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Monday, February 9, 2009

Unexpected showers

Today started off pretty much like any other Monday. The younger children were with their dad this past weekend so he took them to daycare and school this morning. The teenager went off to high school. When I woke up I ate breakfast, dressed and went to my 11 o'clock appointment.

The appointment went well. I left in a relatively timely manner, planned on stopping at the bank on the way home and eating my lunch once I arrived here. It's about a 45 minutes drive and I had time to think about what I was going to do once I arrived home, and how much time I would have left before it was time to get the two middle children from school.

I drove onto the highway that leads to my house and was stopped at a light when I suddenly heard an incessant beeping sound. I glanced at the control panel and a red thermometer light was glowing. I looked at the gauge and it was on the H.

What the heck? I was in the far left lane and immediately put on my signal to get over. Most of the time, in this area, people aren't the most courteous drivers so I just kept thinking that I hope I can get over before the van starts to overheat.

I considered trying to get to the mechanic that had been working on my van lately, but he was at least 10 minutes away. I was about to pull into a restaurant parking lot when I saw a small shop on my right. I pulled in and popped the hood. While sitting in the van, I called my BFF to let him know what was going on and stared at the hood to see if any steam was coming from the van.

I didn't see anything. I got out and while standing on the driver's side peeped under and in front. Easing around I looking for steam and when I didn't see any I quickly touched the edge of the hood as if it was a hot iron. It wasn't hot. Lifting the hood up I saw the coolant boiling. It was a little amazing because I have never seen that... glancing to the passenger side I saw coolant running across the pavement.

Putting the hood down quickly, I returned to my seat and called the mechanic. He said he could take care of it if I had it towed to him since I could "blow up" my engine by driving it.

"You gonna pay for the tow," I asked.

"Wish I could."

"Guess I'll just go into this random place then."

Let's fast forward about 20 minutes...

"It's going to be $500," said the new mechanic, who I don't think I like.

"Are you serious," I almost started to laugh.

"I wish I was."

What is with the wishing stuff today?

More than three hours later the van was fixed.

My soon-to-be ex had given me the money from his tax return that he promised me and I had planned on making another mortgage payment since I am three months behind and catching up on all the other bills. So, needless to say, I was not happy.

I walked away from the shop, sat down on a curb and cried.

Just a mini breakdown and then I was fine. Well, after I talked to my BFF and sat there for a bit feeling sorry for myself and wondering how I can ever get out from under so many bills when I have to keep putting money into this vehicle that's falling apart. I just got the money into my hands, for goodness sake.


Okay, I wrote all of that to say that if you don't see me around much today it's because I am exhausted and extremely behind on my to-do list. I am going to opt not to do a weekly meme that I normally do: Monday's Muse from Maternal Spark. I guess instead of writing this post I could have did my Monday's Muse.

And I had wanted to do Meet My Friends from It Is Nap time since I so often neglect that one, but I don't feel like doing that either.


Please forgive me while I try to regroup, follow up on some things I committed to and try to do some stuff that I just can't delay any longer. Thanks for your patience, prayers and friendships. Hopefully, I'll be back to commenting and visiting regularly before the end of the week.

Photo credit: Storm over the Mississippi River near Hannibal, Missouri by Hannibal photographer William Richmond, PO Box 1139, Hannibal, MO 63401



  1. That just sucks!!! I am so sorry! I hope you are able to regroup quickly! Please don't ever worry about missing Meet My Friends!!!

    Good luck with everything!

  2. Oh, honey, when it rains it pours. I'm sorry. Things just have to turn around one of these just has to...

    I'm sending you some love and the stink-eye for the mechanic.

  3. Sometimes a mini breakdown does wonders for your soul. I have them occasionally. Take a break from the world for an hour or so and watch a good comedy. Laugh out loud and forget your troubles for a bit. Gives you a new perspective. I hope you are feeling a bit better. This, too, shall pass.

    Here's wishing you many blessings and a great day!!

  4. Wow, I hope things turn around for you soon. Being 3 months behind on your mortgage is serious, but having a rotten mechanic to go along with it is just wrong. Keep praying.

  5. Oh man your run of luck has been horrible. I hope it changes soon buddy! Take care!

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your day....and car.



  7. Wow, what a day! I feel for ya.

    Nice picture of the storm by the way. I actually live in Hannibal so it was a big surprise to see it! ;)

    Creations by JAE

  8. THat sucks hun, I'm so sorry... Hopefully things will look up sooner than you think... ((HUGS))


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