So after a long day at work I go out to the BMW for the ride home. I place the key in the lock and turn. Nothing happens. I turn forward which should cause the windows to roll down. I have been doing this a lot, especially when people are around. It looks odd when it is snowing. The alternative is to open the passenger side and crawl over or reach over and open the driver door. If I opted for opening the driver door through the passenger side I had to push the driver door out far enough so it didn’t just close back before I walked around. Now do you see why I go with the window down option? With the other option I can sell tickets for people to watch the show.
Now back to the story. The window doesn’t go down. I get nothing by turning the key either way. Now at this point I need to make it clear that the BMW only has one door lock where the key can be used. It is all or nothing so I am starting to panic. I try to open all the doors and the hatchback. No luck. I go inside to get some hot water to see if maybe the lock is in some kind of crazy frozen state. On the way back to the car I am praying hard for God to let the door unlock. I have my hot water and I press the unlock on the key. A miracle happens and it unlocks the car. I have to pause here and Thank The Lord and explain in more detail for you. The unlock on the key NEVER works. I have tried it so many times before this night and it has never done anything. I open the passenger door and try to open the driver door. No go. I climb over into the driver seat. I try to open the driver door again. Will not budge. The car does start and I am on my way home. It has been a bad day and this scare has put me in a bad space emotionally. I call and talk to Janet for a minute. I can’t begin to tell you how great it was just to hear her voice.
I stop at the Post Office. The driver side door now opens. I get out and while keeping the door open I try to use the key in the lock again. This time it locks. I can’t get it to unlock. I take the key out and reach in and press the main unlock button which should unlock all the doors. Nothing happens. I try again and still nothing. At this point I decide that it would be bad to close the driver door so I get back. Once in the car the alarm goes off. I put the key into the ignition and start the car. Now on every car I have had starting it with the correct key always turned the alarm off. Oh, not this time. I am sitting in the car with it running and the alarm going off. I start driving and the alarm is still going. Thank goodness as I pull out of the Post Office the alarm turns off. I get home and have to work each door open from the inside to make sure they are unlocked. Once all doors have been tested twice for being unlocked and opening them I close the driver door. I try pressing the unlock button on the key about 20+times with nothing. This just reinforces the miracle of the one time unlock so I could get home.
I go inside defeated and start getting ready for bed. Ready for this day to be over. Janet calls me back to comfort me, and I think to make sure I did make it home. Always makes me feel better to talk with her.
First thing this morning Leviticus is saying hello to the elk outside the window.
Ready for Easter Sunday service.
I go to the Gardiner Community Center to drop off my cut up fruit. The doors are locked? I then go to the church and find all the doors locked. I dug out my last church program and found that service is at the Mammoth Chapel again. I head that way. So much for being early. Now I am hoping I will not be late. I have to park a good length away. I make it just in time, but I have to sit in the back. It was a good service. Jeff talked about it being April Fools Day and how some people feel this way about the resurrection of Jesus. He used a lot of location and history to talk about the truth of the resurrection. After service we went to the lower Mammoth Community Center. The food was great and they sent me home with a bag of ham.
I go home and change into hiking clothes. Off for a hike on the old Gardiner road.
The pronghorn antelope are coming out more.
The hike is giving a different view of my work area. It looks cool from up top.
This is Daryl and my other brother Daryl.
This looks like someone’s home. I found another like it near by.
The view is really nice. No one else around and very silent.
Until I saw my first bear track!
I thought this was big. Later I spoke with a Ranger and he said this was a smaller Black Bear.
Check out the claws!
I have my bear spray and I have my bear bell. Before seeing the track these gave me confidence. After the track not so much. The bell really started seeming like a bad thing. Since I was alone I started thinking that the bell wasn’t something that would help the bear move along. I really started thinking that the bell was really a dinner bell. I think this is telling the bear that dinner is here. Many times I look over my shoulder on the way back.
Going downhill in the deep snow was harder. I fell a number of times as one leg went into the snow to my knee unexpectedly. One time I went into the snow halfway between my knee and hip. This was a little hard to get out of.
On the way down I saw some bluebirds. They were very vivid and beautiful.
Back at the house the elk were there to welcome me home.
First task is going to the dump. These cats generate more trash than I do!
Off to Livingston. Need to have my check engine light checked to get the codes. Also want to have the transmission fluid changed. A lot colder as I get near Livingston. Down to 13.
Also crazy to see the snow storm wall.
I stopped at the place that changed my oil to see if they could change the transmission fluid. Well that would be a “no”. They gave me the name of a transmission place. When there and they were closed. Found two other places on my phone. Both were closed. So no transmission fluid change. That was just a guess anyway based on all I was reading online. Now for the check engine light. When to O’Reilly Auto Parts. The worked for a while to get the codes. Finally got the codes. Good news was that the codes I had before were gone. The work I did with the ignition coils and spark plugs worked. The bad was that I now have new codes. They looked them up and found I needed two new parts. Then comes the dreaded “we don’t have those in stock”. So I ordered them and said I would be back next Saturday to pick them up. Then it was off to Taco Bell. Ran into some people from work at The Bell. Went to the grocery store next. Needed to get some fruit for the after church meal tomorrow, also needed some more soup. Once I had my supplies it was back to Gardiner.
Went to Good Friday Services at the Mammoth Chapel. It was beautiful inside. The service included different people speaking for the different roles reading through the Passion. Service ended with the reading of the last statements of Jesus on the cross. After each one a candle was extinguished and part of the lights were turned off. The service ended in total darkness. It was very moving.
The moon was amazing. I stopped on the way home to take a picture of it over the mountains.
I think they are plotting to kill me for taking them away from Janet.
Off to church. It was a good message. Jeff (the pastor) talked about everyone needing to feel comfortable talking about Jesus. Not that you needed to bring it up in every conversation but not holding back either. The example he gave was if a girl was telling everyone about her new boyfriend, but the boyfriend didn’t tell anyone about her and if directly asked he just said it was complicated. He also shared this video that I thought was really good.
The new ignition coils arrived via Amazon. So now to get someone to do the work. I called the shop in Livingston that did the oil change. They said they couldn’t do it due to insurance limits. I called Jiffy Lube in Bozeman and they said the might be able to do it during the week. They suggested I call back on Monday. I called Firestone and they said that the European car guy only worked M-F. Please take note here that they said the guy as in only one person at the shop. At this point I am very frustrated. It would be a huge pain and cost a lot to do the work during the week.
I start looking at online forums and videos about how to change the ignition coils and spark plugs for my car. I think I can do this, but I will need some tools, so off to Livingston I go. After a stop at the Ace Hardware,O’Reilly Auto Parts and Carquest Auto parts I now have a basic metric socket set, socket extender, spark plug socket and silicone gel. Back home we go after a quick stop at Taco Bell.
Now for the work. This is the before picture.
I have to disconnect the ignition coil cables and remove the bolts (two per ignition coil).
Then I have to take the ignition coils out. Once that is done then I have to take the spark plugs out.
Then I have to put the new spark plugs in.
Then I have to put in the new ignition coils.
Then I have to connect the cables and lock them in.
Lastly I have to put the cover back on and say a prayer.
Thank the Lord the car starts. I take a celebratory drive to Subway for a dinner treat. The car is still not running correctly, but that horrible knocking and thinking it was about to turn off is gone. It is slow changing gears and slow accelerating in low gears. Will need to research this issue, but this is a victory. I can now do some basic car work. Being here really makes you be more reliant on yourself for things.