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Saturday, December 14, 2013

ho ho ho and car repairs

I can't believe that Christmas is just 11 days away and that I am planning to drive to Atlanta in 9 days. 

To catch you up on the car repairs, I did take it in on Thursday. Once again they told me they have no idea why it is idling so roughly. Nothing shows up on their scan. Whatever happened to the good old mechanic who looked? SIGH!!! They did find that two of my tires were bad, car was very badly out of alignment, and all four brakes were bad. So I drove it home with $665 dollars worth of repairs (thanks to my sister for kicking in some as I drive her everywhere) and it is still idling bad. That would be a bah humbug, so let's get on to the Ho! Ho! Ho!

Here is a bit more of my Christmas decor.

Some toys under my toy tree. 


They seem happy! I think they are waiting for Santa.

Looking down the living room. That is a red and white quilt that my grandmother made, covering my sister's antique drop leaf table that sits behind the sofa. The brass lamps are mine. I bought them almost 40 years ago as a new bride. I stuck them in my car when I was in North Carolina in September. 


I love the toy tree. I can't help but smile when I look at it.






The next time the sun comes out I will try to get some photos of the other end of the living room and also of my little white Christmas corner. 

Thanks for all of the well wishes on the car. I am still praying and meditating on the idling problem and thinking positively that the money will come in this week so that I can take it to another mechanic. 

I have started selling on Ebay again along with my Etsy shop. I hate that they take so much out of each sale, but it's a bit of added money coming in. I sell there under the name Gossamer Memories.

I am getting excited about going to Atlanta. My grandchildren and I are counting down the days until I get there. Okay, they are probably counting down the days until Santa gets there, but I am definitely counting the days until I see them.



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  1. sorry they couldn't diagnose the problem, but sounds like your car is better prepared for the drive than it was before, so that's good. i like the apple slice garland. very cute.

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    1. Thanks. I love that garland too. It is so sugary that it makes me want to pull it off the tree and eat it. :)

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  2. What a shame on the high cost of car repairs. At least you know you will have a safe trip to Atlanta. I know you must be so excited!

    Your tree is darling. Nothing says Christmas like a teddy bear! I noticed the apple garland, I love it! No, this isn't the best light to get pictures in. I turn on every light, open the doors (and freeze) and then edit the heck out of them. I have more coming, too. Thanks so much for coming by!

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. Thanks, Jane. I am very excited. Now if the sun would just come back out. :)

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  3. Every time I go for an oil change the auto dealer finds at least one or two things wrong. Have a safe trip and enjoy being with your grandkids.

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  4. I hadn't thought of putting a quilt over the kitchen table. What a cute idea.
    Kathy xo

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    1. We don't eat off of that table. My mom would have a heart attack if she caught us :)

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  5. We have put so much money in our car the last couple of months......aauugghh! I feel your pain.
    The apple garland caught my eye too....I would probably sneak a lick....

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  6. They told me at the repair shop that even though it is 14 years old it only has 75,000 miles on it and so it is just getting broken in. They said to keep on driving it. No worries, because I can't afford a new one :)

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  7. Laura, you might try putting a can of Sea Foam Motor Treatment in your gas tank for the rough idling. That is what my daughter said she used and it worked great for her. You can get it at any auto parts shop or even at WallyWorld.

    Your home looks beautiful! I love the quilt on the table.

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl. I put Lucas fuel cleaner in it. That is what the mechanic recommended. We will see if that does anything.

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  8. I hope your car settles down and runs right. Maybe since they did some tests and didn't find anything, it isn't serious. I'll say some prayers for you, too. I love the beautiful red and white quilt and your sweet toy tree. Enjoy your weekend my friend!

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  9. I'm sorry to hear about your car problems Laura. Those repairs sure can add up fast! I hope you find out what is going on with it and that it won't cost you an arm and a leg! The quilt is gorgeous and I love the toy tree with all the cute ornaments and candy lights on it. Have a good weekend. Blessings, Pamela

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    1. Thanks, Pamela. Hope you are enjoying your weekend, too. :)

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  10. A wing and a prayer Laura ~ that’s all we ever had and so far we are turning up aces. If I don’t make it back, early wishes for all your dreams to come true.

    Lynn

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  11. You might have water in your gas tank. Throw a bottle of heat gas treatment in it and see if it helps.

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    1. It's been going on for awhile. Wish it was just that.

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  12. I think it's your gas….maybe water or something.

    Ha ha I see Kim agrees!

    Oh, I love your quilt as a tablecloth! SO pretty! Carol @ Art & Sand and I have been discussing our love for quilts as table linens this week…I hope Carol sees this post!

    xo,
    RJ

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  13. Car repairs really can add up. I hope you find out what is going on and it isn't too costly. I am sure you are right up their with Santa on your grandkids counting the days. It will be here soon, not sure how that can be. Happy Holidays.

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  14. Praying the car will be fixed so you are safe on your travels! Hugs!!!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I used to love to drive, but not so much anymore. Must be getting old :)

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  15. Ouch! That's a lot of money to spend this time of year on car repairs! I hate to hear that it is still not working properly after all of that too. Too bad that you don't live here in GA. My brother is a mechanic and has his own shop. He would be the best person I could recommend for you. Let me know if you want to try to see him while you are here visiting your kids. His shop is in Lilburn. I love that toy tree too! I can see why it makes you smile. I also really love the red and white quilt on the table.

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. If I have any problems while there I will get in touch. :)

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  16. Oh no Laura!
    I am so late. I am sorry that your car needed repairs too!
    I feel better knowing that you had everything taken care of before you travel to Atlanta!
    What fun it will be!
    I LOVE everything about your Christmas home! It's so cheerful and decorated with love. That quilt is amazing. My Mom is a quilter. I know how much effort goes into something so detailed as yours.
    How about all of the blogworld car diagnostics above me! I hope it's only bad gasoline!
    Take care, my friend.
    w/L

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    1. Love all of the input. I am so not a mechanic.

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  17. The tree is beautiful, Laura! Everything on it looks so nostalgic and special! I'm sorry about the car. Yeah, it used to be that some really brilliant mechanic could look under the hood and know exactly what to do. I think the computers changed all that. Sorry about the expenses, but I hope the car is road worthy and that you have a safe and wonderful trip to Atlanta!

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    1. The times have definitely changed when it comes to car repairs. It is just frustrating that they can't figure it out. Thanks for the tree love.

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  18. I have been out of the loop, Laura. I am so sorry that you have been having car troubles. Bah-Humbug! It will be nice to see your family for Christmas and at least you will have good tires going there. Your little toy tree is darling and I love that quilt! Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week- xo Diana

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    1. Thanks, Diana. My 11 year old grandson listens to car talk on NPR constantly so I am sure he will give me some advice while I am there. Have a wonderful week, too. :)

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  19. I think it's the first time I write that, but your tree is yummy!

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  20. Laura-
    The Grandma quilt on the table is such a treasure!! Enjoy it.
    And may your engine keep running!
    Sending wishes for a safe/enjoyable trip.

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  21. Oh, my , Laura your toy tree is just amazing! That apple garland is just gorgeous.
    It's so cute!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  22. Laura,
    Your tree is beautiful. How pretty all lit up. Sorry about your car. Cars!!!! Ugh we need them to get us from point a to b but when they are not working right they can be expensive and a pain. I hope you can find someone that can tell you what is wrong with the idle and rough running. Good luck.
    Kris

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  23. Best wishes for a safe trip to Atlanta!!!!!!

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  24. Laura- Just popping in to tell you that you have reverted to a No Reply blogger when you leave a comment- not sure if you know it- xo Diana

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  25. Thanks, Diana. Hopefully it is fixed once again.

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  26. hope you made the trip safe and sound and are now playing with the grand-children. :) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Laura. xo (P.S. I just hate putting money into car repairs)

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  27. Best wishes for a safe trip to Atlanta, Laura!

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  28. Oooh. Mechanics have been trusting their scanners way too much on this one. Like you said, it seems that they didn't bother to get down and dirty on it. However, it's still good that they managed to find problems that could've caused bigger ones when you to Atlanta. To make sure that it'll be safe to drive, you can take your car to another shop to see if they can spot what's wrong on your car's idling problem.
    Nannette Henriquez @ AutoRepairScottsdaleAZ.com

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Thank you for your sweet messages. I read every one of them.