Friday, June 23, 2017

The last week and a half....

There has been so many things that have happened in the past 10-12 days. It all really 'started' at the end of last but 'formerly' within the past two weeks. It all started when I decided to get a new car.

I had been researching a new 2018 Chevy Equinox, After much thoughts, daydreaming, and thinking about it I decided to trade in my 2012 Equinox. I made my way to my local Chevy dealer and started looking around. I fell in love with a new 'sunburst orange' Equinox and I was hooked. My salesmen loved it to and I ended up buying it. Wrong move #1.

The car is so new my salesman had no real clues about it other he lived the color. I bought it knowing that it should be better than my 2012 Equinox. Nope, the salesman nor I knew that Chevy had decided to cut Sirius XM from the basic Equinox. After having in the 2009-2017 Equinox basic models it was now no longer an option on the 2018. Heck, XM was the only thing I listen too. Chevy also deleted the CD play also. What a bummer this was!

I was now stuck - no complaining to the dealership, salesman, Chevy themselves, nothing. Strike number one. I then went to Wal*mart to pickup a few items. I could not find a handicap parking spot anywhere, so I parked across from the handicapped and went inside. When I came out I noticed someone had backed into my new car from a handicap space and left no note, no phone number, nothing. I went back in and talked to Wal*mart about looking at their tapes.

We saw a car back out of a handicap space. make a wide swing out and bump into my car then pull out and left. In Louisiana there is no front plate and there was no handicap hang tag. Therefore, we figured they were parked illeagally anyway, that's no note. With a note they would have been in trouble. Strike two.

I went to my insurance place immediately, filed the paperwork, had photos taken, told where to take it. went to have it appraised, then took it to a second shop, had it appraised again, then came home. It was just a 'little' ding but the cost were $2,800 and $2,300 - for a little ding. But both told me they HAD  to appraise high then pay low if the repair cost much less. Ball one.

Then I found out from the Shelter adjuster that I would have a rental car and I have a $500 deductible. Not bad but I can live with it. I just have to wait on a call back from the repair place I selected. Ball two.

While waiting I also have been researching a zero-turn mower for father's day since my old mower just quit on me. I have compare several, talked to my nephew who has his on lawn service, compared them to our zero-turn out in the country which cost over nine grand. I read reviews, read comments, thought about it for days, looked over warranties, compared notes, over-analyzed, figured out where I would buy it, who would deliver it, when they would deliver it, how much savings I would get, etc., etc., etc. Where could I buy it online, pay for it on line, and I even "chatted" with a salesperson online about it. I looked a all the pros and cons. There were several cons - nothing major, and several pros - nothing major either, Then I waited till the very last minute to purchase it.

I purchased it just before Father's Day and it was delivered on Father's Day from the store just around the corner. It was MUCH less than the nine grand commercial unit we have in the country. Much smaller than the 60" in the country. Much under the commercial, acre-sized machine we have in the country, much less gas tank than our country baby but it should do just fine for our in-town yard here. It's a 42" mower but fine for a half acre here. I went from an EX-Mark to a John Deere. Ball three.

Full count. Now I going to go to the collision place this mourning to see went they can take my car, then come cut the grass and see how the mower works.




Friday, May 19, 2017

Hospital stay...

Hospital stay but NOT for me. My wife's dad went in yesterday (Thursday) for Congestive Heart Failure and they kept him overnight. He is 92 and drove himself, then called us and let us know where he was.

If they let him out today he plans to drive himself back home. That's what he thinks. That's not what my wife plans.

He thinks he can still drive and do all the things he used to do but not so much anymore. But I'm not the one to make those decisions. I did that years ago for my dad. It's time for someone else to make those decisions.

I will just sit back and wait...

They DID NOT let him go home. He had to stay several more days, then just when we thought they were going to keep him for ever more days, he called my wife EARLY Sunday morning about 7:30 to tell her "The Doctor released him, and he was packed and ready to go home."

Toke my wife by surprise. She is on the list as his 'power of attorney' and they did not even call her. Course, he dad only tells her what he wants to. She managed to find out that the heart issues are to serious to handle right now so her dad just said "NO, he will probability die soon anyway". He's 92 so you just don't know. Come to find out the diabetic nurse has not seen him yet, the nurses have not released him yet, we have taken his car home so there is not much he can do but WAIT for my wife to get there.

Ten he calls back to ask if she just wants to pick him up at the "emergency room where they started last Thursday". My just told him "NO", just sit in the room till I get there". But he does not really understand.

She is going to have problem when she does get there but I wish he the best.




Saturday, May 13, 2017

God's Not Dead....

God's Not Dead, He's Surely Alive.

I just finished watching God's Not Dead 2 - AGAIN. And it was just as good as the first time I saw it - maybe better. I was a great story even though I KNEW what was about to happen.

It again lifted my spirits - which have been down. I still want a job and I'm still looking through the paper every day and I know God will point me in a direction but which direction I don't know yet.

My wife has been busy 'teaching' with her youth orchestra classes, busy working from time to time with my son's new job, plus the church choir and our granddaughter's school but I'm just left sitting here. She scampered off this morning to do a local "petting zoo" for the youth orchestra - which I call a "playing zoo" where they show off the instruments to little kids in hopes of getting them interested in orchestra.

I'm left reading through the classifieds looking for any job possibilities. from there I intend to mail my applications. Who knows what God may have in store for me.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Just thinking about - nothing, I guess

I'm just thinking about nothing but need something to do while I'm just sitting here. I really need to head out to the country and try cutting grass, I NEED to cut grass in town but my mower does not work so I stuck waiting on my nephew to come fix it, I need to finish and upload a couple of items to TPT, but I just don't feel like it, I need to check through Ancestry.com and continue my search for my GG-Grandfather but I do that what seems to be EVERYDAY, I need to-, I need to - I need, on and on and on.

What I need to do is DO SOMETHING but I sit here trying to decide what I want or NEED to do while I can. I guess I will leave this blog for the time being and come back when I have made up my mind.

Went out to the country yesterday morning to cut the grass. I got most of it  done but plan on going back tomorrow or next day just to finish. It felt really good just to be out there with ehe birds, cool breeze, and just quietness. I love it but it was a long way out there. I finally left as it got hot.

Today it has been raining A LOT. I'm glad I cut the grass in the country yesterday and my nephew cut our grass in town yesterday because there is no way it could have been done today.