”Time goes by so slowly for those who wait
No time to hesitate
Those who run seem to have all the fun
I’m caught up
I don’t know what to do”
And running I am!
I have never felt such exhilaration in preparing for a trip before. (And I mean that in a good way!) I am torn between wishing it would get here fast and knowing that it will pass so quickly that I want to take my time and enjoy every bit of it.
I got to pick up my car yesterday from my mechanic. It is all inspected, freshly undercoated, oil changed and ready to roll. It felt so back to be driving again, as it has been several months and I don’t think that I have liked the car so much since the day I drove it home when I purchased it and it had 9 miles on the odometer. It’s a stupid thing, but I love that car and even though I love my winter buried in snow in the country, I think I had my fill of it for this year and I am ready for the spring thaw. The thought of road trips and the sun shining down while driving with the top down is quite enticing these days! I suppose that is what is good about having four seasons. You are always ready to go on to the next by the time it gets here.
As I drove past the gas station, I was somewhat brought back to reality when I saw that gasoline went up to $1.30 per liter at the pump. As a reference, it hovered around $1 last year and when I first came here to Canada, it was around 70 cents. (And that was when the Canadian dollar was much lower). But at times like this I always say we “pay for scenery” here and live with it. What choice do I have? Besides, there are many places that gas is much higher so who am I to complain?
Leave it to me to be the genius who is going to drive across the country in a 250+ horsepower car when gas is near an all time high! But it is one of those things that “just is” and since I am staying mostly with friends and family, the trip is costing me little besides food (which I have to eat anyway) and gas. Besides, when I met with my accountant Monday, she confirmed that all expenses like that from the trip are deductible. So there is my “pink lining” on the black cloud of life. And thanks to Paul (Big Tiny) and his financial blog, I have a great system in place where I am keeping track of every expense incurred. Hopefully, it will be a habit and I will continue with it throughout the year. I can’t see why not.
The weather looks as if it will cooperate too. I spoke to Jean yesterday and she said they are forecasting 50’s for the next week or so. I can only hope that it is true! Even though they still have snow on the ground, it should mostly be melted by then and without anymore new accumulation, the roads are fine. I am optimistic!
She also told me the painting classes are filling up – something that surprised me. Even though I had said I would teach up to twenty per class, in my mind I figured I would be happy if I had five or more students. But she said there are at least ten in each last she heard and there are several weeks left for others to sign up. That is truly exciting and a great bonus.
As for today, it is more printing and organization. I want to clean and detail the inside of the car so that it is sparkling clean to start out. It looks a little overcast today and it rained yesterday, but I think I will have a chance to bring “the monster” outside for me to work on it. I like having it showroom clean and am sure I can make it look just like new. After all, we will be living out of it for the next three weeks so I want it to be pleasant.
So with that said, I had better get to it. Five more days of prep and then I need to hit the road. It will be here before I know it!
Have a great Thursday everyone!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"