Thursday, May 6, 2010

Rrrrrrrrrrrr!

I'm telling you when it rains here it pours! First, it was the DVD player and then the shelf in the kitchen and now the dryer!!! UGH!! I had gotten off cheap with the first two but not now. It was $60 for an igniter assembly. The only good thing was that Den was able to fix it so we didn't have to pay a repair man. But still another $60 that we need for other things! My cousin's saying, "if you are going to pay a repair man make sure that its good and broke before they get to it. Make'em earn it." comes into play a lot in our house lately! So when Den doubts himself as he has something apart, I remind him of that. That should be our family motto or you get what you get(meaning if its not on sale, forget it).
Honestly just stay away from me, it may be costly!
Thanks for stopping by,
SonyaAnn

27 comments:

A.Marie said...

My, my, my...you ARE having alot of fun these days!!! lol

McVal said...

Just keep in mind that bad things come in threes... That's 3! You're good for a while now!

Sheila said...

Bummer-y'all are having lots of troubles. I always say if it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all but I think you have me beat. Glad it was something Den could fix though!! Here's to hoping things get better from here on out!!!

SonyaAnn said...

I'm off to clean, I wonder what will happen next!

slugmama said...

I'm with McVal....they come in 3s so you are good to go for now.
At least Den could fix it so the repair is cheaper and you don't have to buy a whole new machine!
When you are done with the cleaning, come over and do mine willya?lol

Helene said...

Furnace went out and that was $185. The next week I finally had to call the plumber after a $160 water bill (normal used to be around $50) That was another $190.
Have to get my half-hanging-off back screen door fixed (new) and the front overhang is 2/3 hanging. Windy days are hell. Never know if we are gonna get hit, one part moves to keep the front screen door from opening and if the 50 year old bolts do finally finish coming off then the piece of siding will most likely come with it.
I'd rather be at your house.

Frances said...

Just keep telling yourself, it could be worse. That is what I do.

Because it COULD always be worse.

SonyaAnn said...

A.Marie-Yes, I am! No one knows how to have a good time like I do!
Have a great weekend!

SonyaAnn said...

McVal-I'm going to hold you to that one!
Thanks for coming to see me.

SonyaAnn said...

Sheila-My guess is we are going to be having quite a few more problems around here. We are getting ready to do all the yard stuff and opening up the pool. So my guess is we will have a few more things happen.

SonyaAnn said...

slugmama-I hope that you are right!
I actually, love to clean so I'll be over in a bit. And organizing makes me even more happy!

SonyaAnn said...

Helene-You have it way worse than I do! But I think that that is just owning a house. One problem after another!
I hope that you have a great weekend and a wonderful Mother's day! You deserve it!

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-I agree completely! But still it makes you nuts when everything falls apart at once. We are limping along Den's transmission so that will probably be the next thing to go. But I'll shut up cuz others have it way worse than I do!

Together We Save said...

Yes... when it rains it pours!! Crazy at times!!

Frances said...

SonyaAnn, you don't have to shut up. Just because it could be worse does not mean that you don't have the right to complain about it.

I will listen to your complaints anytime.

SonyaAnn said...

Together We Save-I want to run away. I'm just afraid of what is next!

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-I was thinking about you and all of my other friends that come here and as corny as it sounds, I can honestly say for the first time in my life I feel like I have family. I love you!

Frances said...

Awwwww, SonyaAnn! I love you, too!

slugmama said...

#1 son got his aid award letter from school so if Anna didn't get hers yet, it should be showing up soon.
I don't know why they even send these things out now...#1 has a teeny bitty scholarship dependent on his grades so if he doesn't fail everything the info in this award letter is obsolete and will change b/c they won't give him yr. 2 of the scholarship until he gets his current grades. Add in that the state Board of Higher Ed. hasn't set the tuition rates for the 2010-2011 yr. yet since it's all dependent on the state budget(which isn't passed yet)so the award will change AGAIN when they actually know how much the kids will need to go to school!lol
It makes me crazy I tell ya.....
Welcome to state college hell!!!lolol

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-:)

SonyaAnn said...

slugmama-I'm still a little lost on the lingo so I think so. The award letter is from the school stating what she got from the Government and the state?
And I know exactly what you mean! I just keep shaking my head, this stupidity can't be higher learning!!! No one and I mean no one knows what the Hell they are talking about. I called to verify all of the numbers and they told me she could get it cheaper if she lived at home. It's a four hr drive one way, what kind of commute is that!
I'm sure you will get it sorted out now just pray that the state does! Are your kids taking out loans? Anna is going to. We talked about it. She wants to go so she will take out a few loans and work. I think that it will be much better when we talk to the school and her grandparents have money set aside for her. We should make it but it is still scary when you don't have the final numbers. Hmmmmm, but isn't that what you just said!

yonca said...

Hubby is not a handy man. We usually pay for repair man.Ugh! Funny but i think i am better than him at repairing lol. At least basic things but not electronics.

slugmama said...

SonyaAnn--#1 son(Matt)went and applied for loans through our state financial aid thingy(PHEEA) on his own(we didn't).
The award letter(yes, it's what the school says they are giving you and what the fed are giving you and the amount that they decided the parents need to supply too)came back with a PA Higher Ed. loan, an institutional work grant(work study is federally supplied, institu. work is supplied through the schools endowments)and the amount we are 'suppose' to supply via Plus loans(which we don't take). There is no mention of his scholarship he is suppose to get each yr. since it is linked to his grades and he doesn't have his grades for this term yet. His bill each yr. is approx. $15K for tuition room/board. The award letter added up to $23K!lol Um, unless tuition goes up $8K this fall, he won't be needing all that.
The good thing is that he got Instituion Work grant this year. He didn't get that last year. But when his grades come in and he re-ups with the scholarship amount, the school will reduce that institut. work grant by the amount of the scholarship. He will still get the whole grant the school gave him but he won't have to work as many hours for it because of the scholarship. The problem with institut. work is that the school does not guarantee him a job, like fed. work study does. If he doesn't find a job(and he has to find it NOW for next fall)then he doesn't get the money....crazy right?


So all the numbers they have given us on the letter may change. But here is the kicker, they want us to decide within the next 30 days about which loans/grants/work study we are accepting/declining, but we won't have the actual REAL #s on the amounts until AFTER 30 days. So if we accept any of the PA loan, the school gets it even if we decide later we don't need it...and we have to either start paying on the interest on it right away or defer it and Matt ends up paying more on the whole loan when he graduates. We can't accept the loan money and then just give it back if it's not needed.

Are you totally confused yet??lol

No wonder I can't shake this headache I've had for 2 days....

SonyaAnn said...

yonca-Funny, Den was like that when we first got together but he is improving with age!

SonyaAnn said...

slugmama-Higher learning my ass! This is by far the craziest mess I have ever gotten into! We had all this crap to fill out and needed her email address that she won't get for at least a month! Applying for a home is a breeze compared to this. When I wrote my book you had to fill out all of this about you and the book crap. One question had 37 parts and that is nothing compared to FAFSA!
Matt sounds super smart! You are lucky that he got all of that. Anna is going to get $1500 a year for being in the honor society but it won't kick in for a semester. Really what it is is piecemeal. You get a few bucks here and there. I just should be easier to navigate this mess.
Thank you for all of your guidance,if it wasn't for you and Frances I would have taken up drinking as a sport!

slugmama said...

Maybe some competitive drinking while filling this out would actually HELP!lolol
I just know that not only are the people who come up with this stuff drinking but they are smoking too and it ain't Marlboros.
Oh I can't WAIT for the additional fun this fall when daughter starts applying to college also.....er, on second thought, maybe I can wait....

Matt's scholarship is only $1500 a yr. also. With the way schools are yanking lots of scholarship money this year you are lucky Anna got what she did! I am hoping daughter Holly gets more scholarship when she gets in someplace...she's a straight A student in the National Honor Society and French National Honor Society, on the track team, in the chorus, etc. If we had no money she'd surely get some good amounts somewhere, but it won't happen unless we hide all our money.lol
My nephew who just turned 16 has decided he wants to go to a college with a graphic cartooning program. He wants to draw anime. So we had a talk last month at Easter about colleges/applying/attending, etc. since his dad barely got a high school diploma and is CLUELESS and no help in this area for his kid. The nephew had no CLUE either about all the 'stuff' you need to do/find/etc. about college. He is like his father, just coasting through high school and he'll be a junior next yr.
The 'best' part of this talk we had was finding out that he wants to draw anime for a living when he gets out of school....get ready for this!.....he doesn't draw! Nope, not taking any art classes, not artistic and he doesn't know how to draw...that includes with a pencil or on the computer.
Um....I think you really need to be able to DRAW if you want to DRAW for a living??!!LOLOL He's just so clueless I am screaming "WTF?!" in my head while he talks to me.
He's a c student, at best. They are dirt poor(living on ssi payments and a small pension)so you know he'll get offered tons of money(grants and loans)IF he gets in to any school. And there are lots of questionably legitimate 'schools' with "alternative career" programs out that(like anime/art programs)that are just waiting for clueless people to apply so they can get their federal aid money. They let them in and accept them, even tho they KNOW they can't pass the courses, just to get the fed. aid money. Then the kids fail and drop out and still have to pay off a bucket load of fed. loans.
I just see him getting taken like this, so know hubs and I have to be the 'guardians' to try to shepherd him through this mine field....like we don't already have our hands full looking out for our 3, right?lol
Ok...I'm done venting....for now. ;-)

SonyaAnn said...

slugmama-You wrote another book!
It sounds like you have wonderful kids. Our daughter's sound a lot alike. Anna is a good student and a good athlete. She is going to sectionals for shot put. She had never tried it until a few weeks ago and beat their best girl. The thing is even if she does well, there is just no way she will make it to state. If she did, she would probably get a scholarship but its not the way things work around here.
I think that you are absolutely a wonderful person to be looking out for your nephew. That really speaks to your character. But holy hell, you are going to have your hands full trying to help him! If I were you I would steer him towards something like heating and air conditioning or plumbing. He needs a trade school. But isn't that the way it is now, you send your kids to college and then have to pay for them to go to trade school so they can actually get a job! If we were smart, we would just send them to trade school to start with! But we want them to be better off than we are so we educate the hell out of them!
I wished that we lived closer so we could drink and complain together more!!