Saturday, March 17, 2012

Highway Collisions and Smurf Invasions!

Hi There!

Well, I have to tell you this week did not go as planned, at all!

Monday, we left for work at about 5:45am, as usual, stopped in Delisle for gas, as we do every morning. So far, a day like any other. Then about 6 miles down the road, after our gas fill, we are passing the turn-off to a mine, just off of the highway.

Now, they have widened this part of the road and added lights, as it is a very busy turn-off, especially at shift change. We pass it every morning, at shift change. This time of day, at this time of year, the sky is just beginning to lighten with the first peeks of sunlight. There is a heavy stream of traffic coming from the opposite direction, heading to the mine for shift change.

Well, Monday morning, sadly, a deer ventured out of the north ditch and began running, most certainly terrified, across the, what I'm sure seemed like endless lanes of traffic. She was almost successful.

From what we can piece together, what came between her and safety was running into our car. With the combination of a lightening sky, the newly installed man made lighting and the heavy, oncoming traffic we didn't even see her. My husband didn't even get a chance to get his foot off of the gas let alone make any attempt at stopping.

We feel so bad for the deer, but even after playing it over and over in our heads and talking about different scenarios, there really isn't anything we could have done differently.

So, the first picture of this week's ramblings, is one of what is left of our car. We are ok. A little whiplash and seatbelt bruising for me, some bruised ribs and general achiness for my hubby. It could have been a lot worse, and for that, we are definitely grateful. I shudder to think what might have happened if, on the narrower, old version of this same road, the deer had hit us, and bounced into other traffic. Thankfully there is now a meridian. Thankfully.

So, the rest of this week was spent dealing with insurance, finding and buying another car, and healing.

Now on to much brighter things! I received the rough sketches for my new book and they look awesome! She said I can expect the finished illustrations by the end of this week! I can't wait!

I also gave a send off to the application for the Sundog Trade Show which takes place at the beginning of December. Am I on the ball or what!

That, my friends, brings us to today. We decided to undertake our first road trip since the accident, and head out to my niece's skating carnival. Hence, the second photo. Sadly, she is much too old to be one of the smurfs, but she is one of their teachers. It was great, the kids are so cute scooting around in their costumes. It brings back a lot of memories of our girls when they were little.

Now, for the upcoming week.

Well, to start it off right. I will be celebrating St. Patty's Day with the girls' weekend I mentioned last week. My friend is coming into town, we are attending a get together at my daughter's house and then who knows where the evening may take us!

Sunday will be spent resting, doing laundry, and getting ready for the work week ahead.

Then, in the days to come, I look forward to hearing from insurance people about the car, getting back to a normal routine (whatever that is), and seeing the finished illustrations for "Tags Go In The Back".

Should be a good week!

Until next week, I'll leave you with this wish:

May you get through your week safe and sound, getting to that and this.
May happenstance intervene, and make any sure collision, nothing but an unnoticed miss.

May any close calls be not close at all, may there be plenty of room for error.
May not one of you experience that sharp,yet, shortlived terror.

May angels watch over those not so lucky, those fighting their way to well.
May those angels give them the strength of ten, to find their way back from hell.

Until next week!

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