June 07, 2011

It's Always Something

Hubby and I tend to say the only luck we have is bad luck. Whenever we feel like we've taken two steps forward, we suddenly have to take about 10 steps back.
Hubby has been able to work overtime lately. This, we thought would give us some "breathing room." Unfortunately, my hours keep getting cut at work (7 1/2 hours next week? Whatever), so his overtime is now compensating for my lack of hours.
We had a company come out about a month ago to start our sprinkler system. We knew we needed some minor repairs, but the project kept getting bigger and bigger. We finally just stopped making follow up appointments. The system works. The grass is green. We know there are still some things with it that need fixed, but they're not the priority right now.
Why? Because one of the gutters is detaching from the house and a bird has made its home there. Someone is coming out to look at it today, but I really don't want to know the estimate.
Remember the tree that wasn't budding? Yeah, it's dead. Due to HOA covenants we have to have it dug out and replant a new one.
Oh, and don't get me started on Hubby's Jeep. The engine light came on. We had the spark plugs replaced and declined the rest of the work as it's not as critical. It blows me away the spark plugs cost $30.... and the LABOR was $260.
It's always something.


hsvihl said...

Sorry to hear about your troubles. I hope things get better for you.

MaryAnne said...

$260 for a spark plug? Ouch!

Did you call a roofer to look at the gutters? We need ours taken off completely before next winter, but I don't even know who to call...

That is so sad about the tree. And the dig out instantly and replace thing is part of why I refused to buy a house in a HOA neighborhood - even though HOAs do have their perks, like your community pool.

Holly Ann said...

I completely understand and empathize with you. I'm so sorry. Now that I can save a little money on childcare over the summer by staying home, our car has decided to fall to pieces. Awesome. There goes our vacation. :(

Brooke said...

Oh man, I'm sorry to hear. Feel like we're in that same boat a lot too. Things start looking up and then - whamo - you get knocked right back down. Keep your head up!

Lauren said...

Roll up them sleaves girl and have hubby hold those spark plugs for you cus mama needs to save that 290$ for a tree!!

Quadmama said...

I've already explained to him that he will be figuring out how to a) pull that tree out with a chain and a truck and b) planting the new tree himself!

reanbean said...

Oh, so sorry to hear it. When it rains, it pours. The same is always true for us as well. Chin up! Better days are coming around (I hope!).

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