Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The high mile PT Cruiser that could : 400K miles and counting

Want to put high miles on your vehicle? In this video I talk about how I put over 400,000 miles on my car. First off let me explain that this is your average car. There's nothing inherently special about the vehicle. It's a 2005 PT Cruiser Touring Edition. It has cruise control, but little else in the way of fancy bells and whistles. Mileage was accumulated on the interstate and it has been on one of the most dangerous roads in America.

The longest drive has been to Alaska in 2009 and the shortest has been down the block. I've hauled loveseats, people, grills, displays for work, kids and luggage. Basically, it's been handled as your typical family vehicle but with one difference. There is enough high miles on my PT Cruiser to make the oil crew double check.

My video shares my secrets for how my high mile car racked up the big numbers. I hope it will help you do the same.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Hints and Tips for the Fourth of July Fireworks in Etowah, Tennessee for 2018

Fireworks light up the sky over Etowah, Tennessee once again on July 4th. I enjoy the camaraderie and fun of the show. The experience isn't confined to fireworks alone. There are bands, vendors of all kinds, games, food vendors - you name it. The July 4th Committee in Etowah does a fabulous job to pull everything together.

Are you thinking of visiting Etowah for next year's fireworks show? If so, I've compiled a couple of hints  that may help you have a good time.

Dress for the weather.
Check the forecast and plan accordingly. The weather may be hot and sunny, or hot and rainy. There may even be an afternoon thunderstorm. Tucking a rain poncho into your backpack makes sense.

Come early, stay awhile.
The music is good, the vendors and plentiful and food vendors have some tasty treats available. Come early to take advantage of all there is to see.

There is a lot downtown, but spaces can be limited. Plan on seeking out alternative parking. Several businesses will allow parking. Smoky Mountain Outfitters may offer events that end just before the fireworks begin.

Coming just for the fireworks? Arrive early.
This year my husband and I arrived only a half hour before the fireworks. Spaces are at a premium by then. We snagged the last space at Smoky Mountain Outfitters. We paid the price for running late last year by parking at the post office. Learn from our fail. If you aren't coming for the bands or vendors, make sure to get to Etowah a couple of hours early.

Walking shoes for kids and adults.
This is should be a no-brainer. This year, I heard a child crying because her flip flop broke. She couldn't run and play with her siblings. Don't let this be your daughter. Check the footwear before heading out the door to the fireworks in Etowah.

No. No. No. Leave Fido home. Fireworks can scare even the happiest of dogs. What  you interpret as fun, your dog interprets as Armageddon. Unless it's a service dog, please think before bringing your four footed friend.

Didn't make it this year? Check out my video of the fourth of July fireworks in Etowah. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

My YouTube Channel Schedule Change

We had a great livestream today! Our discussion included the channel changes, travel, car repair on the road, adding solar to our van and more. Because my blog and YouTube channel complement each other, I wan to share the new channel changes here. This is based on feedback from subscribers, so I think you'll like the new schedule.

The new schedule is:
Sunday 9pm livestream
Monday 12:00 video
Wednesday 12:00 video

Friday 12:00 noon

Thursday 2:00 livestream

There may be an upcoming change to my Monday,  Wednesday, Friday schedule. As always, this is based on your feedback. Let me know if you like the current schedule or want to see a change. Leave me a comment below or comment on the YouTube video that is linked below.

Thank you, for all of the support! I view the channel as being one that I moderate for you. Your thoughts and feedback is always important to me. So don't hold back. Thanks again for watching,  have a bodacious day! :)

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