August 03, 2008

Yesterday's Fun and Games

I meant to blog this last night, but forgot I needed to load and process the pictures I took.  That always takes a while, even though there aren't nearly as many pics as when I went to the botanic garden.

So let's start with the coughing.  I have got a cough that is driving me distracted. I don't know where it came from, but there it is.  I don't feel particularly bad - only tired because it's keeping me from sleeping. Sheesh. Such is life though.

Yesterday morning, beloved husband and I packed up our minivan and headed out to see Sissy and Tuck.  The Eastern Salt Company directly across the street from their house and from whence Sissy derives many many wonderful pictures, was having a festival.

When we arrived it was to find Sissy, Tuck, Sissy's sister Suzi and Suzi's son Chris all waiting for us on the side porch.  It was wonderful to finally meet Suzi and her son is delightful.  We had such a terrific time.

After chatting a bit we realized we better head across the street so we didn't miss the Coast Guard vertical drop demo.  It was the highlight of the day.  There are pictures up over at my Smugmug site along with captions to take you through the afternoon at the festival.  It was great fun... well, except for the chick in the yellow hat who stepped directly in front of my camera just as I was about to take a picture of the Coast Guard guy getting to the water.  Sheesh - she never even looked. 

Afterward we went back over to Sissy and Tuck's place where Sissy served us some delicious dishes from her cold turkey cook book.  We sat out on the side porch to eat and watched the storm rolling in along with the planes flying overhead on their way to Logan (apparently they only fly over when the wind is in the Southeast).  It was all wonderful fun. 

When the storm hit we made a dash inside where we sat and talked while the rain pounded.  I was honored to have the cute kitty Baby Cakes stroll across my lap for some petting time.

Then it was time to head home, but the fun wasn't over yet!  I was designated driver for the ride home.  We got directions from Tuck on the best way to get back to the highway and all started out well.  Then as I was merging into traffic on the Tobin Bridge I noticed the ABS light was on... how odd - I wasn't braking and it didn't feel as if the brakes were on.  Then I looked at the dashboad... every dial was at zero!  Just as if the car was not running. 

Holy crap that scared me.  I had visions of the van coming to a halt in the middle of the bridge or in one of the several tunnels we had to traverse in order to get home!  Oddly enough the van seemed to be driving just fine.  I had no idea how fast I was going, but there wasn't anything to indicate it would stop.

So, we turned off everything that might be a drain on the battery (the radio, the blower, the GPS) and I stayed as far to the right as I could.  We were about half way home when suddenly - everything sprang back to life.  I had a speedometer, and gauges... the ABS light went off. 

All in all it was a unique thing - thank goodness!  We'll have to get it checked out by the local mechanic and see if it's worth fixing or if we need a new vehicle. 

To top off the day - we headed to a local restaurant for dinner where my husband ordered a chicken sandwich and was presented with a hamburger instead... figures. 

Thank goodness Chelsea was so much fun.

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1 This ("...my husband ordered a chicken sandwich and was presented with a hamburger instead... figures") may have been one of the funniest things on blogs since the beginning of blogging. Glad you survived the 0/0/0/0/0s on the odometer...I suppose I could see how that would make one freak.

Posted by: Erica at August 03, 2008 03:58 PM (OQDyt)

2 Overall it sounded wonderful! Get van checked out. Glad all are home safe and full of hamburger!

Posted by: jihadgene at August 03, 2008 07:54 PM (no8nn)

3 Thanks for the memories . . . and the photographs! So good to spend the afternoon with you and Ken. Here's my take: I would never leave you for another man, or woman

Posted by: Sissy Willis at August 03, 2008 10:01 PM (cdtTx)

4 Here's the link: http://sisu.typepad.com/sisu/2008/08/i-would-never-l.html

Posted by: Sissy Willis at August 03, 2008 10:02 PM (cdtTx)

5 That's a great shot of the Tobin. It hardly ever gets photographed that way.

Posted by: MGA at August 04, 2008 06:38 AM (YcUKP)

6 Good Gawd, I am envious.  A visit with Sissy and Tuck, no less!  Perhaps they can be convinced to take a trip down South toward the end of October, when Tennessee Jed will have his annual birthday bash.

Great photos, too!

Posted by: Elisson at August 04, 2008 10:52 AM (ECgqp)

7 Erica - LOL - glad you enjoyed it.

JG - oh yeah - we will not be driving that thing anywhere until we get it into a mechanic!

Sissy - it was wonderful as always.

MGA - thanks - I never thought of that in regard to the bridge picture.  I'm annoyed with myself because I forgot and left the ISO set at 400 on the camera for the outdoor pics which made them grainier than they needed to be.  It was already a bit hazy and that didn't help.  Oh well. 

Elisson - were your ears burning?  Sissy was talking about how much she would love to meet you.  *grin*  Glad you liked the pictures.  One day I will get better - I can't believe some of the framing mistakes I made... taking the shots too fast... LOL.

Posted by: Teresa at August 04, 2008 12:51 PM (mMa3+)

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