All the newsPosted: August 17, 2012 Filed under: 365 Yoga Challenge, Air, Blog awards, Critters, Earth, Fire, home, Just Five Things, Letting Go, life, nature, Photography, pond, Quotes, Spirit, Summer, Walking, water, weather | Tags: butterfly, car, fog, insects, Insurance, MaidinSun Photography, nature, Outdoors, Photography, pond, rain, Robert Fulghum, Summer, Tom Waits, water, weather 50 Comments
The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away.
~ Tom Waits, Small Change
It’s been interesting times. I brought some of the fog photos from Wednesday morning to show you while I tell you all about it. Well, maybe not all about it. Some about it. I don’t think anybody wants to hear (read) all.
Our good and faithful car was in an accident in Virginia two weeks ago. A man who was not paying attention rear ended the poor vehicle while it was stopped in traffic. We have had a rental car, from Virginia, for getting around in, but it’s a situation that we would prefer did not go on for much longer. The hold up, of course, was the insurance company. Not our insurance company. The other guy’s insurance company. They claimed they were unable to get in touch with their insured. Funny thing is, we found him right away through a Google search. He’s not a difficult guy to find. He’s not a famous person, but he might work for one.
The other funny thing is that they were claiming they hadn’t talked with the person driving our car at the time of the accident, two days after they called her and she talked with them. That’s the nifty thing about cell phones. You can see who called, and how long you talked. They had to come up with another story for the delay.
To make a long story relatively short, the other guy’s insurance has accepted liability. Yay. They have decided to total our car. Not yay. M and I both like that car. It did not have a lot of mileage on it, it was reliable, I could watch the stars in the sky through the moon roof when I was riding in the car at night, it has heated seats (a very nice feature during our usually cold winters), and we owed nothing on it. Paid in full. Buying a new car is going to cost more than the insurance company is offering us right now. Boo, hiss.
M and I keep reminding ourselves it’s just a car. The important thing is that nobody was hurt, especially our loved ones who borrowed the car. This is all very inconvenient, but it’s not life-threatening or earth-shattering. It helps to occasionally put it in perspective.
About the same time as the accident, our chest freezer decided to stop working properly. M managed to fix that on his own, but had to order a part. That took a couple of weeks to get here so I’ve been unable to freeze some of the harvest. We’ve had to eat a lot of peppers and other vegetables so we wouldn’t have to throw them away. That was really not a hardship.
The fun doesn’t stop there. We had a new problem with the air conditioning that involved water leaking into the basement. Our handy guy came by and fixed it in no time so that’s all good now.
If I were the superstitious type and believed things come in threes, I’d be relieved right now, knowing that the three are over and none of those three things were terribly serious. Yay.
I’m guessing M and I are going to be pretty busy for the next few weeks. We have to shop for a car, the harvest is coming in, our granddaughters and their parents will be coming to visit (a week from today), and we’re having our new porch built (a week from Monday). Hopefully we’ll be able to fit some hiking and biking in there somewhere. The biking will have to be nearby since we don’t have a means of transporting our bikes right now. Well, other than riding them (or pushing them).
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.
~ Robert Fulghum
My Just Five Things project (which I promised I would update occasionally) has been going well. I have several boxes of M the Younger’s stuff ready for storage (or for him to take with him if he can find space for it, but I suspect we’re going to continue to store it for now). I have a couple more boxes of things ready for donation. I should be able to start on my “art desk” area soon. Yay.
We had a lovely, gentle, steady rainfall this morning. I wish it had lasted longer, but it’s enough so that we don’t have to water the garden ourselves. I’m learning to be satisfied with enough.
I think that pretty well sums up all the news from the Bogs for now. Thank you for visiting and walking through Wednesday’s fog with me. I hope this didn’t come off sounding too much like a whine and a moan. Life good. Life is enough.
Wishing you a wonder-filled day, a joyful evening, a peaceful night, and enough. Just enough. Have a great weekend!
P.S. A big thank you to Libby (who has another lovely blog here) for nominating me for the Reader Appreciation Award. I am honored, AND I learned something new. I’d never heard of Elfje. I’m looking forward to giving it a try soon.
I used to think fog was a bad thing until I saw it through my camera. 🙂
You’ve certainly showed it off beautifully with yours. Thanks. 🙂
Perhaps that should have been you’ve shown it off beautifully ?!?
My Grandma wouldn’t have been happy with my grammar. 🙂
Thank you, Sallyann… no matter which one is correct. 😀
I’m sorry about the car, Robin. 😦 And the air conditioning with water leak. We had a spell like that going recently, too. Somebody said Mercury was in retrograde. Have often been meditating about impermanence. So many things dying and being born, and letting it all pass easily. Not always so easy. Lovely foggy pics.
Thank you, Kathy. I had to laugh about Mercury being retrograde. Our car was a Mercury. It’s certainly retrograde now. lol!
Sorry you’re having so many problems at the moment. I hope it all gets better for you soon. Hugs. Stunning photos as ever.
Thanks, Val. Things seem to be looking up now. 🙂
My gracious! Your photos are outstandingly beautiful! I love dreamy, foggy pictures. And goodness, you’ve been through the wringer. I am glad no one was hurt in the accident and sorry that you’ve lost a car you really like. I can understand, for sure. Maybe you have your quota filled for this kind of stuff for the year and three great things are coming your way for balance. 🙂
Thank you, Anna. I’m hoping that’s true. 🙂
Love the fog pictures … it makes everything look magical.
Do you believe in gremlins? Everything always seems to break at the same time … that raises the suspicion that gremlins may very well be real. 😉
My brother did not want a new car either when they totaled his … so, he took the money (value of the car) and used it for repairs … in the end, he thought it worked out to be cheaper then paying for a new car every month …. just a thought. Does not work out if the car has major damage.
Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂
Oh yes, I’m sure gremlins were in the mix somehow. As for the car, we ended up getting a good deal on a new-to-us used car that has very little mileage on it, and is a newer model of the car that was totaled. That part worked out well. Now all we have to do is haggle with the insurance company.
Fog and mist is my favorite environment. Wonderful. Ha the insurance game is a strange one. I think it’s a case of right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. That’s a sign that the insurance companies have gotten too large. Glad it all worked out. 🙂
Thanks, Terry. Insurance is like a big casino. Usually the house wins. 😉
Wow, what a perfect analogy. 🙂
Love the photos and your writing, Robin! I am glad everyone is ok.
Thank you, Karen. 🙂
As you have said … it`s not life threatening but inconvenience (or was it a phrase you borrowed? either way …) I hope you find a nice car and that you can freeze all your vegetables again pretty soon!! and that it just stops at three!!! and no more troubles in the future!!!
Have a great weekend!!
Thank you, Ellen. 🙂
If this is what you call “whining” then, my dear Robin, you don’t know whining! 🙂
Interesting times, indeed and why IS it that when things go awry, they go awry all at once! I hope your troubles are over and that you wind up with some good luck with the new car. Who knows? Perhaps the PERFECT vehicle is waiting for you, out there on some lot, with a FANTASTIC price and factory rebates to boot!
Thanks, Tracy. Half of the problem has been worked out. Just a matter of dealing with the other half (the insurance). 🙂
Too interesting for my tastes. Give me boring – no totaled cars, broken appliances, etc. But glad it’s all working out for you now. 🙂
I’m with you, Bo. Boring is nice. 🙂
Did you notice the transition in both the photos and ideas?….from the fog, confusion and complications…to/toward clarity at/by the end, in both photos and ideas…. happy to hear there’s progress.
Thank you, Kathy (PP). I hadn’t really noticed until you pointed it out. Funny how the images go along that way. 🙂
Lovely photos as always. I know how sometimes a bunch of little things can get me down worse than something much bigger. Glad your life is coming out of the fog.
Thank you, Shirley. 🙂
Sorry to hear of all the ‘issues’ at your house, Robin…I hope writing about them helps you put them in perspective. (It helps me when I do it…see yesterday’s post 😉 )
The fog photos are so lovely and ethereal….like you stepped out your door, and wound up in Tir Na Nog…
Tir Na Nog… wouldn’t that be wonderful, Marie? 😀
Hi, Robin. This post had several new favorites for me (7, 9, 10, 13, to be specific). Very soft and warm on those fog shots. Sorry for your troubles, and happy for your perspective.
Thank you, Paul. 🙂
I so enjoyed your lovely fog photography today, Robin! What a dreadful month of accidents and breakdowns.. sounds like the one my poor parents have been having too! Fingers crossed the fall will be quieter for all!
Thank you, Smidge. Things are looking better now. 🙂
It seems like everything always goes wrong at once. The good news is things have to get better. Look for the rainbow.
Always, Sheila. 🙂
If it’s not one thing, it’s another. UGH!
Insurance companies are real trial. We were hit and my absolute most favorite even if it wasn’t new car was totaled. Push and see if you can up their offer – try to find a car similar to yours worth the real amount as comparison. ( they try to cheap it out) Negotiations / settling takes forever ( and there’s a holiday coming up…that’s good for a few weeks of ignoring you)
Glad you weren’t hurt. (I like that “everything else” quote.
Great pixs, but after reading about the crash, think I’ll just gaze at that mesmerizing water one – soothing, but full of energy – can just hear the sounds
Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂
We’re pushing. Just a matter of seeing how far the insurance company will pull back. Great idea on finding a car similar to ours as the insurance company did their own comps on cars in West Virginia (where the cost of living is lower, for one thing).
We had to really push them…they want you to just go away! Ebay has car listings….you can see what has sold for what.
Good luck (I still miss my car..it was sooo perfect)
Wishing each of us enough and the wisdom to know that it truly is enough!
Great wish, Joss. May it be so. 🙂
So glad, Robin, that you weren’t injured in the accident. Funny how things always seem to happen in 3s, isn’t it? Those fog photos–especially the pond edge one and foggy reflections–love them.
Thank you, Teresita. 🙂
loved wandering through the fog with you, am sure as it clears the inconveniences will clear too, life goes like that doesn’t it? meanwhile the bogs looks very beautiful through your lens 🙂
Thank you, Christine. 🙂
The fog is an excellent metaphor for life. 😀
Amazingly beautiful fog photos!
Thanks, Corina. 🙂
Wow! You two certainly have had a lot to deal with lately… I hope everything quiets down for a while. True, that losing a car is a huge bummer, but it’s good that no one was hurt. I understand that cars are built these days to pretty much crumple when hit, but that has something to do with protecting the people inside. I would rather lose a car than one of my family members in a heartbeat. Your fog photo are GORGEOUS! Makes me wish we had a foggy day here (of course, there is that whole “get up early” thing, too…..).
Thank you, Holly. It’s a bit quieter now, thank goodness. 🙂
I’m sorry to hear about the car, Robin (and the air conditioner, and the freezer, etc.) I have a difficult time *not* dwelling on things like these, but what can you do? I like how you paired the story about all of these things with the fog photos. Perhaps, just like the fog, “this too shall pass”. Good luck shopping for a new car!
Thanks, Dana. Everything has worked out in the end although there were a few more breakdowns along the way. (And the new used car is snazzier than the old used car!)