Friday, August 28, 2009

Thank GOD for Kleenex, Advil, Motrin & Alternators!


The Bibbs family has been some sickies lately. It started last Saturday with Mister M. being taken down for the count. Me and Jayla tried our darndest to stay away from him. But being that we're a loving/touchy/feely kinda family, it was pretty impossible. Not to mention, he "worked" from home all week in an effort not to make his co-workers sick. And I was the good wife and checked on him quite a bit, as well as made several soup, OJ & medicine runs to the store. But alas, it finally attacked me too.

By Monday, I started feeling that scratchy feeling in my throat and even woke a couple mornings sounding a little like Barry White :-). But I was hell BENT on not getting sick. I was determined to fight it! And fight it I did...albeit for nothing.

Jayla managed to avoid it a few days longer than I did. Until Wednesday morning when she woke up with 102.5 temp! Poor baby! "Welp, no school for you today, young lady!" For those of you who either know or know OF know that the words, "No school for you today" are fueding words. However, she must've really felt bad because after her quick dose of Motrin, she was back in slumberland. We were able to keep the fever at bay for the entire day. So much so that she was doing cartwheels (literally) :-) She even woke up yesterday with a "normal" temp, and was able to go back to school. And just in time too...yesterday was Fall Picture Day :-)

She WAS fever free...I SWEAR!!!

I know, I know...I'm a scrapbooker and I love myself some pictures. And yes, I'll admit picture day is very important to us - ahem, ME! She was so stinkin cute...

ANYWAY...she successfully made it through the day, still fever free. UNTIL...this morning when she woke up with a 101.3 temp. ARGH!!! Again, no fight to make her stay home. And as of right now (8:34pm EST) she is still fever free.

Backing up a bit...yesterday afternoon, I was about to leave and take my rightful 1st spot in the carpool line, ONLY to have my van not start. What? Are you kidding me?

Now my VAN has a cold too???

I told Mister M. and he comes downstairs and tries to start the van with HIS't ask, it's a man thing, I'm sure. Anyway, I was right, the van didn't start (HAHA). So I have to take his car to pick up Jayla.

When I get back, we brainstorm and try to figure out what might be wrong with the my soccer mobile. We come to the conclusion that it's the starter. So I called the shop that we get our vehicles worked on at, and tell them what WE think the problem is. They quote us $350 to replace the starter. It is suggested that we call a tow truck to take the van to the shop. 45 minutes later, the tow truck comes and the driver says, "I betchall a hunnerd dollers that it ain't the starter. It's your battry...I betcha!" He then says, "I betcha if I jumpya wit my truck, she'll start ryte up...I betcha!" So he grabs his jumper cables, hooks them up to the "battry" and plugs the other end into his truck...all while giving us a nice glimpse of his Hanes and a little BC (butt crack) ACK!!!

ANYWAY...he was right. Cuz, like he said..."I know my vehicles...I betcha!" So he saved us the additional $10 it would've cost to tow the van and just followed us the 3.75 miles to the shop...just in case.

The long and short of this story was not the starter. But a "dead as a doornail battry" and a bad alternator. They kept it over night and got it fixed up for us...all to the tune of $551.47! Well, there goes a little bit (more) of our nest egg. But the van is running fine...I betcha!!

Ok, that's about all I've got for now. But before I go, how bout a flower fix to start off your weekend...

Have a great weekend!!


Lynilu said...

Oh, honey, y'all are "sickos"!! Sickos are pervs, crazies! You are "sickies"!! That's just simple sniffly, achy, but very nice nice people! LOL!

I just spent a similar bunch of $$ on tires. TIRES! sigh. But it is a relief to be on the road again, isn't it?

Have a luverly weekend!!

Gretchen said...

Thank you for the flowers. So sorry about the van troubles. Mine has her "check up" on Monday. I hope they don't find anything we need to replace (but I'm pretty sure we're due for tires and/or brakes), but it's good to get it in before it breaks down on the road.

Hope you and M and Miss J are in the pink soon. Colds are the worst because we all try to work thru them.

Cheryl Wray said...

Oh Dawn, I just hate that you all have been so sick. Praying that Jayla is all back to normal very soon!!

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