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I need to breathe deeply! My ‘to do’ list for this week is a tad overwhelming!
Why, you ask? I don’t know where to start!

I just got back from a week of vacation in beautiful Scottsdale, AZ. Besides Sedona, it is one of my most favorite cities. We have relatives who live in the Phoenix area and decided to delay our Thanksgiving dinner to spend it with them. We drove there and back with a stop over in El Paso, TX. Funny how you can drive for twelve hours and be in the same state…but there I digress.

We decided to take our daughter’s car, a 2006 Mazda 3. It only has 28,000 miles on it and it is really in good shape. The week before we left, I took it to NTB (National Tires and Batteries) to have the tires rotated and an alignment. While performing that service, the workers discovered the power steering cable was leaking and needed to be replaced. However, they needed to order the part from a Mazda dealer and I said sure. Not a problem…even though two years ago, you, not Mazda, replaced it.  I was told NTB only guarantees their work for 90 days.

Before we left, our Aunt who refuses to buy an eReader and is a huge reader, has always wanted to read my books. But since they are eBooks only, she cannot access them. For a thanks for making the Thanksgiving dinner, I took the time to print out my latest two books for her to read. What happens? My 14th month old printer decides to bite the dust. I did get a two year service plan with it, but I don’t have time to replace it. Put that on my list to do when I get home!

We finally begin our vacation and get to El Paso. In the morning while we filled up with gas, we backed up and turned the wheel to the left. This god awful noise from the front tire sounded. We had just driven over 500 miles and felt or heard nothing. What was it? Couldn’t figure it out, so we trooped on.

When we arrived in Scottsdale, while the car was in reverse, the noise sounded again. I called NTB back here in TX only to learn there is no NTB in AZ. They call it Big O Tire. The manager wasn’t sure that our information would be in Big O Tire’s database. No, it wasn’t. We figured since the car didn’t make the noise while driving and the car handled well, we were safe.

We took a day trip to Sedona only for a truck to pass us and kick up a pebble which hit and cracked our windshield. The poor car!

By the time we got home last night, the noise began to sound while driving. That is my first stop for the day. Followed by the printer exchange, grocery shopping and laundry.

Monday, followed by when the pool was serviced last week, why is the Polaris detached and is sitting on the pool deck with no note or message on my answering machine?

Followed up by visiting our State Farm agent for a window replacement claim and settling our Obamacare Health Insurance plan.

Then on Tuesday, a visit to my cardiologist for my SVT and then the Women of Flower Mound monthly meeting.

Oh, did I mention I’m hosting a progressive dinner party on Saturday night with about 40 guests?

Breathe, Lois. Just breathe!