On the drive back from Minneapolis it was snowing and miserable. On the Minneapolis/St. Paul belt line, visibility was roughly 25-50 yards. And it was a long and miserable drive, even when we cleared the cities and the visibility improved: It was fairly cold, so the snow drifted a lot and the road was slippery. … Continue reading Outback in the Shop Again – Thank You to the Gentlemen at the Twin Bluffs Bar
I left work early on Friday so that we could drive my mother to Minneapolis to take care of her father. He's in hospice, and the local family is wiped from caring for him alone. So, I'm scooting home, a bright sunny day and a road trip ahead of me. A semi in oncoming traffic … Continue reading Thank You Semi, But I’ll Keep My Windows
We found a new car! Here she is! She's a 2005 Subaru Outback... the L.L. Bean edition. She's showing her age in the interior, but there's only one spot of rust we could find on the outside! AND she literally checks every box I had on my wish list down to the paint and cladding … Continue reading New Car: 2005 Subaru Outback… L.L. Bean Edition
My 2001 Subaru Forester was struggling to start, so I brought it in to the shop. They initially found an intake problem and fixed that, and it improved. But then it started giving off blue smoke and struggling more. You Subaru fans know exactly what this is a sign of. Yes. The EZ30 head gasket … Continue reading The Forester Is Dead
My car, a 2001 Subaru Forester, has been acting oddly. No power, choking and sputtering, unable to get up to speed. My husband thought it was the knock sensor, as this is a common problem with Subaru and had occurred on his Legacy Wagon. He went out and pulled it off to check it, and … Continue reading My Car Is Off to the Shop Again
We had a wonderful Valentine's Day last week. I came home, and my husband had bought me a card which he then drew all over to make it ours. We both wear glasses, so those had to be added in, and his beard of course. He took the pronunciation of what the card said and … Continue reading Belated Happy Valentine’s Day!
My husband just bought a new car, and everything looked fine until he went to register it. Turns out there were two owners on it, and both needed to sign, not just the one we met with. So he drove an hour to register it, had to turn around and drive an hour back to … Continue reading Car Stress and Car Win
Sunday was a busy day! We drove into Minnesota to look at a new car for my husband. And now, at least for a bit, we're a three Subaru household! All of them dark blue. The one in front is the new one, a 2006 Legacy Sedan, then my 2001 Forester, and my husband's 1997 … Continue reading My Husband’s New Car!
There's a fair amount of excitement in our life right now. My husband is looking at replacing his 1997 Subaru Legacy with something a great deal newer... by which I mean a 2001 Legacy or Outback. So he has been watching Craigslist and carefully poring over listings. We're in the rare situation where the old … Continue reading New Cars and New Puppers
(That my husband just revealed he had!) So, there is almost nothing better that I love than seeing cute pictures of my husband from before I met him. I didn't meet him until he was 23, so all I can see of him as a kid are photos and the rare family film. He had … Continue reading A Treasure Trove of Old Photos – My Husband’s Trip to Germany