Crazy Week: PART TWO

So if you’re just catching up, check part one out first!

I left you off with this cheesy selfie and lovey dovey lyrics. About 45 minutes later, I was not so smiley.

I hit a deer and totaled my car. It was a straight on hit, the airbags went off, I was able to safely move to the side of the road. I was so surprised that the airbags went off, I’ve been in a few accidents but they has never been airbags deployed. I would 10/10 recommend getting in an accident in a Toyota Highlander. I was perfectly okay and felt extremely safe. I’m totally okay. I was the only one in the vehicle. The deer, is not okay. It was very dead.

I called 911 first because it immediately smelled like smoke. I don’t think it was actually smoke, I just think airbags stink when they deploy. I literally talked to myself. “Okay, you need to get out of the car. You need to turn on your hazards. Now you need to shut the vehicle off. Okay call 911 as you walk to that house to get the 911 address. Okay make sure you take your coat.”

I got off the phone with 911 and called Craig so he could come get me. I called work and told them I wouldn’t be coming. I called my mom. By then the deputy was there with his warm police car. Just as he was printing the accident report the tow truck pulled up. We had a great chat and literally, in under an hour from the time I hit the deer, I had already been towed and picked up by Craig. I was so impressed with how speedy it all went.

I was sore and pretty shaken up. There was some time there that either the jitters or the shock made me pretty stubborn and defiant and a little confused. I’m glad I didn’t try to get to work afterwards (which in my shock, I felt REALLY bad about calling in.)

I’m thankful Craig was home and able to come pick me up.

I’m thankful I just *happened* to put my updated insurance card in my car the day before.

I’m thankful that Mom is letting me borrow her car.

I’m thankful I’m safe and unhurt.

I’m thankful for the super speedy towing services and the very nice deputy who helped me.

I’m thankful we can financially handle this much better than we could have a few years ago.

I’m thankful there weren’t any other vehicles involved.

While I’m VERY thankful and it could have been MUCH worse, car inventory right now is CRAP. Seriously, there are hardly any cars anywhere. There are slim pickins’ to say the least. So the car hunt begins.

We did some car shopping today, we’ve got some in mind but that will be another blog post.

Needless to say, after a crappy week, I’m so far behind on everything – house work, my side biz, and telling you all about the Kramer Strong shirts I have for sale right now.

As many of you know, my mom has been battling thyroid cancer since 2015. We recently discovered that her thyroid cancer has metastasized to her lung and will be undergoing treatment over the next few months to treat this. Profits from the shirts will go towards medical and travel expenses as she will be needing many trips to Mayo Clinic and taking time off of work after a short hospitalization and radioactive iodine treatment.

The shirts will be printed on Bella + Canvas t shirts, shirts will be unisex. There will also be crew neck sweatshirts available. Shirts will be $20 and sweatshirts $40. Kids shirts may be available.

I cannot guarantee when exactly invoices will be sent but probably by Wednesday. If you would like a shirt, please fill info on this form here:

I’ll also have a sale coming up next week if I get a second to breathe, fold shirts, and get things rocking again. My work schedule is a little tamer this coming week so I hope everything can get caught up again.

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  1. Cinders
    November 14, 2021 / 2:33 am

    Woah…you were not kidding about a crazy week. You are very resilient, needless to say, and I am glad you did not suffer any injuries in the accident. Take care, be safe and stay strong!

  2. Catherine Odle
    November 14, 2021 / 3:12 am

    Thankful you are ok. You did smell smoke, a small explosion deploys air bags. Remember, you are not a super power woman. Take care of yourself. Good luck on the car hunt.

  3. Becky
    November 14, 2021 / 3:18 am

    So glad you’re ok! I also have a Highlander and love it, glad to know it’s deer accident approved, 😳

  4. Amy
    November 14, 2021 / 3:40 am

    I am so glad you are ok. Cant wait to see the new shirts. But take care of yourself first.

  5. November 14, 2021 / 8:47 am

    What a time you’ve had! Hope you find a replacement car soon. I follow your Mum’s blog every day but for some reason I haven’t been able to access it for the past two days. Do you know if this is a problem other people have found? Don’t know how to contact Jo other than through her blog, hence I’m reaching out to you.

  6. Barbara Snyder
    November 14, 2021 / 11:29 am

    Glad you are okay! Yikes,

  7. Carolyn Sullivan
    November 14, 2021 / 12:59 pm

    DANG GIRL! hope you feel ok later too. Sometimes those accidents cause a lot of Aches and pains. Hope someone took the deer for processing…

  8. Carol Stearns
    November 14, 2021 / 2:18 pm

    Important question. Did you get to keep the deer? I dont want a shirt but would be happy to donate to the cause. Why not open a GoFundMe Account for your Mom. She deserves it. I would happily donate to it. And I”m sure many many others would as well.

  9. Susan the Farm Quilter
    November 14, 2021 / 3:13 pm

    I’m so sorry you killed a deer and your Highlander!! Car inventories are slim all over the country and prices are correspondingly high…so glad you have been working on being debt free and saving that emergency fund because this is the exact time you can reap the fruits of that labor! Funny how shock can affect us and I hope you are physically on the mend now. Looking for a car when you are in need is so much more stressful than just looking because you maybe want to have a different vehicle. Vehicle crumpled as it was designed to so you didn’t crumple! Only time I hit a deer was a glancing blow on a right turn with a gully to the left of the road and a hill immediately to the right – took out the fog light on my Dakota and put a small dent in my plastic that used to hold the light. Was pulling a trailer and there was no where to stop or turn around…scared the crap outta me! I hope my Tundra is built to protect occupants like your Highlander, just in case!!

  10. Elle
    November 14, 2021 / 4:56 pm

    Holy Moly! Thank GOD you were not injured. Vehicles are certainly the safest they’ve ever been. My Dad and Mom hit 3 large animals total before I turned 18. Luckily, no injury and that was the 70s.

    Take good care 🙂

  11. Nancy White
    November 14, 2021 / 8:59 pm

    So glad that you are,okay…the rest is doable.

  12. November 15, 2021 / 2:42 pm

    The problem I was having with your Mum’s blog is sorted. It was weird, I could get everything else, just not that blog. My husband cleared out all my history and miraculously Joscountryjunction is back.

    • thepinkshoelaces
      November 16, 2021 / 6:55 am

      Thanks for the update, I’m glad you got it figured out.

  13. sewhappy
    November 17, 2021 / 7:38 am

    I have hit a couple deer in the past but nothing like you did. Happy to read you are OK. Have a good week and take care of yourself.

  14. Christi
    November 17, 2021 / 9:22 am

    I live in the country and today I saw 6 dead deer on the side of the road. I would say at least twice a month someone is at my door because they hit a deer. My daughter totalled a car last summer in Fla after hitting a deer. We live in NC so she was kind of shocked it happened in Fla. You are lucky you walked away just sore. It’s a problem everywhere. Prayers for everyone.

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