Ready, Set, Out the Door

@GardenGerty (99424)
United States
January 4, 2017 6:46am CST
Well, almost. The car we do have that does run is not starting this morning. It is only 10 F. Not sure what that translates to in C. Maybe I should look it up. Well, we have two others that will run, but are not in shape to drive. Yeah, still a pesky bolt holding up the works on the Monte Carlo. Hubby says if he tried to drive it it would fall apart on the road. Things will work out eventually. Meanwhile, I am toasty warm inside the house.I have hot coffee in me I ate a big breakfast.. I am taking a light lunch today, though. Maybe I will continue to lose a little weight. We will have beans and cornbread tonight. We shall see what the new year will bring at work.
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@allknowing (65267)
• India
4 Jan 17
You seem so cool about not being able to go outdoors. What was it that you wanted to do and now are cool about it.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
I was upset that hubby has spent so much time trying to get a car going, and could not. I got some perspective on the situation, realized how good my life is anyway, and what my alternatives are. I was upset about being unsure how I was getting to work.
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@allknowing (65267)
• India
5 Jan 17
@GardenGerty I must say you have very nicelyhandled your frustration and have moved on
@marlina (73881)
• Canada
4 Jan 17
As long as you are toasty and full, you've got life by the horns.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
Have it so much better than many others.
@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
4 Jan 17
Now I wish I had some corn meal, beans and cornbread sounds just right for a chilly night.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
I seem to always have cornmeal on hand. It is hot soup weather for sure.
@bunnybon7 (36541)
• Holiday, Florida
5 Jan 17
yummy. love beans and cornbread. you are lucky i don't live next door. i would likely stop by with my portable, since i kind of know you.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
We needed to get some ham to put in the beans. It will wait til tomorrow. Then I will message you some.
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@bunnybon7 (36541)
• Holiday, Florida
5 Jan 17
@celticeagle (118280)
• Boise, Idaho
4 Jan 17
I remember when I was a young girl my mom had to put a heater in under the hood of the car so she could start it the next morning. We had much worse winters then.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
During my first marriage, my husband was an over the road trucker. I had to take care of the home fort. I was a bus driver and had to get up and get to work. The heater in my house was a gas stove type. I always kept buckets of water on it, and some bricks as well. I would open the hood to the car in the morning and put a hot brick on the air filter and it would warm the car enough to start it. Other hot bricks were wrapped in towels to warm up cold beds.
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@celticeagle (118280)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Jan 17
@GardenGerty ......Yes, I have heard of hot bricks. Glad they worked on the car too.
@LadyDuck (157830)
• Switzerland
4 Jan 17
I confirm what @Happy2BeMe wrote, the temperature in Celsius is -12, it's cold, but not extremely cold.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
At my other house we had a winter where all my house plants froze due to wind chill with an actual temp of -15, and then wind too.
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@LadyDuck (157830)
• Switzerland
5 Jan 17
@GardenGerty I remember that 10 years ago many people had their external pipes that froze due to the extreme cold. I always close the garden water and our pipes are underground and protected.
@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jan 17
I get pretty anxious when cars are playing up. It seems to be one thing that I have trouble coping with.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
Aha! I see you understand.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Jan 17
@GardenGerty I really worry about getting stuck somewhere although I like to think I am pretty laid back in other areas. With mobile phones, I guess there is a bit less to worry about but car problems still concern me.
@Corbin5 (106637)
• United States
4 Jan 17
Cars are such a pain. So many things need attending to with cars. Wish cars were totally unnecessary, but we sure do need them.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
Yep, we live in a quaint little town with no work. I work ten miles away, hubby works forty eight miles away.
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• United States
4 Jan 17
Just another reason I hate cold and live in the south.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
I have a harder time with the heat. Wish to live in a swimming pool or lake.
• Pamplona, Spain
4 Jan 17
Oh dear. Good breakfast but not a good start to the Day as such. Cars have a habit of doing things like that in very cold weather. All the Cars around here are suffering too in starting up at least some of them.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
We have a number of cars, each with just a bit wrong, but enough to make some of them undriveable. Hope to have a "garage" sale next spring.
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@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
4 Jan 17
-12C so yes a bit chilly! Beans and cornbread sounds good.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
Thanks for the calculation. Yep, but they ended up waiting til tomorrow.
@Juliaacv (30462)
• Canada
4 Jan 17
That sounds like about -11 or 12C, its pretty cold. I hope that you get your car on the road again so that you can safely get to work and back again.
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
I rode the bus in with the kids. Hubby took the day off, it was his birthday. The car did not start until afternoon.
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@toniganzon (50006)
• Philippines
4 Jan 17
I think your car felt cold it was frozen so it didn't start. Happy new year!
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@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
5 Jan 17
That sums it up nicely. The cars that will start do not run for various reasons.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
6 Jan 17
the cold made my truck unhappy too
@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
7 Jan 17
Yeah, that was the final straw on the one car we had that was still road worthy. One of our cars needs a stubborn bolt removed and a part put on, part is already purchased, bolt is stubborn. One vehicle needs transmission fluid drained and filter changed. Supplies already purchased, just to cold to make it work. etc. etc.
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• Centralia, Missouri
8 Jan 17
@GardenGerty cold makes everything harder!
• United States
6 Jan 17
Uggh , we have two cars-- one was great, started and left--- mine two hours later did not, had to get roadside assistance jump and then right to the mechanic for battery check, then purchase of a new battery and a long drive home . . .
@GardenGerty (99424)
• United States
6 Jan 17
One by one our cars have been falling out on us. Hubby did change the battery on the last one, to no avail. He is picking up a completely rebuilt car today, with the help of my son. Repairs on the others will commence as weather allows. One car only needs one (stubborn) bolt removed, and a part put in that we already have but it is too cold to do it.
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• United States
6 Jan 17
@GardenGerty how about we hope and wish and even pray for a little warmth so the part can be put on without getting frost bite ?
@SAM774 (3732)
5 Jan 17
i think 10 f means -12 c .... think so ... not sure though :0