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Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Monday, July 18, 2016

Car repair, coach maintenance and memories of the past..

Where are we today ?
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         Just another warm sunny summer morning, actually much warmer at 6 am than yesterday. Got a nice walkabout done and hopped in the car to Pettigrew's Garage for 8 am to get some work done on it. Have had a "service" engine light coming on and was diagnosed a miss for number one cylinder after a few more tests the intake manifold gasket is leaking. Ok lets fix it, and Dale does a good job is reasonable and trustworthy. Small town Garage and he has been doing most of our repairs for more than 25 years. He also does the repairs and maintenance on our coach as well.
this the place
our car is in the left bay
        Way back in 1989 I had leased the restaurant on the west side of their building 21 seats. I made breakfast, lunch and dinner, right from daily specials, fish and chips, pizza subs, wings etc.. you name it I did it all. Just some help with serving, cleaning and washing dishes by hand. Was there for 10 years and got to know the whole family quite well (plus most of the town) after 10 years was burned out... 70-100 hours a week.  They mostly ate 2-3 meals a day that I whipped up for them. Dale, Dean and their parents. They are memorable years. After I closed the restaurant they turned it into a large parts room for the garage. 
there used to be gas pumps here,
I was much busier then
      Dale worked on the car off and on between interruptions and the job was completed shortly after 11 am. Car  runs much better now, no more missing and rough idling, but heck it has 225,000 kms (140,00 driven miles) on it so can't complain.
intake manifold all cleaned up
ready to reinstall
          In the meantime Suzie went with her Dad for a run to Stratford and she back here about the time I was done in time for lunch. After a bite I whipped to New Hamburg for a few things. Did some maintenance on our coach, lubed the automatic steps and our levelling jacks. Then time for a dip in the pool, so refreshing. Now to relax and enjoy reading in the shade for a while.
          Soon time for supper, I cleaned and marinated some shrimp and decided a stir fry. Preheated our Weber Q and the cast iron fry pan, Chopped up some veggies, sautéed them and the shrimp added some rice and spices to add to a small salad and fresh blueberries and enjoyed a very tasty meal.
yum
         Just another day puttering around enjoying more summer weather and getting a few things done.
        Still enjoying this outside summer weather for a while yet, gotta get more reading time in yet tonight.
         Thanks for stopping on by.
Check out the interactive map below to see where we have been this summer

12 comments:

  1. After ten years of working 70 to 100 hours per week you desrve the life you have now!

    Cheers!

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    1. It was fun at the time but very draining, took a toll on my back and legs, this life works for me now just perfect.

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  2. 70-100 hours a week...dear Lord...I would have been burned out after one year!
    Glad you have your reliable car back in working order.

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    1. A restaurant was on my bucket list and this took care of that craving.
      A pretty reasonable fix, really only minor issues with this 14 year old car.

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  3. It's hard to beat having a mechanic you can trust and does good work.

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    1. That's for sure, and don't feel like we are getting ripped off.

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  4. Your meal looks great. You have a lovely blog. Thanks so much for sharing and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping in Linda, nice to hear from you.

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  5. I understand your burnout. Hope you never get burnout cooking on your Weber! :cD

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    1. I hope not too, this is a much easier lifestyle.

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  6. Always nice to have the same person serving your vehicles. We have had the same fellow serving our RV since we got it in 2001.

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    1. It sure is and like you he knows the vehicle.

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