January…the breakdown month
I’m not talking mental breakdown — at least not yet. I mean it literally; things break in January. I came down one morning this week and the first two lights I tried to turn on blew. Then I drove to work and when I got out of the car, it looked like this. The mechanic can’t get to it until Monday.
Even my iron has gone kaput. None of this matters in the slightest because it’s customary for January. I’ve come to expect it. Car problems feature this month, but sometimes there’s variety: the pipes at the camp freeze or the dishwasher leaks. Packages I’ve been waiting for don’t arrive…you know, that sort of thing. There is a bright side to all this. I get to buy a new iron and maybe even a new(ish) car. I also take these mechanical breakdowns as a sign to be careful, slow down, and pay attention. After all, I don’t want to be next.
So… when I’m not trying to get the smoke smell out of my clothes or the hard water build up out of my iron, I’m enjoying January’s goodness. This week one of my son’s college friends has been visiting (and the wine has been flowing).
We also got to see the first episode of (the last season of) Justified, the best show on TV. And although I wasn’t thrilled about (spoiler alert!) what happened to Dewey Crow, it was still awfully nice to see Raylan and his hat again.
Don’t let the January blues, bumps and breaks get you down. Count your blessings and enjoy the ride!