It all started off innocently enough......
I was up at 5:30 am Monday to get a cup of coffee in me before heading out into the cold, damp morning air to stow the Winegard Carryout, take down the lights, unhook all the plumbing and electrical connections, fold up the awning mat, and hook up the trailer.....it took all of two hours to get it done, but shortly after 8 am we were rolling down the long driveway to the street and on our way. TLE followed me in the VW as we drove up to Joel's Automotive to get previously scheduled work done on the coach. The night before Miss Serendipity had gifted us another 'check engine' light on the VW......I was so dismayed as I drove over to Smart and Final to buy some firewood when that dang light appeared once again. I was hoping it was still something to do with the 'knock sensor' code we had gotten a couple of times previously.......the operative word is 'hoped'.
We arrived at Joel's just after 8:30, dropped the trailer on the street, and pulled the coach into the shop driveway. On tap for Monday was a new 'pair of shoes' for the Newell (4 rear drive tires), an oil change (21 quarts of Delo 100 40 wt), new fuel filters, and recharge the dash A/C (1 pound of freon)......but, first up was to hook up the code reader to the VW to see what that bright yellow 'check engine' light foretold.......it wasn't the knock sensor.....drat! They had to let the VW completely cool down before running some tests so there went at least 3 hours.
Next up the 4 tires Joel ordered were sent to a shop out in San Bernardino in error, and could not be retrieved until almost 4 pm, and that was not acceptable. We found 4 other tires that could be delivered by 1 pm......sound of grinding teeth can be faintly heard by the discerning listener. So, our Jello plans to be in Quartzite before sundown evaporated before my very eyes.
While Miss Serendipity was running circles around my jello plans throwing all kinds of 'serendipity dust' into the air we decided to meet up with Meredith, Tim and Laila at Rabi's Cafe (just a block up the street) for breakfast. Tim and I had their amazing 'Chicken Fried Steak'......OMG! We spent about 2 hours together and it was a fitting an 'until next time' breakfast as I will ever have. We parted ways with hugs and kisses and headed back to Joel's.