We've been at the beach, Santa Rosa Beach on the Florida panhandle, now for a week. The original plan was to stay with our kids, they live in Watercolors, for two days and then stay with our friends Ron and Avie for three days; the rented a house for ten days for a family vacation and their kids would arrive and we'd head home last Thursday.
Last Sunday Nita and I were out looking at open house's with our granddaughters when my 2008 BMW 335i overheated and had to be towed to the BMW dealer 37 miles away. It seems that I have a broken rod and the engine has to be replaced. This was caused by a “Good Samaritan” who rather than putting water in my radiator he put three gallons of water into my crankcase. The end result is that I need a new engine at a cost of about $18,000.
Here's the good news, this is covered under the Comprehensive coverage of my auto insurance, I'm only responsible for the $1000 deductible. So I said, last Monday, “go ahead put in the new engine”. “We'll be done with the job Monday or Tuesday”, I was told.
Wait, the adjuster steps in along with the claims representative, “Your engine has 58,000 miles on it, we've found a refurbished engine with 57,000 miles on it that we want to replace yours with or you can get the new engine and pay the difference, I'll get you thos
e figures.” That was last Friday at noon and I've heard nothing sense, so a Tuesday departure is looking unlikely.
Meanwhile we're living with our son and daughter-in-law, displacing our granddaughter from her room, no car and a lot to do at home.
As my son Trent said, “At least your not stuck in Oklahoma, where you don't know anyone.” He does tend to see the glass as half full.
We've found some good restaurants. This is a review that I posted on TravelAdvisor.com
We had dinner Friday night with our son and daughter-en-law who live in Watercolors. I've always enjoyed the European feel of Rosemary and had done a book signing at the Hidden Lantern Book Store but this was the first time that any of us had eaten at Edwards. Our water was Chance and he directed me to the sauteed Red Snapper smothered in succotash and garnished with fresh thyme. My grandmother had
served succotash as I was growing up in Cincinnati and this brought back memories, but the Snapper was something new and it worked well. We shared a bottle of Pinot Grigio (actually it was 2 bottles) from Willinate Valley. Nita and my son had the Baked Apalachicola Oysters and a salad and and Ginger had the Jumbo Lump Crab-cakes. The food was great the atmosphere was European and Chance saw to our every need. Edwards is on our list for a return visit.