New Car

Over the course of the last several months it became increasingly clear that is was time to buy a new car.  The 2000 Ford Windstar served us well when we needed a van, but I don’t need car seats anymore since the kids are 17, 14 and 14 (almost 15), and the 17 year old has her own car.  I’m more interested in gas mileage, eco-friendliness and convenience now, so we decided to look at new cars.  When we started looking at mileage, hybrids caught our attention.

After some research (mostly talking to recent new car buyers, along with a bit of online investigation) and a test drive, we decided on a Toyota Prius.  Here’s a picture of our new baby.  Love that color, it’s called Sea Glass Pearl – I figured it would show dirt the least, as it’s sort of dusty, without being gray (the actual color of dirt).

I’m very happy to report that I did a few errands around town this morning and the dashboard display tells me that my mileage was 54.4, 54.6 and 56.6 MPG.  Can’t cry about that!  Well, maybe cry with joy…

I’m feeling a bit sad right now because it’s out in the rain.

New (Old) Cars

We bought a 15 year old car today for our 16 year old daughter to toddle around town in.  It makes me smile to consider that she was one year old when her car was built.
I wonder if the men and women who put the pretty white Nissan Maxima together ever thought about the future drivers.  Cecily will be driver number 3.  I wonder about the previous drivers myself.  Did they love this car or was it just a convenience?

I tend to get very attached to things I use daily for years.  It was very difficult for me the day I traded my Ford Taurus for the Ford Windstar I drive now (and not just because I was trading into a minivan and kissing my days of driving a fun car goodbye!).  I felt like I was abandoning the Taurus.  What if her next owner didn’t appreciate her?  What if they didn’t take good care of her?  Never mind that the “good care” I can manage is cleaning out the junk on the floor (used kleenex, mapquest directions, candy wrappers) once every couple of months.

I think Cecily might feel this way about her first car, pondering it’s past, it’s previous owners, it’s history, all the events it’s been a part of.

Then again she could just have the one thought I had at 16 when she looks at it – FREEDOM!

My pink cowl continues toward completion.  Rudy models it for you here.  I really like this Noro Shirikaba yarn, it’s 42% silk, 40% cotton, and 18% wool.  It’s super soft and the vibrant color is gorgeous!