For those of you with an astrological inclination, the planet Mercury was in retrograde from January 11 through Saturday, January 31. During this time, when the planet SEEMS to orbit “backwards”, it is generally accepted that certain types of “glitches” are more prone to happen, particularly with mechanical things (i.e. cars, computers, etc.), and in communication such as legal contracts and those kinds of things.
We’ve had just a few of those in this retrograde session, and are still dealing with the aftermath, since at this moment, I am heating water on the stove for my “shower”. Yes, after the other plumbing mess, our water heater went out on us, that is, the mechanism that keeps the pilot flame lit has gone kaput. However, there is good news, because our water heater is a Whirlp00l, and apparently this part has been recalled, so it will be replaced for free. Downside, we HOPE the part will be here and replaced some time tomorrow, but it could be later. Once again, I give thanks for working at home, as it is acceptable to be relatively unwashed while typing in the basement.
So, 2 plumbing problems in this retrograde, and I had to convert my Internet browser to Firef0x because Macrohard Explorer finally just quit working on me all together. Still, there’s an upside because I really like Firef0x a whole lot better, and I’ve even got it loaded on G’s computer, too.
All things considered, it could have been a lot worse, and Mercury went “direct” again yesterday. The next retrograde period will be May 7 through May 30, 2009, and unfortunately will encompass my birthday. Perhaps I better not plan that trip to Bora Bora after all!
If you want to read more about dear little Mercury, here is some good reading.