We had a delightful lunch; despite the fact that my jaw popped on me so badly that I exclaimed out loud. It hurt for the rest of the meal too. Anyway, the coffee was grand! After that we went to go stroll near a lake for a little bit. Here are a few of the pictures:
I went to the truck, pulled out the book, opened it up to 1-19, read the instructions through once, and got started. I would end up reading the instructions more than once as I did my first ever oil change.
As I lay under the truck, waiting for the old oil to empty out of the oil pan, I sang a smattering of songs--from the first four verses of the Confederate Yankee Doodle to "I'll be Seeing You".
Once the oil was just dripping, I called Daddy to see if it was okay if I put the plug back in...or if I was just being a very impatient person. He said it was fine for me to put it back in (yay!), and we talked a bit about removing the oil filter. And I am so glad we did--because I had to use the screwdriver trick.
I poked a hole in the very top (or bottom depending on how you look at it) of the filter and let the oil drain out some before I drove a large screwdriver into the side and pried it around that way. It took three different holes before I could actually get it off. I managed to whack my hands a couple of times. The last time it hurt so bad that I wanted to cry...but I didn't. I just sucked in a little air and relaxed for a minute before returning to work. Once I got it loosened up by means of the screwdriver, I was able to finish removing the filter with the filter wrench. By now, my hands and arms were covered with old motor oil, so I called Savannah and asked her to bring me some more paper towels. When she did, she hung around long enough to put some clean oil on the new filter's gasket and listen to me grunt as I put that thing on as tightly as I could with my bare hands.
It didn't leak either!!! If you can't tell, I'm pretty pleased...even though it took me twice as long as perhaps it should have.
Now, as promised...those random pictures. All taken on the past two Lord's Days.