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In the past week

On the 24th husband and I went across the river to Jersey City and bought a used car. It was one that we had settled on after weeks of research, and actually buying it was surprisingly painless.

Almost all cars look the same to me. They have a part that sicks out in the back, where you can put stuff, and they have a raised middle part where the people poke up, and they have a part in the front where the machine parts are. They are seldom in bright exciting colors, because everyone has the idea that cars are too dignified for that.

This being so, we decided on price, and husband got his pick after that. He cares a great deal more than I do about the details of how a car looks and what it can do. And it was his Christmas preasant.

We ended up with a ten year old Acura. It was supposedly very fancy when new. It is not rusty, and it goes well. It is a sort of sober silver color. It has all sorts of features that we never had before, leather seats, and a button to push so that heat comes on and warms your bottom. (I can see that that might have applications for muddy dogs, or when coming back from the beach.) Car also has lots and lots of cupholders. That is nice.

It is going to save us money. We can shop where the prices are best, without having to rely on what is practical to lug home. Of course we still have a fourth floor walk-up to deal with, but this means I do not have to shop at the only two stores that deliver. (One of those is ok, the other is horrible.)

So Christmas morning we all drove North to visit MIL. We were able to get there for 1/10 of what it would have cost to take the train.And more quickly too! So that was ok. It was good for husband and kids to see her. I endured the visit. She tolorated me.

We trundled back yesterday morning. Car goes fine. Husband liked driving it. I liked sitting still while the road went along under us, and not having to drag luggage and dog through the train station.

The weather has been astonishingly warm. No ice, no snow. Some years the drive back is frightening. But winter has not come yet. The poor confused plants are actually budding. I noticed pussy willows out, up the road by the bank. If it goes much longer we will be having daffodills!
And then of course, when actual spring does come they not do well at all.

So that was Christmas. A quiet one. We are all together this year, all safe and well. Next week January comes, to launch us into the New Year. I am glad I don't have to go alone. All of you will be going too. We can stick together maye.

In a few says my balance will come back, and I will get some writing done. My thoughts are not right for it now, but it is there under the surface. In the meantime I am reading a lot.


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Dec. 28th, 2014 04:23 am (UTC)
Yay for the new car. I like having a car and being able to run errands in it. Sounds like you got a good deal and a solid car. Good for you!

Merry Christmas and happy new year to you!
Dec. 28th, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
LOL, living in the Midwest I forget sometimes there are people in this country who don't *need* cars in their daily lives. Things are strung out enough in my part of the world that a vehicle is a daily fact of life. My Chevy has 170,000 miles, is 10 years old, and knock wood, will last a good deal longer....
Dec. 28th, 2014 07:51 am (UTC)
There is a feeling of independence that comes with having a vehicle. Nice though, if one's area provides adequate public transportation, but still nice to not have to count on it. Hope the car does well for you. (Silver seems to be a real popular color these days. Some time ago at work, I noticed that all but one car in the parking lot, early in the morning, just after we had opened, were silver or gray in color. My new truck is silver... doesn't show the dirt until it is really filthy.
Dec. 28th, 2014 08:25 am (UTC)
I am pleased that you have got a new car and that it suits you.
Dec. 29th, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
Almost all cars look the same to me.
I can assure you that you know a lot more about cars than I do. I don't even drive! I'm glad you found a good one though :) It sounds like it made the trip to MiL's much more bearable.
Dec. 29th, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the new car!

And it sounds like you know more about them and how they work than I do. ;)
Dec. 29th, 2014 08:43 am (UTC)
It's good you've had at least the easier visit to MIL, and now have some quiet time with your family. I wish you a peaceful and a happy New Year, my friend!
Dec. 29th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
Yay for a car!! We must use cars for most shopping and going to work stuff. We just recently replaced both our cars and now Hubby's is white and mine is silver. Look around most parking lots- the preponderance of cars will be black, white or silver!! BORING! I'd love to have a RED car, or even a brilliant yellow, but we bought what we could afford. YAY for heated seats!! Last night we got off the plane from our trip and took a shuttle bus back to the parking lot. It was after midnight and only about 15 degrees. I was VERY happy to have a heated seat!! I'm glad you will no longer have to schlepp thru the train station!! (We just did that with airport changes-not fun!) Happy New Year!
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