Subaru Outback 2008 just like mine - but not mine
Today was the day to get the tires changed on my Subaru outback and while it was a great day, really, and here I am back home with my Subaru in the garage wearing its new tires, it was also a comedy of errors day which just made me laugh a lot at times.
My friend Penny and I have been wanting to get together for a while, and since she lives near the really great dealership where I bought this car and have the work done, and the tire changing might have taken a few hours, she picked me up just after I dropped the car off and we were off to have some fun.
We spent a long time browsing through quilting fabric at The Polka Dot Pincushion, a lovely quilt store in Richfield, Ohio. They always have great fabric choices and books and notions and I managed to spend a little too much money there, but I don’t go often and I really like what I bought. Perhaps I’ll have a post soon about quilting and fabric. And after that we headed over to The Bistro restaurant (http://www.bistroathammonds.com/) where we shared their delicious entree salad of baby greens, roasted beets, goat cheese and toasted walnuts and followed it up with chicken Murphy which features chicken with sauteed onions, mushrooms, peppers, and artichoke hearts in a white wine sauce and was also yummy. (It comes with linguine and a great tomato sauce, possibly Marinara, I’m not sure.)
I can never figure out how people can manage dessert after such meals. It’s just too much.
Toward the end of the meal I had a phone call from the dealership with some bad news. One of the rims was so badly bent (possibly from driving over one of the spectacular pot holes that are such a feature of northeast Ohio driving!) that they couldn’t seal a new tire to it. I imagine that this is why my tire pressure warning light has been on so continuously! They didn’t have another rim on hand and weren’t sure whether they could get one today, and are not open on the weekends and didn’t know whether they could find a loaner for me. They were searching for a rim and would let me know. Monday they could get someone over to fix my old rim, but not today.
Penny and I were lingering over coffee and talking about what to do and before we decided that, the service man called back and said that they had located a used rim in Medina county and could have it by four o’clock and would fix it right away. So we decided to go back to Penny’s where we had a lot of fun in her quilt room looking at all her works in progress and fabric. A delightful show and tell followed…I enjoy Penny’s color and fabric choices and she showed me a trick about making Dresden Plate blocks which I hadn’t know before.
And then we went into the house (Her workroom used to be a garage. Now it’s all fixed up and has heat.) We had a nice visit over tea and cherry biscotti with her husband Joe who gave me one of the last jars of honey from their many years as bee keepers. By now it was 4:30 and I wondered how they were doing with my car. I had three phone numbers to use to call them and tried several times, but always got a busy signal. And then I had a phone call from a number I didn’t recognize and it was the service man calling on a friend’s cell phone to let me know that all the power and phones were down, although they could see electric trucks working not too far down the road.
The good news was that three of my tires were done and they had the new rim. The bad news was that my car was up on a lift and there was no power to get it down! The good news was that he could get me a loaner for the weekend. So my poor long-suffering friend Penny who had been so kind about entertaining me all day instead of just two hours, drove me back to the shop. The good news is when we arrived the lights were on, power had been restored and they were just finishing up the work on my car. After a brief wait for the computers to come back up, everything was OK and I was on my way home with my car, with new rim and tires, having spent a really nice day with a very good friend.
Dresden Plate blocks, not Penny's, and not too well made, but good colors
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