I had to take a little time off blogging. Due to our financial situation we had to make a very difficult decision and it messed me up a little bit. I’ve been sad and tired, but I’m sure we did the right thing.
I’d taken my Pathfinder in to have the air conditioning fixed. No matter how broke we are, I have to have air conditioning in the summer in Arizona. I am simply unwilling to drive one hour each way in the heat, well, in all honesty it has nothing to do with willpower. It’s pretty much mandatory to have air conditioning in Arizona during the summer. Last summer I kept driving without air but it was extremely uncomfortable. The mechanic we use told me it would cost around $250 to find the leak and replace the freon so I took it in two weeks ago.
A few days later they called to say there was an electrical problem. I still don’t know what the problem was but it took them another week to trace down the problem and then they finally were able to test the compressor and found that it had something wrong with and needed replacement. I don’t doubt it. It is the original compressor that came with the vehicle so it is at least 15 years old.
That was going to cost $800. I did not want to go that much farther into debt.
This prompted Mr. A and I t take a serious look at an expense that could be removed from our budget, one which we’ve been talking about removing for a while now.
Our small herd of dairy goats.
I don’t blog about them much, and I put aside $150 a month in one more sinking fund.
When confronted with an $800 repair which was going to raise our credit card debt, or… find someone to take our goats and use the hay fund… it became critically important to make a decision now, instead of later.
Thankfully we know a man who was willing to take them off our hands, and we sold them to him for a song. That helped a lot because now not only did I have $600 from the hay sinking fund, but some additional money to put toward the monthly bills.
Thankfully Mr. A’s business is beginning to pick up again. Hopefully we will be able to take a company draw in April.
Anyway, that is where I have been. I’ve been a basket case. Monday was very difficult, I asked my boss for the day off, and ended up taking the next day as well, and to top it all off I’ve been having a very difficult time sleeping.
I am just a mushy animal lover that needs to suck it up. We had them for eight years and they were like part of our family, so it feels like someone has died!
I am sure we made the right decision.
And now back to our regularly programmed schedule.