September Saturday

There are few things more enjoyable than a Saturday in September, especially if you live in (or visit) Western North Carolina. Today was all warm sun and wind; almost no humidity; and a sky the color of “the blue-tiled walls near the market stalls”* that we only get in the fall when the faded chambray sky of…

Re-Tirement, Part II

Back to The Oil Can: Because I don’t drive my little yellow convertible every day, I *completely* forgot to pay my insurance last September. I didn’t know that North Carolina requires auto insurance–I just assumed everyone has it because it’s a good idea–but no, it’s a requirement. When the sun came out in April and…

Planning My Re-Tirement

Did you know that tires come with an expiration date? That your vehicle’s expensive rubber shoes can actually go out of date? Me, neither. Confession: I have a teeny little Matchbox-sized convertible that I drive in the summer. Saw it on a used car lot in 2005 and fell in love with the expression in its headlights….