Thursday night at about 10:30 we get a call from our daughter (youngest) that her car had suddenly stopped just as she was pulling off the highway into her University. What do you do at 10:30 at night? We told her to push it to a spot where she couldn't get towed and walk to her apartment a few blocks away. I called a tow truck the next morning, we do have towing insurance. Well there is no one in that town that works on Volkswagen, so we check the next closest town Nope! So the car has to be towed here at the cost of over $200.00 (Luckily towing will have to cover it) She had her front axle break. The tow truck driver was horrified because she had just come off a steep hill on the highway going 65 mph. She had slowed down to turn in to town when the axle broke. If she had been on the hill she would have gone end over end. Most people do not survive such a crash because of speed. So I am trying not to be grouchy about the $297.00 repair bill. I spent Friday morning teaching and fielding phone calls about this car. Our internet also went down for over 24 hours. Frustrating.
Here I am trying to not spend money and stay on budget and I just spend and spend. On a good note daughter did get a part time job, so with her small cleaning job and this she should be able to get some money put away for school. She has also agreed to sell this expensive car. It is a darling car but a gas hog and very expensive to fix. It is low to the ground and has a turbo engine and is not conducive to the rough roads and heavy snow and ice in her college town. She had to park the car most of the winter. Hallelujah!
She is thinking of not having a car at all now that she lives on campus. People were always after her to take them places. Not that she needs to be selfish, but she felt taken advantage of especially with gas prices. Speaking of gas (actually writing about) our prices have dropped over .25 a gallon in the last month. Gas is 3.69 here now and will be falling even more as the out lying areas are cheaper. This is such a huge thing for us. It cost 8 dollars less to fill the car. Since we use about 6 tanks a month and we save 14.00 now when we fill the truck this is almost $75.00. If gas drops to closer to $3.00 like they say it will by fall we will have about a $150.00 savings. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Shop is still slow, but I have gotten several bridesmaid dresses in. Also a wedding dress and more are coming. I would rather do fast easy work like hemming pants, but I am happy to have several hundred dollars of work come in, hopefully I can make enough this week to stay on budget and have a little for vacation.
Out My Window: Warm, actually hot one day!
Have a restful and peaceful Sabbath!