I just had to replace the counter beads on my bead bag. For the non chanters reading this, devotees chat the Hare Krishna maha mantra both in kirtan and on mala, beads, privately. This is called japa. A set of chanting beads consists of 108 beads. You chant one mantra
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
on a bead then move to the next one. When you get to the head bead (a larger bead you don’t chant on) at the end of the set you turn around and go back the other way. For each round completed you slide down a counter bead. Counter beads are tied to the bead bag and come in a set of 16 or 20 so you slide down one bead until you reach the number of rounds you are going to chant, devotees typically chant 16 rounds. See japa set here.
Eventually the counter beads wear out the string they are on and start falling down themselves because the string doesn’t provide enough tension to hold them up. So you have to replace them which I just did. This happens every few years couldn’t say exactly as who keeps track of such things but often enough it is a regular feature of long term devotee life. At least for someone like me who buys cheap counter beads.
Given my current medical condition, which I hope to give an update on soon, this is probably the last set of counter beads I will need so another complication of life fades away.