engarian (engarian) wrote,

Ouch and Getting There...

Ouch! I knew my car would be expensive, after all, she's almost at 100,000 miles and I wanted to get a thorough breakdown, repair and refit done so that she would be good for another 50,000-100,000 miles (with regular upkeep). But what I had hoped would be only $1100 turned into $1700. I'll be paying for this for the rest of the year *sigh*. I get a small monthly amount from my Mom's estate which has to spread pretty far, and even though I can handle emergency expenses like this, it's never easy. But I now have a car with safe tires, safe brakes, a new water pump, new belts, hoses and seals, and hopefully the last of the big repair bills for several years.

I am working on the last illustration for my friend's Big Bang story. I have her title page, her end piece, and either two or three interior story pieces, but there is one more that I wanted to pull out for her. I'm not sure how my time will go since I have to beta for my German friend (I'm halfway through your next chapter, BTW) and have one of my own stories in the works with a deadline fast approaching and another friend sent me something to read that features one of my original characters that I can't wait to read. How did I ever imagine that I had time on my hands????

And today we're back into the deep freeze for a couple of days, but the snow is continuing to miss us and I'm still OK with that. Here is a lovely pic of a tree in winter to inspire those of you thinking about cold themes in your work. Have a fantastic Friday!
Tags: art, big bang, repair, winter, writing

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