Monday, September 28, 2015

Finally


Holy Cow it's been a stressful month plus without a car but I finally found one that seemed pretty decent within my ever so limited budget. What do you think of her? Not bad for a mere $1200. And let me tell you it isn't easy finding something for that price that isn't rusted out, over 200K, or needs some big ticket item to get a sticker.

It isn't exactly what I wanted. What I wanted was a Subaru. That AWD comes in pretty handy up here when the snow starts flying. But as I said to my mother the doomsayer (she said I shouldn't buy a Volvo because they're horribly expensive to fix and then where will I be?), beggars can't be choosers. Okay. Maybe they can, but they don't have all the choices. So maybe the saying should be, beggars cannot be choosy. Regardless, I think I found the best car (and absolutely no rust, can you believe it!!!) for my money and boy, is it nice to be driving to work again.

Not that I didn't enjoy walking* to work. There were only a few rainy days and I called someone for a ride so I didn't have to walk in any inclement weather. In fact, the weather was pretty spectacular. Extra warm to start then just about perfect the last week or so. Brilliant sun, the waters sparkling, that singular smell of the river mixed with the sea...yup. There were some pretty nice days walking, and I DID notice them. On purpose. But it was stressful, especially knowing that the weather was not going to stay nice much longer. Not to mention the extra time it took (about 50 minutes) plus the searching for a car (and OHMYGOD have you seen some of the ads on craigslist? The grammar? The misspellings? I saw one ad that said "This car will defiantly take a sticker." HA!). I hardly got any writing done and didn't get around to visiting much either. But, thankfully, that's all over now, and I think I got a good deal. I figure if I get a year or two out of that car I'll be doing well. So. There you have it. I finally have a car again.

AND Holy Cow! Did anyone see the lunar eclipse last night? I had a great view of it from my porch and yard. Wow. Pretty amazing. 


* Yeah, the bike thing didn't work so well. The seat was waaaay too uncomfortable and my ass was killing me by the time I got to work.

37 comments:

  1. It was cloudy here. Missed the lunar eclipse. Again. It was cloudy last time too. I am so glad that someone saw it.
    And yay for a reliable workhorse before the weather turns on you.

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  2. Don't want you to have an uncomfortable ass!
    Glad you finally have a car now. Losing almost an hour a day is a lot.
    I saw the eclipse! I usually miss them and it's been rainy, but it was clear last night.

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    1. Yeah, that was a lot of time to lose. Glad you saw the eclipse!

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  3. It was too cloudy here to see the eclipse. Glad you found a car within your budget. Most of us really need to have one to get around.

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    1. If I lived in a city or even a bog town I might be able to get by without one, but not here.

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  4. Well, hooray for your new car. I had a load of laundry needing to be done and a washer on the blink...not the same, but to a minor degree, I feel your pain. Glad you had wonderful weather for your walks.

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    1. There were some extra beautiful days, very sparkly.

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  5. Wonderful! I actually drive a thirteen-year-old Subaru. Still the best car I ever owned. Can't quite bring myself to give it up. Maybe that's why you couldn't find a used one. :)

    And I missed the big-deal moon. I was too busy watching Peyton Manning last night.

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    1. Yeah, I think people keep them until they can't. Hopefully my Volvo will be a good car.

      You chose Peyton Manning over a total eclipse of the Moon!!! Ay yay *shakes head*

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  6. I walk about 50 minutes each way to work and LIKE it, but man, I'd be in trouble on the grocery front with no car. All the groceries in town on on the peripheries... I think it looks like a good car. I hope it lasts for you!

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  7. Looks like a pretty good car to me. It is hard to find a decent used car. It was too cloudy here last night to see the eclipse.

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    1. Sorry you missed the eclipse and it IS hard to find a good cheap used car.

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  8. Volvos in my experience are reliable and built like tanks!

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    1. That's what I hear - very reliable, too. Let's hope that's true.

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  9. My mother agree's with Francis, she called her Volvo the tank and loved that car. I hope you love your car and it serves you well for a long time.

    I agree that no matter how padded the bike seat they cause pain there!

    Sadly it was too light and there was a cloud cover so we missed the eclipse.

    I love the description of the smell of the river and ocean. The smell of the Atlantic in ME and NH is one of my favorite smells.

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    1. It is awful pretty around here and I noticed some things I never did before like this cool little stream with a grassy path running alongside it. I was tempted to climb down the embankment and investigate.

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  10. Yay for you!! I'm glad you have a new car (Volvos are great!) and can save your butt from the horrors of the too-small bicycle seat!

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  11. Congrats on the car. No rust at that price? A bargain!

    Didn't see the eclipse. Our news people said it'd be too cloudy, so I just went to bed.

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  12. Glad you got a car. And Volvos are supposed to be good cars, so it'll keep you in good stead for a while.

    I went to look for the lunar eclipse, but it wasn't up yet. And then with this cold I've got, I wasn't feeling up to going out again.

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    1. It was pretty cool, I must say and oh boy am glad to have a car again!

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  13. "This car will defiantly take a sticker." Maybe that wasn't a misprint, lol.

    I almost feel I'd rather be homeless than carless. Almost; some days . . .

    Hard to find a good deal of any sort these days. I hope it all works out for you.

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    1. Maybe it wasn't a misprint...that would pretty funny if it was on purpose.

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  14. So glad you got a nice car! I bet that feeling of security lowered your stress level!

    We had some cloud cover, but we did see parts of the eclipse. Very cool.

    Heather

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    1. Glad you got to see the eclipse and yes, the stress level has definitely been reduced.

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  15. I'm glad you finally found a car! Walking to work might have been a novelty, but I'm sure that wore off fast. And now you'll have some writing time!

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    1. You're right; the novelty was wearing thin. Very thin.

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  16. Throw something heavy in the back during the ice season and you are good to go! Love your stylin' ride!!!!
    xo

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  17. Congratulations on getting another car. I know you must have been stressed out about not having one. If it makes you feel any better, our daughter had an old junker of a Volvo for a number of years, and that thing was a real workhorse. Let's hope yours does as well. (Great price on it!)

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    1. Everyone says they're great reliable cars and yeah, it was a very good price.

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  18. No, we couldn't see it where we were. It was just PITCH black. Great news on the car. I love her, she's a beauty.

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