Some good news...
Yesterday, a slow grind and ominous click greeted the Brilliant and Beautiful Bride of Upper Left as she turned the key in her 9 year old Subaru wagon. Yep, the original equipment battery was finally gone, dead, kaput.
Just a few days ago that would have produced a major crisis. The car would have remained parked and she would have spent the afternoon cancelling appointments instead of making sales presentations. That's most assuredly not the way out of our financial fix, but until Carl started the wheels turning on an Upper Left fundraiser, there just wasn't battery money in the budget, because there just wasn't any money in the budget.
Thanks to your generosity, though, I was able to hand her the PayPal debit card, she arranged a jump start and was off to Budget Batteries. It's impossible to express how great it felt to be confronted by a problem and be able to respond immediately. Luckily it was just the battery, a relatively inexpensive problem to fix, but it wasn't luck that got it fixed. It was you. Thanks.
A short time later, the phone company called to see if we'd be paying anything on the account this year, and sure enough, there was enough money in the PayPal account to make the partial payment needed to keep the phone, and the dial-up connection that allows me to blog from home alive.
You did that, too. Thanks again.
We've got a couple more irons in the fire, and things are looking considerably more hopeful than they did last Thursday night, but if you haven't had the chance to chip in yet, and you're able, I'm asking again. Every little bit, $5 or $10 bucks, makes a huge difference to us. Bigger bits are welcome, too. Here's the PayPal link again.
As always, thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, thanks for contributing.
And thanks for the battery!