Sunday, August 19, 2018

Home again, home again, jiggity jig...

Our travels back to North Carolina took a jag in the "jiggity jig". We hadn't traveled more than an hour outside of New Haven CT, where Danielle lives, when the car started vibrating. We pulled off at the next rest area and realized that one of the front brake calipers had seized. There was a Midas at the next exit, in Stamford, that would be able to fix the brakes right away. At first they wanted to replace the brakes pads, rotors and brake lines on the entire front end. All of this for the low price of $1200 and some change. Seriously? Two years ago I had a complete brake job done on all four wheels for a little more than $700. Connecticut is not the place to break down. We finally settled on repairing the one side for $620. We just wanted to get home. My car goes in for an inspection next month and if it needs any thing more, my mechanic in Asheboro will be much more affordable.
Despite the break down we really had a great time visiting with Danielle and Jay. They recently purchased a 1926 craftsmen style home that was completely rehabbed. The contractor did a great job, leaving a lot of the original details of the home intact.

Many of the windows have the original stained and leaded glass.

The tile in the entryway is also original to the home.

We had our usual lobster feast as well as dining out a few times at some of the really great restaurants that New Haven has to offer. Aside from eating, we did squeeze in a little culture by visiting the Yale University Art Gallery. I will save that for another post.

It feels good to be home and sleeping in our own bed. The trailer is unpacked. The laundry is done. Now to tackle the weeds that overtook our gardens, and get our hands back into clay.


  1. Danielle's home looks gorgeous! I once rented a house that had two of the windows in the second pic. Love them. Glad you two navigated the "jag", and are back at home safe and sound.

  2. Gorgeous home. Sorry to hear about your travel woes, but I'm glad to hear you made it safely home again. Eat some lobster for me! We had fresh shrimp tonight.

  3. Road trip breakdowns are the worst. Glad yours turned out ok.
    Toes crossed the sale went well.

  4. that house! Congratulations to them! The brakes-sorry that stinks! Welcome back.

  5. Wow on the house! Argh breaking down on the road and being at the mercy of ...... well who knows. Hope the show went stupendous and your drive home was lighter :)


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