Dear Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me:

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The last few weeks have not gone at all as planned. I have so many things I want to work on for Maybe Mountain, and life is just not letting me do that right now. I really want to be updating the blog regularly, adding stuff to the store, and designing new items but a lot has happened that is causing me to use my time and energy elsewhere.

ImageA week ago today, my cat went missing. I was gone for the night and my house mate told me (only when I asked, after I was home) that the cat was outside all night. He never came home. I have two cats but, though it feels wrong to say, Hobie was my favorite. He was my baby, my pal, my comedian. He never let me do anything by my self, he was always there to help me … often to the detriment of the project. He liked to change the sheets, weed in the garden, and wash dishes with me. He reminded me when it was time to go to bed, and when it was time to wake up (because he was bored). He was a pillow hog, and I was not fond of his penchant for bringing snakes in the house, but he was my best buddy. He had such a sense of humor and some of the strangest habits of any cat I’ve owned (and I’ve owned more than a few!). He was only three, and I was looking forward to many more years with his antics. I will even miss stepping on one of his soaking wet toys that he’d thrown in the water dish and then placed in the middle of the hallway… I might even miss finding his toys in the toilet (but probably not).

The other less-than-delightful thing that I found out last week is that my car, which I took in because of what I imagined was a small transmission pan leak, requires almost $7,000 worth of work. It’s a 1998 Subaru Outback, worth around 3k. Well, worth around $300 in it’s current condition… but definitely not a car I’d jump to spend 7k on EVEN IF I HAD THE MONEY. Which, of course, I don’t. We were prepared for up to 4k in repair costs, worst case scenario, but not this. It crossed our minds (me and my partner, Tim) that we should just replace the car with another Outback for $4000 but both my father and the mechanic said that would be a mistake. Either buy a NEW new car, or fix the old one. Don’t upgrade to a car that’s three years newer. They told me that what’s happened to my car can happen to a Subaru at 30,000 miles or 300,000 miles but that it’s a “known issue” so I might end up spending 4k on a new car only to have it go kaput as well. It’s been a rough week.

So I have no car, my cat is missing, and I’m supposed to be moving into my new place this weekend. I don’t want to move away from this house in case Hobie is out there and comes back, but maybe I won’t be going anywhere if I don’t have a vehicle with which to haul stuff across town! 

If it’s not one thing it’s another. This time last year I was still reeling from my divorce and my layoff. Oh life, can’t I at least catch my breath a bit? Hopefully after we settle into the new house I will find my bearings again, and things will go ok for long enough that I can get something done! Stay tuned…



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