Well, I thought I’d be able to write about the lovely nature walk Miss E and I were to have this morning. We had a little seed bag from Nature Detectives printed off and stuck together to go looking for things like acorns and chestnuts with a group of friends. The weather was lovely for it too.
I put Miss E down early for a nap as I wanted her to have at least an hour before we left otherwise she would miss out on her nap and she didn’t sleep so well. She went straight to sleep and I had trouble waking her up. I almost left her sleeping and cancelled, but as we had already missed two other events this week due to circumstances, I decided we needed to go.
About 10 minutes from our destination in the middle lane coming up to a roundabout just after being on a dual carriage way, I needed to change down gears and slow down to come up to the roundabout. Horror of horrors there was this awful grinding noise and NO GEARS. I tried every single gear while braking to no avail. I whacked on the hazards, and came to a standstill about 2 car lengths from the roundabout.
I was now in a dangerous place with a child in the back who could get smashed into at any moment with no way of getting us tot he side of the road or out of the car. Cars kept streaming past us on both sides. I had no info on our breakdown cover so needed to get in touch with Mr P, but he was unavailable. The moment I thought he could be in a meeting and may be in that meeting for a very long time and I would have no way of getting us rescued panic started to creep up on me slowly.
Just as my mind was about to unravel a man pulled up beside me in the other lane and asked if I wanted him to push the car in to the side so we wouldn’t be in harms way. Relief! At least I wouldn’t be a target any more. He and his friend pushed us in under the bridge and up the curb. Shortly after that I finally managed to get in touch with Mr P so he could sort out breakdown recovery. Then I had to get Miss E out of the car and walk on some very dicey parts of the road to get to McDonalds which was thankfully not too far from where we broke down.
We sat there and awaited Mr P and the RAC’s arrival. We got home safe and sound, and now we have plans for the weekend….trying to find a new car. We have been holding off, hoping we could ditch the two and get one good car when we are able to move, but there comes a point when constant major repairs are just too much and it’s all too unsafe.
I am thankful for God’s protection on us today and all week. I was quite annoyed at having had to miss the other two events, but looking back I can see the Hand of Providence. Both those journeys were rather long and involved motorway driving (not a place I’d like my clutch to go-yes that was the issue in the end not my gearbox), and also mr P is out of the country for a few days next week when I would have had to make one of those long journeys again. I would have been totally stranded then as we have no one near us who could’ve rescued me.
And, now to unwind from the days events. Did you have any adventures this fine Friday?!
Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t turn out – take another shot.
I’ve had a super long break from writing anything, and that is mainly because the past few months have been pretty stressful and I’ve not felt like writing at all. My energy was taken up by just getting out of bed in a morning to face another day. Things have improved slightly, so I feel like writing a bit again. Life has been interesting and the results of the last few months are that we are getting our house ready for sale so we can move. We thought we had found the right house for us which was a new build and would mean it would be easier for us and we would be able to make use of the new Help To Buy scheme in the UK, but it hasn’t worked out. It was in the same area as we are now, so I am not sure whether it was the house that was wrong or the location that was wrong. There are so many reasons we have to move that are affecting my mental health and well-being as well as the more practical/financial reasons. Here’s a little list:
-The enormous amount of work needing to be done here and the huge amounts of cash the house is swallowing up with problem after problem. We bought the house as a project, and when it was just the two of us it was fine as we had time to work on it. Now, with Miss E, it is just not fair to spend all that free time on doing up a house that we always intended on selling on anyway, and we have lost the heart and vision of it with the fact it’s just draining our cash.
-The long commute Mr P has to and from work. This is a major factor (which is probably why the other house just didn’t work; it may have been a case of right house, wrong location). As it stands Mr P doesn’t get to see very much of Miss E at all, and she misses and needs daddy input into her life. It would be nice to have more family time.
-To clear debts. This house just increases our debts further with all the work and issues we have had to sort that keep mounting up. We can longer afford to do this, so we need a few years in somewhere that needs minimal work to breathe and just enjoy living again.
-Problems with rats…this is still an ongoing issue (although for now they have left us in peace) and the stress of the last 3 months of rat toture is just too much especially with a little one to think of.
-Issues with neighbours; this is a big one for me as all summer I am trapped in the house due to the obnoxious, bullying behaviour of our neighbours’ 4 children while they are on break. Yes, children can really cause that much emotional and mental stress to an adult to the point where after 4 years they can’t take anymore of it! It is unfair to Miss E not to be able to use her garden when she pleases (and she loves her garden), and I can never let her out if they are in for fear of what they might say to her.
So that’s a brief little overview of the last few months and what has been keeping me busy and away from here. Now, I am just kept busy with things like stripping wallpaper so we can finish the house up and get some buyers in to look around!