Random Ramblings #16

You guys! We’re in the final countdown! My granddaughter is due 3 weeks from tomorrow! And 5 weeks from yesterday I’ll be on a plane flying across the country to meet her!  I know this is a lot of exclamation points, but these sentences really deserve them. I’m so excited!!!


I was going to start this post off asking if you know that feeling when everything seems to be going wrong.  Then I started thinking about the above paragraph and realized that there is still so much we have to be thankful for.

Another positive, we got a new vehicle. And it’s something my husband and I always wanted.  Of course, I got the last new car years ago so this is (technically) his.  But what’s his is mine, right?  We got a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.  And don’t worry, there aren’t any scratches on the brand new Jeep, that’s just some reflections and such.  Isn’t she a beaut? 


Of course, the reason we got a new vehicle is because our trusty old 2002 Malibu is a bit too tired to go on.  A few weeks ago the brakes went out as my  husband was driving home from work! (Another reason the Jeep is my husband’s, he’s been driving this no air conditioning, old leather seats, super loud, rusted up car for years.) We kept saying we weren’t going to sink more money into the car due to its age, and when Herb discovered it’s a leak in the brake line. The whole thing is so rusted and deteriorated that it will be impossible to remove and replace one line without the others getting damaged. Replacing the whole contraption is just not worth the cost at this point.  We’ve been “those people” for the last few weeks with our car jacked up in our driveway while we were deciding what to do.  Note also, the very rusty area around the gas door. That’s slowly grown throughout the years…classy. Anyway, that car was purchased when we still lived in San Diego.  So it’s survived a trip across the country, numerous vacations and trips all over Michigan, and two teenage boy drivers.


My vegetable garden did great this year.  We had an overabundance of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.  I credited it to the bees and wasps that were loving my oregano and lemon balm that went to seed and I was afraid to cut back once the billion stinging insects found them. I’m talking TONS of wasps and bees people.  Then, uh-oh, we realized we had a nest being built IN OUR WALLS! Luckily we realized this in time and they hadn’t gotten far, just under the eaves.  We called a local place that doesn’t use chemicals if possible.  More because we legitimately thought they were fully in the walls and tearing up the drywall to make their nest. We were wrong (yay!) so the bug guys set up a small shop vac that hung from our eave and was on a timer to suck those puppies up.  They were German yellow jackets.

bee vacuum

And now our toilet is leaking.  The toilet in the main bathroom, of course.  We know what the issue is, but are unsure if we’ll be able to repair it without making things worse.  The old pipes and screws and connections, basically everything that’s not porcelain, are starting to rust and become brittle.  So right now it’s unusable until we decide what to do with that.

Yep, it’s been fun times here at the old household.  But we have that baby to look forward to.  And our new Jeep to “play” with. And our general health and a roof over our heads, etc., etc.  And I have plenty of books to whisk me away when the stress of all the other things gets overwhelming.


About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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