Pure Gasoline and other things

Ok, sometimes I am so focused on other things that it takes me awhile to pay attention to something.   Case in point, my car’s gas mileage.   A year ago I had to have a valve replaced that was part of the emission controls and it also affected my car’s gas consumption.   My car has an 18.5 gallon tank.   Previous to this valve issue the car averaged 400 miles per tank.   That is an average of 21.6 miles per gallon.   After the valve replacement I noticed the car was averaging 300 miles per gallon.   That is an average of 16.2 miles per gallon.   That caught my attention.   For the longest time I chalked it up to something that was tweaked or not tweaked during the valve replacement repair.   Then my son said something that made me wonder.   He warned me about gas with ethanol.   At the time he mostly said it will gunk up parts in your engine.   He may have said something about it affecting the gas mileage but I guess I didn’t hear that then.   I tend to buy my gas in one location.   I noticed that pump had a label on it that said 10% ethanol.   About a month ago Karen mentioned how she got better gas mileage with pure gas vs gas with ethanol.   The light bulb came on.  I decided to search out a station that sold 100% gasoline.   Guess what?   My car now gets 400 miles to the tank.   I have since read that gas with ethanol will shorten the life of your spark plugs and as my son warned, gunk up parts in your engine.   So for me, spending 10-20 cents per gallon is worth it to get 3 more miles to the gallon and to keep the engine cleaner.  

Knitting news:   I have been so focused on the Andrea Reversible Wrap/Scarf.  I have been using two lifelines.   When I successfully reach a full pattern repeat, I pull the first lifeline and it becomes the second lifeline.  I’ve knitted and ripped so much I now have the 9 line repeat memorized.   Yay!!   And I know it is row 5 where I usually make a mistake but I still count the stitches most rows.  And a little secret, I’m so proud of myself because I’ve knitted two repeats without having to rip a single stitch.  I’m whispering that so I don’t jinx myself but yay!   Another point I’m proud of is normally if I had this much trouble with a project I would have given up in disgust.   I kept putting one foot in front of the other and plodding forward.   I have no desire to knit on anything else right now.   Another yay!

Lexi news:  Poor kitty is having some troubles with furballs.   She will not take the furball malty stuff.   So how do you grease up a kitty who refuses the furball kitty malty stuff?   Butter!!!   I take a small dab of softened butter and wait until she is relaxed and/or sleeping and rub it into the top of her paw into her fur.   She does not like it one bit and jumps up to run away but she hates being dirty.   So she starts licking and licking and licking ingesting the butter.   Lets hope it works!   Poor little buttered kitty.  

Early voting started today here in Oklahoma.   From the tv coverage and my personal view of Cleveland County, it will be a very long wait.   The lines are unbelievable.   I don’t recall ever seeing the lines this long in my voting lifetime.   Btw, I turned 18 the first year 18 year olds were allowed to vote.  Take your knitting and/or a book, wear comfy shoes and go get in line!   Unless you are voting for the other candidate….and in that case….stay home!!  🙂



  1. 1
    preita Says:

    That’s very true about the ethenal vs pure gas. In theory (maybe not in practice though) gas with an ethenal blend should be cheaper.

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    emily Says:

    I didn’t see this post earlier but let me share that as the kitty mama of two furball-producing felines, I’ve found that the Science Diet hairball reduction food actually seems to work quite well for our two. it doesn’t eliminate them entirely, but we’ve gone from frequent blurps to hardly any.

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