Tuesday, April 14, 2015

One of Those Days!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, Beth, and Anna
for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday 
                                                      and nurturing our writing lives.

A Fellow Blogger Helps Me Make Lemonade!

An afternoon of errands went south
when the man at the body shop
informed me that my tabs
had expired . . . three months ago!

We are people who pay our bills
and promptly meet our obligations.
How was it possible that this happened?
And that we hadn't noticed???

Suddenly it was imperative that I
remedy this gargantuan oversight.
I phoned hubby at work who informed me
that it was the year requiring an emissions test.

Easy enough, I knew the location of
an emissions testing center.  Then with hubby's help
on the phone, I located the nearest licensing office,
(haven't done this in person for years).

I wanted to put the tab on my license plate
immediately, but the clerk advised me to wait
until I arrived home out of the pouring rain
and could ensure a dry surface for easy bonding.

On the way home, I studied each car's tab
and didn't see anyone else with a past due date.
But if I got stopped on the way home,
I had the new tab beside me on the seat.

A drive that normally takes 15 minutes
lasted for 55 minutes in creeping, rush hour
traffic.  I arrived home in a beastly mood,
still needing to write my Tuesday SOL.

I recalled a post I recently read,
from a new blogger friend
with these wise words:
Rethink, refocus, restart, shift.

Rethink - Yes, it was a rough afternoon.
Time to look for the blessings in the mess.
Refocus - no lines at emissions testing or
the licensing office, and I hadn't received a costly ticket.

Restart - tomorrow I can return to my list
of unfinished errands and pick up where I left off.
Shift - I've written myself out of the beastly mood
I was in, and now it's time for a late dinner.


  1. I can relate! There's that awful feeling when you discover that you should have done something weeks or months ago and now you might have a consequence for your oversight. I love the way you told this story and I'm happy for your happy ending!

  2. Ramona, this is a wonderful narrative poem that has become your slice. Quick news: Winter Whisperings is ready to be unveiled in the next couple of days.

  3. Oh no, what a day! Maybe today you can look back at it and chuckle?!?!? Or at least breathe a sigh of relief.

  4. Oh yes I too can relate to those pesky need to renew tabs but also things like dental appointments, hair color appointments.....if I don't put them in my phone calendar,they seem to come up very quickly.....and sometimes things pass me by.....

  5. A friend had her tag stolen, & she didn't know it until she was stopped. I'm glad everything went so well with you, although it took time. I like your four r's, can use those myself today, Ramona. Thanks for that!