* Yeah, not quite - but always use the dramatic headline..
We finally got the car in to the shop, after four attempts that went awry for one reason or another. The thing's had a growl under the hood for a couple of months now, and we hoped it was a simple item (and one under warranty). The good news is that it was found and is under warranty - but it would take another day to get it finished. So last night we were stuck at home, with just a bicycle for travel. That might work for the 800-foot drop to a store, but I'd be ruined getting anything back up that hill; I've not ridden the bike more than a half-mile in well over a year now.
We were not in need of anything though, so just being at home was no hardship at all. This morning is very autumnal, fog and spider-webs abound. Very pretty, and a nice change from recent weeks.
Update: wow. The car needed a special tool to remove the noisy part, so it wasn't until middy Friday that it was restored to us. This makes a good case for owning two cars for remote living! We were considering a rugged truck for towing and haulng, plus a cute hi-mpg commuter vehicle. With fuel down to nearly $2.50 with discounts a few bargains could be had!