really short. I let him do me in last time, and that’s the operant phrase. Now I am a shaggy dog in need of some form of attention.

Both vee-hickles need to be smogged, but G can’t drive stick shift Grumpy with one hand. More immediate is Moaning Myrtle the Toyota’s smog. G carefully plots her smog after two doctor’s appointments and between two meals.

Amy at the hospital calls with a list of G appointments to confirm. I carefully note each in the paper appointment book. Diligent be me. My nurse calls, and I have to tell her that she can come but there will be nowhere for her to park….they are slurrying the streets in our complex. She insists on coming, but I cannot imagine where she will park.

Today is the only day this week that we don’t have doctors or therapists appointments. Imagine the freedom.

  • Himself: Shower. Space.
  • Myself: Read, shower, type.
  • Reading: More Johnson.
  • Watching: KPBS: Two episodes of TBBS.
  • Photo: Mine of Grumpy.
  • Weather: Very thick, grey coastal clouds.
  • Gratitude’s: That I am here.

gattaca July 07, 2021

Haha - MY free day (today) is being spent on the phone with United Healthcare.
I totally empathize.
Grumpy looks like he just rolled off the showroom floor!

MageB gattaca ⋅ July 07, 2021

Thank you. I just found two chips on his 24 year old hood.

Wit' or witout July 07, 2021

Starting January 1, 2019, if your vehicle is less than 4 model years old, you can pay a smog abatement fee instead of getting a smog inspection for the first 8 years that your vehicle is registered.

MageB Wit' or witout ⋅ July 07, 2021

Grumpy is 24 years old, and Myrtle is 17 years old.

woman in the moon July 07, 2021

Grumpy is very handsome in that picture. Why do you call him Grumpy?

MageB woman in the moon ⋅ July 07, 2021

He came to us brand new with an electrical short. It took the dealer mechanics over a year to find it.

woman in the moon MageB ⋅ July 08, 2021

omg. I still worry about the wiring harnesses I put together at my old job.
Pretty truck. You've taken care of it well. And of course mid westerners drool over San Diego vehicles. No matter how beautiful ours are they get rusty.

Marg July 08, 2021

What is smog? Is it like our MOT - a yearly car inspection?

MageB Marg ⋅ July 08, 2021

To have the vehicle smogged is to check it's emissions.

Marg MageB ⋅ July 10, 2021

Ah ok.

aunty EM July 08, 2021

We are having similar problems. Husband is on oxygen and wearing a neck brace. I can't get the car out of the garage.... In the meantime, we are postponing our intended move to northeast Montana. Old age is not for sissies, is it?

MageB aunty EM ⋅ July 08, 2021

It sure isn't.

Zipster July 09, 2021

I hope you relished you day of freedom. Is your haircutting device a "flowby" of informercial fame?

NorthernSeeker July 12, 2021

Moaning Myrtle...that got a snort from me.

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