By Teri Cayton
The Parsons Advocate
Well Friends, the Jeep now has another front fender, three doors and new headlights all installed by yours truly. After installing the new lights, which were harder than putting on the doors, I go out the next morning when it was still dark, turned on the lights and down the road I go. I signaled to stop at the store and the turn signal was blinking very fast (a sure sign that the bulb is not working). I get out to see what was happening and the headlight is not working.
Well, I was so mad I could have spit. I didn’t have time to check on it so I continued on to my destination very carefully. That evening I check the fuses and I find nothing. I raise the hood and look at the light that is working then at the one that is not. Well guess what, with all the hassle of getting the headlight in, I forgot to plug the socket into the headlight. Momma Said, “Always check the simple stuff first.”
I was glad I found the problem but mad at myself at the same time. I almost think I can be an auto mechanic when I am done with this project. My neighbor told me, “If you own a Jeep you never get done working on it.” I am beginning to believe that for sure. It is a fun project and I am proud of what I have done so far by myself.
I have invested some money and time into it and I have been told by a couple of people to get rid of it while I am still ahead, but I hate to admit defeat. I still have to figure to air conditioning problem out. It is leaking into the floor on the passenger side. I took it to the garage and can you believe they could not find the drain hose. I Googled it and found out what to do. It entails cutting a hole in the wheel well and fishing it out. What could be the worst that could happen? I have to patch a hole. Momma Said, “Nothing ventured, not gained.”
Sausage and Zucchini Soup
1 pound bulk Italian or pork sausage
1 cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped onion
2 cups halved and sliced zucchini
1 28 oz. can no-salt added diced tomatoes, undrained
1 14.5 oz. can low sodium chicken broth
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
½ tsp. garlic salt
- Cook sausage in a 4-qt. pot over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until browned. Using a slotted spoon, remove sausage from pot, add celery and onion. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain fat from pot; return to heat and add sausage.
- Stir in zucchini, tomatoes, broth, Italian seasoning and garlic salt. Simmer over low heat until zucchini is tender, about 25 minutes. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.