Saturday, June 24, 2017

This Week

Um, what to say? All week long my brain works overtime and I’ve got a million and one things to share...and then when Friday arrives, I draw a blank. Does this happen to you? I should start jotting down my thoughts so I can look them up when I can’t think of anything to write.

Yesterday evening we met up with some friends for dinner. They live in Quebec and we live in Ontario, so we drove 40 minutes and they drove 30 minutes, which had us meeting at a restaurant at about the halfway point. The food was good but not as good as it should have been considering how overpriced it was. I don’t think we’ll be going there again any time soon. Or ever again, really. Ah well, at least the company was great.
Thursday we took the car in for an oil change and while we were waiting for the work to be completed, we spoke to a salesman at the car dealership and took a look at a few vehicles on the lot. Our car is getting old and we are thinking of replacing it while it’s still intact, before any major repairs surface. We know we have to retire it soon but we’re also reluctant. Because this car has turned out to be phenomenal. We’ve been driving it for 14 years, and in all that time, it’s never given us a problem, never required major repairs, never cost us any serious money. Talk about getting your money’s worth. It’s hard to replace a vehicle like this, especially when there’s no assurance that the next one will be just as reliable and just as sturdy. Have you ever had a car that turned out great?


One thing I have been doing a lot lately is reading. I signed up for the reading challenge again this year on Goodreads.com and committed to 22 books, which is not that much for an avid reader like me, but with all the moving business and house renovations, I wanted to choose an amount that’s doable. Today I finished my18th book of the year making me 8 books ahead of schedule. How did this happen? I’m either a fast reader or I have no life. Hmm... Do you like to read?


I’m an early riser but today I slept in until 9:30. GASP! Actually, I got up at 5:00 AM because my tabby cat was nagging me to death, fed her and the other furball and went back to sleep. Or tried to go back to sleep. Same cat walked around meowing and whining and complaining. Apparently, my sleeping in was unsettling to her because that’s not typical of 'our' routine. She paced and whined all morning as I I dozed on and off restlessly and when I finally got up for good, she climbed up into her cat tree, curled into a ball and fell asleep. All was finally well with the world. Cats. For those of you who have them, you know what it’s like.


Well, that’s it for this week. For someone who has nothing to say, I said too much. Happy rest of the weekend to all of you!

42 comments:

  1. I love to read. As for cars, every Nissan I've had has been great. Of course, Favorite Young Man is a mechanic, and that helps a lot.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Oh, that is the best! You've got your own personal mechanic, which really helps.

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  2. Toyota Highlander. Bought it used, then used it some more (in fact, I'm still using it!). No serious problems, good in the snow, handy roof racks and room in the back for a ridiculous assortment of things over the years! What kind is your vehicle? -Jenn oh ya, cats... eye roll. We had one we nicknamed "alarm cat" because she woke us up on the weekends at the regular work time.

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    1. Toyota has a great reputation with so many options to choose from. It is one brand that we are considering. Right now we are driving a Honda CR-V, which has turned out to be an amazing vehicle. It has definitely lived up to its reputation.

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  3. Toyotas and Hondas are pretty reliable usually.

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  4. We own a 2001 Chrysler Concord.
    After all this time and two major fender benders (no one was hurt thank God) It runs like new.
    It needs some cosmetic repairs but we'll keep it until it stops working.

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  5. For saying you had nothing to say, that was a good post. We had a Ford Fiesta. That was good. Reading is all I do.

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    1. I start to type and before I know it, I create a full post!

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  6. Hey Martha,

    Maybe if you and your friends had driven 35 minutes each, you might of discovered a better eating place.

    My dilemma is that my latest car has been incredibly reliable but is quite the eyesore thanks to a mechanic deciding to customise my hood by smashing it up. Trouble is, after seven months, he still hasn't found a replacement hood and I find my reliable car an embarrassment to drive.

    Happy reading and good grief, let us know when you have something to type about! :)

    A peaceful Sunday to you, eh.

    Gary

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    1. HAHA! Yes, maybe we would've found a better place. We'll definitely be meeting somewhere else next time.

      I hope you get that sorted out, Gary! At least you drive a reliable car. That's always my first priority.

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  7. I keep a list of topics for posts. sometimes there's nothing on my list. Who was it that said, "If you have nothing to say, say nothing."

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    1. HAHA! Yes, sometimes it's best to say nothing :)

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  8. In spite of their seemingly relaxed style, cats are very much in love with their schedules, aren't they? Mine goad me into doing things at set times; if I don't, they are obviously out of sorts!

    Our son had a Chev Cavalier which ran forever. On the other hand, I had a real lemon once but my mother still has the same model and it's fine. I think mine was "made on a Monday" :)

    It's disappointing to pay a lot for a meal and have it be mediocre. It's good that you had great dinner companions!

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    1. A good car that runs well and doesn't become a money pit is like winning the lottery. We're hoping our next one is just as solid.

      Yes, cats are not as easygoing as they'd like us to think. They get really bent out of shape when their schedules are disrupted!

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  9. What was the predominant language at dinner? I'm loving Subarus in this climate.

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    1. English. Although some of the party did speak French with the waiter.

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  10. Yes, I have had good luck with cars. Bought a new Ford Probe in 1989 and still driving it 38 years and 167,000 miles later. It is completely reliable and runs like new. Only maintenance service and tires needed. At this point the car owes me nothing.

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    1. Wow, that is amazing. And wonderful! You really got your money's worth with that one.

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  11. I drove my Toyota Tercel for 22 years. Great car. Still ran well but the undercarriage was starting to rust through, which made the car legally unroadworthy. After 22 years, the car wasn't worth anything for trade-in or even for scrap, really, so I just donated it to the Kidney Foundation for a tax receipt.

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    1. That is fabulous! I love when you get your money's worth with cars, which are typically money pits.

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  12. Sounds like the company for dinner was so much better than the food; always good to get together with friends and seemed like it worked out well with the driving distances to achieve that. I understand your woes about having to potentially get a new car. I blogged about it last October when we finally traded my 17 year old van in. We have a Nissan Versa and a Nissan Rogue and are happy with both of them (I rarely drive so I'm a pleasant passenger in either one of them :)

    I love to read. I read about a book a week. I have lots of time in the morning after hubby leaves for work and I start work so good reading clumps of time after I get house work done. Its such a relaxing thing to do and so many good books out there!

    betty

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    1. Yes, so many good books out there. Sometimes too many! I have a long list that I'd like to read and I keep adding to it.

      We don't do a lot of driving, so I figure our next car will last for a very long time. If it turns out to be as reliable as this one!

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  13. I hear you about the cats and their routines...and as far as reading, 107 books since November of 2014 when I received my Kindle as a gift, and I just finished a 21-book mystery series set in Alaska and now reading a memoir. I enjoyed the series. The jury is still out on the memoir. Sorry the restaurant disappointed but glad the friends did not. Happy Sunday.

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    1. At least the company was good, which always makes things better. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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  14. Martha,
    I would say if you have a great car you might want to hang on to it. You might get an idea of this if you ask the service techs (they used to call them car mechanics here) what they think of your car. If they are honest guys and if they offer to BUY it from you...that means you might want to hang onto it!
    Regarding ideas for my posts...I also have tons of things I want to share! I jot down things on bits of paper and stick them in my purse during my day. Please don't be around me in a store! I pull out my billfold and all these bits of paper fall out!

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    1. Because it's getting older, we are going to inevitable be dealing with some repairs on this car like fixing the breaks and maybe some front end work and whatnot. We'd prefer to purchase a newer car and put the money there instead of spending a lot of money on an aging one. It's hard to let go of this car but we've discussed it and feel the right time to move forward is now.

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  15. I have a 2000 Buick century. The problems have been minor but annoying. Like ac dying, windows going bad, but the biggest major thing I've replaced were the brake pads

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    1. Everything eventually has to deal with the breaks on their car. Not something you want to dish out money for but there's no choice. Our breaks are still good but I don't think it'll be long before we have to deal with that. We'd like to get another car before all these repairs start to surface.

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  16. You're lucky to have a reliable car! I had a Hyundai accent for 8 years and it was a dream. I bought a 3 year old Dodge Journey 4 years ago and so far it's cost a lot in repairs. But that could have had to do with the previous owner not taking care of it. He drove his winter tires year round (lived in Ottawa). The summer weather bent all the steel frames in them and we had to buy new ones the winter we bought it.

    Our dogs and cats love their routines too and get uppity when things are delayed even a little!

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    1. A well cared for car makes a huge difference! We're hoping our next one turns out to be a winner. We are not hard on our vehicles and if it's in good shape, it'll be with us for a very long time.

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  17. You are smart to look around and see what is out there in the 'car world'. Cars don't last forever.
    We had our Vibe (Pontiac) for 7+ years. It was a great car and would have 'traded up' but 'they' stopped making them!! So we got her sister-car a newer Toyota Matrix. It's just OK.
    Our Sophie is like your cats....very scheduled and has a hissy-fit when the routine is altered.
    I wish I read more. You have inspired me to do so, Martha. Thanks.
    Have a good week ahead.

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    1. I don't know what its reputation is but the Matrix is a nice looking car. We're driving a Honda CR-V right now, which is fabulous, and we're considering getting another one. But we're also interested in the Toyota RAV4. It is very similar to the CR-V in every which way. We'll go see some soon and take it from there.

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  18. What is the best book you've read this year? 22 seems like a lot to me but I only read at night these says. Funny cat cartoon! hahahahaha

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    1. There are a few that I really enjoyed:
      The Lion, The Forgetting Time and Big Little Lies.
      The rest have been enjoyable but the three I've listed really stand out for me.

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  19. So nice to meet up with friends and a good idea to meet half way.
    Eating out can be expensive, we don't tend to do it as much now ... but it is still enjoyable when we do.
    It seems to me that friends meet up for a coffee (or tea) more now than they did before ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. We don't eat out too often either, Jan. Personally I prefer home cooked meals but getting together with friends or family now and again is fun.

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  20. I know what it's like when you go to a restaurant where you've heard or seen how good the food is and you're willing to pay a bit extra and then you find out how mundane or boring it really is. It just becomes a waste of good money and makes you never want to go back.

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    1. That's exactly right. This will be our last time.

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  21. Your week was a lot more fun than mine, Martha! I'm glad that you had fun with your friends, even if the restaurant was too pricy for what it served. My little Saturn was twenty years old when I finally parted with it. The man who owns the shop where we get our vehicles serviced sold my Saturn for me to a young guy who drove it across country to DC. Maybe I parted with it too soon! LOL I have no idea what a day without reading is like either!

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    1. At least your car was put to such a good use after someone else picked it up. We just don't know when it's the right time to switch cars. You think to yourself it might last a few more years and then suddenly major repairs come along. Or the other way around when you think it'll become a problem and it keeps chugging along.

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