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    Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

    Today was cold. I mean, "really, humans were not meant for this" cold. Do I do what I should? (stay inside, warm and snug)? Nahhhhh. Off I go to go buy THREAD. I get a couple blocks from home and smoke (SMOKE!!!) started coming into the car from the defrost vent by the windshield. Real smoke. Like hanging in the air, smoke. This is usually NOT a good sign. I pulled over right away cause, well, I have visions of cars burning up. Grabbed my purse and jumped out. And stood there.

    Did I say it was cold? 0 degrees F, not counting the wind chill and here I am without a hat and wearing jeans (just so you know, jeans are NOT winter clothing). It took me a few minutes to figure out how to open the hood but all looked ok by then. Called CAA (AAA but Canadian style) and was told the tow truck would be there in 60 minutes. ("60 minutes?!? Really? Like an hour??")

    Tow truck and English speaking tow truck driver arrived 30 minutes later and let's just say that if it had been much longer, I was going to start really whining loudly. He could tell I was cold (&%$#ing cold) and had me sit in the truck cab while he got my car on the truck. Off we go to the dealer . . . which closed today at noon FOR THE WEEKEND. Thank goodness we got there before they closed (in case you didn't know dealers are mostly closed on the weekends in Quebec but noon?!?)

    So the car is sitting at the dealer and they will look at it on Monday. So, I told them to do whatever else was needed-yearly, monthly, whatever check-ups. I mean, if I have to leave it for God knows how long, might as make it worth it.

    There is a lesson to be learned here. Wear a hat or have a hat in the car. But at least I had on a winter coat, warm boots, gloves and scarf. But while outside, standing in the cold, looking for the latch under the hood, Canada taught me a lesson and trust me I will listen. Yeah, my ears are still cold.

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    Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

    Glad you survived! I'm often tempted to run down to the drive through in my PJs for a quick breakfast. It would just be my luck something like that would happen on the day I wasn't dressed for being out and about. Hope you can get it fixed easily, quickly and NOT costly!

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      #3
      Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

      Uhhhhh, how many times have I gone through a drive-in in PJs? Never, but I do go out in shirtsleeves in cold weather. Usually have on Berks and do carry a winter coat in the car . . . makes one think and think hard about preparedness . . .
      Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
      it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

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        #4
        Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

        Well, I was mostly dressed for the weather. But if I was going to be outside for more than a minute, I really should have had a hat and warm pants.

        And to be honest, I HAVE gone through drive thru in my jammies. But, once you put on a heavy coat, boots, gloves, scarf and ummm HAT, who can tell what you are wearing?!?

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          #5
          Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

          uh, how did you get home from the dealership????? At least there is a hood on my coat, never wear it, but it's there. And I usually have gloves in my pocket. Sometimes I even put them on.
          Did you ever get your thread. There are priorities you know. LOL
          Last edited by Doloris; February 28, 2014, 06:56 PM.
          Dolores :lol::icon_heh:

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            #6
            Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

            I learned the hard way not to go out in my PJ's. I was taking my my boys to school & had on a really thin, kinda ratty PJ's Sure enough, I got a flat tire on the way home. The spare was flat too so I had to walk the last couple of blocks home in those pajamas. After that I always checked the spare & never left home without being properly dressed. Lol
            May the road rise up to meet you...
            May the wind be always at your back...
            May you be in Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead...
            Patt :icon_wave:

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              Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

              Originally posted by Doloris View Post
              uh, how did you get home from the dealership????? At least there is a hood on my coat, never wear it, but it's there. And I usually have gloves in my pocket. Sometimes I even put them on.
              Did you ever get your thread. There are priorities you know. LOL
              The dealer has a shuttle and I made it just in time before they shut down (thank goodness). And, NO, I didn't get my thread. I wanted a special color that I have to drive to Montreal to buy (no fabric stores near me). So, I either wait until the car is ready next week (ohhhh noooooooooo, don't make me wait that long), or take my hubby's car on the weekend (I would take him with me but you know how it goes with some hubbies and fabric stores). The only real problem is there is always way too many people in the store on the weekend and I will have to wait (ohhh my) at the cashier.

              Gosh, darn, life is hard sometimes.

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                #8
                Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

                Oh my, you gals are giving me the hic-ups! I am snorting with hic-uppy laughter!
                Vicky, I feel for ya dear. But like Jean said, and Patt illustrated, (hahaha!) at least you were dressed!
                Mother Nature is not one to mess with, especially THIS winter!
                Glad you're safe.
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                  #9
                  Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

                  I hope the dealer gets your car fixed soon and I hope your ears have thawed out. I hate driving in a heavy coat, but I keep a fleece-lined long coat with gloves in the pocket in the back seat of the car through the winter. I've not had to put it for the past two winters, but it's there just in case.
                  *~* Myrna *~*
                  *~* Quilters lead pieceful lives *~*

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                    Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

                    So sorry to hear about this.....I have had "extra" items in my car for years.

                    Since I have been driving ( long time ....43 yrs ! ...Opps I just gave my age away ! LOL! ) I have always had ( sometimes I have extra items ...in case I have a passenger in the car.
                    In the trunk :
                    A warm blanket
                    An extra jacket
                    1-2 prs of extra gloves
                    1-2 prs of extra socks
                    1-2 scarves to wrap around my face.
                    1-2 knitted hats
                    A battery starter ( I can't think of the right name for this, but you plug in it at home, make sure it's charged when you go out, and it will start your car, if your battery is dead )
                    Jumper Cables
                    A flashlight
                    A small bag of kitty litter
                    *****************************************
                    In a container in the car ( in the back seat ) :
                    A couple of bottles of water
                    2-3 chocolate bars
                    A magazine I haven't read yet
                    Some yarn, knitting needles ( so I can make a dishcloth if I am going to be waiting for a long time )
                    3-4 candy,
                    My parents started having all three of us girls do this when we began driving. My parents always had extra things like this in their car.
                    Jacqueline ( Sugar ) Dorer-Russell
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                      #11
                      Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

                      Glad you made to the dealers before they closed down for the weekend.

                      I keep an umbrella, spare gloves and hat in the car but if I broke down they wouldn't help much during the winter as I don't wear a heavy winter coat and never wear socks. Maybe this is a wake up call to dress warmer and keep more stuff in the car, liked the idea of a few chocolate bars, they won't keep me warm but they'll take the edge off being cold.

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                        #12
                        Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

                        Lucky you were able to get to the dealership before they closed. But no thread....BUMMER!
                        Sharon

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                          #13
                          Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

                          GREAT list of items to carry -- add to your list
                          - boy scout shovel - survival knife - lighter or matches - makeup removal pads dipped in wax (for fire starter)*~
                          - disposable ponchos

                          one never knows



                          Originally posted by redcaboose1717 View Post
                          So sorry to hear about this.....I have had "extra" items in my car for years.

                          Since I have been driving ( long time ....43 yrs ! ...Opps I just gave my age away ! LOL! ) I have always had ( sometimes I have extra items ...in case I have a passenger in the car.
                          In the trunk :
                          A warm blanket
                          An extra jacket
                          1-2 prs of extra gloves
                          1-2 prs of extra socks
                          1-2 scarves to wrap around my face.
                          1-2 knitted hats
                          A battery starter ( I can't think of the right name for this, but you plug in it at home, make sure it's charged when you go out, and it will start your car, if your battery is dead )
                          Jumper Cables
                          A flashlight
                          A small bag of kitty litter
                          *****************************************
                          In a container in the car ( in the back seat ) :
                          A couple of bottles of water
                          2-3 chocolate bars
                          A magazine I haven't read yet
                          Some yarn, knitting needles ( so I can make a dishcloth if I am going to be waiting for a long time )
                          3-4 candy,
                          My parents started having all three of us girls do this when we began driving. My parents always had extra things like this in their car.
                          2015 is here
                          Be Bold and Bravely put one foot in front of the other :)

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                            #14
                            Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

                            You could move over here and all you would have to pack is a beach towel, bathing suit and sunscreen
                            🌺 Lorie

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                              #15
                              Re: Houston, we have (had) a problem. Ah, car issues and super cold weather.

                              I can still remember the last time I was not dressed properly for going someplace in the car. Our oldest was in first grade and it snowed several inches during the night and the school called to say the bus could not make it to our house and we would have to drive about half mile to meet it. So, me in my nightshirt, threw on my winter coat and a pair of loafers over my sock slippers. Well, about three blocks from the house was a little hill. I was driving my little truck and almost made it to the top, but slid backwards. I backed up and tried again, still no luck. I backed up further and floored it........was just about to the top when here comes a school bus SIDEWAYS down the hill headed right for us! I naturally slammed on the brakes which is a bad thing to do in those conditions and we start doing donuts....after about five of them, we finally came to a rest about a foot from a phone pole! I look over at her who is so excited she is screaming lets do that again!!!!! and say, guess what, no school for you today! I managed to get back home and we all went back to bed. That was the last time I was not properly dressed, be it to run someone somewhere or just grab food in a drive thru!

                              Another good thing to add to your bundle of things in your car is a large three wick candle and some matches. Lighting that and cracking your window just a tad will keep you warm if you get stuck in bad weather. My sister does that when she has to drive over the pass in the winter and used it more than once.

                              I'm glad you made it thru safe and sound for the most part. Hope the bill doesn't kill you!
                              pat.

                              No rain....no rainbows!


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