Repairs seem to be the theme this week!

Yesterday, 0n the advice of the CAA fellow, I gave the local automotive shop a call in the morning. The price was high, I thought, but I wanted the work done, and I wanted to explore for a reliable garage in the area. Doing business with the local automotive shop would give me an opportunity to do both.

Tank started without issue, so I took myself off to the grocery store to pick up milk. While parked at the grocery store, I walked across a two parking lots to reach the Canadian Tire store. I inquired about a battery for Tank. They didn’t have one. Their initial price was very inexpensive, $60 less than the auto shop. But here is the thing, they added a core charge of $20, and an installation charge of $24.99, and would probably insist on a test charge as well, probably for under $20.00. So although the price seemed less expensive at first glance, once the extras were factored in, the price was basically the same as the auto shop. Tank went to the local auto shop for its new battery.

I was immediately pleased with the auto shop. He said he would install the battery in the afternoon, they were too busy in the morning, so I drove over just after lunch time, parked in the lot, and headed into the shop. No expensive decor, bells, whistles, or other things I don’t want to pay for. Happy employees, obviously enjoying their day… that is crucial in my opinion, and something I don’t mind paying for. The owner greeted me pleasantly, chatted with another customer, took my keys, brought Tank into the garage bay, and ten minutes later the job was done. There is a great six year warranty on the battery. This is “our garage” now, I wouldn’t take my vehicles anywhere else!

Then Tank and I tooted around town for a little while, before heading home.

Tank is not the only thing around here that is aging and needs repairs.

My knee has been getting progressively worse. Last night I hardly slept, I was in so much pain. Enough is enough! I hate taking medication, particularly when I don’t know what the problem is. After my morning coffee, breakfast, and chat with Attila, I put on my parka and boots, locked the door behind me, and started up Tank. Tank roared into action at the first turn of the key! Off we went to the nearby hospital emergency.

It wasn’t very busy in the emergency department, thank goodness, I was back home in just under an hour. The upshot is that my meniscus is torn. I have been referred to an Orthopaedic Clinic, and physiotherapy. No more walks for now! Although disappointed about not being able to go for walks, I am relieved to know what the problem is. The emergency Doctor felt I would need minor surgery to repair the damage, but I guess I will know more once I go into the Orthopaedic Clinic. The Doctor also recommended wearing the knee brace when I needed to be active, and to keep walking around the house if I could manage it, which I am hoping I can. He also told me to take painkillers, and this I will do at night so that I can sleep.

I think I will still be able to shovel snow though, not much walking involved there! We shall see what they advise at the clinic, I will be listening to them closely.

So here is me today, taking it easy, and doing paperwork as I sit at the kitchen table. Not so bad, but I’d rather be out in that sunshine going for a walk!

P.S. My YakTrax arrived yesterday, just in time to not be able to use them! Funny old world. They will keep until I can use them.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 6:00 PM EST Thursday 15 January 2015
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.2 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: -4.1°C
Dewpoint: -9.0°C
Humidity: 69%
Wind: SW 27 gust 41 km/h
Wind Chill: -11

Date: 9:00 AM EST Friday 16 January 2015
Condition: Light Snowshower
Pressure: 101.2 kPa
Tendency: rising
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: -7.8°C
Dewpoint: -12.4°C
Humidity: 70%
Wind: NW 28 gust 46 km/h
Wind Chill: -16


“You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning… a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.”
Joseph Campbell
1904 – 1987

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What the heck is a YakTrax? I must’ve missed it somewhere. Sorry about the torn meniscus… how did you do that? Did you have a fall or something? Ouch.

There are not many areas of my body that DO still work so I sympathize with you. If it were just one spot that hurt a lot, I might consider seeing someone, but not when it’s the whole shebang… that would be way too much time spent in medical facilities which I am not willing to do.

I love your quote today, it made me think of my “new” Reading Room where I can go and just “bring forth what I am and what I might be…” xoxox

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Sorry to hear about your torn meniscus, Maggie. That’s also apparently what I have, though I haven’t had it confirmed yet. But the symptoms are there, things like not being able to straighten my knee, and pain with sideways movement. But, for now, my knee is doing ‘okay’, so I won’t be taking it to the doctor yet.

I have an internet friend who has gone through surgery for a torn meniscus on one knee and did well with it. She’s being given shots right now, in the knee, for second torn meniscus there.

Sending you hugs. I know how painful and debilitating this can be. Glad you at least have a renewed Tank at your disposal so you can get around.

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Sorry, meant to say my friend is being given shots in her *other* knee for a second torn meniscus.

Irene Bean

Sorry about the knee – just to read about it sounds painful. 🙁

My quiet space is mostly my office, but my entire home is actually a sanctuary of my choosing. I live an extraordinarily quiet life and am so grateful for that.


Finding an auto repair shop that you trust is huge! We have a guy in our town, too, who takes really good care of us, and knowing that he does is worth every penny, let me tell you.
Now you just need to feel the same way about whoever helps you with that knee … good luck with it! It must be tough to be unable to get out and around easily under your own steam. I’m glad there is a solution.

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Hopefully, you won’t need the physiotherapist for very much and can do most of this on your own. Since it was so hard to get around when I did the most damage to my knee, I just stayed home and babied it long term, didn’t see anyone. Honestly, it took a loooong time for it to come back – almost a year to get back to near normal – and I still have problems sometimes, but it did come back for the most part and I can do walks with DH, now. I just have to be very careful not to go out in weather where my foot can slip sideways. That’s what would exacerbate the damage, in my experience.

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

I always think the same about my family’s longevity. Though my mother died at an early age from leukemia (the family believes she was exposed to radiation in Utah, working down there) the rest of my maternal line has survived into their late 80s and even late 90s. The male sides, not quite as good, with their living only until their late 70s.