I wrote a post about my car repair but it’s too long and boring so I’ll give a précis on the story;  Went to get stickers for my car and needed an emissions test first. Failed the test and had to get a new exhaust system which I finally got done last Friday. So I was driving with expired stickers but it was the weekend and I had to work. The odds of getting pulled over was slim.

Sunday morning, 8:45 a.m. on good roads I’m driving to work and see flashing red and blue lights. I pulled over expecting him to rush past me but he pulled up behind me. Sonofabitch!! I haven’t been pulled over in decades. He told me I was speeding at 110 kph (68 mph) and when he pulled up my licence found I was driving with expired stickers.  Can you believe it? I sure couldn’t.

He went back to his cruiser while I mentally kicked myself and swore. Luckily he showed me mercy; he would only charge me with expired plates ($110) because a speeding ticket would be $220, raise my insurance and lose points. Good thing I’m a nice, white old lady.

Do you know how hard it is to drive at the speed limit (80 kph) when no one is in front you? My normal speed is 110 kph on the highway.

Yesterday I went for my second e-test and failed because I haven’t driven it around enough! $20. Got temporary stickers for $15.

Went in to work the closing shift and the Big Boss is coming so ‘do some extra detailed cleaning. Pull out all the racks and do a real good job on the floors’ Seriously? Look at me, I’m old and tired!  “Six more weeks, six more weeks” I kept telling myself,  Thank God.

Driving home my lights weren’t so good. When I got home I checked and a headlight is out.

Today I’m off. I should drive around and try to get a headlight but I don’t want to. I’m tired, my knee is sore and I want to stay warm. I’ve got that “I give up” kind of feeling.  I’ll take a drive down to the beach, around the big block to ‘set my exhaust’ and make an appointment for a new headlight and e-test for tomorrow or Friday. Luckily I don’t have a night shift until next week.

I am so thankful to be getting an Old Age Pension starting next month. If I had to go on doing this I would be so unhappy. I’m going to put my whole first cheque on my credit card/exhaust system and start my retirement in January on a clean slate. I say thankful instead of grateful because actually walk around muttering; Thank You, Thank You. To whom or what I’m not quite sure but I’m feeling it’s mercy.