Friday, 28 August 2015

Coming back round to Fridays

I am so far behind with everything again, it is my own darned fault, there is no one else to blame.  I set myself these targets of things to get done - probably far from practical targets too - and then I just cannot finish them despite my best of intentions.  Not unless I run myself totally ragged that is.

So there are things not done.  I have to just "let it go, let it go...."  You know the words I am sure!

This week has been trying me.  On Wednesday I got in my little car - that just passed its MOT (annual inspection) on Saturday last and blow me down with a feather if the engine management warning light came on.  I have to say I much preferred it when cars were not so clever you know.  You just went until they stopped.  Although I am glad that we don't have to drive on those dodgy old tyres any more and have rust popping up everywhere like a dose of the pox!

Anyway, for those not in the know, if the engine management warning light comes on, that is not a good sign.  Oh no siree!  So I stopped called Hubby.  He says "oh".  Just ""oh".  Yeah, you don't say, bite me!  Really helpful.....  I didn't say that to him, just thought it.  On his suggestion I got out of the car in the heaving rain (no coat, phone in one hand, trying to open the bonnet (hood) with one hand) and checked the oil - yes, I can do that! - oil all OK.  Hubby says that the car will not blow up.  Not that I thought I would, the engine wasn't getting overheated and there was nothing untoward going on so I knew that already.  It was just this darned light.  He suggested calling the AA - rescue service - I suggested going straight to the garage and not bothering waiting to be rescued.  Good idea says he, I didn't think of that....  Good thing that I did then isn't it!

So off I trundle in the heaving rain, driving slowly just in case everything suddenly ground to a halt.  I get to the garage, wonderful man called Matt came out and smiled when I saw him and then frowned when I told him about my car.  He really likes my car and is convinced that it will go on forever!  I hope he is right because I love my car too!!

He gets the diagnostic machine, plugs it in, all OK, turns the light off, sends me on my way and refuses to charge me.  You cannot ask for better than that can you.

Now, I should say if your engine management warning light comes on you must always get it checked, but sometimes it will just come on for no reason and just needs turning off, but don't bank on that and just leave it!

Anyway, that is a long tale of my car and getting it fixed, all OK, but very trying.

OK, you are wondering where this ramble is going and what on earth it has to do with "coming back round to Fridays" or is it Friday's???  I am never sure......

Well, I am behind with everything, one of the things I am behind on is reading blog posts but yesterday afternoon, when I was still feeling rather delicate from the car incident on Wednesday and because of other things, I dipped in to read a post by Countryside Tales - also called CT.  You can read the post here.

CT included in this post a quote that I had included way back in May 2014 in a Five On Friday post.  You can read it here.

The quote was from Maya Angelou and was "Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option".

As I said I am feeling a bit delicate right now and these words, and the others that CT shared, and the whole thought behind her post, and the fact that she remembered that I had shared this all the way back in May 2014, made me cry a bit!

I need to remember these words!!!  I have been feeling rather beat up in an emotional way about a few things, which I have been getting over, but I need to remember this.

So, thank you CT (wish I knew your name!) for the reminder!

Finally, this brings us back to Friday and to Five On Friday because I had shared these words in a Five On Friday post and CT remembered them all this time!

See, there actually is a point to all this endless ramble!!

The point being that Five On Friday will return next Friday.  See details by clicking the Five On Friday page - top right of the sidebar - or the Five On Friday badge - the picture, near the top of the sidebar.

Truly, ANYONE is welcome to join in, providing you stick to the rules such as they are.

I hope that you will all get your own thinking caps on and join us next week to share Five things or to take Five to muse on an individual subject.

I look forward to reading your posts and hope that just occasionally, some of what I, or you, share will be remembered over a year later by someone else!

Thank you CT, for so many things!!

Amy

47 comments:

  1. glad the car is ok, these things can be impossibly stressful. take care, remember those wise words xxx

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  2. Cars are just too clever these days, I can speak to mine and he will talk back (I say he because its a male voice) if its a long journey on my own I do ask it stupid questions, I had a warning of water in the fuel once it made me panic should I drive should I stop hubby told me it would be fine it was but the car was taken to the garage to be checked out and it was fine :-)

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  3. MOTs come round all too quickly. Mine's due on Tuesday, fingers crossed. I'll have to start thinking about next Friday. x

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  4. Sorry you've been feeling overwhelmed Amy, try and leave the things that aren't essential if you can and have a little therapeutic time to yourself. I love the Maya Angelous quote too, and some of the others that CT mentioned, it was a great post. CJ xx

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  5. My engine management warning light came on shortly after my car had been in for a service and MOT. I rang the garage and they said to take it in if it was still flashing after a week. Hey presto, two days later it went out.I don't worry too much about amber warning lights.

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  6. I am still playing catch up on blog reading, I have just read the last 3 posts, love "Thing and the Squirrel" sounds like a book title. Your rainy day feeling are quite widespread I am sure, they are certainly strong here, after a sunny start it is grey and teeming down again. Every time I come back from walking Ben I do a quick check to see if I have fungi sprouting from myself. That quote is amazing and I intend to print it out and have it on my wall.

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  7. Oh poor you Amy, horrid when one is feeling just miserable, hope you feel better soon. I think our husbands must be related (re the car) lol, as with you when I get responses like that "girl power" saves the day!!!! Hope you have a lovely bank holiday. Maria xx

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  8. Oh honey, it does sound like you're having a rough time at the moment. I am going to ask you a question that a neighbour asked me many moons ago when I was struggling with a new baby and various other things: 'do you wear your pants on the outside of your trousers?' I am sure your answer will be the same as mine- a rather perplexed 'no'. So I'll tell you what she told me: if you don't wear your pants on the outside of your trousers, you aren't superwoman, and if you aren't superwoman then you can't be expected to do everything. Let some stuff go and don't worry about letting it go. You will feel better and more importantly, the other things you do will then be done well and that will make you and everyone else who needs you feel happy and content.
    I love your blog you know, always kind, always honest, always self-deprecating. You are a sweetheart and I don't like to think of you feeling troubled, so take the superwoman advice, OK? Love from your friend, CT :o) XXX

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  9. I hate it when car warning lights come on! Glad your car seems ok for now. I do hope you'll manage to relax over the weekend. x

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  10. I'm glad your car is okay. Yes, remember the wise words. As for your Fridays/Friday's dilemma - it's definitely "Fridays" as it's a plural. (don't get me started on apostrophes and their misuse! :oD)

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  11. I hope you have a nice relaxing weekend Amy, it sounds like you need it. We are all guilty of trying to do too much sometimes. I like CT's blog too, and her underpants comment above is fab! You need to be kind to yourself, take care xx

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  12. Sounds like you have a good mechanic. Hope you feel better soon... this to shall pass... Sometimes I say this to myself xx

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  13. Dear Amy
    I'm glad the car was OK - it is always a worry when some random light comes on for no apparent reason! We all have to let some things go (even though we probably don't let others things go as much as we should). I hope that wise words like the ones you quote do help you. I like 'No-one can make you feel inferior without your permission' (Eleanor Roosevelt). It's one I need to remember...
    Have a peaceful weekend
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  14. Glad the car is ok. Mine's due to go in for its MOT in September, always a worrying time as the car's 16 now but it's never given me a moment's trouble. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  15. Planning to join in next Friday, Amy....glad your car is okay. Our car now has 121,000 miles on it, so I'm going to have to really watch for any unusual lights and sounds. Not ready to trade it in!

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  16. Oh I love a quote and how brilliant that your own came back to you, via another, just as you needed it. I love the blogging community. I'm glad your car is ok and I agree, they are too clever sometimes. I'm hoping to join you next Friday with my five xx

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  17. Well, you were very lucky with your little car. Last time that happened in my car it was the gas filler tube --- apparently it wasn't installed correctly. Only took them four tries to get it right! :::sigh::: Luckily, it was a warranty thing so I didn't have to pay for all that fooleywang.

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  18. I have an exciting five to share, so looking forward to next Friday. I am a fan of a quote so an amazing fete when it bounces back like that, quite incredible. Have a relaxing bank holiday and put your feet up.

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  19. Glad that the car is ok we do rely on them so much ... mine is fourteen years old and obviously will not go on forever. Amazing how we can get quite attached to them too.

    Hope you have a happy Friday and a good weekend

    All the best Jan

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  20. Sending you lots of hugs! Some days we just need extras! :)

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  21. I can feel your stress! Cars are great when they work, less so when they don't! Wise words from CT! X

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  22. Honey, I went through the same thing last week. However, after the service engine light came on, the ignition was hard to turn over. Turns out, we had to spend $300 on something. Mr. H knows. He usually ignores me too, but this time, he heard it for himself. So, your week this week was like my last week. It gets better, doesn't it.

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  23. Hello, Amy! Your posts are always so enjoyable, fun and witty. Glad to hear your car is well, and hope you are well, too.
    I do have my Five thinking cap on. :)
    Wishing you a lovely weekend! xx

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  24. I right there with you and your wee car, Amy! We've had more than enough trouble with the engine management light! But we were glad of the RAC!
    Looking forward to five on Fridays again!

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  25. I know the feeling! I have my MOT next week... I know it won't pass as I have a dodgy handbrake and I think some suspension issues. I tend to leave all my minor mechanical problems and just get it all done once or twice a year!

    I've had the engine management light on a lot this year but I drove around with it for 8 months before I got around to seeing my mechanic and it wasn't anything major, I just needed a new switch or something!

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  26. It's so frustrating and exasperating when you go through stressful moments like you did! It seems like anything that can go wrong does. I completely understand how "delicate" you must have felt. After I give in to "poor little me" and have a good cry, I feel so much better! Things can only get better...

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  27. Oh, my engine light has been on for more than a year now :) Hubby brought it in to get checked and they didn't find anything and shut off the light, but it came right back on, so we said, 'Oh, forget about it!' Ha ha! So far I have not had a problem - touchy little things they are! I do love that quote about not being a priority. So true! Take care and be kind to yourself. Hugs xo Karen

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  28. it's pouring today. need a good book & a nap. have a blast of a weekend! ( ;

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  29. Hope everything stays ok with your car! That's no fun at all :-( Have a wonderful weekend

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  30. Some days are awful Amy! I know!! Hope you feel better and the weken be relax and fun :)
    Take care dear Amy!!

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  31. I can so relate to the car thing. I hate it when any light comes on and I want to run right to the mechanic and get it fixed. Glad you have a good mechanic!
    Hope you have a quiet, restful weekend!

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  32. YOU - are a very good story teller.

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  33. Yes, cars can be fickle and I may be getting my little old one back, that I sold before we moved the first time. She's 25 years old, but I miss being independent. I love your story and CT's comment was brilliant and something I must remember. Thanks Amy and take care.

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  34. That is a cracking quote, and one that applies often in blogging; you, my dear, are very good at treating everyone like a priority. That's both a good and a bad thing; it's not bad if you get treated as a priority back, but not good if you're just optional!

    I shall look forward to 5 on Friday. I like reading the posts, even if I don't participate. And September is a good time to pick up and dust off the old routine, isn't it?

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  35. I hope the sun is shining at least to help uplift your spirits. It is a great quote and when I read it on CTs blog I took notice of how many people I know or knew in the past who could do with hearing and reflecting on it.

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  36. I hate it when those lights go off, it makes you feel so vulnerable. I am having a fragile week myself and I can't seem to bounce back from the migraine I had on Wednesday. I feel ill all the time but have no time to be ill.
    Sending you a massive hug,
    Meredith

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  37. Your delightful ramble through the vagaries of your car problem reminded me of one of Robbie Corbett's tales, sitting on that chair, in the old Two Ronnies programme! Where he'd start something, then meander off in a quite different direction, only to bring himself back to his story at the end. You are a very good story teller, as Maggid says.
    I never manage to complete all the tasks I have set myself. Life somehow gets in the way.
    Margaret P
    PS What a kind mechanic at your garage. We similarly had kind/good treatment last week when we needed a back brake light replacing. We were only charged for the light (£2) but not for the mechanic putting it in. There are some good garages and service-people around still.

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  38. Sorry to hear that you've had a stressful week. The problem with the car didn't help. At least it passed the MOT and the light situation was checked and sorted out by your kind mechanic. I hope you have a restful weekend and better week.

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  39. Those cars can be such a pain in the rear, can't they? Gggrrrr!! We once had a car that the engine light would stick on all the time for no reason so we just got used to driving it that way. Not good, though, if there had ever been a real problem.

    Looking forward to back to 5 on Fri my Dear! And try not to stress - you're not alone in feeling so behind. I would guess the majority of us do. ;)
    Blessings. xoxo

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  40. Amy, I know how you are feeling when you say "delicate." That's a great way to put it too. I know that feeling well. And I really love the quote by Maya Angelou. I copied it to my notes so I'll remember it. I have a Word document that I paste things into that I want to remember for future posts. I may use that one. Glad you got your car problem sorted out without having to drop a load of money or time. People can be so nice when you least expect it! I do plan on participating in your Five on Fridays. I hope I can remember! Maybe I'll go put that in my Word doc too so I don't forget! Hope your weekend is relaxing and stress-free!

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  41. Thank you for visiting my bloggy home and leaving such lovely words! I am glad I popped over here as the Maya Angelou quote was exactly what I needed to read today! And I love your Five On Friday! How fun! I am thinking ... xo

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  42. so sorry to hear of your car troubles -- i've heard of this engine light thing coming on for no apparent reason...something to do with a dodgy fuse or a sensor or some-such. so i have to ask the question -- why do they bother putting the silly thing IN the car, if it coming on doesn't necessarily mean anything?!? :O

    that's a fabulous quote -- and one i need to remember as well. i'm perpetually guilty of giving people more consideration than they'd ever give me. and while i don't wish to become a big meanie, i also don't need to be trodden upon either.

    hope things settle down for you -- i'm glad you popped 'round, so then i popped 'round and now i have your lovely blog to read!

    xo

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  43. Hi Amy,

    Hope you're feeling better after that nasty car chaos and your mood has turned a light, pale pink, after feeling a little blue! Love that quote by the very wise and wonderful Maya Angelou. Thanks for that, and have a lovely weekend!

    xx
    Poppy

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  44. Sounds like you had a rough week...I'm sorry. I really like your Five on Friday feature. I'll be looking forward to reading it once again!

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  45. Hope you've been having a restful weekend. Car troubles aren't fun regardless of whether they're easy to fix or not.

    I like your quote

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  46. Your husband's response about the car is the same my husband would make Amy, helpful souls aren't they? :-)
    I love the quote by AM, one lady who has made an impact on many lives with her wisdom. Since I'm only blogging twice a week I may ditch my 'Tea on Thursday' and join your 5 on Friday a few times to see how it goes. The only problem is...visiting lots of posts from the others in the spirit of good etiquette.
    Hope next week is a better one for you!

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  47. Hmmm, sounds like my car sneaks over to your place then! I have that pesky light too, it comes on every so often and shouts 'anti air pollution fault'. I hate it when my car talks to me - I much prefer it when it says nothing at all lol. It's one of those lights that is generally just turned off every so often by my friendly car guy - but I always panic a little when it pops up again :)

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