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....