The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes

03 Dec

I’m married to a mechanic.  A very smart mechanic.  He is great at diagnosing problems that others spend hours trying to figure out unsuccessfully.

This is what the dash on my car looks like this evening.

I apologize for the lack of clarity in my photo.

Just about every light is on tonight.  Three of the lights are all tied to one problem, a broken wire on a wheel bearing.  It is intermittent but when it decides to act up all three lights come on.  The car is still safe he assures me but driving with all the lights on is a bit disconcerting.

One light is due to a crack in a plastic piece on the top of the motor that creates a very tiny vacuum leak hence the little light is turned on.  It doesn’t cause any problems for the operation of the car, it just turns the light on.

I have to confess that I am responsible for the low fuel light.  I am breaking my rule about never running the gas tank less than 1/4.  The bell is dinging telling me its time to stop at the gas station which is where I took this picture.

My car is a 1999 Olds Intrigue with 216,000 mile on it.  It’s been a good and faithful car.  Never once leaving me sitting at the side of the road.  I could drive better but as long as it fits my need which is transportation from point A to point B I will continue to drive my Olds at least until my two daughters finish  college.

Over the years my car has been an organ donor of sorts.  We have had customers with car issues that needed parts we didn’t have in stock.  To get our customers on the road quickly and cheaply my husband has robbed parts from my car.  He eventually replaces them as the parts we ordered come in.  At least he’s never taken the radio from my car.  Now, for that , I would be up for a battle.

It’s universal.  People, whatever their profession, rarely want to come home to work on their own things that need fixing.  Carpenters have homes that are 99.95% finished.  It’s tough to tackle that .05% at the end of a long day.  My brother’s, the carpenter, home is just that way.  I was a prep cook for an Italian restaurant.  I can cook just about anything but the last thing I want to do is cook after cooking all day.  Give me a few days off from work of doing nothing and I’m really to cook at home for fun.

Maybe my goal for 2011 will be to finish some of my own .05% projects that I need to finish before throwing any more stones. 

Where ‘s the fun in that?

Starting new projects is so much more fun!


Posted by on December 3, 2010 in Life Happens, Unfinished Projects


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11 responses to “The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes

  1. writerwoman61

    December 3, 2010 at 9:46 am

    That’s funny, Jeanne…

    Jim’s a computer tech, but I’m having issues with my Internet connection at the store, and he hasn’t gotten around to fixing it yet!


  2. flyinggma

    December 3, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Dean is a math/computer major. I came home one day to my daughter’s laptop entirely disassembled on my kitchen table. She needs it for college but the campus computer shop told her that it was obsolete and wasn’t worth repair when only one year earlier it was the one they recommended that she purchase. What a scam!!

    Long story short…He got it all back together with new parts he ordered off the internet and it is back in working order! Yeah! I sure didn’t want the expense of another laptop computer.

  3. duke1959

    December 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

    My wife has to be careful about asking me to do stuff because I will get up and do it right then and there.

  4. flyinggma

    December 3, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Your wife is a very blessed person. Dean is very good about taking care of a lot of things for me. It’s just the car thing. It’s like making an already long work day longer.

  5. duke1959

    December 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

    If she needs to talk about something then my world stops. I’m not saying sometimes it isn’t a hassle but she comes first.

  6. The Sidebar Review

    December 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Ah, yes, the dreaded .05%. Guilty!

  7. flyinggma

    December 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Hi Tyler, I’m so happy I’m in good company in this!

  8. sunshineinlondon

    December 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Very true, Jeanne! I’m married to a therapist and we deal with 99.95 percent of our issues! 🙂
    Sunshine xx

    • flyinggma

      December 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      Sunshine you two are probably are doing better than most of the population if you deal with 99.95% of your issues. You also have the great example of marriage from your parents-Good for them, great for you!

      • sunshineinlondon

        December 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm

        Jeanne, my comment was slightly tongue-in-cheek and wishful thinking. 🙂 But yes, I am blessed! xx

  9. flyinggma

    December 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Sunshine, Just having a little fun for sure! I did get the tongue-in-cheek part but definitely serious about your parents blessing to your family!


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