It has been a stressful couple of weeks dealing with the car accident, insurance claim, and purchase of a new car. Fortunately, everything is settled and done, and I can move forward. Although I am truly grateful I wasn’t n(or anyone, for that matter) hurt, and that I had the support and resources to replace my vehicle, I do feel my anger and frustration about the incident was justified, and I think I handled it pretty well, my blog post about it being almost the sole expression of those feelings. (to people other than Jeffrey and Jim, that is.) While it is certainly true that "things could have been worse", by that measure, I doubt anyone of us could ever get mad at anything, if we are not a disease ridden, starving, orphaned child in a war torn third-world country. We all have the right to feel a full range of emotions, even anger. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Just before all of this happened, we had decided to get our house ready to put on the market. We spent a year discussing the issues we have with our current house, considering what, if anything, we could do to change those conditions or lessen those impacts, but ultimately decided the two biggest issues (location and lack of privacy) can’t be changed, no matter what we do to the house. We met with our realtor, who helped us make a reasonable list of "must do’s" prior to selling, and then met with a contractor, who will be getting back to us this week with estimates on the jobs we want to have done. It is possible, with the purchase of this car (and the unexpected monthly payments we have acquired) and the cost of the house fix-ups, our plans to sell may have to change, either for another year or two, or permanently. Time will tell.
I’m a big picture, long range planner type person, so I tried to carefully consider what my/our decisions now will mean for me/us down the line. There are a lot of elements to our life I have to take into consideration when thinking about selling and moving. Location is crucial for me, because it will impact so many things in our life. Whatever happens, stay or go, it will be nice to have a little face lift on the house. And as this recent car issue has reminded me, life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans; so, I will quote America’s darling (and my personal [understated] Diva of choice), Doris Day: Que sera sera.