Being on a limited income you tend to plan things as carefully as possible if you can. Barring any short falls that may come your way. My plan for May was to get electrical boxes and some wire to begin the electrical work on the shop.
Well Last week we got hit by official accounts, 88 mph straight line winds. My yard looked like a war zone with all the shingles that blew into the yard from the neighbors house behind me. The winds and the pieces of shingles were so powerful that it broke out the headlights and caved in the the metal around the headlights on one of my riding garden tractors. Okay no big thing right, just some clean up work there. But the major part of my damage was my wood fence on 2 sides of my property. I had just rebuilt a good part of the fence last summer. So now I just spent my monthly allotment of $200.00 to rebuild the fence. Buying new posts and 2×4 stringers to repair my fence before the city jumps on me about that.
Okay so now you might be thinking, so the guy had a little bad luck there and he can just start fresh next month. Wrong here’s where the really bad luck hits me. My car is leaking water and I can’t find the leak. So I take it to the mechanic and he says its probably just the freeze plug, bring it in tomorrow and I’ll fix it. I take it in and have my son bring me back home. About 30 minutes later my mechanic calls and says are you sitting down? I said shoot, he proceeds to tell me how bad the damage really is. It seems as I have had a problem for awhile cause some how oil has gotten into the water and softened the water hoses and that my leak is coming from my intake manifold and has to be replaced.
So its a good thing my mechanic, is my neighbor and he knows me pretty well. He said he’d do this off the books for about $750.00 Parts and labor. I told him I didn’t have that kind of money right now. He asked if I could pay him in 60 days. I said yes, I can juggle the budget to to that. Of course this means it will set my plans back some on the shop. But what’s a poor boy to do? At least my car will be fixed this week and the good part of all this is the mechanic is my neighbor.
Lets see what happens next month, never know what might happen.
-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg