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Monday, February 3, 2014

Picking up the tempo. And the pieces.

I am happy to report that I did pretty much everything on my list for the weekend - and then some.  All I can remember is that I was either cooking or cleaning up after cooking.  Out of the kitchen this weekend:  a loaf of brown rice bread; breakfast bars; gluten free oat bagelishes; sweet potato hash with eggs; mozzarella cheese; two spinach bacon quiches (egg glut!); gluten free brownies for the barn.  I am all cooked-out.

I shoveled up Mount Llama Beans and cleaned all the water buckets, removed the remaining evidence of the hawk carnage out of the coop, and cleared the front and back deck - we are due for a foot of snow tomorrow night, into Wednesday.

I also vacuumed the entire house, mopped the floors, washed the dog goobers off the windows, did all my laundry - except for the sofa cover which is completely and grossly doggified, ironed, watched a DVD, spent time with my parents - where I made kale salad for the twentieth time (I am thrilled my 90 y/o mother loves kale salad), sent my tax stuff off to the accountant, and found a car.  Woot!

After schlepping in and out of six dealerships, used and otherwise, I debated on Saturday afternoon whether to head home and give up (and take six showers - after six car dealers I felt all icky) but I soldiered up north to drop in at a small family-run operation that has been the source of my dairy farm neighbor's three trucks and two cars, his dad's two trucks, his uncles' trucks, his cousins' cars -- the entire clan.  I pulled into the lot and... VOILA!  There it was.  A 2007 Hyundai Tuscan, 5 speed transmission, low mileage, one owner, AWD.  With a price tag that was in the outland of my budget (sort of waaaay outland).  There was no one to-home (as they say hereabouts), so I called when I got home and made an appointment to drive back up yesterday morning.  Thanks to my finely-honed negotiating skills, friendship with the dairy clan, and six chapter tale of woe, I managed to get the price down to where I think I can swing it.  If all goes well, I will drive it off the lot Friday morning.

Just in time, too.  I was just starting to get used to an automatic transmission....

13 comments:

  1. Oooo! I LOVE my Hyundai. Although it's just the shoebox Elantra, if we ever have to get another new (used) vehicle, the Tuscan is what I'd look for until I found one!

    So, what are "brownies for the barn"? Do you feed your critters BROWNIES?!? When I die I want to come back as one of your critters.

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    1. Carolyn - I am sure that Scrappy would agree with you - but he gets NO brownies. They were for the dairy barn - I bake every Sunday, since they go get my hay and stack it for me and won't let me do anything to repay them. I'm glad you like your Hyundai! I am really hoping that this car lasts a good, long time.

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  2. Congrats on the new car! What a busy lady you were over the weekend, wow! I hope the snow doesn't get too bad for you this go-round. Love that "no one to-home!"

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  3. cool new car. Wow you get a lot done I feel lazy:) B

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  4. I fell guilty for sitting down after reading you chores!

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  5. Yeah for deciding on the vehicle! You sure do a lot of cleaning.

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  6. What a whirlwind of a wonder woman you are! Congrats on the "new" car. Hope it turns out to be a real winner for you. Will you come be my housekeeper and cook? Please?

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  7. Susan,

    You were very busy this weekend, and accomplished a lot. Congrats on finding a new vehicle for yourself. Enjoy the Hyundai Tuscan.

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  8. Chalk that up to a very productive weekend! Congrats on finding a car that hopefully will serve you well for a long time! Wow, all your laundry... If I did all my laundry, I don't think all my shirts would fit in the one drawer I have for them. Maybe it's time to give a few things away.

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  9. Can I borrow your time-warp machine? Obviously you have one, because there is no way all that stuff could be crammed into ONE WEEKEND. Maybe a whole WEEK, but not a weekend!

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  10. Woooo Hoooo! We are gonna need pictures! I'm glad you found it. But, when it comes to an automatic transmission, I like to be able to drink coffee and drive through town hitting every stop light there is. I'm an automatic type girl.

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  11. Congratulations on the new car (fingers crossed you like it once you get to drive it)! I love my 5 speed and don't think I would ever go back to automatic.

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  12. What ever you found to give you all that energy to accomplish so much without crashing from exhaustion please share ............. I'm exhausted just reading about all you have done.

    Congrats on finding a car, here's hoping it is good to you.

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