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Monday, June 02, 2008

The 1st, er 2nd , of the Month

The beginning of the month is always busy for us. We get paid on the first of each month, so that's when we update the finances, do a big grocery run, and go to the bank to get our cash for the month. Now, I know that doesn't sound like a lot to you, but here in PA we have to drive about 40 minutes to get to the bank. There is no Bank of America closer to us! I'm just glad we only have to do it once a month, especially with the fuel prices as they are. :) We did have a nice breakfast at Friendly's, though.

Adding to the usual events of the day, Randy wanted to check out a garage that sells tires for our truck as well as performs front end alignments. Apparently, because of the size of our truck, this can't be done at just any garage. Of course, this garage isn't just around the corner from us. But, it was on the way back from the bank, so that was good. BUT, it was waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy off the main roads. I thought we were going to Goober's garage (you know, from The Andy Griffith Show?). That's how far off the beaten path it was. Once we got there, though, the guy seemed to be pretty nice. And, since he didn't carry the tires, he offered to research them and get back to us. Plus, his shop does front end alignments on F550s. YAY! The best thing was the price he gave Randy for the alignment - $60!! Yes, I said, $60. There ain't nothing on that truck that has EVER been that inexpensive. And it was the entire price, unless parts were needed for some reason and that goes without saying. So, we left thinking if we had to come out there to get decent service, it was worth it.

Back on the road, we took a different route to get back on Route 30. There is some beautiful country in this area. And we saw more of it than we planned! :) But, we found our way back to the main road and were soon on the way to the grocery. It's all part of the adventure!

Once the dreaded grocery shopping was done (I hate grocery shopping!), we headed back to the RV to put it all away. That's always a chore, too. Gotta break up the bulk meat packages into meal size portions for freezing and, find room for all the nonperishables. That's not always an easy job, but we get creative. :)

Oh, yeah. Corey, from that garage, did call us this afternoon. Apparently, the tire we now have on the truck has been discontinued – of course! But, he found the replacement and can order them for us which will take about 3 days. Now, for the fun part. The cost per tire, including mounting and balancing is $293! And we need SIX tires!! UGH!! Randy asked him to check around for a less expensive replacement and he's going to do that. Meanwhile, Randy's going to check, too. Oh, well. If the new tires last five years like the current ones have, that'll be good. I just hate having to lay out that much $$ all at once. I'll still take this life over a stationary one! :)

We can now get back to the important stuff – like relaxing, reading, playing on the computer, walking the dog, etc. Not much else on the calendar for this day. A light supper and TV, that'll just about do it.

Here's hoping your Monday was marvelous! Until the next time . . .

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