Winter wonder this morning

For no special reason I headed out in the Camry and not far from home managed to find a snowbank, flat light and fresh snow, road and snowbank indistinguishable visually, then found my front tires soft. Had some help from a kind neighbour. No luck getting unstuck. I ended up calling CAA, they came in 20 minutes. He pulled me free and put air in the tires Still a warning light from VSC system, traction control, so the Camry gets dropped at Toyota in Midland first thing Monday morning. That will be on the way to dialysis before 7 am. The rear tires may just be frozen up with winter gunk. We park it outside. May turn out that Toyota just lets it sit in the heated garage and melt clean.

Wondering if I should have gone for 4WD instead of the used Camry.

I don’t feel too bad about snowbanking the car.  Someone crossed all the way to the left and ended up in the snow filled ditch on the forest side of our road just up from our driveway.  The undifferentiated whiteness did him in, too.

old red Mustang

old red Mustang

Midland, Ontario on Saturday that just passed.  I parked at Harvey’s and heading in for a burger when I stopped and took some shots of this red vision… – my walk-around-fulltime rig – Sony NEX F3 with Sony 18-55 mm lens


a kind soul pointed out to me, and I snapped at them, don’t ask why, that my left rear tire was nearly flat… a dollar in the air pump at the nearest gas station got me all the way to Canadian Tire where they patched the tire for 35 bucks…. and that was the most interesting part of my Sunday….. rest of the time I hung out with the cats and read Arthur Schlesinger’s A Thousand Days, about the JFK Presidency, I am deep in the tangle over Laos in 1961.


I get  the frist in several eye tests today.  It is a matter of some interest to me, I may not have correctable vision to the standard of the MOT and could lose the privilege of driving a car.  This would place a burden on my sister to drive me to dialysis runs early in the morning and I would hate to do that to her.  I am not keen to lose my license, I don’t do much with my car freedom but it would hurt to lose  it.

My current car is a 2002 Chevy Impala. Used to drive a  VW Gold Diesel.  Before that a Ford Escort, Ford Thunderbird (my one adventure in car leasing), a Mercury Comet, Mercury Bobcat.  And on one fateful day I drove a  red Mercury Cougar to Sunnybrook Hospital to accompany my father, who had to go in for a brief stint.  That was one large car.

Got the test results and I can keep my driver’s license.  Good news is welcome news.