We arrived safe, though tired, in San Diego last Friday night at Joel’s brother’s house. We had a very nice meal together and then got to bed. Our niece is kindly letting us use her new futon to sleep on. Sunday we had a great visit with my mom, Grandma Susan. We enjoyed our lunch at the park.
We also got to visit over the weekend briefly with Aunt Lynn and her kids. Fiona also got to meet some of her second cousins and play with them. Baby girl Bonnie is her favorite of course.
Then there’s Uncle Brett (Bonnie’s grandpa) and second cousin Timothy.
When we arrived last Friday we thought we’d be leaving on Monday or Tuesday. But over the weekend the van started making this noise in the front right wheel area much like it had a few years ago when we had trouble with the wheel bearing – that had been covered under warranty. So we took it to the Kia dealership Monday and they confirmed that was the problem. Fortunately the van is still under warranty and all repairs will be fully covered.
We just found out today they can do the repairs on Wednesday and we can make plans to leave San Diego now to head for Wisconsin later this week.
So though we’d rather not have vehicle problems, the timing couldn’t have been better. And this way we get to stay and visit more with family. Fiona’s really enjoying getting to know more of her family – especially baby Bonnie!
We leave one week from tomorrow. And this morning the parking brake broke. Joel went to release the parking brake and it just broke. We use the parking brake as a matter of routine and don’t want to travel without it. Imagine parking on a hill with all our possessions in the van without a parking brake!
Joel pulled it apart and decided he’d be able to replace it if he could get the part. So he called the local auto parts store and was told it would have to be ordered from the dealer. He called the Kia dealership and they said it was a special order part. Fortunately it could be here in two days and only costs $20. It’s ordered, should be here by Friday morning and barring anything else going wrong, we’ll drive away next week with a parking brake.
Of course we’re in such a routine of using it that I immediately drove to the gas station to put gas in the van and put on the brake. Then I had to fish down under there to find a way to manually release it. And I did it again when I came home. Worse things could have happened.
It must be the week for cars to break down though. My son James had to take his car in for clutch repairs and another friend took their truck in for over $1100 work.
The good news is – Fiona makes me laugh out loud every single day! As usual. Thank you Fiona!