I got in my car to come home from work and when it started the car was juddering and vibrating like no tomorrow. It felt like my little Nissan Micra had turned into a dumper. I knew my brother had borrowed it because of the changed seat position. I gave my Mum and lift home and she said my brother had taken her shopping and although the car had been fine on the way to the supermarket, when he tried to start it to come home it took three attempts for it to start and was doing the juddering thing. When I pulled up outside my house it stalled.
I phoned the garage I bought it from. Explained the situation, explained the service was due and could I book the car in. You'd think it was easy wouldn't you? Only they couldn't do the service at all next week. I asked if it was OK to drive because I don't fancy a car that's vibrating like I'm in a washing machine and cutting out and I wanted to know if it was safe to drive. They said bring the car over and just leave it with us and they might be able to look at it, but not do the service. I said, OK my brother would bring it in, but could I book a courtesy car because the garage is on a motor retail park in the middle of the countryside with miles to proper civilisation in easy walking distance. They said yeah no problem they could give us a courtesy car on Friday of next week! I said well that's no good because I'll be without a car all week and if you don't get chance to look at it on Friday then I'll have to wait into the next week. In the end I agreed they would book a slot to look at it while my brother waited and they'd be able to either sort the problem or advise whether it was OK to drive (Given it will be driven over there I'm not sure finding out whether it's OK to drive after a drive across the county is very comforting!). I can't really take it to another garage because the car is still under warranty and I don't want to do anything to make claiming on that warranty difficult if I need to.
If this wasn't bad enough Chief phoned and said he'd been trying to get out working tonight to get down, but that wasn't going to happen and it might not happen at the weekend either. Given he might now being abroad at the beginning of March, it might mean I don't see him for quite a while if he can't get down on Sunday.
So the working week has had a very stressy end. There were two nice things that happened though. So I'll focus on those. First off I pieced together the cushion top from fabric I showed you here.
Melody Miller, Sweetwater, Tula Pink etc in shades of beige, teal, white and green
I sort of made it up as I went along and now I wish I'd added some intentional wonk and maybe cut the pieces out before. Having said that looking at it in the photo it looks better than looking straight at it on the floor. I'll quilt it tomorrow and then assemble it and see how things look then. Well it's not like I'll be going anywhere in my car!
Oh and if you're wondering what the second good thing was - I won £25 on the Premium Bonds.