Archive for September, 2014

I am not going into too much detail, but I am going to share a series of Facebook posts – our Van our Wonderful Bessie had a hiccup about two weeks ago – she overheated severely and I had this brown disgusting sludge coming out of the coolant area and the transmission fluid was low – call the mechanic, estimated costs of repairs, $380.00, YIKES! Wait until Friday when we get paid, ok the repairs – he replaces the radiator and water pump – low and behold he also tells me that he did something to the transmission “so I wouldn’t have problems going forward” I’m thinking ok cool, another $30.00 he needs to for what he did (without permission mind you).

See the Original Post About the Van

What is it with Cars/Vans and Hemorrhaging Money? As if Stressing Over a Mod Isn’t Enough…Let’s Add this to It!

So here’s what I posted on Facebook:

From 09/12/14

“Well she’s all fixed, but the mechanic flushed the transmission fluid and that added another $30.00 to the bottom line, $410.00 – he wants to check her again on Sunday to ensure that the transmission is holding onto the fluid – there’s no leak, but he wants to make sure it’s holding on…while I am happy it’s fixed, wish he’d have checked with me first.”

“Might have spoke too soon…the transmission fluid is causing her to do some shaking when shifting to 1st gear…ugh he’s coming back tonight to get his $30, and to look at this issue”

From 09/13/14

“Well where are we? Ok well the mechanic picked her up again this morning, he’s going to re-flush the tranny fluid and add some stop-gap measure to get me through the week while trying to clean out the filter. He said the filter most likely needs replacing, but this thing he’s going to do should get me through the week – if she starts shaking again he said to take it slow and get home, call him and he’d look at it…ugh…if the tranny goes on Bessie I am royally F&CKED!”

“the whole Bessie is running fine, no problems, turn back into the neighborhood and wouldn’t you know it, the Shaking begins AGAIN…she’s just hemorrhaging money right now…”

From 09/14/14

“Ok back from our outing…Bessie did good en route to Wal-Mart, a 10-min ride to the Junction, we did our shopping, got 2/3 of the way home before she starting “jumping” when shifting gears…made it home, but my stomach drops every single time it “jumps”…ugh not sure what to think, the mechanic told me that it’d be ok for my trek back and forth to work this week…I don’t know how much I trust that…we’ll see.”

From 09/16/14

“Ok just braved the roads w/Bessie for a quick Target/PetsMart run (prescription and crickets for Smaug) and she did good, no overheating (which shouldn’t happen anyways) and no “lurching” when shifting…WTF?!?! Bryan’s coming over tomorrow to check it out anyways and show me a few things about basic car care”

From 09/17/14

“Friend came over showed me some of the ins and outs of Bessie’s engine and fluid compartments – took me to Auto Zone and we purchased some Transmission Fluid (she was really low) and some Anti-Freeze (she was nearly empty) came home put it all in and ran the engine for a bit and she held the tranny fluid well, he had me shift the gears to help get any “air pockets” out and then he added some power steering fluid and that should do it he said. Crossing my fingers it worked, we’ll see!”

Today, 09/29/14, Two Weeks+ Post Repairs

“Ugh Monday morning…traffic at Myrtle Grove this morning caused Bessie to get HOT again…she cooled down during the ride to work, but all that stop-go-wait trying to get out of the parking lot was heinous on her! I don’t get it! New Radiator, New Water Pump, the Right Coolant and yet STILL gets hot quicker than she should?!?!? I am out of Money and Out of Ideas! Soo not how I wanted to start my Monday…here’s hoping the rest of the day runs smoother!”

“Seriously did the Finance company for my Van just call my WORK#?!?!?! I was in with my boss and they left a message, yeah I called them back and told them to remove that # IMMEDIATELY from their Database, they are NOT Ever to call me @ work! GRRR!!!”

Further Post about the above:

“Alright so those ARSEHOLES just called me back on my cell as I indicated, they THINK I am past due 24-Days = $225.00 and are threatening to repo the van if I don’t pay that soon…WTF?!?! Money don’t grow on trees guys, I explained that to him, but as per usual they are trained to not listen and only respond to what they want to hear…yes sir I’ll sell my oldest to pay you! Nevermind it’s illegal, nevermind that I’ll go to jail…yeah not to politely told him to f*ck off and hung up on him…where in the world am I going to dig that money up from? Shit Bessie needs more repairs and I’m past due…F*CK F*CK F*CK!! He’s like “If you can’t afford the vehicle we can take if off your hands and it won’t be an issue” TO which I was like “um yeah you’ll just sell it @ auction for less than I owe and stick me with the balance due” and he had the BALLS to say to me “well then maybe you can afford it then.” Ugh why are car finance people like flies in your ears, buzzing every chance they get?!?! Lovitt’s would never have harrassed me as much as these jack-offs! But no they sold the loan and now I have these assholes in my ears!”

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Two days ago I posted this:

What is it with Cars/Vans and Hemorrhaging Money? As if Stressing Over a Mod Isn’t Enough…Let’s Add this to It!

Financial Windfall

And today after a large amount of begging the Fates and the Goddess I talk to for some help of some kind for money or some help somewhere I get in the mail (2) Checks from State Farm for the kids’ medical claims from our wreck in February! Each check was issued for $210.00/ea x 2 = $420.00 which is just about what we spent on getting the repairs done to Bessie.

I posted this to Facebook earlier:

“If you want to send out those good vibrations now is the time to do it, let’s list off the shit that’s gone WRONG in the last week:
1. The Van Issues = $450.00 still not fixed
2. Bed Bugs in Ashley’s bed = Her spending the night in my bed
3. Bed Bugs in Austin’s bed = Him spending the night in my bed
4. A possible disconnect notice from CFPUA I haven’t even opened yet – OK Small Correction – It was just the usual water bill, but it’s still $188! OUCH!
5. Now the finance company for the van is calling for their “past due” payment…they don’t like the $75.00 a week I am sending – my contract state $150.00/two weeks – um what’s the difference? $75/week or $150/bi-weekly, there’s no difference here nor there
6. My job is on the line because I am having to work at home for more than the originally planned timeframe – so worried my boss is going to call me and tell me that my time w/my company is done and then we’re really f*cked!
Anything else want to get lumped on my overloaded plate?!?! Seriously!!! Why now? Why when my Hubby is gone??? I am totally overwhelmed right now!”

And then to check the mail and find those there! Man it felt amazing to see that and to know Goddess was watching over us and handed us that money right when we needed it!

I shared this sentiment when I saw what was in the mail:

“Miracle of all Miracles – Just got two (2) Checks in the mail for the kids’ medical payments from the accident in February!!! Oh man we have funding now I just need to get it to the bank!”

Talk about a bit of Amazing Luck!

So Thank-You to the Goddess!

So here I thought for sure that with the Mortgage Modification underway I’d only have that to worry about…see these two posts:

Well Here We Go Again…Into the Grinder of a Modification

and

Thoughts on the Modification…

I thought for sure that the Gods and Goddesses wouldn’t dump any more on my platter…but oh no, No No Nope No No Nope…we now have this to add to it, so here’s what happened on Tuesday morning on my way to work after I dropped my daughter off of work I got this bright red light on my dashboard telling me “Engine Coolant HOT” um Oh My Friggin GOD are you kidding me?!?!?! So I proceed onto work as per usual, however the road I am on is full of traffic, so I turn off to take an alternate route only to have the van decide not to run correctly, like I couldn’t accelerate properly.  So I turn off, make a U-Turn and head back to my house.  I open my engine hood and pull open the coolant area and BAM a chocolate colored goo spouts out and gets everywhere…ugh…ugh…ugh…it’s in my coolant area, in the transmission area, and just all over.  So I clean it up as much as I can, and call my mechanic.  He comes over and it’s the Radiator/Water Pump = $380.00 with labor…ugh…so I have to put it on the back burner until Friday when we get paid…send text to my boss telling her I am having car problems and I wouldn’t be in for the rest of the week.

The bright side here is two sided:

1. One of my amazing co-workers was willing to bring me my computer while she was out on a company-related errand!

2.  My hubby was home from Grooming school for two of the three days I was working at home, so I was able to spend the time with him.

I’ve lost more hours of pay, but tried to make them up as the week went, though I was only able to make-up some 3.0 hrs. of the 7.0 hrs. I missed on Tuesday…ugh…

So now the mechanic took the van on Friday morning, got the parts necessary, flushed the tranny fluid and replaced the parts needing replacing and brought it back to me.  So I took it and did our normal Friday evening stuff, the engine temp. stayed normal, then as we were heading back home from our Pizza place she started this shake-shake-shake thing shifting to 1st gear…ugh…ugh…ugh.  So he called me to check on the additional money he needed for the transmission fluid, $30.00, and asked how she did,  told him what happened and he said he’d get with me this morning, Saturday, and we’d figure it out.  Had to drain my Merrill Savings account to pay this to him…and keep funds in the account for my Hubby to use for groceries for the week.  I only budgeted the $380.00 he initially quoted me.  So then this morning, it was another $22.00 gone he used it to put this transmission stop-leak thing in the fluid and it should work.  Well it did for the errands I had to run:

1.  Pick-up a Trumpet Rental for my Son, $74.00 ($14.00 more than budgeted)

2.  Costco for some groceries, $25.00

3.  Wal-Mart for Groceries, $101.00

When we got back our neighborhood BAM she started the shake-shake-shake thing coming off the many stop-signs I have to go through…ugh…ugh…ugh…

I seriously wish I knew what the heck was going on and why now that my hubby is out of town this is suddenly happening…ugh!

I am out of money

I am out of time

I am out of energy to handle this right now

I am DONE!