I thought I would get back here sooner but instead I’ve been dealing with more of life’s curveballs. Hubby’s days off are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We realize we are blessed to have these as they are the best days of the week to have off. Even so, they can still suck. The weekend before last was not good and it’s gone downhill from there. Thursday Jan. 15th, we went to 2 estate sales that were “ok”. We took it easy, knowing we’d be out and about on Sat. We decided to do all our errands on Friday. That means running to the CVS pharmacy to get a prescription refill. We also asked about another prescription that they didn’t have the proper strength of last month and of course, they don’t have it again. Even though we told them to make sure it was in. Which means we had to go back again the following weekend to get them, holding our breath with our fingers crossed. Not a big deal.
On Saturday Jan. 17th, we were going to hit a few estate sales to make up for the underwhelming 2 days prior. We go out and get in the Jeep and it won’t start! It won’t even crank. No lights or anything. Hubby tries it a few times but no luck. Meanwhile, my car’s battery is dead since I haven’t driven it in a few months. I don’t get out during the week because I’m home with Mom. But I do want to have a working car in case of an emergency or if I need to get to the store for something. So hubby called AAA. When the guy pulled up, hubby tried starting his Jeep and it started right up. It was crazy. Some type of electrical glitch. The guy jumped my car but said it needed to be on a trickle charger. So hubby put it on there all day and it started right up. Meanwhile, the guy talked Greg into going to his shop to get his Jeep checked out. He did and was gone for 2 hours. They couldn’t replicate the problem! He has a AAA battery in his so they charged him nothing. Still, it was a lot of time lost. We never did get out on Saturday, except to walk the dogs a bit.
Monday Jan. 19th was the Martin Luther King holiday and hubby had off. So we were going to make up for the crummy weekend. I was going to get Mom’s battery in her watch replaced. At the last minute before leaving, I had hubby call the jewelry store to see if they were open. Wouldn’t you know it, they were closed?! So then we were going for dog food. The dogs were completely out of food. That never happens. We always bought them premium Blue Buffalo dog food and I mixed 2 flavors together so they’d have a nice variety. Now we’ve gotten so lazy that for a few months we’ve just been buying Rachael Ray’s Nutrish dog food at the grocery store. They seem to like that as well and it’s a lot cheaper. We were going to go back to Petsmart to get the good stuff this time.
I thought it would be great for me to drive my car over to Niles, IL where the store is. It would get driven and we’d kill 2 birds with one stone. Well, my car drives like a dream. It was so wonderful to drive it again. It was empowering! Then as we were nearing the strip mall the store is in, someone turns right and then stops halfway. They are sticking out in the lane and I had to put the brakes on extra hard. Whoops. Wouldn’t you know the brake line snapped? All of a sudden, I had no brakes. This is a congested area where there are a ton of cars and lots of traffic. Luckily, I don’t drive super fast and keep a good distance from the car ahead of me. So then I had to figure out where to pull in so that I could coast to a stop. There was literally NO BRAKES. I was afraid if I tried to pull into a crowded parking lot, I would just keep going and hit another car. So I passed the strip mall and went up to the next 2 turns. I saw there wasn’t as many cars in the Toys R US parking lot so went in and coasted over to the empty side of the lot. I went in sideways so I had some room. If I had tried to park inside the lines, I might have just rolled out into the street.
Hubby sat in the driver’s seat and then checked the brake fluid. He said it was low, not empty. So we just happened to be next door to an Auto Zone so he went in and bought brake fluid. He poured it in and that made no difference. In fact, then we could see the fluid just SQUIRTING out from under the back seat on the driver’s side. So then Greg called AAA and we waited for a tow truck. I’d never had my car towed before but it has to go on a flatbed. That was interesting. The guy they sent was about 22 years old and was in no hurry. We had to ride up front with him and had him drop the car (and us) off at McGarry’s shop in Park Ridge, IL. We’d gotten the brake line on the other side replaced a few years ago. The repair place said it would take all week for them to even get to it. We walked home the 8 blocks from the repair shop and then drove over to the grocery store for the dog food again. So we didn’t get out anywhere on Monday either. I guess it’s a blessing that we weren’t on our way to get Mom’s watch battery. The parking at that place is even worse and the parking spaces are facing into the building. I could just see making a big turn into there and finding out that the brakes went out. I would’ve been one of those people you see on the news all the time that drives right into a building. Sheesh!
“All’s well that ends well.” I used to hear that saying a lot when I was a child. I never really knew what it meant. It seemed like nonsense to me. Now I can safely say I know what it means and it applies to this situation perfectly. 🙂