Wednesday, August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017

Yep. Another bad day ... broke my pinky toe again this morning when I got up. Same toe as Monday. The swelling had finally started going down. Now, it's swelled again. The bruising on the toe and the rest of the foot is spectacular ...
And, the upper radiator hose burst on my car. I guess after I got home yesterday. I saw a big damp spot under the front wheel of the car this morning and popped the hood open. Sure enough, a huge hole in the hose. Called my cousin and left him a voicemail. Waited for a few hours for him to call and then got tired of waiting. So, I got my ebike ready and took off to get the part ... he called when I was almost half-way to town and told me to go home. He'd come later today and get the part and fix it. :)
My personal mini-fan stopped working this morning ...

4pm
Curtis has come and gone. He took me to get the hose and then put it on for me. Then, we went to CostCo and he got me another card on his account. Yay.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

August 29, 2017

After yesterday's upheaval, I'm feeling a little better about some things ... but, my broken toe is agonizing!
I went to the legal aid office and the lawyer I talked to was very helpful and I've started the first step in getting that mess cleaned up.
And, my mom has finally - FINALLY - accepted that at some point we will be moving to Washington! She asked me to start bringing small boxes home and she wants to start packing things a bit at a time so we won't end up rushing at the end of the line like we always have in the past when we've moved. It is such a relief not to have her pushing against me on this goal.

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

2017 officially sucks ...
One problem after another after another, ad nauseum ...
Newest problem. I just broke my little toe on my way to answer the door to receive a fuckin' summons ... I'm getting sued for an old credit card debt! Almost $4,000. I don't have the money to fix my car, pay house insurance, get my electricity fixed, get a new air conditioner, pay a higher space rent, still waiting to get the results of the park inspection ... it's never gonna end ...
So, tomorrow, I have to go to the legal aid office and see if someone can help me figure out what this packet means ...
And, somehow, I have to walk on my foot without screaming. It's gonna be agony this weekend at the Mag7 convention, I think ...
In the mean time, this heatwave is killing me with no air conditioner ... it got to 106°F inside yesterday and will most likely again today ... my poor critters can't keep cool, either ... I thought I had drank enough water yesterday, but woke up with muscle pains in my calf this morning. So, trying to drink more today. The heatwave has been going on for several days of 105°F+ already, and is predicted to last for almost 2 more weeks ... I really can't handle this ... It wouldn't be so bad if I had the electricity in the whole house. I could use the fans. But, with only 2 rooms that work, my mom is using her 3 fans in the living room. That's it. I just don't know what to do. I'm beyond overwhelmed with all that's been going wrong the past couple of months. It feels like there is no end in sight ...

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

3pm
We have hot water!! My cousin Curtis was able to install a new hot water expansion tank for me. First one he's ever done (he didn't even know what one was!) He's installed water heaters before, but this was new for him. I think the weird rumbling noises we heard coming from the water heater a week or so before that little tank blew was the tank breaking down inside. We shall see if it makes that noise anymore.
He checked the air conditioner and has no idea what's wrong with it ... we both think it may be the compressor or the same as the rest of the house - the wiring ...
I wasn't able to get under the house to check the wiring this past weekend, as I had a massive migraine (partly from stress and the high temps with no air to cool me ...) But, I will get under there on Wednesday. If I can't find a problem with the visible wiring, we'll have to wait a couple more months before I can hire another electrician. Curtis isn't sure he can fix that. One of his friends knows of one who did some work for a reasonable price. He's going to get me the number. Hopefully, he'll come to my area and understands mobile home wiring ...
Curtis is going to help me get the car fixed (again) - he always comes through with the cars. I'll get it registered before it is due. He'll get the catalytic converter and smog test done and I will pay him back.
So, at least 2 of my problems have been figured out and potentially the problem with repairing the deck once I get the home inspection papers for that. He's said he will help with the rebuilding of it.
Oh, and amazingly, we finally got re-approved for the CARE discount for utilities. They dumped us 2 years ago because we 'used too much electricity' ... :/



Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 11, 2017

Noon
This year is still not getting better. It's one thing after another ...
I still need to get the water heater expansion tank replaced, so still no hot water.
The electrical problems ... it's not the circuit breakers (thank goodness, since they are nearly $100 each for the type required for mine.) It's looking more and more like a wiring problem. Very likely from mice/rats chewing through them ... somewhere ... so, I am going under the house tomorrow and hopefully locate the problem.
No air conditioner ... It quit the other night. Not sure if it is wiring or the compressor went out ... not getting much sleep because it doesn't cool off in here at night, even with the windows open ...
My house insurance has gone up over $100 ... just got the bill last week ... on top of the space rent raise I already have to deal with ...
After the recent park inspection, I know I will have to, at least, replace my deck, plus the construction permit is $196!
Oh, and the heating element went out on my dryer yesterday ...
And, I still need to get a catalytic converter/smog test and registration for my car ...

The only bright spot coming up is the Magnificent Seven Convention ... in 3 weeks! I have my 'costume' almost ready. I'm making the sleeve garters and string tie this weekend. Still would like to find some different boots, but will have to settle for some I have. And, I'd like to get a 'gambler' hat, but the one I found online is too pricey this year. Maybe for next year! I have the pants, shirt, vest, pocket watch/fob (my grandfather's), braces (suspenders) and belt. Need to find cuff links (I have them somewhere in all my inherited jewelry ...)

1pm
And, now, I have a migraine ...

Finally, called cousin Curtis to ask if he could fix the water heater problem. So, he'll be here in a few hours to take a look ... didn't mention the other problems, yet ... I really hate asking him ... but, desperate times and all that ...

6pm
Curtis just left. He's going to fix the water heater problem on Monday. Hope that will solve one problem. We finally told him the plans about moving to Washington and he mentioned that he's been thinking about leaving CA. for a while, too ... never thought I'd hear that from him! He also said, he doesn't think there would be a problem selling our place once we fix the current problems ... that surprised me! So, there may still be hope of moving, after all! That kind of cheered me up. If I wasn't so over-heated and migrained to death, I'd probably be jumping for joy!