Thirteen Days

Where do I begin? I guess I will start with last Sunday. What do you do when you have to wash your clothes, have no drains, and no car? You get a bucket, a scrub brush, and a plastic tote and then you hand wash them in the backyard. Yes, that really happened. When I knocked on the neighbor’s door Sunday night to use their shower I said “It’s Zia from the prairie, here to take my shower.”

If I didn’t joke about it or treat it like an adventure…. it would have been more miserable. The part finally came in on Tuesday, only it was the wrong part. We still don’t know who was at fault for that one. There was a lot of yelling and miraculously the new part was delivered on Thursday. We survived from 10pm July 3rd to 1pm July 15th with no drains. Somehow I kept it positive. My coworkers didn’t know anything was wrong until the wrong part was delivered…I wasn’t sure I could continue for another week. Thankfully it was only two more days.

Monday I got the call about my car. It was not my transmission. It was the axle that went into the transmission that snapped. They had to order a part and thankfully it came in relatively quickly. Of course it’s never just one thing. Some arm thing had frozen bolts and it needed replaced too. I do believe the extra part needed to be replaced and you will too after this next part.

Remember when I told you my car was towed to a location that wasn’t currently opened? The mechanic went up on Monday to look at it, came back today with the new part, proper tools and did the work in the closed space. He even left to go get the new part (arm thing) and tools to come back and finish my car today. Then…..they delivered it to me at work. Who does that? My mind is still blown! My car still needs front brakes but at least it is running. I hate having to depend on people for rides, hopefully it’s a long time before I have to do it again. I am extremely grateful to them for going out of their way to help me out.

When is the last time you looked at your toilet, shower, washing machine, kitchen sink, and were grateful for having them? These mundane things that we use everyday and never think about are pretty convenient. The expression is “you don’t know what you’ve got, until it’s gone.” Personally I hear the 80’s band Cinderella singing the words but to each their own. I think you get my point.

I didn’t freak out, okay…maybe a little bit on Tuesday when the wrong part came, but other than that I remained calm and we all survived.  My car stayed in that abandoned space for a week and now has a funny smell. Hopefully the fresh air will help with that. I can’t even remember the last time I vacuumed my car out? I guess I’ve been neglecting it too. Maybe this was a lesson in being more present and to stop coasting on autopilot? I’m not sure why it had to happen, I’m just glad it’s resolved.

Now I’m off to tell my washing machine how much I appreciate it before I start catching up on the laundry….Zia



About dragonflyzia

I am just a woman finally accepting that I was never meant to be in the box. I don't fit into any stereotypes, please don't try and label me, that doesn't work either. I am embracing my uniqueness in ways that are new and challenging to me, so that I may continue to grow and never stop learning.
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3 Responses to Thirteen Days

  1. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Zia, you are so right. We do not know how fortunate we are in this country, having “luxuries” and taking them for granted that some people in other parts of the world do not have. Gratitude goes a long ways ….. I will remember what you wrote so that I become more appreciative of those things I do take for granted. Thank you. As for how you were treated regarding your car, all I can say is some people are going out of their way to make a positive difference in a world that has gone stone cold. I KNOW the ripple effect will happen …. in other words, the actions of that mechanic and who was responsible for dropping your car off will be noted by others and hopefully those others will begin to “think” so they too become better. That is my philosophy ….. live by example.

    • dragonflyzia says:

      That’s a good philosophy to have! It’s easy to take things for granted when so much of our life is on auto pilot. I need to work harder to stay present and not get lost in the mundane. It finally stopped raining here, I’m guessing it was the same for you? I hope you had a chance to get out and soak up the sun today. Have a beautiful week my friend…xoxo

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