Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Year, and other thoughts

May you have a sweet yearImage by _Bonnie_ via Flickr

Yes, I know what you're thinking. It's September, the new year isn't for a while yet. Unless you're Jewish, or sensitive to the Jewish calendar. In that case, Rosh Hashanah began at sunset last evening.

I ate the traditional apples and honey (for the sweetness of a new year) along with my supper last night, and enjoyed a quiet evening, watching a dvd, relaxing, caring for myself, and resting.

I'm loving the idea of a new year right now, particularly since I seem to have been in the midst of a season of deep change, and I've been so anticipating fall. Celebrating a new year as a new season is beginning seems right somehow, and I am praying for beauty and blessings as the seasons and year progresses.

I was up and out of the house by 7:30 this morning. I dropped L on the other side of the city for 8, and then drove to my mechanic. George has been in need of an oil change for a while, and I decided earlier this week that one day or another I'd get that done this weekend. Turns out my mechanic doesn't open until 9. So, I picked up breakfast at a nearby Tim Hortons (and I know I'm about to betray my Canadian heritage, but I've gotta say that I really think I like Macdonalds breakfast better than Tim Hortons), and sat in a parking lot and read the book I'm working on currently for 45 minutes or so, before returning to the mechanic.

I spent the next hour chatting with his wife (who I've known since I was a child) while George's oil was changed and he was generally checked out. The good news is that the mechanic is pretty sure he found the cause of a bit of a problem we've been watching. The bad news is that it's going to cost me a couple hundred bucks again. However, this is where having an honest and trustworthy mechanic comes in handy. He told me that it was no big deal to put it off for a month or two, since most of my little bit of expendable cash right now is going towards my vacation next month. And, he came up with a fix that will be significantly less expensive than the fix that most places would do for me. Sweet! So, sometime after I get home from vacation, George will be visiting the shop for some repairs that will hopefully keep him in running order for a while to come!

Being up so early has left me feeling a bit groggy and uncertain what to do with my day until my next plans this evening. So, I think I'll probably crash on the couch, and either read or watch a dvd. Maybe inspiration for adventure will hit, and maybe it will just be a day of rest. Rest isn't such a bad plan, since tomorrow definitely still holds the potential for some wilder moments.

In any case, I'm off to enjoy this new year with a bit of chocolate, and quite possibly a nap!
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