04-06-2015 Journal – One of Those Days!   Leave a comment

I’m posting late today because it’s just been one of “those” days.  I had the day planned out and thought I’d be free and clear of all my chores before noon.  Boy was I ever mistaken.

You need to understand one important thing when you listen to me whine about my day.  I may be the clumsiest person you’ve ever heard about.  I walk into things, fall over things, slip and fall on ice, and also slip and fall on dry pavement.  It’s a curse but after so many years I’ve made a number of adjustments in my behavior to protect myself.  I forgot to pay attention today and the day was one damn thing after another.

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I planned on changing the oil in my lawn tractor today and after reading the users manual I was filled with confidence and sure it would be an easy fix. I entered my work area and fired up the mower to pull it outside. Who forgot that a large window was leaning against the front of the mower.  I traveled no more than six inches when I heard the loud crash.  Glass everywhere and that special window I’d been saving for more than a year for another project was destroyed.  Ten wasted minutes doing the cleanup and I suffered only a minor cut on my hand which bled for twenty minutes.

Back to the mower.  I jumped back on to move it outside the house and the stupid thing wouldn’t start.  I was forced to push the damn thing out of the shop and ended up tearing the leg of my jeans on a protruding screw. I then was on my hands and knees under a workbench looking for a can of oil and as  I grabbed the can and stood up I hit the top of my head on the workbench. Nothing serious, I saw a few stars and continued on. That kind of thing doesn’t bother me at all any more. It happens all the time.   Swearing at the top of my lungs I quickly stood up and discovered the lid on the oil container hadn’t been tightened and I spilled oil all over my shirt, on the work bench, and onto the floor.  Twenty more minutes to clean up that mess and I was ready to begin actual work on the mower.

Now it’s noon time and I haven’t accomplished much of anything.  At one in the afternoon I finished the oil change without further incident.  I was intending to replace a damaged part on the grass collection system and after two additional minor cuts, a sore finger pinched by a pair of dangerous pliers, I had the old piece removed and the new piece installed.

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All in all my day was a total waste of time.  I never was able to get the damn mower restarted because I came to find out the battery needs replacing.  Off to Lowe’s to drop another $40.00 bucks on a new freaking battery,  a quick stop at Rite-Aid for more band aids, and a third stop for an emergency bottle of brandy.

Tomorrow is another day and I’ll try again to accomplish something that won’t require bandages or hospital visits.  I can deal with a minor blood loss but anything more serious than that will just piss me off all the more.

So I ‘m posting late this evening and it’s a miracle I didn’t trip over something while walking over to the computer and break a bone or two.

Wish me luck.

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