Friday, March 7, 2014

Well here's the skinny...

My beloved Stella, modelling with Deuce.
My beloved Stella is out of commission for at least a week.

In addition to the work we'd already planned to do on it, the mechanic determined that those really scary noises I heard on Thursday (as opposed to the moderately scary noises on Monday) was the turbo booster puking out a nut (and not the delicious kind... the vital metal kind).

That's never a good thing, and as it transpires the only turbo booster around (cause somebody had to go buy a car they stopped manufacturing five or so years ago...) is in Pennsylvania.

It's been ordered, but it's going to take about a week to get here. And let me tell you, if there's one part you don't want to go on your car, it's the turbo booster... next to the engine itself, or the transmission.. it's probably one of the costliest things to go. (So you know... next time don't buy a turbo car...especially one they don't make any more... no matter how bad you want one with a top that goes down...)

I was already going to be spending a small fortune on some suspension work and rad... this has almost tripled the total.

Na na na na na ...cat bag!!!
2014, what with the cat surgery and now this, you are shaping up to be one hell of an expensive year - and it's only March.

I can't ask you guys to help out again, you already did so much for Tux - but if you are in need of yarn, please consider our humble shop. Mom will be updating with some new stuff probably tomorrow.  And, as a few of you have asked, I'll also be making some bags for the shop.

I've decided to call them "Kitten Kaboodles". Minding My Own Stitches won the Mr. Dress-up KAL, and chose the Froggy Bag, so this little kitty bag, and the fairy one will be going in the shop (unless Mom's steals one).

I'm going to raid both our fabric stashes to see what we can pull out. I know I have some lovely tapestry fabrics. 

And in the mean time, I'll be renting a car to get around for the week, knitting, and as Araignee so wisely commented on my last post...  

I've got happy kitties to chase the blues away...
Gee Tux, just make yourself comfortable
Or you know... lounge across my face, or whatever....

5 comments:

Araignee said...

I am also the proud owner of a sweet little clunker that is sitting in the driveway with a broken hose that I can't afford to fix. Don't be tempted to ever buy a Mini-they are adorable but ridiculously expensive to fix. I do so love her but.....

Chrisknits said...

Sorry to hear of the cars bigger woes. And I get the face snuggling, only it's a 40 or 50 lb dog!, and sometimes two at a time. LOL

Rachelle said...

I guess that's the good thing about a generic Toyota without a large personality. So far she's been not too bad to fix and the only really expensive thing to die on it is the air con; which we've decided to live with as the car is worth less than the repair cost for it. I am however waiting for the catastrophic horrible failure, and have been ever since the radiator went on it.
Hope your part arrives quickly and that they let you do a payment plan.

Minding My Own Stitches said...

[start PSA] Always buy new cars; these days the warranties are awesome. If you can pay it off before the Factory Warranty runs out then you're ahead! [end pSA]

Can't wait to see the next shop update; I'm looking for sock yarn to test out some new pattern ideas. Thanks again for my awesome prize pack!

Dee said...

Sorry to hear about the car woes. Hopefully that will be the last of the repairs for awhile and you can enjoy your little ragtop.