Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cars, writing, and the Universe

I am self-employed. The economy has been really tough lately, and I have trimmed expenses to the bone in order to keep my employees working.

I have also taken really good care of my old work truck. I park it when the veggie season ends and drive all winter an even older Blazer. It squeeks and creaks and thumps as I drive. The passenger seat belt doesn't work. The doors are so rusty, you can see out when you sit inside. I just replaced its cracked windshield, after a warning from the highway patrol. (It's too old to qualify for insurance glass coverage.)

I'd expected to nurse it through another winter, but several weeks ago, I accepted the reality of really needing a different car. I sent out a prayer to the Universe. A decent car at a do-able price.
Note: I hate hate hate shopping for used cars.

Yesterday, one of my daughter's high school friends posted on her Facebook page that she had ordered a new car. The dealership would not take her old car in trade, so she needed to sell it herself. Any takers?

My daughter arrived home recently for a healing month away from New York City. She came upstairs and asked me if I was interested in test driving her friend's car. (She knew I needed one. She didn't know I was ready.) Feeling the flow of Universal goodness, I said yes.

I drove the car today and agreed to her asking price, which was exactly what the Blue Book quoted. It has new tires. She's getting the oil and windshield wipers changed. Wants to vacuum it. Called again to say the heater/AC fan doesn't blow much on settings 1 and 2.

I'll need to get a loan from the bank, but I feel good about doing that. Sales will keep going up. I'll afford it.

And I won't have to be embarrassed when I drive through town any more.

p.s. I expect the same Universal flow of goodness when I send out my WIP. It will be time, and all will be well.


  1. Oh, Ana, my heart goes out to you. I remember driving old cars in the 70's and 80's, dreading each 'funny noise' that might prove expensive. I'm now lucky(?)in that my disability (i.e. mobility problems due to arthritis) allows me a government grant which I can use for a special scheme called 'Motability' - my grant pays for a new (leased) car for me every three years. Without a car, I would be housebound (or dependent on friends or family to take me anywhere. The 'Universal flow of goodness' worked for me in a strange kind of way. Yes, I'm disabled and unable to walk very far, but I still get a new car every three years!
    Hope that universal flow keeps working for you too!

  2. Ana, I love how things worked out just as you needed them to! Hoping you have the same luck with your manuscript.

  3. I do so love it when the stars align and things go well.

    Congrats on the new car and good luck with that WIP!