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Saturday, August 04, 2012

Vehicle Tips and "private" note to "Donna"

~ no matter what you drive ~
Have you ever seen a puddle of fluid under your vehicle? It can be a frightening sight but if you know your colors, it can lessen the scare. It's easy enough to check fluids in your vehicle and in doing so, you'll sometimes prevent a small problem from becoming a large problem. Any auto store will have the fluids, except petrol or diesel, needed to operate a vehicle. Once purchased, I keep them all in a box, easily accessible in my mud room and, bi-monthly, check all fluids in all vehicles, street and farm. Make sure to keep fluids in a place where they won't freeze. Don't keep fluids in a unheated garage or outbuilding.
If you garage your vehicle, an old piece of carpet or vinyl flooring under the engine will catch drips and prevent staining of the floor.
Radiator leaks are yellowish green, depending upon the type antifreeze you use. Be diligent about not allowing pets around antifreeze. Dogs, especially, love the taste and if they drink it, they'll die.
Power steering and transmission leaks are reddish in color.
Engine trouble is usually dark brown or black oil. It's easy enough to check your own oil and you should, especially if you have an older car or don't change oil frequently. Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle and should be changed according to manufactures instructions. I change oil every 3,000 miles and the small shop I use also checks other fluids, tire pressure, etc.
Air conditioner fluid is clear water and in an older vehicle, sometimes the freeon needs to be topped off. If your air conditioner isn't working as well as it used to, have a reputable garage check the freeon levels. If you have this done while you're also having the oil changed, usually, there's no additional charge. 
Keep windshield wiper container full and, in winter, use a fluid that has antifreeze or add a tablespoon or two on your own. Sometimes I'll also wash the windshield with Rain Off, a silicon type wash that allows rain to bead up and run down the windshield. When using Rain Off, I've found it best to not use the wipers unless driving in a hard rain or the windshield will streak. 
Drive safely!

The note, following, is from someone who signed "Donna" but didn't allow me the courtesy of a response. Thus, this public response.

"There's a huge difference between denying a segment of our population their civil rights and expressing ones first amendment rights. Mr. Cathy and the rest of you certainly can have your opinion; no one is denying you that. But when people's opinions discriminate against others and their rights, which is what you are doing, then you are intolerant. In my opinion intolerance is an unforgivable act. You may hid [sic] under the guise of the Bible all you want but you are still intolerant and discriminating against a certain segment of society with your rigid beliefs. What out though one day you may be denied certain rights because a segment of society does not believe you should have them. What goes around always come back around."  [signed] Donna

Dear Donna - If you'd given me the opportunity to send you a private e-mail, I would have taken that route. However, you have no-comment turned on, thus the public response.
The last time I checked, engaging in sexual intercourse, or not, wasn't a matter of "civil rights"; thankfully. In voicing my opinion that I believe marriage is between one man and one woman, I am not denying anyone their "civil rights" nor am I hiding under, nor behind,  the guise of the Bible which, frequently, addresses homosexuality; . Genesis 2:24, Romans 1:26, 27,  I Corinthians 6:9 are some of those Bible verses. If you have a problem with God's word, take it up with Him; I'm sure He'd love to hear from you.
Frequently, I am the only heterosexual person at a party where I've been invited by homosexual friends. Frequently, I take vacations with a dear friend who has an "alternative lifestyle" whom I love dearly and would give her a kidney if she needed one. Perhaps it would surprise you to know, our friendship spans decades. 
Because I believe marriage is between one man and one woman doesn't mean I am intolerant towards homosexuals. Stating that I believe the Bible when it says marriage is between one man and one woman isn't judging; it's a statement. I can't judge; I live in a glass house. 
I'm curious, if you had the courage of your convictions, why are you hiding behind "anonymous"?

P. S. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assembly, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Blessings ~  knowing your vehicle fluids ~ First Amendment Freedom of Speech ~ traditional marriage ~ friends who make life interesting ~


  1. Good advice regarding the vehicles. It's too easy to put off regular, easy maintenance ... and it can definitely prevent problems in the long run.

    Very nice response to 'Donna'.

  2. I love your response to Donna; you state so clearly what I believe, why I believe it, and how I live it. I know that some Christians are ugly and mean towards homosexuals, taking the Lord's name in vain by claiming to be the followers of the Lord of love. And there are some militant homosexuals who are trying to force everyone, including schoolchildren, to embrace their lifestyle as normal. Thanks for standing firm on the straight and narrow path between....

  3. Vehicles - bah - all they do is give us a sense of freedom, independence and the ability to carry out our daily routines - yikes! Best go check a dipstick or 2!,
    Good answer to Donna/anona -

  4. thank you, very good advice!


  5. You are so clear in your writing. And I completely agree with what you have written. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Practical advice all round! Vehicles, can't live as well without them, so better take care of them.

    As for Donna, she and many others have followed the lead of mainstream American media and swallowed the fallacy that the CFA debacle is about intolerance, when it is really about a man being able to express his religious beliefs in a country that SAYS we have that right.His company has not denied anyone jobs,nor been hateful & intolerant ( and especially because of) in spite of his beliefs.

    I am getting weary of the bullying from some groups and the media support they enjoy, this does not help our country one how about a bit of tolerance from the Donna's of the world?I think she is probably a nice person who just does not know much past what she is hearing and reading from her local news.

  7. Hello Sandra:
    Happily for us all the kind of comment left by 'Donna' is rare. We have a very firm rule that we will not publish anything which is either anonymous or which cannot be traced back to a person to whom a reply may be left. In our view you have responded to this with carefully considered tolerance - far more than we should muster. We also do believe that no response is also an effective way of conveying a point.

    Now, as for fluids dripping from engines, we suspect you already know where we stand on that one!!

  8. Excellent and helpful post...and well-written, too.

    It's becoming scary and sad that we Americans can't even share our opinions and beliefs without being criticized and called names for them.

    And what next? Will Nudists come forward and say that their rights
    are being disrespected and they should be permitted to parade around freely in public spaces naked?

    And perhaps the pedophiles and confused young children will come forward and say that their rights to fall in love with whomever they want are being infringed upon, too....and we will be called intolerant unless we allow marriages between 60 year old men and 14 year old girls.

    This world is going to hell in a hand basket fast.....


  9. Talk about two diverse subjects in one post ! Vehicle Fluids and homosexuals

    Anyway, well thought out response. It's not about civil rights. It's about a lifestyle.


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