Today has been an expensive day. My car's in the shop getting several parts fixed that have just worn out during the last ten years and over 100,000 miles of use--stuff like brakes, shocks, tires, motor mounts, etc. And while it's nice that the car's been paid off for awhile, I think the bill I'm going to be hit with is about the equivalent of several months of car payments. Argh! Hubby's been in the automotive parts business most of his work life and the mechanic is one of our best friends, so I know we're not getting overcharged, but it's still quite expensive.
Then we had the exterminator out today too. Well, you all know about the rat problem, right? For the last few months, we've had a rat that has had the run of the house. Stitch brought it in to play when it was an itsy bitsy baby (so little that I thought it was a toy and not a real rat at all) and it hasn't wanted to leave since. We've had a couple sightings and seen a few "leavings" but it hasn't been dumb enough to allow itself to be trapped thus far. And now we've begun to see signs of a flea problem as well. The exterminator thinks the rat is spreading the fleas around and the cats probably brought the fleas in to begin with, but however it happened, NOW we need to get rid of a rat AND fleas, and that's not cheap either. Oh, and apparently the abundance of cotton fabric and wool fabric I have lovingly "collected" over time aren't the best things to have when you might have fleas. By the way, did I mention the cockroach I saw in the bathroom the other day?! Double ARGH! The exterminator suggested we try putting out a few "roach motels" since there aren't any real signs of infestation so far; in the meantime, he's going to try to trap the rat and then treat our home for fleas.
Last weekend the Wild Child and I decided to clean out all of the kitchen food cupboards--I wanted to check for active pests, pest skeletons, and rat leavings--I'm happy to say we didn't find anything, so that was a relief. I was visualizing some pretty horrible things, I can tell you! On the positive side, we still have a fair amount of food in the cupboards and pantry, so I guess we'll be able to eat for awhile despite my depleted bank account.
It's hard to believe, but even though the election is over, I'm still being plagued by pests and the bad economy. Triple ARGH!