Monday morning she went into her bay, and they started the procedure. Here she is with her hospital gown on:
Curious minds want to know what the procedure actually entails:
It took a whole day to determine what the illness was, and the diagnosis was a faulty solenoid and bad HEUI pump [the same pump we had installed in Tampa last December]. This is the second re-manufactured part that has had to be replaced within a year. More on that later.
Meanwhile, we let Pete do his job, kissing Bella good bye for a couple days.
Off to Mandy's, for a couple night's stays. Joe had a company picnic and roast pig BBQ at Durant Park for his division, and we were invited. They had kid activities like painting pumpkins and wild animals to pet.
|Ainsley and her pumpkin|
|Just a Milk Snake, brave girl|
After the bouncy house ritual, Gary and I drove past our old house in North Ridge Estates: It looks pretty much the same except for the cars. Sure glad we don't have that expense anymore...
The next evening it was Halloween Party night. Gary had his cowboy outfit on, and Ainsley wore her NC State Cheerleading outfit. It was her best friend, Rena's, party and they had gone all out:
Later in the week, we went to Pullen Park in downtown Raleigh. Richard Pullen founded History Pullen Park on March 22, 1887. Once farmland, Mr. Pullen donated the land as a gift to the City of Raleigh to be used as parkland. Through his visions, Pullen Park became the first public park in North Carolina. This is a special park for us, as during our dating period in 1991, Gary and I carved our initials P&G into this tree. We looked and looked, but twenty some years disguised our small token of love. Fortunately we are still able to remember, you know how that goes...
At least the pump was under warranty, which helped a little. The guys were great by taking us in for service right away, and apparently are always busy with RVs being the only place within miles that did work on RVs. But, as always, you are at anyone's mercy when you can't fix it yourself.
We drove separately back over to the fairgrounds which was re-opened to anyone as most of the carnies had left. We chose a nice level spot near the back of the park, dropped anchor, and proceeded to clean the floors of beer and grease. I use a great carpet cleaner called Resolve Dual Spot Cleaner with Oxi Clean and it got all of the grease spots off the rug and the beer smell came up too. Even though there were lots of floor covers, the guys don't really care. We don't either, we want our engine to work great. We used cherry scented ZEP hand cleaner for the grease on the steps, and that got it all. Vaccuumed, then sat down for a cool drink.
Friday Gary had a date with a bunch of old work buddies of his, so I did a little window shopping at the mall. When he came to pick me up, he said Mesa was sick. Oh, no.
I started her and pushed in the clutch which was really, really stiff. We have 142,000 miles on her, and don't believe the clutch was ever replaced, s-o-o-o-o we limped over to Jeep and just as we pulled into the parking lot, she started squealing. Of course it was Friday afternoon, and it would be Monday before they could get to her. So we called our daughter, who came to pick us up and because her husband is away for 10 days hunting in Michigan, we got to use the new VW Jetta instead of the old huge Suburban. It seems we're in the right place at the right time.
We had some dinner at the house, then headed for home. Hurricane Sandy is on its way up the coast, so we were surprised to pull up to our house and notice a new neighbor! As we got closer, we recognized a red Jeep - could it be Rick and Gail??? Yep! We knocked on the door, but no answer. Gary emailed Gail while I was working on the blog, and received the answer to come to Terri and Mike's spot for some blueberry pie. It turns out that they and Dee and John (all RV-Dreamers) were evacuated from Cedar Point on the coast of NC because of the impending storm. Well, we are having a mini Carolina Clan Rally! Check Gypsy Turtles blog for photos of all eight of us in Mike's fifthwheel.
Terri's blueberry pie was fabulous, thank you, Terri! We ended staying way later than 'RV Midnight', which, according to John, is 9 pm. I think it was close to 10:30 before we got home. Sandy is supposed to hit us this weekend with wind, but not too much rain this far inland. The major impact is expected further north, so we will see when we start heading down to South Carolina. Maybe this will be a caravan event.
Sorry this is so long, but that's what happens when you're having fun with family. More on the sagas of the Moores later (and hopefully not so long)!