There’s always a rainbow

Well, things are starting to look up a little bit around here!

We managed to repair the phone service ourselves, which saved alot of money. The aging phone line under the house was in bad condition and spliced several times, so we replaced it all with new line and the phone works perfectly.

We had to buy a new washing machine, as the old one had more problems than just a broken belt. I went with Whirlpool and really like it so far.

Other than that, it’s been a pretty standard weekend. Church was good and then we ate at Flamingo Row.

When it rains…

Ever notice how everything seems to go wrong at once?

I have been having alot of problems with my telephone service (static, no dial tone, etc) and have had the repairman out to the house twice in the last month. Yesterday, he informed me that the problem was in the lines inside my house and that to fix it would cost me around 100.00. I decided, in the interest of saving a little money, to tackle the job myself.

I spent all evening replacing jacks, checking lines, etc, and it seems to be alot better, altho not entirely clear of static. I think the main line coming in from outside may need to be replaced, but don’t really feel up to doing it right now.

Anyway, after doing all of that and getting supper cooked, my washing machine stopped working. The belt is broken, and just like the last time, the machine was full of water and had to be siphoned out.

Now, the dilemma is this… do I repair this machine or buy a new one? This one is around 20 years old, and I bought it used around 12 years ago. It’s a Whirlpool and it has definitely served its purpose.

I had pretty much decided to go ahead and get a new one, until I checked my mail at lunch and got my latest credit card bill. I went over the limit last month and now have to pay the overlimit amount, the overlimit charge, and my regular monthly interest charges. OUCH!

So… now I’m going to spend the evening thinking about how to lower my credit card debt, while I’m changing the belt on the washer.

This Too Shall Pass

OK… so I’ve decided to give this blogging thing a try. I always thought it would be fun, but didn’t really think I had that much to say. Hopefully I won’t bore anyone to tears.

I found the following poem online today, and instantly fell in love with it. I have always liked and used the phrase “this too shall pass” in my life when it seemed like everything was going wrong. Maybe someone else will find some inspiration from it.

This Too Shall Pass
By Helen Steiner Rice

If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be-

If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me-

If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too-

Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains

That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear-
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.