Aaavalon Goat Farm
For those unfamiliar with our situation, we have one small car for the four of us to get to workplaces, school, etc. It finally died. (It's an old car, so it's not surprising at all) It's been VERY good to us for many years, but since we've been without the means to do much upkeep to it (other than the occasional oil change/tuneup when we could manage it) for quite awhile now, it was bound to happen eventually. That, combined with the fact that everyone has different schedules and work/school destinations that are a minimum of 30-40 minutes away (WITHOUT traffic. WITH traffic it can actually be hours just one-way!), the car is being driven A LOT, seven days a week! The cost of gas alone is fairly crippling right now just to do what we NEED to do. (We don't get to do trips for fun anymore, can't afford it, it's already too costly just driving to where we NEED to go to keep the lights on and groceries in the fridge!)
Then, the location. This house is in kind of an odd area. It's in a fairly rural area, yet it's right on a main thoroughfare. In order to get on the road, one must get up over a rather steep hill of a driveway. You basically have to get right up close to the street on the slope, and if there's traffic, you have to wait and then really give it gas for it to have enough power to shoot up the hill and get on the highway quickly before traffic comes. Doing this every day, multiple times a day, was apparently just too much of a strain on the transmission/clutch/etc. and it finally gave up the ghost. :(
We were already on the ragged edge. No savings left, resources tapped, credit cards maxed, still trying to make needed repairs to the house. You get the picture. Then the mechanic informs us that it's going to be a few thousand dollars to repair the car! How do you pull thousands of dollars from... less than nothing? It was pretty much terrifying.
Fortunately Av. was able to get a loan from his brother and his brother's wife. With ALL that we've been going through for the past few years, somehow we'd managed to avoid asking (Wasn't easy!), but we finally had to ask. We simply had no other options, and they totally came through for us when we really needed it. Without that car, everyone would have lost their jobs and that..as they say.. would have been that.
So, that's the main bit. There have been lots of other crazy setbacks, but that was the big monetary one. Now we not only have the credit card debt/interest to deal with, we also owe Av's brother a rather hefty sum, so it's probably not going to be a "Goaty Christmas" this year. I realize some of you may have been hoping you'd get a goat cheese care package for the holidays and I apologize that things did not work out that way. Believe me, I was hoping it would be a speedier process myself, but apparently that wasn't the way it needed to play out.
I still have high hopes that we can get through this and that by next year things will have turned around, but honestly at this point I'm just not surprised by anything anymore and I'm not making any assumptions either way. Always, ALWAYS hoping for the best though!
If you've read through this, thanks for caring! If you are able to share it around, it is greatly appreciated! To those of you who have helped already, we thank you! You've helped keep us going! Brightest Blessings to you and yours for your own good fortune.
For Aaavalon! Forever! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER SURRENDER! :)
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