A Message From My Mom

13 Jan

Women – I have something to discuss with you today.  I just know this is going to touch your hearts as much as it touches mine.  Are you ready for the topic?  Car problems.  There you go – I heard your sighs all the way here at the Hotel Thompson.  Why do car problems bother us so much?

As a younger woman, I tinkered with cars.  Can you believe that?  But coming from a large family where I have seven older brothers, my dad made sure I knew my way around a car.  I have a fond memory of when me and Jim first started dating.  I had a Dodge Omni at the time that was unreliable as a Dollar Store pregnancy test.  One time, I was going home from his house.  His mom/dad followed us because they knew my car was unreliable.  About half way home, sure enough my car stopped running.  I pulled over to the side of the road and got the flash light out of the glove box.  I handed it to Jim where he proceeded to look at me like a deer in the headlights.  He said, “What do you want me to do?”  Without missing a beat, I opened my door and said, “Hold the flashlight for me.”  So there we were outside of the car, hood up, Jim holding the flashlight and me tinkering underneath it with the carburetor.  That’s how Jim’s mom/dad found us when they rolled up beside us… of course they were laughing hysterically and yes I got it running again.

So, I’m not a stranger to the makings of a car; however, with all of the newer electronics in cars these days, I’m not as good as I once was.  That’s when last week on Thursday my check engine light came on and I squealed like Bacon.  Really?  It’s already a tough time of the year.  I’m closing the year 2015 at work and I can’t begin to tell you that my mind is mush from all of the number crunching.  I had so many errands to run last weekend – grocery shopping, pharmacy, plasma donations, Houdini needed a bath, Bacon needed piggy chow and the purr things were about to abandon the Hotel Thompson if they didn’t get some treats and fresh litter.  So my hands were full as well as my calendar and wallet.

Being resourceful though and Jim still to this day not having a mechanically inclined touch in his entire body, I did what any solid mind girl would do.  I sat down and had me a cry.  You know one of those gut sucking the world is coming to an end cries.  Of course this was outside of the Hotel Thompson.  Had it been and the anipals heard me, I would have been licked to death 🙂

And do you know what else doesn’t work when your Check Engine light is on?  Take a guess – your remote start.  Now, remote start is one of those things that I didn’t think I would use all that often if ever and I never thought I would miss it.  Let me tell you something.  I missed it totally!  I use it to turn on the Jeep in the mornings to get the frost off the windows.  I use it running to the car in the evenings to turn on the heat before I get in.  Gosh, I was missing this!

After my cry, I hit the internet and researched the problem with the Jeep.  That’s when I learned two things.  The Jeep has a lot of extras that I didn’t know about (which is good) and I found the problem (which is better.)  You see, if the check engine light comes on and flashes – then you have an engine problem – good to know huh?  But if the check engine light comes on solid, then more than likely it’s a gas problem.  It could be either you got cheap gas, the gas cap is dirty or the gas cap is not tight.  Looking back at where I got gas the last time, I think it was dirty.  So with a paper towel in hand, I took the gas cap off, cleaned it and then put it back on tight.  Now it says in the manual that you may have to crank, drive around and park it 4-5 times before the light goes off – if you fixed the problem.

For the entire weekend, it never went off.  Really karma?  Can’t you throw me a curve?  So there I was running errands and with every re-crank begging to the Gods to fix it but it didn’t.  I had enough Sunday night so I went to bed early.  I was tired, cranky and frustrated.  I get up to go to work Monday, walk to the car, crank it and oh my glory heavens – the light was gone.  I swear I heard angels singing.  Really I did.

So my question women – why do car problems frustrate us??


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41 responses to “A Message From My Mom

  1. easyweimaraner

    01/13/2016 at 12:41 pm

    because they are like “leg-extensions” and a symbol of freedom? we fixed our car via blogville once, first I’ve read out the error-code, then mollie’s husband sent us the part (lambada sensor but without music) and then my dad fixed it with mollies dad on the phone… works till today :o)

    • Piglove

      01/13/2016 at 1:24 pm

      Oh my brother! Now that is blogville working together as super hero’s to fix a problem! Car problems flip out my mom. She is finally today calming down… after a valium – snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

      • easyweimaraner

        01/14/2016 at 7:02 am

        what says the error code? maybe it’s something what is “nothing” or the car only wants attention with sending light signals to your mom? I sometimes think we have this warning lights to support the service stations…. we paid 36 bucks before christmas just for pushing the reset button, because there was nothing to fix…. :o(

      • Piglove

        01/14/2016 at 10:09 am

        Oh how horrible! That was the next step if the CE light didn’t go off from tweaking the gas cap. I had written down how to get error codes and was going to research them. Leave it to me huh? ❤ June

      • easyweimaraner

        01/14/2016 at 10:22 am

        maybe a kiss on the hood will do the trick?

      • Piglove

        01/14/2016 at 10:47 am

        LOL – I’ll remember that the next time the Jeep decides to play the game, “What is wrong with me”. Hopefully it will play nice for a while now.

    • Fozziemum

      01/13/2016 at 10:14 pm

      Now THAT is an international rescue..FAB Scott! ;0

  2. The Canadian Cats

    01/13/2016 at 12:57 pm

    What a time you had…no fun! You can cry on my shoulder….promise not to lick you!

    I think we get so frustrated because we’re in a hurry to do things and get on with our lives and them…Bam!, one of the things we rely on to accomplish these goals breaks down and we can’t get any of the other things accomplished. It is frustrating.


    • Piglove

      01/13/2016 at 1:26 pm

      YES! I am much better today but when this car problem happened with everything else in life that happened – oh my heavens! I just broke down and had a good cry. I need a vacation in a stress free zone please. 🙂 ❤ June

  3. speedyrabbit

    01/13/2016 at 1:23 pm

    Hahaha and this is why I don’t drive…I’ll stick to my chauffer the hubby,belive me its safer that way and I am not talking about driving skill I’m talk about my rage ….it can kill LOL xx Rachel

    • Piglove

      01/13/2016 at 1:27 pm

      Oh snorts! My mom hates to drive – hates it! And with dad’s vision, she does all of the driving. Which on good days she can sing herself silly for amusement but throw a monkey ranch into the equation like a check engine light and she stepped over the fine line of insanity. Snorts. XOXO – Bacon

  4. katsrus

    01/13/2016 at 3:47 pm

    Glad you got it fixed without going to the shop. Sure saved you some money.
    Sue B

    • Piglove

      01/13/2016 at 4:31 pm

      Yes it really did. After researching, I was so glad to know it might be an easy fix. I prayed and kept my fingers crossed and thank goodness it finally went off! ❤ June

  5. Hailey and Zaphod

    01/13/2016 at 4:01 pm

    My issue is I don’t know a darn thing about cars. I had 2 issues lately and found myself crying about them, even though they aren’t big deals. My husband just shakes his head.

    • Piglove

      01/13/2016 at 4:31 pm

      Oh, I am so with you! Nothing stresses me out more than to even schedule an oil change. I hate dealing with car issues – period. ❤ June

  6. Tails Around the Ranch

    01/13/2016 at 4:20 pm

    I think I’m like Jim…what do you want me to do with this? I know 2 things about cars…ok 3 things. They need gas to go, air for the tires and mechanics charge for everything else. Sorry I’m no help, hope things get resolved. I’d hate the anipals to lick you to death. 😉

    • Piglove

      01/13/2016 at 4:32 pm

      LOL! Everything is good to go now. What I did to the gas cap fixed the problem – YAY! And trust me, I am so glad it did! ❤ June

      • Tails Around the Ranch

        01/13/2016 at 4:48 pm

        You’re way smarter than me and I’m glad you were able to figure it all out. I’d be a bawling mess in the corner still. 😉

  7. Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs

    01/13/2016 at 5:43 pm

    the cars today – gosh you don’t even lift the hood for fear of what you see and having a hybrid is even scarier 🙂

    • Piglove

      01/14/2016 at 9:48 am

      Oh yes! When mom had her Smart car – it was like taking apart a Matchbox car – OMP! She had parts all over the yard once. Shaking piggy head. XOXO – Bacon

  8. Genevieve Petrillo

    01/13/2016 at 6:55 pm

    That’s amazing! I wouldn’t have cried OR researched. I would’ve gone straight to the dealer and emptied my wallet to get it fixed. You’re Batman!

    • Piglove

      01/14/2016 at 9:50 am

      Snorts with piggy laughter. I keep telling ya’ll my mom is a superhero – 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

  9. sheilaenglehart

    01/13/2016 at 6:56 pm

    Glad it was such and easy fix, but oh, the stress!

    • Piglove

      01/14/2016 at 9:51 am

      Amen to that. Stress is such a bad word here lately. Mom is trying to de-stress and shake things off but sometimes life doesn’t let you. XOXO – Bacon

  10. Fozziemum

    01/13/2016 at 10:13 pm

    You are better than i am..i would have kicked the tyre or you USA folks spell it tire..and then thrown a fullblown tantie..kicking and low is my tolerance at the moment…thankfully Phil is great with cars but these new ones..yep all electric and remote and too techno funk even for him 🙂 Loves and big hugs Bev xx

    • Piglove

      01/14/2016 at 10:02 am

      🙂 Thanks my friend. I am so hard headed when it comes to cars. I just want to get in and drive – no problems. I was having a down moment the other day when all of this happened. Much better today – thank goodness! ❤ June

  11. Indira

    01/14/2016 at 10:05 am

    Shouldn’t they dear. Actually I don’t know as I don’t like to drive.

    • Piglove

      01/14/2016 at 10:12 am

      I hate driving. Can’t stand. Never have liked it. But, I need to for work. Yuck. ❤ June

      • Indira

        01/14/2016 at 10:15 am

        I think brave can drive. It needs so much attention and patience which I don’t have. I salute you dear.

  12. gentlestitches

    01/14/2016 at 4:52 pm

    I have a jeep too. A very pretty red one that you drag along behind you as you get on the tram. I get my groceries delivered by a company called “grocery butler” 🚚😊🎉🎉

    • Piglove

      01/14/2016 at 4:59 pm

      Cool beans Auntie Sharon. You think your grocery butler would deliver to my Hotel Thompson… of course just between you and me mom/dad would never have to know – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

      • gentlestitches

        01/15/2016 at 6:50 pm

        LOL! Party! Party! Party!

  13. evilsquirrel13

    01/15/2016 at 12:12 am

    I’ll bet check engine lights were never a problem on the Model T…

    • Piglove

      01/15/2016 at 8:38 am

      I think you may be right! Snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

  14. The Scottie Chronicles

    01/15/2016 at 9:14 am

    This is such a story. A good read. Earlier this week, after learning I’d lost my major source of income, I drove waaaaay across town to return some new bras – yes, another girl thing – that cost waaaaay too much (need to save some money) when I couldn’t get my key out of the ignition. No kidding. It’s a ’98, so I still have a real key. This went on for several stops. (Thinking if I simply turned the car off and on a few times it’d work. Nope. At that point I just said, “just shoot me now” and tawdled off to the dealership. They couldn’t figure it out either at first. THAT made me feel better. Sigh. I’ll bet Bacon can fix anything. Yes?

    • Piglove

      01/15/2016 at 9:21 am

      I feel your pain!! As women, why do *we* always think of these ways to save money? Drives me bonkers as I am the one coupon shopping and ‘trying’ to save money while the hub unit keeps adding to the grocery/shopping lists – hilarious! And Bacon fixing things – that’s like his daddy trying to fix something. I once asked him to switch out the shower head to one of those ones that you can take off and move. He came into the kitchen a few minutes later with the entire shower head and WALL that it was mounted on in his hand – shaking my head. ❤ June

      • The Scottie Chronicles

        01/15/2016 at 9:37 am

        ROFL……oh me. Good one. The wall??? LOL.

      • Piglove

        01/15/2016 at 9:54 am

        And that was the last time mom asked daddy to do anything remotely involving a DIY project. In fact, she tiled the bathroom tub herself. Snorts. XOXO – Bacon

  15. Lori Fontanes

    01/15/2016 at 1:00 pm

    First of all–kudos to you!!! I kinda figured you for a real problem solver, tho. 🙂 Funny you should mention cars because I just went thru some exhausting car trouble myself. Let’s just say– experience doesn’t come cheap. *sigh*

    • Piglove

      01/15/2016 at 1:07 pm

      I can second that – experience is EXPENSIVE! Shaking my head – cars hold us over a barrel at times. You gotta have them! ❤ June

      • Lori Fontanes

        01/15/2016 at 1:29 pm

        Well, at least that barrel costs a lot less these days. Haven’t seen gas at these prices in many a year!


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