Well, construction on the house is finished. Done, paid for, over with. The check I sent them has been cashed, I have a receipt stating everything is paid for, yay! So, that's one hurdle down.
DH's car is currently in pieces in the garage. It's been that way for a week and a half and he's been taking the van to work. Which means I have been stuck at home with the kids all day every day and I am about to go crazy. No splash pad, no library, and to top it off it rained quite a bit last week, so they couldn't even go outside, and I couldn't take them to the McDonalds PlayPlace. AND, since the car is IN the garage, they couldn't even run off energy in the garage. If that's not a recipe for heading to the looney bin, I don't know what is.
And, speaking of the car, we dropped over SIX HUNDRED DOLLARS on the stupid thing. Which means every single step forward we were on saving for a new van that we made in the last month, is now all over the floor in the garage. It started out at $365. Then, he couldn't get some piece apart to replace something. So, off to buy a new tool for $40(which not only resulted in the cost of the tool, but also used up quite a bit of gas and time since he had to go rather out of the way because we live in darn near BFE *sigh*) The new tool didn't work. So, off to get a different new $40 tool. It didn't work either. So then, he had to find a mechanic shop that had some special huge press to get this thing apart, which cost another $100. Finally get the piece apart, replacing the new one was no trouble, on to the next part of the problem. He managed to bust another part pulling something else out, so he has to order another of those parts, for another $57. In the end, like I said, over $600. Now to be fair, the problems he was having in this repair job are apparently common to this type of work...which is probably why the job would have cost 10 times the cost of the parts had we had a shop do it. So, it's not that he doesn't know what he's doing, It's just that whatever it is exactly that he is doing is....a pain in the butt.
The last part has come in, he's going to try to get it fixed tonight. He has to go out of town for work again tomorrow, and is taking a company car, so I will have the van tomorrow, regardless. Splash pad here we come! And maybe a library visit too, because the kids have reached their first prize milestones. But even if he can't get it fixed tonight, he should be able to finish it tomorrow.
For the future, we are going to budget $100 a month to car maint sinking fund envelope. And whatever we don't spend we will just roll over to the next month, with a cap at $500. It's just a fact of having old cars that they require funds to repair them so we are going to just keep a repair fund, separate from the emergency fund.
Going back to the house for a bit, it's still not sold. There have been no showings for weeks. There has not been an open house. I did ask about it, was told it was being done, and then when I asked again, was basically told he mixed up and had the wrong house. I sent a couple emails last week asking what else could be done to get more people in the house but didn't hear back. I was going back over a couple emails and am now thinking that I misread them and that he said he was going to be out of town. So I emailed his partner today. I can't sell it if I can't get people in to see it.
So that's where those things are. It's tough to wait and it's tough to get knocked backwards when it takes so long to make each forward step.