Tuesday, July 30, 2013

update to my woes

The Ford dealership in Guymon, OK is finally looking at the diesel.  Hubby had to remind them that the warranty expires the first of August, and then, they could duke-it-out with the bank as to who is paying for the repairs, as we don't have the money.

The car made it into the tranny shop.  Tranny shop replaced some module on the inside of the tranny, which the computer said was the problem.  That didn't fix it so the tranny shop pulled the cover again and got to poking around in there and discovered that there are no clutches left from second gear on.  It would cost $2400 to have it rebuilt.  Which, quite frankly, is more that the old girl is worth at over 220,000 miles.  So Hubby and I took a whirlwind ride to Albert Lea, MN yesterday to pick up a used tranny with 73,000 miles on it, to replace the old one.  Hubby will deliver the tranny tomorrow morning to get the car back on the road.  26 hours on the road with a 6-hour nap and we are both tired!  Blinding rain storms and road construction makes for a slow, tedious trip.

We have the water pump in to repair the washer.  We will tackle that as soon as Hubby gets back from the tranny shop tomorrow morning.  The laundry has reached critical mass and I need to do something even if it is wrong!  We think we have figured out how to get the water out of the tub without drowning ourselves.  Wish us luck!

Sister Suzy’s A/C was an easy fix.  The last time the lights went out during a thunderstorm the reset button on her A/C was tripped.  She pushed that and she now has A/C.  But, not before she went to the garage and retrieved the new A/C and brought it upstairs to her room. ; >)

The roof still leaks like a sieve but I have buckets in all the right places, though.  We need to get the roof tarped until we can get it fixed properly.  I know!  Pure white-trailer-trash!  I'd cover it in duct-tape if I had enough.  Red Green would be proud of me because I thought of duct-tape first!  LOL

July is almost over and thing are settling down again!  Yeah!

Hope everyone is having a good day!


Sunday, July 21, 2013

woe is me

Remember this song?!

From the TV Show "Hee-Haw" (1969 -1992)

By Buck Owens & Roy Clark

Gloom, despair, and agony on me
Deep, dark depression, excessive misery
If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all
Gloom, despair, and agony on me

Here are my woes over the last month.

We went to Phoenix to see what the employment market looked like.  Hubby's been unemployed for three years now and it is time to do something.  Phoenix is Hubby's old stomping ground.  Job market looks fair and we found places to live that were as economical as where we are at now.  On the way back to Kansas our diesel pick-up crapped out on us in Albuquerque.  We spent a week in a motel room eating bean-n-cheese burritos and dollar menu items at Mickey D's.  We had to borrow money from my sister to get home.  We ended up renting a car for Sister Suzy and I to come home in.  Hubby limped to Guymon, OK with the diesel after spending a second week in Albuquerque and the Ford dealership telling us the truck was fixed a second time.  Don't use Rich Ford is all I'm going to say about them.  The truck is still in Guymon waiting for parts and repairs. We have to sell the travel trailer to pay for repairs.

Next, the car's transmission is going out.  Hubby thought he would just pull it and rebuild it himself.  After getting the rebuild manual and reading through it he has rethought that idea.  Still not sure what we are going to do there.

Next up, the washing machine had stopped filling.  A quick search on the Internet said we needed new brushes in the motor.  So we ordered a pair; tipped the washer on its front and pulled the motor and replaced them.  Tipped the washer back up, hooked everything back up and plugged it back in.  Hey! Everything works!  NOT!  Something is now wrong with the water pump!  When we tipped the washer over something that was in the trap fell over the edge and got caught in the water pump.  Great!  Now the washer needs a new water pump!  More trips to laundry mat until that is fixed and the roulette game of, "Is this washer or dryer going to eat my money or work?"

Oh, it just keeps coming!  Sister Suzy came in this morning and said her air conditioner has stopped running.  The good new is we have an extra one we bought on sale a couple of years ago.  The bad news is it is larger than the one currently in her room, so the hole will need to be cut out and re-framed and finished.

One final woe, we had a series of frog drowning, gully washers last night.  The roof leaks, guess where?  Yup, my side of the bed!

 Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me

I know just how they feel.

I hope everyone is having a better day than me!