One Step Forward

From the vantage point of a decent hotel room in Palo Alto, typing on a tiny keyboard, the last four days do not seem quite as awful.

True enough, mechanical systems at my tiny house failed.  A perfect storm of rare cold weather and an area-wide power outage sent ice along lines not fully prepared for the sudden wicked grip of winter.  The charm of a talented neighbor soothed the chaos but did not carry the day.  Solution awaits the ordered parts.  

A day or two later, the first truly sympathetic spirit whom I have met here upped stakes and headed to SoCal for the winter months.  Bruised by this sudden loss, I fled to Lodi for a fridge full of healthy food.   I cruised Sprouts mumbling words of encouragement to myself.  My spirit began to rise.  Can I be blamed for a muttered curse or two, upon discovering one of four brand-new tires flat upon my return to the car?  The arrival of the same AAA rescuer who helped when someone slashed my tire a month or so ago barely took the edge off my foul mood.  I relented a little when he professed to well remember the day he escorted me to the place at which I purchased the tire now staring limply in my direction.

With spare in place, I journeyed home, dragged my purchases inside, and took a seat at my desk to answer the accumulated message notifications.  My gaze fixed on one or two troubling emails.  I let my head sink to my hands.  Oh dear.

Then I remembered the story that I often told my son and his friends, of Isaac Bashevis Singer consoling his publicist when she moaned that his decision to give away a story for whom she had a willing buyer was a downright catastrophe.  “No, ma’am,” he hastened to correct.  “It is not a catastrophe.  No little children will die of it.”  Donning a rueful smile, I closed my laptop, and rose to light the kettle for a cup of tea.  Because i live in such a small space, I only had to take one step to get to the stove.

It’s the fifth day of the one-hudred and eighth month of My Year Without Complaining.  Life continues.

Please enjoy this photo of a solitary hawk which I took near my house one recent afternoon.





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