After a week of bitter cold, we're getting a break in the weather. Meanwhile I've just been hanging around the house, grocery shopping, the occasional foray out for coffee or lunch with Mom.
I'm caught up with the laundry and my TV programs. I do seem to be hanging out a lot in the kitchen lately (posts on the Chef's page) trying out new gluten-free recipes.
Had to have a tire replaced. I found a nail through the sidewall on Christmas Day. The placement of the puncture made it unsafe to patch/plug so I had to buy a new tire. (Thankfully I'd bought hazard insurance with the tire so replacement cost was only $35/mount/recycle/balance, etc.) But they had to order it so they wanted to send me home on my spare tire. I had to laugh and told them that the spare tire in the car originally came with the car (2000) and has been in there for 15 YEARS! We both agreed it was safer to drive home and come back the next day on the re-inflated punctured tire (it still could hold air).
To replace the 15 year old spare, the tire place wanted $75 for a tire to fit my car, mount it, recycle the old tire, etc. etc. Sheesh. So I went to my auto shop where they found a used tire (only 2 years old - tons of tread) that fit my car. They swapped it out, mounted, etc all for $30. You gotta shop around.
I did get that 'care package' from HamBeens to replace the bad bag of beans I had to throw away. I don't usually buy HamBeens brand because I never use the flavor packets they provide and I'm sure that addition is what makes them more expensive than other brands. But it's hard to find the 15-bean mix they have. Still, they were extremely polite, concerned and quick to send me replacements.
While catching up with the laundry, I thought I heard some odd noises, so had a repair man come in and check out the situation. He opened the 20-year-old Tappan, got it running, looked under the tub and .... "uh oh". Damn I hate that phrase! Turns out the transmission is failing. He said it could go any time or last another 10 years, and he showed me the loose movement on the shaft. $345 + labor for a new transmission. He didn't recommend it because then I might have motor trouble, timer trouble, etc. So we put it back together and I'll deal with it when it dies. Que sera sera. How can I complain? This set has never given me any grief for 20 years!! The least I can do is let it do what it does best until the bitter end.
Otherwise, it's been a relatively uneventful slide into the new year and I'm truly happy about that! Days drift by and I was surprised to see how long since my last post, so this one is to let you know I'm still here, if relatively inert at the moment. LOL Hope all is well at your end.