We are not immune to bumps in the road and unforeseen problems. This is not specific to renovation issues directly, but indirectly. You see, there was a post made a few weeks ago about our transmission going out in our work truck. The problem with having a broken down truck, is the limiting ability of being able to haul things and purchased items back and forth during a renovation.

We want to be transparent through the process and share that while we are doing as much as we can with renovating, there was a wrench thrown into the mix by searching for a new truck and borrowing my father-in-law’s truck to pick up much needed items for the house.

I think the important thing to remember here is to be flexible and adaptable to the curve-balls that life can throw. We are fortunate that we have family close enough to be able to ask for help or to borrow a vehicle. In a time where life has placed a roadblock in front of you, you need to have the perseverance to push through and figure out a solution to the problem at hand.

As with all businesses that are just in the beginning stages, investing in a vehicle is a big purchase. The second issue with this purchase is that not only is this a business purchase it is a personal purchase. We were looking for an inexpensive and affordable truck that will be a workhorse but will also be refined enough to fill in for daily personal needs.

By using my father-in-law’s truck, we were able to pick up kitchen cabinets, exterior front and back doors, and a storm door for the front. One additional hiccup was I must have forgotten my measurement or mis-measured, because as I was putting the new back door in, IT DID NOT FIT. SO, back to pickup my father-in-law’s truck, pickup the door, return and exchange to Menards, back to the rental with the correct door. I lost a few hours for that error.

We settled on a 2009 Ford F150 Supercrew FX4. We looked for a truck with less than 150,000 miles and under $13,000. This truck will help us haul what we need to haul and refined enough to use for vacations, business lunches and general transportation. One other important note is that Danny works 30 minutes away and I work 2 blocks from where we live. Most men would not want to be emasculated by letting his wife drive the truck while the husband drives the Hyundai Elantra. However, in an effort to be as economical as possible, I will commute in the Elantra while Zella will use the truck as a daily driver.


  1. So glad you found a replacement! All those extra trips to borrow your father in laws truck, made me tired just reading it! 😅 hope you have smooth(er) sailing from here.


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