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April 2017

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This has been the most weirdly eventful weekend I've had in a long time. Maybe ever.

First, the guy who provides us hay said he had no more to give us. We need a round bale roughly every two weeks and have been buying from him for at least 10 years, but apparently he was unable, for some reason (either money or he just didn't get off his ass fast enough), to get the pastures he normally leases for baling, and he didn't fertilize his own field, so he only has enough this year for himself. Randi, my roomie, spent all morning Friday calling around, trying to find a replacement. Finding hay bales that are a reasonable cost and that can be delivered, both necessary to us, is hard. But she managed it, with a guy who asked that we put down a (reasonable) deposit, and if so, he'd hold a year's worth of round bales for us and deliver them for not much more than we've been paying.

The reason I was home Friday (my roomie is normally off on that day) is event #2 - the driver's side front window of our Honda fell 2/3 of the way into the door. I called our regular mechanic, but we've been having trouble with them lately - I think it's due to financial troubles, but the last year or so, they haven't been treating us well and they've been down to one mechanic, one that I don't have a lot of faith in. He told me what the problem was without having me come down for him to look at it. As it turns out, he was right, but that was beside the point. Not only did he not bother to look, but he said the part alone would be $175-225. When I called back later, to ask if there was some way to prop the window closed because there was no way I could afford that kind of money, he then suggested I call a local junkyard - but not until I essentially told him I'd have to end up duct-taping plastic over the window rather than try to come up with $300 plus for the repair. So I called the junkyard, and they were very nice - I got the part for $85, and it'll be here tomorrow. I then drove to the other garage here in town, a definite backyard type, but he did look at the car, and he quoted me $72 labor if I brought the part, and he can do the work on Tuesday. So I got no bullshit and no extra charge for bringing my own part, from a total stranger. Hmph.

#3, Randi got a call from a friend of hers in South Carolina, a neighbor of her parents. It turns out Randi's father died last Saturday (her mother passed away several years ago). This was no big deal for us. He was a vicious, nasty, petty, destructive man whom we called "The Thing", and he did some things to Randi and her mom that I consider unforgivable and even evil (and I'm a pretty easy person). I won't go into any of that, since those aren't my secrets. The thing is, the neighbor said that his housekeeper was cleaning everything out of the place, and had begun doing so on the very day he died. Randi won't get anything from the house - The Thing made sure that she would inherit nothing from him - but he did have some things her mother left her, and she'll probably never see those. She hasn't decided yet what to do about the housekeeper, but in the meantime, she did get one thing from the old bastard - she got 3 days paid leave from Walmart.

#4, last night while watching a movie, I got stung by a scorpion for the first time in my life. He got me a couple of times, actually, right on the toes. Let me tell you, if you've never been stung by a scorpion, it HURTS. Like a bad sting from an angry wasp, multiplied by 3. It's really lucky, however, that it was me and not my roomie or one of the smaller animals that was stung. Randi's highly allergic to insect stings, and who knows what that might do to a small dog or a cat. Me, I'm not allergic to anything (except for goldenrod and, mildly, to oat dust), and I have a healthy immune system. Not only that, but due to my surgery, my last tetanus shot was just a few months ago. So although it hurt for most of the night, I got no other side effects and today I have no effects except for a little numbness in those toes.

#5, while watching (another) movie late this morning, I got summoned by my roomie. I'm not sure what's up with her, perhaps it's some kind of infection or else a major anxiety attack, but she was dead-pale, cold, and shivering uncontrollably. This alarmed me a bit, since we aren't running AC much, and the house was about 75-80 degrees at the time. The shivering went away after about half an hour, but she's weak as a kitten now and nauseated. So... guess who gets to do all the chores tonight? *sigh*

If anyone doesn't know the meaning of the curse, "May you live in interesting times," this is a nice illustration. It was certainly an interesting weekend. I hope the next one is borrrrrriiiinnng.


Sounds like you need a boring weekend! Yikes!! I'm glad the scorpion sting wasn't any worse than that. And hope Randi feels better soon. Lordy!
That certainly is a series of "interesting" events! Here's to a "boring" future!

*many hugs* I hope things improve, and fast.