May 3, 2017

Tony had a mishap on the way to work on Monday…

If you follow me, you’ll recall that he was up into the early hours of April 20th replacing the rocker arms on the car. He was confident that he had all the bolts tightened down properly. Well, somehow one of them wriggled loose.

After traveling down the highway at 55-60 mph, he turned off onto the road leading to his work 50 feet away and felt something clunk under the car. He pulled off to the side of the road and found a bolt on the other side of the road. He thought he could limp the 1/4 mile to the parking lot, but as he pulled in, the tie rod dropped and the wheel turned sideways skidding to an immediate stop. This is our most reliable vehicle.

Tender Mercy #1 – He wasn’t traveling at high speeds when it happened. He would have been seriously injured or killed.

Tender Mercy #2 – A coworker came out to see what happened and called his friend who owns Eaton Towing who towed the car to another friend that owns Shelley Auto Care.

Tender Mercy #3 – After hearing an explanation of our situation and our need for the car, the owner of Shelley Auto Care (who was out of town) instructed his mechanic to make our car a priority. They assessed the damage, ordered the parts and had the car repaired before 4 pm. They charged only cost on the parts and we suspect that some of the labor was donated.

Tender Mercy #4 – During the day Tony had a close friend give him $100 to use for needs and this greatly helped to pay the repair bill.

May 6, 2017

When life is going to change drastically for a loved one, even temporarily, you may be compelled as never before to get a picture of otherwise ordinary activities. Tongue surgery is in 17 days.

Mr. Charming is working on what has turned into a bit of a project car.

It was my dad’s and he loved the dang thing because of the powerful engine and 115.9″ wheel base which makes for a smooth as butter ride.

It’s a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 5.7 L V8.

Dad passed away in 2012 and it has taken a few years to get it up and going. Tony replaced the power steering pump, serpentine belt, battery, fuel pump and a tire to get it on the road. Today he replaced the thermostat, water pump and recharged the refrigerant. It still needs new tires, a new windshield and repairs to two of the power windows before it will be ready for a road trip.

I would like to think Dad is checking in every once in a while and approving of its resurrection. Ha ha

Sophie’s First Dance Recital

On the evening of May 6th, we attended our grandaughter’s first dance recital. Sophie was so happy to see Grandpa.