Before Church I made a half a bottle of Moringa capsules. The testimonies at Church were pretty good. Mostly travelogs, but good. I came home and checked my fire every hour because it's now small enough it doesn't hold much fuel. At 3 I drove my Skill Saw over to Paul's and had him help me put the blade on. We got into a conversation about religion and then I came home and checked my fire and sungazed for 28 minutes and 30 seconds. I spent a lot of time with Christian as he explained the different characters in his video game, since Jacob wasn't here. I made a fire early this morning hoping to get a shower before church but that didn't happen so I kept feeding it and got a good shower tonight and washed my hair. I did dishes and had a small salad for dinner and now I'm going to get in my bed and read.
Monday Dec 2
I did my morning chores and waited for Melvin and his daughter to come but they never came. Melissa and I sat in the swing and talked and then I had lunch and took a nap. I got up and was returning from tending my log fire in the woods when a blue car drove up and Ronnie spotted me returning from the woods. He said he would copice the four trees in our back yard that hold the clothes lines. This will let more sun shine on the solar panel. I gave him $70 and I still owe him $10 but he will be here at 9 tomorrow to do the deed. I think it was Mike the mechanic that called me this afternoon but he only rang a few times and I didn't pick up. If he refuses to comply with my request it's one more nail in his coffin. I have proof I sent the letter. Just 2 1/2 more days until my court date. The was no sun this morning or this evening but we had a barrel fire and I got a nice hot shower and did the dishes. I downloaded the newest edition of Legacy and worked on my genealogy for about 2 hours.
Tuesday December 3
My woods fire was practically finished at least so that I was able to lift the two pieces that were left onto the wagon using the pitch fork. I pitch forked them into the barrel fire and from that fire I did the dishes and took a nice shower. Ronnie came at 9 am as planned and took down the four trees leaving enough to support a clothes line and also have enough left to grown new leaves, just not so high. One tree was leaning toward the house so he used the extension ladder to tie a rope to the tree and tied the other end to the back of my truck. My job was to direct the tree away from the house and easy so as not to break his rope. I must have done a good job because his rope didn't break and the tree followed the truck. But I was half scared and half worried that I'd do it wrong - like stall or something. He used his chainsaw to saw off the big limbs and slide the tree into logs and I used the ax to cut of the smaller branches. I pulled all the branches away from the trees and stacked the logs as he cut them. After he left I made 5 trips with a truck full of branches which I delivered to the woods. Aaron and Melissa repositioned the 2 swing sets to take up more room and moved the plants back and I was using the wagon to move the logs we stacked under the clothesline to the log wall over by the hole. About my third trip I noticed a very flat and irreparable tire and because the wheels had grown out of alignment I researched purchasing a new wagon. I have a coupon for 25% off 1 item and Harbor Freight has a 1,000 pound wagon which will cost about $50 after coupon price. Marvin Pell came over and asked me to start making notes for the judge Thursday so I did:
According to the Chilton book, an Oldsmobile Intrigue with air conditioning requires 11.8 hours to change a motor.
Mike said the motor cost was $900
11.8 x $60 - $696 work hours
motor cost $900
I have already paid him $1,500.00.
Seeing as I took my perfectly running car in for an oil change and tune up in September and ended up buying a new engine I think Mike created the $696 in work hours by fooling me into believing I needed a new engine.
Seeing as he didn't hire a real mechanic until he had had my car for three months and left my car in his lot without an hood to protect the engine from the elements which potentially caused unknown problems, I asked for $4,000 to replace my car.
As if to add insult to injury after my car was finally running and there was a court case pending he would not deliver my car saying he didn't trust me. Dec. 8 will make 4 months without my car, on which I maintained insurance and for which I bought a license sticker.
Since I have been borrowing rides and cars to get to church, to visit my husband in a nursing home, to grocery shop and visit friends I feel somewhat abused as he has toyed with my life these past 4 months.
Marvin liked it but wants be to include phone numbers for the mechanics that have vouched that leaving an engine exposed to the elements has the potential to cause serious problems down the line. So tomorrow I will add phone numbers. Right now I am going to bed.
Wednesday December 4
Well my court date is tomorrow at 9:00 am and Mavin called me to tie up loose ends. He got 3 mechanics to say they would not drive a car that had been left out in the rain without a hood for 3 weeks, and he wanted me to add those names to my statement. So I came home and added them in and then he came and picked me up. Our first stop was at the post office. They delivered my certified letter on Friday but the card they were to return to me never came back from Tampa. She expected it tomorrow so she has my phone number and will call to say I can pick it up before court or no it hasn't come in yet. Next was the courthouse where I wanted to include the paper I wrote to be included in the papers that went to the judge. The trouble is, my defendant has to see everything I give the judge, and since there wasn't enough time for me to mail a copy to him I have to make two copies and hand one to the judge and one to Mike at the pre trail. We came home and Alice came over with her turck and off we went shopping. We first stopped at Harbor Freight where I got a new wagon and then we shopped at Aldi and then we had lunch at Wendy's and then we came home. After Alice slammed my arm in her behind the cab toolbox Aaron removed the wagon, and he and I put it together. Aaron had he day off so he also put up the Christmas tree and hooked the LED lights onto our front porch. I was able to finally reach the 28 minutes and 40 seconds of sun gazing and since I want a shower in the morning I made one tonight so it wil be easier for her to make a flash fire in the morning. If you pray, please pray for a righteous decision for my 9 am court date tomorrow.
Thursday December 5
Interesting but depressing day. My case was thrown out of court because I didn't accuse Mike of anything, I just believed. Anyway, I have 60 days to amend my case and in he beginning I wasn't going to. After court Mike and I were seated on a bench to mediate our situation. I had $600 in my wallet just to cover any unexpected expenses. In the mediation I offered him the $600 if he would bring my car to me. He said sure. He marked my payment on his invoice and said I owed $240 more, payable next month. Then we went back in to announce our plan, and that's when we both picked up our progress reports. The report said that I could amend my paperwork and resubmit. Once he read that he accused me of pursuing another court date, asked me where my receipt was and then said he didn't get any money from me and he will start storage fees on my car until I pay him. Did I lose that $600? He's the kind of guy that would lie with his hand on a Bible (and his wife is a minister). Anyway, I wrote a letter to the judge explaining this incident and the kind of thinking Mike displays. How can I accuse him of disabling my car to get more work when he would just lie on the stand? He believes what he wants to believe. I came home and waited for the car to arrive but not for long. I called a lawyer (one that had previously accepted my case) to set up an appointment but so far he hasn't called back. Marvin has agreed to put up the money for the lawyer. I stamped and took my letter to the mailbox and watched a few Aaron Russo videos and had a good dinner (all by myself) and I'm going to get a shower (140 degree water) and try to read a little. I finally got spell check to check my spelling. I had to download an ap. Maybe God was looking at the big picture when he confirmed righteousness would rain in my situation. I'll bet I have a lawyer story to tell tomorrow.
Friday December 6
I was waiting for the lawyer to call when Marvin Pell drove in all hyped up about going to get my car. He gave me $375.00 to reimburse me for my small claims fee and he said I could use that to get my car.
I told him I thought we had better wait for the lawyer to call but he was adamant. I left my phone with Melissa and drove up to Mikes shop in his van. When we got there Mike wasn't there and nobody there wanted to do or say anything about my car without Mike there. Finally Mike drove in with is 20 year 40 older wife. I had my $240 in hand and talked them into the lesser of the two invoices, and dropping the tax. They wanted to prevent me from going back to court so she drew up a for where I had to sign, Mike had to sign and a witness had to shine. The witness they chose was Marvin Pell. Marvin doesn't read well so I had to read everything to him. And as usual he had a complaint about every other thing. Finally the wife called the sheriff deputies ( 2 came) and they looked over all the forms and saw my signature and asked what the problem was. The problem was Marvin. As soon as they gave me a list of parts and labor he signed. Then he wanted me to run my car in the lot for 5 minutes. I ran it while I talked to Mike's wife. She reversed all her negative beliefs about me and focused all of them on Marvin. She took my restraining order off and told me I could come back for repairs. Marvin left and drove to my house and I appeared 10 minutes later. He was talking to Melissa who was telling him that the lawyer had called and that it was all over if we accepted the car. Marvin felt bad now since 1) he had talked me into filing a $375 small claims suit 2) he talked me into spending $6.11 on a certified letter that he ignored and 3) he was over eager for me to go get my car, and he made a stink when we were there to get the car, and by getting the car we chased away the lawyer. He put cardboard under my engine to check for leaks and then he drove off. I drove my car down to Bushnell to get gas, came home to grab my cell phone and headed to Leesburg to get my pajamas and light bulbs. I went for the light bulbs first and soon learned that I was at the wrong Home Depot. I was there so I picked up the pajamas at JC Penny and drove another 20 miles to the other Home Depot. I got the light bulbs, went across the street to Bed Bath and Beyond and bought 2 silver wear trays, took 466 past Wal-Mart where Aaron works and came home through Oxford, Wildwood and Coleman before arriving home. At home I moved some logs and put the new LED light bulbs in and sun gazed for 29 minutes and ate french fries for dinner. We spruced up our Christmas tree and cleaned and moved the manger and now I'm writing this book and at 10 pm I am going to read a chapter then go to sleep.
Saturday December 7
I expected the missionaries to come at 10 and when they didn't come by 10:30 I took off for Sam's and then Wal-Mart to return my bad sheet that I bought before I found the good sheets. I returned home and found 4 missionaries here. Two were splitting wood and two were burning the brush in the woods. When the strong Samoan was needed they traded again. All the really old wood is now gone. Logs they were unable to split they put on the new wagon and pulled down to the hole. They also axed and pried that root by the back step that I could wiggle but never release. They went home and I loaded the wagon twice and moved those split logs to the log pile. I called Baldomero and talked to a head nurse about the differences between Apha wing where he is now and Delta where they say they are moving him. Delta wing is a locked ward where they can keep a better eye on him. I used to be able to just walk down to his room and hope he was there. Now I have to push a button and wait for the door to be released but he will attend events and I can take him places. It's just that I'm more reluctant to that now. Melissa took the boys to shoot hoops at the park and I got a shower and at 5:30 we all (3 boys and 1 girl) got in the car and drove to the church Christmas Party. Autumn sat in chair #1 and for a prize she won a Santa and Mrs. Santa. This seems like a odd prize for a church to give away. We all prepared plates to take home and Aaron and Melissa pigged out at home just as we had pigged out at church. All the servers, even though we knew they were not real servers, wore white jackets with side buttons so they all matched. It is almost 9 pm and I am beat.
Sunday December 8
I got up and did my animal chores and worked on my fire in the woods then I got dressed and went to church at 9:20, in order to get my seat. There were 105 people there today and we need an average of 90 to get our new building. I got the counselor to check on the shoe size of a missionary I noticed had his shoes taped together. I also took a card off the Christmas tree for a woman who wanted new tennis shoes, large shirts and sandals. So I went to Joe's New balance and ordered his sneakers and her sneakers and I plan to stick $50 in her sneakers so she can buy her own shirts and sandals. I have no idea who this is for, so I have no idea which style she prefers. I don't even know her age. I will probably pay interest on my credit card for the first time this year, but not much. Then I spent the rest of the day working on my woods fire. Aaron came out and helped but then he had to take the boys to the park to play basketball. I tried to sun gaze but it was cloud after cloud and ended with a huge cloud so I gave up, 15 minutes short. I made a fire in the barrel so I could do dishes and get a shower and now everybody can get a shower. It's almost hot enough to turn the a/c on. There are no more branches, just parts of logs we thew in there to keep it burning. Now I have to find a new project.
Monday December 9
Aaron requested a tool for Christmas so first I looked at different sites online and then I looked on Craig's list. I emailed 3 different people and finally found one in relatively close Homosassa. And it contained a phone number. I called, made an appointment for 11 am, went through Wildwood so I could get exact change, set my GPS at shortest distance and traveled to the West coast of Florida. My trip over included a sand road and many abandoned roads. I arrived at about 11:03 and met a very nice man who sold me a very nice $75 tool with accessories, but he didn't have an ax or a hatchet. It was here that I discovered my trunk button did not work. He told me an easy way to get back home but my GPS said to turn right instead of the left the man said to take. I ended up north of Brooksville and took a road to Bushnell that I recognized as soon as I crossed 41. At the end of that road was Hughie Stifel's used car lot and without looking they said it was probably a bad fuse. So I went to the auto supply store and they guy there said I had two fuses next to each other that were good but were not working. He said a good mechanic might be better able to determine why the button was not working. From there I stopped at Sam's and then I came home and called the social worker at Baldomero. She found Jim and I talked to him for about half an hour and set an appointment with him to go with me to Tampa to take CDS to Dr. Frederic and get a list of Jim's VA appointments for my yearly reimbursement report. Marvin called and then came over to look at my engine and the first thing he noticed that I was changed $25 for anti freeze and there was no antifreeze in the container. I copied off the list of services and the changes. I took the small wheelbarrow out to the woods and picked up two small logs and put them in the wheelbarrow but there was a larger log that was too big and two hot to lift.
Tuesday December 10
I made two small wheelbarrow trips to the hole, one with stuff from the back yard and one from the woods fires. I went over to Langley to check on my Affordable Care account but when we called the system went down just and she read off that Jim had Medicaid and she never got to me. We then had to wait 30 minutes for the system to recover. I stayed and we tried again in 30 minutes but once again we were told to call back in 30 minutes. I gave up and plan to call as soon as I get up, around 5 am. I was just getting ready for a nap when Marvin Pell came over and had me follow him to his son's house where I left my car so he and his son could work on it tonight. Then we went to Wal-Mart to get 2 oil filters and some cassette tapes but he forgot the cassette tapes and we never got and oil filters. At Ace we got another key for my car. He brought me home and then I got my nap. There was no sun so I beefed up the flimsy fire in the barrel and I can wash of this sweat. It's 73 outside at 6:40 pm. At 3 pm it was 82 degrees. I got new flannel pajamas on Black Friday and haven't been able to wear them.
Wednesday December 11
I didn't do much all morning other than the usual and then Marvin Pell called. He said he would take me down to get my car and then we would go see Steve Burns, but the man we saw was Benny and he still called him Steve. Benny said the only hope we had to claim anything was if he reinstalled the same engine he took out. I doubt that happened but Marvin is determined to prove it. I doubt it because I saw the engine out and I got the email offering me $75 off my next engine. Then again he told us the cost to transport the engine was only $75 and for that price hardly worth it to drive and pick it up. But he charged me $125 for delivery. Marvin wants to take me and my car to the Chevrolet dealer to check the number on the engine against what it should be tomorrow. When we got home I moved close to the log splitter all the logs that were stacked in our back yard and I sun gazed for 29 minutes and 30 seconds. My oldest granddaughter interviewed today for a job as an intern in the state senate. She will know by Monday if she got the job. Tonght she sent out her professional thank you letter for the interview. After dinner I watched all ten You tube videos of Obsession: Radical Islamís War Against the West. I have lived my life but my local grandchildren are too busy playing video games to realize the approaching threat and danger.
Thursday December 12
I expected Marvin Pell to come and take my car to get the motor fixed but apparently he never came. I went to the bank to deposit some money because I figured I would overdraft. Turns out a payment I thought I made didn't go through. So I cut it in half and sent it again. I visited Sam on my way back and got home just in time to get in 28 minutes and 40 seconds of sun gazing. I was bending around trees to catch the last rays before the sun went down. I applied a tarp to one side of the goose house and stuck the cardboard box that my new wagon came in on the short end of the house because I heard it was going to get down to 44 degrees tonight. At 9 pm it is 54 degrees. I am wearing my new flannel pajamas. I did my own load of laundry this morning including my old pillow, gathered old logs for the fire and got a good hot shower tonight. Tomorrow I guess I'll go to the health department to see if they can refer me to somebody who can help diagnose my speech problem.