It's Gratitude Friday, a day when many bloggers, inspired by Diana reflect on things for which we are grateful.
Today, I’m certainly grateful that my blog is up and running again – Slow Travel blogs have been down all week with technical issues.
And I’m grateful that my car repair bill wasn’t any larger than the $1,500 I had to pay yesterday. Crikey – that was painful!
It made me wish I was driving Purple Ed, rather than my Toyota Tercel.
Purple Ed is, of course, one of the vintage trucks my brother has restored. I’ve been learning to drive a standard on Ed (named after his predecessor Old Ed, a beautiful cream-coloured light delivery truck sold in haste by my brother during a fit of pique.) However, as sturdy as Purple Ed is, my brother assures me that his upkeep would likely be even more expensive than my Toyota.
And, in fairness to my Tercel, which is 18 years old, I haven’t had to spend anything on her in 11 years. Seriously. Since I moved here 11 years ago, I have paid for semi-annual oil changes, a new battery once, and that’s it.
So I suppose I was due. But still. That $1,500 could have paid for my next flight to Italy and back, with enough left to cover my share of the rent of the house in Anghiari in June.
However, I am grateful the car repair bill wasn’t any larger. Now, I just hope the damn car continues to run.......