Saturday, August 30, 2014

Car Problems

My car is my lifeline. It's what gets me around, my kids around. It's the thing that takes me to work.
Except it's not currently drivable.

Needs a new: water pump and a whole host of general maintainace things that should have been done a few months ago.

For those of you who might not know, a water pump helps pump water or antifreeze through the engine to keep it from getting to hot. Which is why there is a temperature gauge on your dashboard, and I have been looking at that gauge more than I watch my gas gauge or even my speedometer! Not that I go super fast, especially around town- I'm just more worries about my engine heating up than I am my speed!

Been seeing this side of my car way to much! 

At least there is beauty here. (Sometimes)

I have had the water pump replaced on this same vehicle, about 10 years ago, so I guess it's time.

But when money is as tight as it has been for us since the hubby lost his well-paid position with benefits, you tend to put off things like this, hoping another job will come along. Until you just can't put it off anymore. I am thankful for parents who help us out- probably more than they should. I am thankful for early Christmas presents, and a soon to be fixed car.  Thursday morning at 9am cannot come soon enough!

Not comfortable driving the car around town, especially when the hubby was pouring water into the radiator, and sure enough we looked under the car and it was pouring out almost as fast as he put it in there. Now how to get the car to the dealer on Thursday? The dealer is all the way across town, this might take a miracle. God will provide.

I guess we will be trying to squeeze into the truck for the next few days. I say squeeze because, while it's a 4 door truck, extended cab, it's not a large extended cab. I dislike putting baby girl in the front seat, but what choice do I have? I don't exactly want to be stranded with a baby and a 6 year old, especially if it's hot out, and hubby is usually at work some 60 miles away, and couldn't come rescue us until he was delivering his packages anyway.

The job situation is bleak for hubby, unless he gets a job and we would probably have to move- to a bigger city. With very few friends, and little family. The job he wants- or is qualified for just aren't in this town.

The good news is, I am able to pick up another 2 hours a week at my job. It's a start. Plus my job is downtown, so maybe on Tuesday this week I can take the bus while jinn has the day off, and spends some time with the much neglected 6 year old (or so he thinks).

School starts Wednesday for the 6 year old, so that will be nice on one hand to be able to have him back on some sort of schedule. While he won't like the fact that mom and dad are taking away his iPod- except on weekends, or even after he helps around the house. In first grade he'll have some homework to do possibly, and he doesn't need to be on an electronic device all the time anyway. I think I might have to go back to him earning screen bucks.

Secretly, I almost liked it when our XBOX360 wasn't working- because it seemed like we spent more time together as a family. Playing board games, just hanging out- albeit we were all on out iPods or iPhones.

Can't wait to move to the country, less internet (because it's slower out there) and more time outside.


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