Car Issue

We were leaving Palm Coast on bridge club day when the car started making funny noises and steering anomalies. Thought it might be the air conditioning so we turned it off and lowered the windows. I guess the wind noise overwhelmed the sound we had been hearing so assumed that turning off the AC fixed it. Thirty minutes later as we turned down our driveway, it became painfully obvious that the steering problem had gone from minor to major. But it did get us home. First thing in the morning I decided to start trouble shooting – maybe it went away overnight. The first thing I checked was the power steering fluid and sure enough it was way, way down. I just happened to have a quart of fluid on hand and it just so happened that was exactly the amount it took. The wailing sound stopped and in just a short test drive, most of the vibrations stopped. My thought was that the small vibrations remaining were probably associated with air bubbles in the system and decided to make it to the mechanic in Deland, about 15 miles away. It did make it but the last 100 yards were total torture requiring all my strength to make the final turn into the garage. My new analysis was the power steering pump had crapped out. I got a ride home from Nancy’s friend Esther who was going to the house to work on quilts with Nancy. The mechanic that works on the car happens to live about an eighth of a mile down our road so somehow we’d be able to work out getting the car back home when repaired. The good news was that the pump was fine, the problem being a leaky pressure sensor – a much less expensive fix – about 1/3 of what I expected. Since this was our main car, this hiccup is probably going to push me back into the new (or nearly new) car market. ugh!

Some days I’m not sure what’s breaking down faster – me or my things.

Decided to start some fall seedlings, tomatoes and green peppers. I’m trying a few varieties that I’ve not tried in the past. If things go right and I get decent germination, they should be transplanted into the garden the end of September and producing after Thanksgiving. That,of course, assumes no flooding, no hurricanes and no surprise early freezes. The soil itself has been really soggy all summer long so I’m not sure what that means in terms of impact on the next crop. Maybe I’ll have more mold and mildew to contend with – who knows. I do know that it won’t take much rain, perhaps one hurricane passing within 500 miles, to have the roots floating again.

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