Thursday, January 31, 2013

Can I Start the Year Over?

There is a rule if your New Year starts out crappy the end of it will be fantastic, isn’t there?  If that isn’t true I’d like to start the year over.  It’s been bam, bam, bam, just been one problem after another. My resolution for the New Year was to spend as little money as possible.  Do you think I jinx myself attempting that?
It started out with the truck.  That “check engine” light came on.  OK, so a couple of things needed to be repair, no biggie.  Hold it!  They were having a difficult time finding the radiator hose I needed.  So I was waiting a few days while they got the correct part.  That’s when the window on the driver’s side decided to fall.  I am so glad that it didn’t break!  (God’s Grace!)  I’m told window regulators always seem to go out in winter.  I did manage to duck tape it into place.  The repairs are starting to add up.  I got the truck fixed in time to go to a weekend geocaching event in Paris.  Paris, Arkansas!  On my way home as I was getting into Ozark the truck overheats and dies.  Oh yeah, the weather is nasty.  It’s raining and cold.  Fortunately a friend was following me and saw I was in trouble helped me get it to a garage and drove me home.  (God’s Grace!)  A really great friend!  I had Monday off because I was going with a group of friends to LR for the opening of the Legislative session.  So great to see the candidates we worked hard for on the floor.  Back to truck story.  Another really great friend loaned me her spare car until I got the truck back.  (God’s Grace!)  I didn’t get the truck back until Friday because the garage in Ozark volunteered to drive it up to Fayetteville.  NICE!  Running errands on Sat I noticed a burning smell.  I popped the hood and there was coolant splatter all over the engine.  Arrrgh!  Back to the garage on Monday to find out what happen.  They didn’t find any leak.  I think that the cap wasn’t on tight when the Ozark guy drove up it and they notice it and fix it.  So, no leak but they discover the radiator they had replaced in April was defective.  Apparently it didn’t cool evenly.  It was still under warranty so it was replaced for free and I just paid to have it flushed.  (God’s Grace!)  At this time (knock on wood) I am not having any problems. 
While my truck was doing the first round of garage visits I notice one of my cats (Tigger) wasn’t eating well and looked to be losing weight.  I was going to bring him in the week after my geocaching weekend but the truck’s Ozark vacation delayed the visit.  I got him in the day after my radiator was replaced.  Very bad news.  He has kidney disease and treatment is complicated by his heart murmur.  He spent several days in the hospital where they started to flush his kidneys.  He was sent home with a number of medications and I am giving him saline IVs every other day.  He’s not doing well.  He doesn’t want to eat.  I’ve bought all those fancy cat foods in order to tempt him but no go.  I puréed the food and have been force feeding him.  He’s 12 years old and I don’t know if he’s going to make it.  I don’t want to give up on him because that little bugger has cost me plenty and he’d better say around a few more years.  (Need God’s Grace!)
In between the truck and the cat I was ask to run for Secretary of the Washington Country Republican Committee.  I said I would and running un-opposed I was voted into office.  Now I know why the last Secretary raced up to the podium to 2nd my nomination.  Boy, I have to do a lot of work.  Hopefully it slacks off in a bit or am I kidding myself?
God has been good.  In every circumstance I’ve had help appear and I just need to keep trusting Him.  I’m praying over Tigger.  Hey, He said His eye is on the sparrow so I know He cares for Tigger.  My resolution to spend as little money as possible has been totally blown for the month.  There are still 11 months of the year to go. 

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