Tuesday, December 30, 2014
A rough ending to a rough year. Looking ahead to some easier times, hopefully. We're in the middle of a vehicle crisis right now that's costing us in the neighborhood of 1200 dollars...not a lot by some standards, but pretty much a wipeout by ours. Just when it seemed we were starting to get a little caught up...
Isn't that the way of it ? This is one of the VERY few times I wish we had a credit card...just to soften the edges a little. But...but. We made that decision and it's best to stick by it. Although, we may be re-visiting it soon. Who knows. We have only 4 more truck payments left and we could be rid of that. The truck is in the shop...originally for a ball joint, alignment and tie rod job. To the tune of only 400 dollars, which is easily doable. Not pleasant and not ideal, but doable. And after that was done, the mechanic took it out for a test drive and came directly back to his garage and called us after putting it back up on the lift. The rear end is shot. He called this morning, found another one and parts and labor for what needs doing is another 800 dollars, Sigh...We trust him, so don't immediately think what comes to mind. When we took it in, we had had it at another place who quoted us 900 for the 400 job he did. That's what we told him needed repaired and so he didn't even look at anything else.
I'm tired. It's been a rough year. If one more thing happens, I swear I''ll go over the edge. lol Just let this year be over.
On a bright note...we had a nice quiet Christmas and party on the 20th was a huge success. There were about 35 people in my home, and we ate like big dogs and talked and laughed and finally the last of them left about 10:30. (Note to self: if I ever do this again, set a start and END time.) It was great fun and everyone had a good time. I was exhausted for 2 days afterwards. lol
The temperatures have been dropping the past few days and it's finally feeling like winter. Xmas day was about 50 degrees. Crazy. Still no snow here, but Sunday night we had a seriously hard frost that almost looked like snow, and completely froze the pond. Brrrr....
I have a MEN blog to get written (almost late) and a nap to take (only slept 4 hours last night, from 5 AM til 10 AM. Went to bed but couldn't sleep, and the Irishman was snoring like a freight train and that was the final straw. SO, I just got back up and waited for his alarm to go off. lol Then I stumbled back to bed and was asleep within an hour. SO really, only 4 hours of sleep I guess.
Need to get something going for supper too...although it might just be breakfast.tonight. Not sure.
Have to go up and make a partial payment to the mechanic when he gets home from work (he's having to drive my car, so I am semi-stranded), but at least he's only working 8 hour shifts this week because of the holiday. Also have to make the 20 minute drive to the credit union to get some money out of the savings account. He gets paid this week, but not til Friday.
I seem to be having some side effects from the bp medication. Why now? I've been on this same one for almost 4 months. Sheesh... strange hissing/ringing in my ears. Palpitations. Silly stuff. One of my nursey friends said it was probably the meds, so I looked it up on the Mayo clinic website and sure enough, there it was. Crikey.
Wanted to stop in here and wish you ll a very Happy New Year. Didn't realize it's been over 2 weeks since I posted. Oops...I'll do better next year. (wink)
Blessings of prosperity and peace on us all....