These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Thursday, October 05, 2006

It's All A Matter Of Perspective

You know, if I believed that my God were a vengeful god, I'd be wondering what I'd done wrong. Fortunately, I don't, and I'm not about to wallow in my own sorrows. No, everything has a purpose, and while I don't always understand, I'm OK with the fact that I'm certainly learning. And learning.

Yesterday's trip was pretty uneventful. I left my brother's home on time, and didn't miss a turn or a change of path. When I got to Roswell, NM, (yes, the Roswell of alien fame, and BTW, I lived there at one time!!), I followed the AAA routing right onto the correct road. I checked again on the itinerary, and it said I was just 21 miles from my destination. Hmmm. I had a quarter tank of gas, so I was in good shape. Except . . .

The way the routing itinerary was worded, that was correct. What I didn't realize was that the 21 miles was counted from the split of 2 highways, not from the initiation of the highway that I was on. Therefore, my gas calculations were off by about 45 miles. And, unfortunately, this was all going uphill into the mountains, which increased the usage of gas significantly when pulling a trailer.

You should understand that the Southwest is different from much of the rest of the country. Towns are not as closely spaced, and if near to others, many do not have gas stations, but travel a few miles to a neighboring town to purchase gas. As I passed through a couple small towns, I found only one gas station, and it was out of business. I knew I had to find gas and quickly. As I watched the gas gauge drop and drop, I began to notice that I was holding my breath. Not good. All I needed was to hyperventilate on a mountain road. Ali was in the back, getting tired of riding, and began little whines and grumbling noises to let me know that he was not happy. So to comfort us both, I started talking to him about anything, everything. It helped me to talk and I think it helped him to hear my voice. Finally I found an open station, and filled the tank, unfortunately to the tune of $2.69 per gallon rather than the $2.23 I passed up near Roswell!!

Alright, gas crisis forestalled, I continued to my destination. My son met me in the little town and guided me back to his place. All was well until we turned off the highway onto the gravel road leading to his house. It is a gravel road, and recent deluges of rain has loosened much of the gravel. It is necessary to go up a hill, fairly steep, and I just couldn’t do it. My van is front wheel drive, and the weight of the trailer, along with the loose gravel were a bad combination. I couldn’t get any traction. So I backed down the hill . . . well, as best I could. We finally decided that the best bet was to lessen the weight in the trailer, so we off-loaded some things into his pickup bed and ran it to the house, just about a block away. We did this 4 times, and then I redistributed the weight and made sure that nothing fragile was subject to falling. I tried a run at the hiss again, and to my delight, I began to ascend the hill. For a while. About 1/2 way up the hill, I couldn’t go farther. I also knew that I couldn’t back up. I was in a realy pickle!

Just about this time, my son was talking to a man at the foot of the hill who offered to do what he could. A car came from in front of me with several young people in it, and all these people simply jumped out of their vehicles and began pushing my car up the hill!! It took a few minutes, but between their help and my continued pushing my poor little van, we popped up over the crest and I was able to pull right in front of my son’s house. How much better neighbors could Allan have?

Today we finished unloading the trailer. I am taking out what I need for now, and repacking the rest, then we will store it in Allan’s storage building. Tomorrow we will return the trailer and have lunch with a cousin in a nearby town. Tomorrow night is a wine tasting party, and Saturday holds a parade in a nearby town. Next week Allan’s birth mom and step father, step brother and sister-in-law will be here for a few days. After all that, maybe Things will be more or less normal. Normal? In my life? Uh-huh!! Yeah. Sure.

I’m very tired and need some sleep. I will be back into the grove very soon, and until then, know that I am safe, healthy and happy. Yes, by golly, I’m happy! Just think how much more serious things could have been. Life is very good, and I’m just fine!

8 comments:

  1. Whew! We were hanging in there with you all the way. So glad you're there safely and happily.
    Goodlife.

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  2. i am sure glad that you made it. i thought you were going to run out of gas. i finally got another computer although it did not work very good when i started it. i may have that corrected now. it is good to be able to talk with you again. have a great time.

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  3. You are like the little engine that could Lynilu! I am so glad you and the furkids made it there safely!

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  4. So glad you made it there safely. I was thinking about you and wondering if you made it there safely. Patticake is so right..you are the little engine that could. Glad you are there. I can hear the relief in your words.

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  5. Lynilu, I am so glad that you are safe and sound. I just love your positive and uplifting outlook..It's something I need in my life right now. You teach me to be happy with the simple things, which is something that is very hard for me to do. Thank you!
    Oh, and I hope you are getting lots of rest.
    -Jen

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  6. Whew! That was a 'breath-holder' post! I'm so happy it ended well. Hope to 'talk' to you soon!

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  7. Back to the Land of Enchantment, a place near and dear to my heart. I hope it is a soft place to land and that your previous house sells rapidly. Love ya, -S

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  8. robert - Thanks for riding along with me. It has been good knowing that so many people have been there.

    mrhaney - I'm glad you're back on line. I'll tell you for sure that I was holding my breath on the gas issue! And I realy mean holding my breath. I was afraid I might hyperventillate, so I began talking, nonstop prattling, to the dogs so that I had to breathe! All's well now!

    patti - LOL! Your analogy is fun because I've found in recent months that there isn't much I can't do when I set my mind to it. Of course, it was out of my hands as to when I would run out of gas, so I have to believe in the power of prayer, too!

    caroline - I'm looking at it this way . . . if all that didn't happen, y'all would have to read some boring old description of the landscapes! As if it could be boring. Yes, I'm safe, and I appreciate everyone's concerns and kind thoughts.

    jen - I was raised by 2 amazing people who seemed to always find the one good thing in a bad situation. I guess it rubbed off. Life is a whole lot easier when I focus on the good things, and I don't like feeling like a grouch, so I have practiced putting myself in the best possible place I can find. It is sometimes work, but I feel it is worth it. I hope you can find your comfortable life space. Peace.

    jenn - LOL! Boy, are you right! As I mentioned above, I kept finding myself literally holding my breath, and had to force myself to breathe! I've promised myself to return to my former good habit of stopping for gas *no later* than the 1/4 tank mark! I'm a quick learner!

    st - Yes, I'm really, really here. That fact alone gives me some peace. I'll look forward to your visit!!

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If you have something to say about it, just stick out your thumb, and I'll slow down so you can hop aboard! But hang on, 'cause I'm movin' on down the road!!! No time to waste!!!