This is my time to vent a little frustration.
This week I have had some people doing work on my house to please my hard-to-please home owner's association. We got written up to replace and repaint all the trim around all our windows, on some of our porch posts and on the sides of our house clear up to our roof. It was quite a project. Of course spending money on things the HOA wants you to fix is never fun. I'd just rather spend my money on things I choose, you know?
So, in the middle of all this, our air conditioning broke. Again. (It broke like two months ago.) So, I've been living in a sauna for the past few days, trying to look for the silver lining (surely, I've sweat off a good 5 pounds by now!).
Tonight we dropped Michael's car off at the shop to get his windshield wipers repaired (a long-overdue task) and his radiator looked at. It's been leaking. Fabulous. Our poor little savings account is crying, "Can't you people leave me alone?!"
While I was waiting for Michael to turn his keys in to the mechanic, I looked at his license plate and was reminded that his registration expires in four days. Time to cough up even more money on something not-so-fun!
When I got home and opened the mail I had a notice that my checking account's overdraft had kicked in. How had this happened? Well, here's the story: I mailed by mortgage check with an outdated stamp. I didn't know that I had used an old stamp until my dear friend, Tracy, noticed me using old stamps a few days later. I panicked because I knew I had used those stamps to mail my mortgage payment. I kept checking my mortgage account and when the due date came and they still hadn't received my payment, I thought I better take some action. I figured that my check was in some dead letter box (if those even exist) and made a payment by phone. So, what do you think happened? That's right, I paid my mortgage twice! No wonder my poor checking account has jumped into panic-mode! Somehow, the mortgage company did get my check and they, of course, accepted my phone payment. So, the good news is that my mortgage is paid ahead, but the bad news is that I am now shuffling money between accounts to straighten everything out.
The timing of this is all just wonderful. Why is it that things like this always happen in clusters?