Home from camp -- long and somewhat OT

Home from camp -- long and somewhat OT

Post by Sand » Mon, 19 Jul 2010 07:26:58



Camp had a few "growing pains" this year, since it's under new ownership
now. However, it was still well worth going. My best quilting buddy and
I met up -- as usual -- there and took a wonderful class from Helen
Frost and Cathy Skow on how to do a variety of different kinds of
bindings. I have a binder full of samples to refer to now, too. If you
have a chance, do take this class! :)

We heard a lecture from the hysterically funny and tremendously talented
David Taylor one evening; my cheeks hurt by the end of it. <G> We also
worked through some EQ7 lessons, which was fun.

So camp was good, and I'm already looking forward to the next one. :)

The bad news is that I had a repeat of my car "adventure" from last
year. I was about 30-35 miles away from Flagstaff and hoping for a bit
of lunch upon arrival when my car quit. I barely had enough power to get
over to the shoulder and turn on my emergency flashers. I let the car
rest, and it decided to start, but it repeated the process again a few
minutes later. Luckily, unlike last year, it did start up again and
allowed me to finish the drive to Flagstaff, so I didn't have to be
towed or anything. However, I called DH while I was waiting on the side
of the road and told him that I was *never* going to bring this
particular car to camp again. He agreed, and we decided to shop for cars
at some point in the fall, something we'd already been discussing.

Yesterday, though, he said he thought we should go look at cars, so off
we went to the Toyota dealership. We'd planned to *look* at a couple of
different hybrid cars, but we both couldn't bring ourselves to go
anywhere else once we'd seen the Prius. <G> So I'm now the owner of a
lovely white (Blizzard Pearl -- the name alone should keep me cooler in
the summer) Prius with *lots* of space in the back for sewing machines
and fabric! Yay! The temperamental car is going to find a new home; it
behaves beautifully except on the way to Flagstaff. <G>
--
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
sw.foster1 (at) gmail (dot) com (remove/change the obvious)
http://www.sandymike.net
http://www.sandywf.blogspot.com

 
 
 

Home from camp -- long and somewhat OT

Post by Leslie& The Furbabies in MO » Mon, 19 Jul 2010 09:17:54


Glad you had a good time!   I wish one of these years I could go and combine
it with a visit to my parents in AZ.... hmmmmm.   Sorry 'bout your 'former'
car and it's problem- I wonder if it's the high altitude that made it
unhappy?  And congrats on your new car!   It sounds 'cool'- in several
different ways!

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.


Quote:
> Camp had a few "growing pains" this year, since it's under new ownership
> now. However, it was still well worth going. My best quilting buddy and
> I met up -- as usual -- there and took a wonderful class from Helen
> Frost and Cathy Skow on how to do a variety of different kinds of
> bindings. I have a binder full of samples to refer to now, too. If you
> have a chance, do take this class! :)

> We heard a lecture from the hysterically funny and tremendously talented
> David Taylor one evening; my cheeks hurt by the end of it. <G> We also
> worked through some EQ7 lessons, which was fun.

> So camp was good, and I'm already looking forward to the next one. :)

> The bad news is that I had a repeat of my car "adventure" from last
> year. I was about 30-35 miles away from Flagstaff and hoping for a bit
> of lunch upon arrival when my car quit. I barely had enough power to get
> over to the shoulder and turn on my emergency flashers. I let the car
> rest, and it decided to start, but it repeated the process again a few
> minutes later. Luckily, unlike last year, it did start up again and
> allowed me to finish the drive to Flagstaff, so I didn't have to be
> towed or anything. However, I called DH while I was waiting on the side
> of the road and told him that I was *never* going to bring this
> particular car to camp again. He agreed, and we decided to shop for cars
> at some point in the fall, something we'd already been discussing.

> Yesterday, though, he said he thought we should go look at cars, so off
> we went to the Toyota dealership. We'd planned to *look* at a couple of
> different hybrid cars, but we both couldn't bring ourselves to go
> anywhere else once we'd seen the Prius. <G> So I'm now the owner of a
> lovely white (Blizzard Pearl -- the name alone should keep me cooler in
> the summer) Prius with *lots* of space in the back for sewing machines
> and fabric! Yay! The temperamental car is going to find a new home; it
> behaves beautifully except on the way to Flagstaff. <G>
> --
> Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
> sw.foster1 (at) gmail (dot) com (remove/change the obvious)
> http://www.sandymike.net
> http://www.sandywf.blogspot.com


 
 
 

Home from camp -- long and somewhat OT

Post by Donna in Idah » Mon, 19 Jul 2010 09:56:33


Sounds like your old clunker doesn't like the altitude around Williams and
Flagstaff, or maybe it doesn't like the climb up Ash Fork hill!  It's WAY
higher there than you are in Vegas!

Donna in Idaho

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Home from camp -- long and somewhat OT

Post by Polly Esthe » Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:50:00


I suspect that Donna may be right about the altitude.  We had a car that
really rejected the notion of doing hills and highs.  Just fine on flat but
anything else was going to be met with a heap of protest.  Anyhow, glad you
had a good camp holiday and happy you have new fancy transportation.  Did
you ask the dealer if she 'does' altitude?  Polly



Quote:
> Sounds like your old clunker doesn't like the altitude around Williams and
> Flagstaff, or maybe it doesn't like the climb up Ash Fork hill!  It's WAY
> higher there than you are in Vegas!

> Donna in Idaho

 
 
 

Home from camp -- long and somewhat OT

Post by Sand » Mon, 19 Jul 2010 23:31:24




Quote:
> Sounds like your old clunker doesn't like the altitude around Williams and
> Flagstaff, or maybe it doesn't like the climb up Ash Fork hill!  It's WAY
> higher there than you are in Vegas!

> Donna in Idaho

LOL! My "old clunker" was only four years old (we bought it used when it
was a year old), and it had made one completely normal trip there the
first year we had it. But despite some very nice features on that car, I
was always a little disappointed in its gas mileage. At any rate, DH and
I were speculating that its problem had to have something to do with
altitude and/or the possibility that it just didn't like Williams, AZ,
for some bizarre reason. ;)

--
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
sw.foster1 (at) gmail (dot) com (remove/change the obvious)
http://www.sandymike.net
http://www.sandywf.blogspot.com

 
 
 

Home from camp -- long and somewhat OT

Post by Sand » Mon, 19 Jul 2010 23:32:53




Quote:
> I suspect that Donna may be right about the altitude.  We had a car that
> really rejected the notion of doing hills and highs.  Just fine on flat but
> anything else was going to be met with a heap of protest.  Anyhow, glad you
> had a good camp holiday and happy you have new fancy transportation.  Did
> you ask the dealer if she 'does' altitude?  Polly

Polly, much as I hate the idea of anyone having that sort of car
problem, it's good to know that I'm not alone. <G> I did tell the dealer
that I go to Flagstaff annually, and he told me there'd be no problem. :)

--
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
sw.foster1 (at) gmail (dot) com (remove/change the obvious)
http://www.sandymike.net
http://www.sandywf.blogspot.com

 
 
 

Home from camp -- long and somewhat OT

Post by Sand » Mon, 19 Jul 2010 23:34:56




Quote:
> Glad you had a good time!   I wish one of these years I could go and combine
> it with a visit to my parents in AZ.... hmmmmm.   Sorry 'bout your 'former'
> car and it's problem- I wonder if it's the high altitude that made it
> unhappy?  And congrats on your new car!   It sounds 'cool'- in several
> different ways!

> Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

You should come, Leslie! Or, if you don't want to do Flagstaff, try the
winter version in Phoenix, which takes place in January each year. :)

As for the car, the altitude is all we could think of, too, though it
seemed to do fine once we arrived -- and all the way home. :S

--
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
sw.foster1 (at) gmail (dot) com (remove/change the obvious)
http://www.sandymike.net
http://www.sandywf.blogspot.com

 
 
 

Home from camp -- long and somewhat OT

Post by Alice in P » Tue, 20 Jul 2010 03:54:04


You'll love the Prius!  I've been driving one for five years with no
complaints.  The legroom in the back seat is unbelievable!  And, I love not
having to get a car key out of my purse!!  Enjoy yours........

--
Alice in PA
http://community.webshots.com/user/twosonsatpsu

Quote:
> Camp had a few "growing pains" this year, since it's under new ownership
> now. However, it was still well worth going. My best quilting buddy and
> I met up -- as usual -- there and took a wonderful class from Helen
> Frost and Cathy Skow on how to do a variety of different kinds of
> bindings. I have a binder full of samples to refer to now, too. If you
> have a chance, do take this class! :)

> We heard a lecture from the hysterically funny and tremendously talented
> David Taylor one evening; my cheeks hurt by the end of it. <G> We also
> worked through some EQ7 lessons, which was fun.

> So camp was good, and I'm already looking forward to the next one. :)

> The bad news is that I had a repeat of my car "adventure" from last
> year. I was about 30-35 miles away from Flagstaff and hoping for a bit
> of lunch upon arrival when my car quit. I barely had enough power to get
> over to the shoulder and turn on my emergency flashers. I let the car
> rest, and it decided to start, but it repeated the process again a few
> minutes later. Luckily, unlike last year, it did start up again and
> allowed me to finish the drive to Flagstaff, so I didn't have to be
> towed or anything. However, I called DH while I was waiting on the side
> of the road and told him that I was *never* going to bring this
> particular car to camp again. He agreed, and we decided to shop for cars
> at some point in the fall, something we'd already been discussing.

> Yesterday, though, he said he thought we should go look at cars, so off
> we went to the Toyota dealership. We'd planned to *look* at a couple of
> different hybrid cars, but we both couldn't bring ourselves to go
> anywhere else once we'd seen the Prius. <G> So I'm now the owner of a
> lovely white (Blizzard Pearl -- the name alone should keep me cooler in
> the summer) Prius with *lots* of space in the back for sewing machines
> and fabric! Yay! The temperamental car is going to find a new home; it
> behaves beautifully except on the way to Flagstaff. <G>
> --
> Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
> sw.foster1 (at) gmail (dot) com (remove/change the obvious)
> http://www.sandymike.net
> http://www.sandywf.blogspot.com

 
 
 

Home from camp -- long and somewhat OT

Post by Sand » Tue, 20 Jul 2010 21:51:50




Quote:
> You'll love the Prius!  I've been driving one for five years with no
> complaints.  The legroom in the back seat is unbelievable!  And, I love not
> having to get a car key out of my purse!!  Enjoy yours........

> --
> Alice in PA
> http://community.webshots.com/user/twosonsatpsu

Thanks, Alice! :) We took it to DD's last night, and they were amazed at
that no-key bit. <G> I also love the backup camera, since my eyesight is
improving, but I still have trouble judging distances in some situations
(lack of experience, due to no depth perception).

--
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
sw.foster1 (at) gmail (dot) com (remove/change the obvious)
http://www.sandymike.net
http://www.sandywf.blogspot.com