Thursday, July 22, 2010

Car Repair, Lunch, and Art

Today I had to leave home by 7 am. They were resurfacing the streets here in the mobile home park.
I had to get my van over to the KIA dealer to see why my cruise control isn't working. After being there for a couple of hours, Jack, the service manager said they would need more time. This is a continuation of a problem going back to last May when a rat chewed the engine wires. A rat had made a nest in the engine compartment. They repaired the wire harness, but it had shorted out the cruise control and I had to come back later in the week to replace that. Fortunately insurance covered most of it, including a car rental for one day (less deductible) and Jack was able to cover the cruise control under warranty.
Instead of spending the rest of the day waiting, I called a friend.

I called Linda. Thank You Linda! She picked us up, yes Angel was with me, and after a short stop at the grocery store, we went to her house. She has a great backyard, lots of plants, trees, and two and four legged friends. We had fun watching a family of ground squirrels, mom and three babies. You could tell that this was new to them, misjudging distances, slipping and sliding all over the place, into and out of pots, chairs and benches. Unfortunately we had to leave. Linda teaches an art class at the senior center. We left early to have lunch. We ended up at Rubio's because they are dog friendly. We had lunch on the patio.

That's Linda
on the left, and Angel on the right being very patient.

Linda ordered a salad with chicken on the side. She has some dietary issues and wasn't able to eat the chicken that she ordered because of the seasoning or marinade. When the waitress cleared the table, she noticed that Linda didn't eat all of her meal and brought her a gift card for $7.00. That was so nice of her, totally unexpected and appreciated. Unfortunately we did not get her name, but thank you Rubio's!!! I ordered a side salad with shrimp, but didn't remember the camera until I had already finished it. (I didn't think you wanted a picture of an empty bowl) It was very good and the perfect amount. Grand total cost for me was $2.44. Linda's meal was about $6.00. Great Lunch!! We then headed to Fair Oaks and the senior center for her art class. (That's why there is a picture of the chicken) I still haven't figured out how to insert pictures where I want them.

After class she took me back to the dealer where Jack informed me that after working on it for six hours they couldn't fix it and would need to replace the entire wire harness to the tune of around a thousand $$. I, of course called the insurance company to see if it would be covered under the original claim. Jack spoke with them to explain what all has been done and feels that if it is not replaced other systems may fail too. Now we wait to see if they can get it approved. I'll let you know what happens.

I am now home and will be off again tomorrow. That's when Darrell should pick up the chairs.

Time for bed. Good night to all and thanks for visiting.

Susan and Angel


  1. I thought maybe that chicken picture was in there because you lived in the same area of Sacramento that Gypsy does. :)

    I would suggest you use Live Writer to write your blog posts. The picture placement is easy with that program. It's a free download.

  2. Judy, Thanks, I downloaded it last night and am trying to figure out how to use it.
    I live in Rancho Cordova. The Chicken is in Fair Oaks just north across the American River. Is Gypsy fulltiming or still in the area?

  3. Isn't it wonderful to have good friends!!
    So sorry you are having problems with the cruise control and getting it fixed. I hope the insurance comes through for you. Let us know!!

    Mike & Gerri