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You break it / You fix it or Isn't it ironic... don't you think?

November 20, 2007 - 2:55 PM

Oh, the irony of it all!

We finally fixed the ever-so-expensive AC issues the Buick was having (which as an aside, if there is ever a part to your car you want to pray does not go out, have it be anything involving the AC - sooo expensive!)! It was an exciting day for us for sure. We even debated buying a new-to-us car instead of fixing it but decided fixing it would be best for now.

The next day, pulling out of the garage, hoping not to hit the lawn mower precariously placed on the right side of the car, I compensated too much to the left and *CRASH!*

I ripped off the driver side mirror on the garage door. Beauty.

Oh, the irony of it all!

And the handy man's secret weapon would not hold it in place. The only options are to take it into a shop to have it replaced or do it yourself. The idea of finding a side view mirror at a junk yard, the pain and time of taking apart a car door (which if you have ever done you know is a near impossible task!) and whatever other costs associated to fix such a thing, were not sitting well.

Thankfully though, when I was dropping the kids off at my parents house for the weekend, my dad gave me specific instructions on how to fix it myself using the tools I had. Instead of spending hours primping for my hot date that night, I began taking apart the driver side door, piece by piece. It is definitely a hard task! I managed to get so far as to having one bolt left that was hiding under something I just couldn't get at.

Today, Josh helped me find the last bolt and I got to go about finishing my, yes, my dirty job, removing the final parts and unscrewing the bolts from the mirror. I broke it, I will fix it. After I got the bolts off of the mirror itself I then had to drill holes in the mirror, twist wire from the broken pieces to the mirror, epoxy and twist wires and then epoxy again. (I was ever so glad for all my previous epoxy experience in college!).

I did use the handy man's secret weapon to jerry-rig everything into a good place to dry in for the 24 hours it takes to solidify perfectly. I will keep you posted whether it does the job or not.

Again, oh, the irony of it all!

Lessons learned: Having been reading Hebrews 12 for House Church, I had the verse, "Endure hardship as discipline" running through my brain. My reaction to breaking the car was not anger but it was "This is a hardship, this is discipline, what should I have done?" My initial thought was I should not have been lazy about the placement of the lawnmower and just found a safe winter resting spot for it in the garage. There may be more lessons God is teaching me, and I am praying that He will continue to reveal them to me.

Oh, how thankful I am to be considered a daughter of God! (Heb 12:6)

Response to You break it / You fix it or Isn't it ironic... don't you think?

  • Nancy said on November 20, 2007 - 8:06 PM

    Wow, Dana...I'm impressed with your handywoman skills! You go girl!

  • Dana said on November 20, 2007 - 11:04 PM

    You know, it doesn't frighten me to do this type of work but I wish my level of skill equaled my enthusiasm to do the thing. :)! I am hoping with age and more experience it will get better!

  • Alicia said on November 21, 2007 - 10:12 AM

    I too am very impressed!! I wouldn't have a clue how to go about this type of work! Although I may need to someday as I have successfully scraped both of my side mirrors and it's probably only a matter of time before I rip one off. I'm not the best driver! I would love it if I could use public transport only :)

  • Dana said on November 21, 2007 - 10:15 AM

    Me too! It would be awesome to just use public transport! Then, we would have to have more small grocery stores around to supply needs so we could daily shop not weekly or monthly shop... sigh, reminds me of living in Italy.

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