Well, it has been a rough week here on the homestead and it’s only Wednesday.
On Monday, our pet bunny Frank died. We knew he was going downhill, but he nose dived at the end. He’s had arthritis for a couple of months, but seemed to be doing ok. However, on Sunday he laid down and couldn’t get back up again, so Justin got him up and Frank seemed just fine. He started eating and doing his thing. But come monday morning he was down again and this time it was a lot worse. I was the only one home and I decided not to help him up. I knew it was time and so did he. He died that afternoon as I was petting him. It hit me a lot harder than I thought it would. We buried him Monday night under his own peach tree (we managed to find one still at a store) and I made him his own little marker with his name on it.
So yeah, not a great start to the week.
Then, on Tuesday, Justin came home with more fun news. A semi on the highway blew a tire and the car in front of him ran it over, throwing the tire shred at Justin, which he hit and ran over as well. Instant check engine light and new noises. We took it to Auto Zone to have them check the computer code. Surprise, it was an “unknown” code. So helpful. We called our insurance where they informed us it was an “At Fault” accident, activating the ONLY deductible we have on our whole policy ($600) and we took it to a shop this morning. Thankfully, the mechanic said there was nothing wrong with it, so we were able to cancel the claim and avoid any repurcussions. We did, however, find out the oil was 2 quarts low and that was turning on the engine light. Not sure why it had to hit a tire to turn it on, but oh well. It’s fixed now.
However, we are going to take a look at some used vehicles this weekend. Justin has decided that he really wants to move up the ladder at work and taking personal days due to being snowed in (it happens for 3-10 days every winter) is not an option anymore. We’re going to look into 4WD vehicles and see if we can find something to better suit our homesteading needs. I’ve found quite a few that should be a good investment.
So here’s hoping the rest of the week is a success. Even though we lost Frank and almost the car, things are looking more positive already.