Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Yo Yo Syndrome

Life's ups and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want." Marsha Sinetar

Recently we have been having lots of life's ups and downs. You already know about the hit and run.(DOWN) Then we were told he had insurance so we filed a claim. (UP) Then we received a letter from his insurance company stating his insurance was cancelled on 8/27/08.(DOWN)

Friday I had go buy feed and travel into town. The man said he would get the day off and come with me. I was looking forward to a day with the man (UP) His boss decided he didn't need the day off so I went alone (DOWN) The man called me from work to tell me somebody offered to trade their truck for ours. (UP) Ours -2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 short bed with 100,000 miles but damaged. His a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 single cab 8 foot bed not a 4x4 with 200,000 and a rebuilt engine. He had the time and money to play with fixing it but we didn’t. We traded him as we do need a truck, the kids are old enough that they don’t come with us all the time so we don’t need the quad cab. The longer bed gives us more room to haul and it has a class 5 hitch for towing.

Saturday we transferred the tags and we were mobile again (UP) Oh, yes I put collision on it! We came home and stopped at the mail box to get the mail. There was a notice to go to the Post Office to get a certified letter. The letter stated the man (as in my man) was the cause of the accident for being parked on the side of the road and was being fined $74. (DOWN) He was parked on the side of the road with his headlights, four way flashers, and bed light on a mile long straight away. As a volunteer file police he was standing and directing traffic and had to dive into the canal to stop from getting run over but he is at fault?!? So we are going to fight it and go to court.
#1 daughter had come down to help paint (UP) so we got a third coat on the kitchen. It is red red! Actually the top right corner is closest to the color. I had used the flash so it looks brighter than it really is.We were going to paint more but had to go back into town.

I had promised #2 daughter that I would take her and two friends to see High School Musical 3 when it came out. #2 son opted out! I messed up and didn't buy a ticket to Saw5 so the man slept thru HSM3. After the movie #2 went home with the friends leaving the man and I alone. We did a little shopping and went to the Chinese resteraunt. (UP) Yup just the two of us...doesn't happen often and we enjoyed every last minute of it.

Sunday we went to visit a friend and left the keys in the truck…it automatically locks. (DOWN) After the husbands tried to open it with no success we called the garage and luckily found the owner working. Ten minutes later he was leaving and our truck was unlocked.(UP) We drove home to can the sauerkraut and we meet D and were reimbursed for the tow fees.(UP)

We canned 1/2 pints, pints, and quarts and ended up with a total of 19 quarts from 30 lbs of cabbage. (UP) A friend's friend decided she didn't want chickens anymore so delivered a RI Red hen and rooster. We had dispensed with our attack rooster so the little nephews didn't get hurt and the bobcat got a hen so this was a welcome addition. (UP)

Monday I was determined to finish the Dana Marr shawl I have been working on. I did! (UP) I suck at blocking and couldn't find the wires (DOWN). I roughly got it stretched and found that when the needle came unscrewed and the stitches fell off that I didn't fix it as well as I thought I had (DOWN) It is still pretty and it is done so I can move on to other things (UP) #2 daughter was talking about stockings for Christmas so maybe I will start making some of them.

Today we woke to our first school closing. (UP or DOWN only time will tell) #2 daughter is upset since she had planned to dine out with her Spanish class. The electricity has gone off and on three times now. #1 son called and he has 6 inches whereas we only have slush but it is to continue today and tonight. It was just getting to the point where I could see up into the woods. The last leaves are sure to come down now! Or branches...guess I better go make sure there is oil in the lantern and kero in the heaters.
Oh, in case you weren't counting there were more ups than downs which as Martha would say is a "good thing"!


SIS said...

Finally, I was wondering when I would see an update. Just cause I can't keep my blog up to date, doesn't allow you not too. I live for hearing about home and hearth. Okay....you can keep the snow. The knit is almost lacy, very beautiful. Hope the kids don't drive you too crazy today. Hugs from me....

cyndy said...

The lace shawl looks beautiful! You did a great job! Can't wait to see it in person ;-)

Love the red paint..and anxious to see that as well.

Snow? What snow? la la la la la la

(don't tell my turnips and carrots that it is snow..just very cold rain....)

Tam said...

Judy the shawl is gorgeous!
I wish you and yours more ups than downs from now on!
We are slushy too...the river and lake are still too warm to let the snow accumulate...but then there's later today and tonight...Yikes! It is October right??

Anonymous said...

Can't see any mistakes on that shawl. I thinks it's absolutely lovely.

Congrats on the sauerkraut. I've never managed to do that successfully.

Will be keeping my fingers crossed over the "hit & run." You definitely need to fight, and I'm sure you will win. Best of all, I'm glad "the man" is OK.


finnsheep said...

The shawl is beautiful as is the kitchen color. Hope both bring you many warm days!