Wowza. This is an expensive month. Monday morning I got a call from the auto shop. Turns out running over the rake didn't do any damage even though it sounded horrible. The problem was the thermostat and hose connection so all of the antifreeze leaked out. While they were checking for damage under the car, they noticed that a motor mount was broken. Grand total: $700, $400 of that was labor. So, now I have the $500 vet bill and the $700 car bill, right before Christmas.
Now, I could take $100 out of the maintenance and dog budget until I pay myself back or I could skip a month of extra mortgage payments. I think I will wait until January to decide. Next month is a big step because my extra payment will put me in the 40's! So exciting!
I made it to my 4 day weekend so I will try not to dwell on the fact that I owe myself $1200 and just enjoy my long weekend. Tomorrow I will spend time with my parents, then I don't have any plans except rat-proofing my mobile home and trying to return as many kittens as possible. They keep randomly sneezing and really want then to be well so I can return them for adoption. The first thing I want to do, though, is sleep in, at least until the dogs tell me they are hungry.