14 years bad luck?

Temporary fix…. The mirror we bought at the spares shop wasn’t the right size. Hubby held it while I went to get some insulation tape. Then as I tried to tape the mirror in place… SMASH! He dropped it and it cracked. Luckily we were still at the shop so I bought another one. I’ve booked the car in the garage so I’ve decided just to tape the new broken mirror over the old one. I’ve used the tape over and inside the drivers door so it supports the weight. I can see behind me now and I always use all my mirrors so I should be OK till tomorrow….

Broken wing mirror.

I got in the car last night to get some cat food. It was only when I got to the top of the hill and tried to check my drivers wing mirror I realised I couldn’t see behind me. I pulled over and saw that the mirror was hanging off. I couldn’t see the glass so drove home….

The mirror was on the road but broken…it doesn’t help that I have to park on the road, its not the first time it’s been hit. Seven years bad luck?

I will have to try and get it fixed, but last night I taped everything back together as well as I could. I won’t claim on our insurance because the car is very old and it might be impossible to get the parts. My neighbours car was written off because it was slightly damaged. I can’t afford to lose it and replace it, I don’t have the money.

Sorry to moan about this. Its worth poking on YouTube for fixes. My mirror is a bit too damaged to do them and I don’t have the skills…

Moss on our car

I haven’t bothered to wash the car for months. I hardly drive it unless we are going for a walk round Westport Lake and that’s only a few miles. Why?

Covid, keeping away from people.

Fuel costs, I’ve only filled it up about six times in a year.

Walking to the shops. I’m slow and shaky but the car is not needed.

My shaking arm, its uncomfortable to drive.

So I was deciding whether to wash it, but I found this little mound of moss. I think I will let it be. Let nature take its course. After all I can always get a bucket of water on it. Its old and hard to get parts, but it’s a good car.

Another cat in a box

Grainy, blurry photo of my female cat. I had a printmaking kit delivered and I’ve just taken it out of the box so I left it there for the cats. It’s dark in here as I’m saving electricity and just have a couple of lamps on. I don’t need much light.

She’s a beautiful, delightful cat, mother of at least four kittens that we rehomed. She was pregnant when we took her in as a rescue cat but we got her spayed and she has lots of fun now. Her latest trick now is chasing my dressing gown belt. I’ll be walking through the kitchen and have to stop because she’s caught it with her claws!

Cost….

My friend is offering a beautiful print for sale and as a limited edition (not the image here, it has similar colours). I would love it, and it’s at a fair price for an artist to charge. But all I could think was, car tax and other bills are due in January. I have to realise I cannot afford it. Now I feel guilty for just enquiring.

I realise I don’t charge enough for my art. I have this strange idea that I want my art to go to a good home, so I undersell, swap art, or offer ways people can pay in installments. But I’m also doing other artists a disservice. If I charge less, how can they charge more? I think it might be my upbringing. Having a belief in myself? I guess it’s just how I am.

Flat tyre

I just went out to go to choir practice. I happened to look at one of the tyres and realised it looked odd. It was flat. It had gone down overnight. I think I will have to get it down to the garage to get it checked (I’ve not had it for long). I hope it’s something that can be fixed. I have some tyre weld but when you use that it can be very messy when you replace the tyre later. I hope it will be OK tomorrow.

Make your own…. Car

First issue 99 pence. Then 109 more issues at £9.99! That’s £1089.90 for a hand built model.. That you have to build yourself! It may be a special car, but is it worth over £1000 and two years of your life? There must be some people that build and buy them, otherwise they would not be advertised. I guess people who love model trains might like them too. I didn’t make a note of the type of car. I was just amazed at the cost and number of issues.