Wednesday, April 02, 2008

What next?

No posts since November? Wow, I didn't realize it had been THAT long. Lots of stuff has happened since my last post, a few good things and some bad stuff as well. Let's start with the good stuff first for a change.

My younger son is engaged to get married to a wonderful girl, the wedding is in August. He also has two new jobs in Ohio, both are part time, but between the two of them he should be making a decent income. He's moving back from Kentucky next weekend.

Um...I think that's about all the good news. Not much, huh?

On the opposite side of the coin, it's been raining bad luck on us for the last few weeks. It started with a call from the hospital to let me know that my wife had just been in an automobile accident, she had just been admitted and was awake and able to talk. That's all the nurse would tell me over the phone. Once I arrived I found out that she was fine...only a couple of scratches on her arm and a bruise from the steering wheel on her leg. The car on the other hand was history. It had rolled onto it's top and was pretty much totalled. We're still arguing with the other guy's insurance company about compensation for the damage. So that put us down to 2 vehicles for 3 people. Not a serious crimp, but that meant someone has to be picked up and dropped off at work.

She went back to work a couple of days later, had her annual performance review and got glowing comments as well as a $0.40/hour raise. An hour later she fell in the warehouse and broke her arm. Another trip to the ER, this time she came out with a splint on her arm.

A couple of days later her sister is admitted to the hospital with serious health problems, she's still there at the moment, but when she comes out we're probably looking at her being fairly unable to take care of herself with nobody but my wife to take care of her...with a broken arm.

[Edit: I have noticed I never followed up on the paragraph above. The wife's sister never made it out of the hospital. She ended up on life support for about a week before she passed away.]

Fast forward to today...the wife was driving me to work and got as far as the end of my street before realizing we didn't have any brakes! We were able to get back home and called my daughter to come home from school so we could use her car for the day. Now we're down to one vehicle for three people. Pretty much impossible to schedule everything around that situation, so I'm borrowing a vehicle from a member of the church for a while until the truck gets repaired. Both master cylinders on the rear brakes need to be replaced according to the garage...a big bill we really can't afford right now.

All of this in the space of about 2 weeks...piled on top of all of the other minor problems we always are dealing with. I'm starting to feel like Wyle E. Coyote...when is the next anvil going to drop on top of our family?

I'm looking for the silver lining, but I just can't seem to spot it at the moment. Surely there's a pony in this somewhere.

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