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Can you change a tire?


Last Sunday was the first time that Mr. Heike, the kids, and I took a trip together in the Big Blue Van! While I was wondering how we would fare in our little sardine van, my worries were forced away by thoughts of spending all of Sunday by the ocean without having to take the long drive home. We were camping for one night, and hitting the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a home school day on Monday.

We rode down south through the beautiful California countryside, thriving farms and glimpses of the ocean. I could SMELL the ocean, we were only about 15 minutes away, when the van started going “bump, bump, bump”. Eww. We pulled over, checked the tires to see if we had a flat, and drove on.

Bump, bump, bump.

Just as we weedle around the tight curves on the 2 lane Highway 17….

BANG!!!

Mr. Heike wrangles the Big Blue Van to the side of the road, which isn’t really a side, but at least we not standing on the dividing strip. We frantically look for our warning lights, while the first car almost rams into us. Seems our back tire blew….
and it seems we stopped right behind a curve, where you are SUPPOSED to be going 30mph, but hell, who gives a rats ass about that?

So I pull the kids out and make them sit in someone’s front yard, while head up the road a bit to wave down (slow down) cars…I hate for Mr. Heike to get crushed beneath the Big Blue Van as he is struggling to get the tire off. That would put a damper on our ocean stay.

These cool kids riding home from a concert pull up in front of us and help Mr. Heike out. The 2 girls come to talk to me and keep me company while I cheerlead and try to keep racers from smacking into our van. They finally get the spare on, we give them some home-made pumpkin cookies, and we are back on the road!

Now we can’t figure out how to turn off the warning lights ;)..

We make it to the campsite at Sunset State Beach, and it is marvelous. Except our spare is flat.

So Mr. Heike gets a phone book, and decides to make his way to a tire store. Unfortunately, he only gets about 8 miles before the spare blows.

There while, the kids and I are sitting on the beach with sporadic phone reception.

And it is pretty darn chilly. Thankfully, I grabbed us all a sweater and some food before Mr. Heike left. Did I mention it was chilly?

To make a long story short, we had to scrimp someone else’s bonfire to keep from freezing our butts off, and Mr. Heike did not make it back until 3 hours later, in the dark. He had a nightmare with the stupid AAA tow truck driver (as we needed a place to sleep and no one with tires was open after 5 on Sunday, they towed the van to the campsite) who got LOST :(…

Thank the goddess I had beer in the van!!!

🙂

We made a huge fire and ate hot dogs with marshmellows, and beer. Once we were warm and fed, all was well and showed Mr. Heike pictures of the beach that he did not get to enjoy with us.

If you want to enjoy them, go to
http://www.flickr.com/photos/goddessinthegroove/sets/72157608529660009/

Can you change a tire?


Last Sunday was the first time that Mr. Heike, the kids, and I took a trip together in the Big Blue Van! While I was wondering how we would fare in our little sardine van, my worries were forced away by thoughts of spending all of Sunday by the ocean without having to take the long drive home. We were camping for one night, and hitting the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a home school day on Monday.

We rode down south through the beautiful California countryside, thriving farms and glimpses of the ocean. I could SMELL the ocean, we were only about 15 minutes away, when the van started going “bump, bump, bump”. Eww. We pulled over, checked the tires to see if we had a flat, and drove on.

Bump, bump, bump.

Just as we weedle around the tight curves on the 2 lane Highway 17….

BANG!!!

Mr. Heike wrangles the Big Blue Van to the side of the road, which isn’t really a side, but at least we not standing on the dividing strip. We frantically look for our warning lights, while the first car almost rams into us. Seems our back tire blew….
and it seems we stopped right behind a curve, where you are SUPPOSED to be going 30mph, but hell, who gives a rats ass about that?

So I pull the kids out and make them sit in someone’s front yard, while head up the road a bit to wave down (slow down) cars…I hate for Mr. Heike to get crushed beneath the Big Blue Van as he is struggling to get the tire off. That would put a damper on our ocean stay.

These cool kids riding home from a concert pull up in front of us and help Mr. Heike out. The 2 girls come to talk to me and keep me company while I cheerlead and try to keep racers from smacking into our van. They finally get the spare on, we give them some home-made pumpkin cookies, and we are back on the road!

Now we can’t figure out how to turn off the warning lights ;)..

We make it to the campsite at Sunset State Beach, and it is marvelous. Except our spare is flat.

So Mr. Heike gets a phone book, and decides to make his way to a tire store. Unfortunately, he only gets about 8 miles before the spare blows.

There while, the kids and I are sitting on the beach with sporadic phone reception.

And it is pretty darn chilly. Thankfully, I grabbed us all a sweater and some food before Mr. Heike left. Did I mention it was chilly?

To make a long story short, we had to scrimp someone else’s bonfire to keep from freezing our butts off, and Mr. Heike did not make it back until 3 hours later, in the dark. He had a nightmare with the stupid AAA tow truck driver (as we needed a place to sleep and no one with tires was open after 5 on Sunday, they towed the van to the campsite) who got LOST :(…

Thank the goddess I had beer in the van!!!

🙂

We made a huge fire and ate hot dogs with marshmellows, and beer. Once we were warm and fed, all was well and showed Mr. Heike pictures of the beach that he did not get to enjoy with us.

If you want to enjoy them, go to
http://www.flickr.com/photos/goddessinthegroove/sets/72157608529660009/

Simple

The past few days have brought on many thoughts of “simplicity”.

How much do we need to survive? A friend of mine was recently strongly impacted when Hurrican Gustav flopped a tree into her house. After several weeks of “no electricity”, she is now trying repair her house. Needless to say, even though no person was hurt, this left both financial and emotional scars. I did not know about this until a few days ago, and it made me think.

How can it be that in our country it takes so long to respond in disasters?

Another friends’ response hit home. She is a “survivalist”, and made me think about what would happen if a disaster struck where I am. I am totally unprepared, barely know where a flashlight is.

So we have a lot of “stuff”, but do we have what we need to survive if everything is cut off? We could probably live a week on food in the house, but don’t have water stocked (eww!!). Lots of organic dog food :)…

I am not ready to run off to a survival camp yet, but I am rethinking our emergency plan. It is against my nature to be that organized, but having water, some cans, and at least candles and flashlights in a handy place is recommended.

Do you have yours?

Simple

The past few days have brought on many thoughts of “simplicity”.

How much do we need to survive? A friend of mine was recently strongly impacted when Hurrican Gustav flopped a tree into her house. After several weeks of “no electricity”, she is now trying repair her house. Needless to say, even though no person was hurt, this left both financial and emotional scars. I did not know about this until a few days ago, and it made me think.

How can it be that in our country it takes so long to respond in disasters?

Another friends’ response hit home. She is a “survivalist”, and made me think about what would happen if a disaster struck where I am. I am totally unprepared, barely know where a flashlight is.

So we have a lot of “stuff”, but do we have what we need to survive if everything is cut off? We could probably live a week on food in the house, but don’t have water stocked (eww!!). Lots of organic dog food :)…

I am not ready to run off to a survival camp yet, but I am rethinking our emergency plan. It is against my nature to be that organized, but having water, some cans, and at least candles and flashlights in a handy place is recommended.

Do you have yours?

SOMEBODY thinks I am a good girl…

…and sent me a present :).

You know, it is sad. It seems that no one who loves me dearly thinks that I STILL LOVE SURPRISES! Except my wonderful offspring, of course, they conjour some fabulous surprises for mama.

Other than that, my life is lacking in the surprise GIFT department (I am all filled up with other surprises, thank you.)

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I received a package from a brand new “sister” today, just for me. And it is not even my birthday. And it is HANDMADE SOCKS!! She could not have possibly known how much I love handmade socks, we just met online a few months ago. I have a pair that is 22 years old.

Here they are, modeled by Heike Jr. it is like Cinderella, they fit on my feet PERFECTLY! :). Today it got super windy, and it is finally supposed to get cooler. I think it is so I can strut my new socks…

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

SOMEBODY thinks I am a good girl…

…and sent me a present :).

You know, it is sad. It seems that no one who loves me dearly thinks that I STILL LOVE SURPRISES! Except my wonderful offspring, of course, they conjour some fabulous surprises for mama.

Other than that, my life is lacking in the surprise GIFT department (I am all filled up with other surprises, thank you.)

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I received a package from a brand new “sister” today, just for me. And it is not even my birthday. And it is HANDMADE SOCKS!! She could not have possibly known how much I love handmade socks, we just met online a few months ago. I have a pair that is 22 years old.

Here they are, modeled by Heike Jr. it is like Cinderella, they fit on my feet PERFECTLY! :). Today it got super windy, and it is finally supposed to get cooler. I think it is so I can strut my new socks…

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!