Okay, the car finally seems to have the oil leak fixed. $400 to replace the oil pan gasket did not do it. So another week and got it in and they replaced the oil pressure sensor. That was replaced just awhile back, by the other shop but apparently not well. Since I had asked for them to fix the leak rather than replace the oil pan gasket, the dealership did the OPS for free. Since that was a $100 job, I figure I am only out $300 in unnecessary repairs. There is still an oil drip, but I am hoping that is just from oil on the chassis.
Drove all the way down to Charlotte (240 mile round trip) to get some leather dye. Living in the boondocks sucks. Then trying to touch up the leather jacket I dropped the bottle of brown dye. What a mess.
Yesterday the Epson 1400 died. Showing a fatal error. Checking my records, I have only had it about seven years, and it has not been heavily used in the past three of them. If I had been using Epson ink cartridges I would have put about $5000 worth of ink through it in that time. Instead I spent more like $200 on ink with the Continuous Ink Supply. I think I will just replace it with a $100 letter size printer, as I have not even run a pack of 11×14’s through the 1400. No one seemed willing to pay for the larger prints anyway.
Healthwise: I am doing okay. Now that I am treating the Fibromyalgia rather than the multiple symptoms that come with it (only one med rather than eight nasty ones), I am doing a lot better than in the past. More energy, don’t need the cane as much, and the symptoms (afib, apnea, sinus, and a host of others) are only about 10% as bad as they were when I was on all those meds. Still have ups and downs, but nothing I would call depression, just bummed out now and then.
That is due mainly to stress. I just read something interesting about stress. It said that stress multiplies up rather than adds up. That is if you are worried about, say, money. Then you get sick. Then you have car problems. Then you have problems at work. It is not 4 times as bad as just the money problems it is 16 times as bad. Now add all those other things that are not going as you would like them to, and it is strange that anyone is not depressed. I try to avoid stressful situations, but seem always to have at least 4 and sometimes 8 or 10 things bugging me. You folks with a family and a job to worry about in addition to my kind of problems; well, I feel sorry for you.
However, please note, that things are much better than before I got off all those extra medications, and it is much easier to deal with the problems nowadays. Add in that the crazy next door is gone and I can not complain too much. Would wish it was easier to sort out the other problems in my life, but can deal with them.