It was a good news and bad news kind of day.
1) We started the day today running down to McIntosh to get the car which wouldn't start for Louisa when she got off work last night at 11:00. (Thanks to the Oklee area co-worker who kindly helped Louisa out last night after having worked a double shift.) The car has been problematic since the summer, but it's what we have, so we've been trying to nurse it along. We made the decision that it was no longer reliable enough to trust for her to go back and forth to work all those miles in the cold. (Bad)
2) After contemplating all the various things that might have been the problem last night, today the car started with just a little boost from the van via jumper cables. We took it over to Fosston to the ever capable Dustin and Adam at Carco. (Good)
3) Dustin and Adam don't have time to work on it until next week Wednesday. Our good van is in the shop getting the deer damage repaired, so that left us with the prospect of two drivers with work obligations (Louisa and Joe) and only one vehicle. Only a kind of, sort of, sometimes functional vehicle, AKA the creeper van, which has really crummy winter tires that scared me all last winter. Oh, and the headlights only sometimes work if the car warms up first and the door is slammed just so. Oh, and the gas gauge is shot, we have to use the trip odometer to keep track. The speedometer isn't accurate. The heater van hums with a very annoying high pitched hum, until one drives over rumble strips or a railroad track, after which it will run normally for a few miles. The radio is down to one speaker that rattles like things are falling off the car. The back seats have holes rusted through the floor in spots. And once since we replaced the battery the van didn't start. (Bad)
4) We have Jeremy's vehicle here which we've been wanting to get into working order before sending it down to him in Granite Falls. . Since the car sat outside for over a year, we want a few things checked out. Hoses and wires and fluids, etc. Oh, and we're going to have him blow the engine area, to make sure all the leaves and mouse nesting material is off the engine block. Jeremy cleaned most of it out before he moved, but the wimpy little shop vac we have still left some debris. We're happy that Scott's able to get it in so soon. (Good)
5) But that still leaves us with four services and two work shifts, just tonight and tomorrow, not to mention the ride up to Tami and Jim's in Grygla for Thanksgiving, which we're hoping to be able get to. And one van. (Bad)
4) But we have very generous friends and neighbors who have often come to our rescue. When I called our friend Lana to see if we could use Brad's older car, she dissuaded us based on the fact that the heater in it is one of those "only occasionally functioning" varieties. kind of like so many things on the Creeper van. But Lana generously offered us her almost new and very nice car for a few days. (Good)
5) I took Louisa over to get Lana's car and left my purse there. Duh, I can't figure out why I even took in into the house for the 30 seconds I was there. (Bad)
6) In spite of the other commotion and the missing purse, I was still able to get back into Oklee to pick up Elsie in time to get to the chiropractor in Thief River on time. (Good)
7) We ran out of time to get all the way downtown to mail Aunt Aimee's afghan, so she'll have to wait an extra few days. :-( (Bad)
8) In spite of the 155 miles I put on the car today, I still managed to photo copy some stuff for the Sunday School kids for the Christmas program and serve my kids meals at mostly the proper time. I didn't wipe out on the slick spots on the roads from this morning's snowfall. And most importantly, we got home in time for Joe to make his 5:00 Mt. Olive church service, with a few minutes to spare. In fact, we even beat the school bus after we passed it as it was accelerating after stopping at at Alyssa's house. (Good)
9) When I got home, Clara had mixed up crust enough for four Gluten Free pies! Yeah, Clara! (Good)
10) And perhaps most exciting of all to my Mommy heart, Aunt Nyla called just after I got home with news of Matthew. He's officially finished with all the initial Marine Corps training. He'll be in the Twin Cities tonight at around 9:00. Nyla's daughter (Joe's cousin) Christina and her husband, Troy, will pick Matt up at the airport tonight and get him to Nyla's. Joe's parents Jerry and Bergetta will come to their place for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, and take Matt home with them where his truck is waiting. Thank you all for caring for him so well.