Well here it is December.
I guess the biggest news is that we had all the kids and grandkids for Thanksgiving. The house sounded about like my elementary school bus for four days. It was great.
We were filled up with grandkids and kids. I really do have to get some pictures up on line. Joanna is still a doll, and we don’t see Josh and Crystal enough. (Josh had to work Friday so they weren’t there even though their kids were.)
And it looks like we will have Christmas this year after all. Hannah and Mike invited us up to be with them in Lake Placid. Hey even in the land of White Chritstmas, the land of endless winter. Money will be tight but we’ll be with family.
The not so big news is that my tenant hasn’t been paying the rent on my mothers old house for three months now. She is a former paralegal. I started eviction proceedings for nonpayment of rent and now she has threatened to sue me for damages. I guess a judge could award her up to three months rent if she can get a judge to agree with her. Interesting; Like the facts don’t matter?
A lawyer on the radio once recited the old lawyering maxim that said, “If you have the law on your side, cite the law; if you have facts, cite the facts; if you have neither, pound on the table.”
As near as I can tell she’s pounding on the table.
Never mind that I’ve had to raid the cash value of all my insurance policies and wipe out my savings to pay for the Septic System replacement and ongoing expenses. I tried to get a mortgage on Mom’s old house to pay for the project and the bank turned me down. I don’t make enough money as a school bus driver to get a mortgage, even with the rent coming in (which it isn’t right now).
(Missing three months of work while I was in the hospital almost dying last April, May and June didn’t help much either.)
I’ve had the suspicion for a while that she’s saving up for something and has decided that I’m the mark to steal from to get it. Almost $4000 of rent not paid is a pretty good savings account. Yup, you betcha.
Now I’ve got to hire a lawyer too boot. Oh well what are 401k retirement savings for if not to pour down a rathole after a deadbeat tenant. I really can’t afford this landlord business, especially not in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts.
But the Lord keeps assuring my wife and me that He’s got things under control and He’ll take care of us in this situation. He has some very not nice things to say in the Bible about those who: a) don’t pay their bills; b) try to steal from the poor; and c) rise up against Levi. He says vengeance is His; that’s fine with me I don’t want vengeance, I just want to be able to pay my bills.
The best vengeance would be for her to repent of her larcenous ways, get evangelically saved from sin and become an honest and sincere person. That would make God happy, Jesus happy, me happy and most of all she would really be happy from the inside out for the first time in her life.
Oh and in the midst of all this there is a miracle to report. I put down the deposit in the middle of September on the engineering plan for the new septic system. What with the time for the Engineers to do their thing and the permitting process through the town it was November before we could go out for bids to the contractors. None of the ones we asked were able to do the job, too busy.
A contractor by the name of Jasco Management from Blackstone MA (@ 40 miles south) saw the permit at town hall and bid on the job. I hired him to do the job on Nov 15th. He said it would take about three weeks to get it done if it didn’t snow. We had weather in the teens for the next week. Fact: It’s against the law to build a septic system with frozen soil. (hmmm)
(Oh by the way, if you need contracting in southern Mass or RI call Fred at Jasco, he’s one of the best)
It is now the 9th of December, snow, ice and frozen ground time in good old New England. But The Lord has sent us warm weather for the whole 12 days that Jasco has been out there digging and installing. The outside work is nearly done and closed up in time for this weekends predicted snow storm. Glory be to God!
My hope is in the Lord who made the Heavens and the Earth, I will not fear what man can do to me. (“It’s all just stuff anyways.” to quote my friend K.D. Atkins)
Love to all my friends and enemies.
(You who think you’re my enemy. Hah! You’re not really my enemy, you’re a soul for whom my Jesus died to save you from your sins and make you Holy. You’re really just a friend who hasn’t happened yet.)