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One of my all time favorite blogs is Crazy Aunt Purl. Her new book is in the hands of her editor and all is well in her world; other than her roof has a waterfall coming through it.   I cannot wait to read her new book and, I promise, I will buy my own copy this time and not just borrow my daughter’s. 

Her October 14th post, has a hilarious section about the summer she was smited three times.  She is from bayou country and down there they refer to acts of God as being “smited.”  I am from the midwest where those same “acts of God” are usually lectured as, “God has his reasons.” 

Those reasons were never explained but the inference were that either you had done some awful, evil thing or, even more esoteric, your band director was a jerk and you had to leave band (your chosen vocation) because this would ‘some day in the future’ save you from dying in childbirth. 

Obviously, I never died in childbirth so perhaps that was the reason I had to endure some stuff, but I had to wonder, even as a child, just exactly what evil, thing I,  an eleven/twelve/etc. year old child could have possibly done that brought God’s wrath down on me, repeatedly.

To preface my story, for my non-daily readers (which is everyone since I have been very lax in posting lately), husband is on Social Security Disability, and after twenty years of that, you have very old, junky cars. 

We have been very fortunate in that several times, relatives/friends have given us cars they were done with.  Then, I came into a very small sum of money a year ago and was able to purchase a 2000 Chrysler Voyager.

I absolutely love that car.  It is my favorite ever car and has the best visibility in the world.   It was really nice to have a reliable car, with a muffler, so that I did not have to sneak into places where I had to go to meetings, so I would be heard before I arrived.  Our other car, inherited, had no muffler, a cracked windshield, no heater or air, and a wierd thunk in the transmission since before I inherited it, but it just keeps plugging along.

So Gaffer called the other night and said he was let off work early as the restaurant was not busy enough.  Husband left to pick son up from work, and on our windy, after dusk roads, he stopped at a stop sign, looked, and was 3/4 way through the intersection when he noticed another car’s headlamps were embedded into, well, just about into his head.  Amazingly, he has one tiny injury from the padded arm rest.   The car is not so lucky!

I do have to wonder why no one has ever hit the car with no muffler, cracked windshield, no heater or air and a wierd thunk in the transmission?

Say goodbye to my Chrysler Voyager!

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This is the first Christmas we have taken our new/used Chrysler Voyager to Master Daughter’s house.  We make the trek each year with my mother and the three boys, and have had a larger Astro Van in the past.  Since it has no heater/air-conditioner, no muffler and not much else working, we purchased this car and, you know what, it’s not as big as it looks.

I really love the Voyager.  Visibility is fantastic in it and gas mileage is great, but pile in six people, a guitar, a suitcase for each and presents for twelve adults and two little girls and you are talking squished.  We do have two car top carriers or we would be giving gift cards only for presents.

First off, the car breaks down.  Three months ago I told husband that the car had a ping noise.  My husband’s philosophy of life is don’t fix it until your wife is stranded in a blizzard.  This has happened. 

So, we left a day late and he replaced an oil sensor in sub-zero weather.  I had no sympathy for him.  By the way, we have another squeaking in the car and I will be sure and write you all and let you know when I break down from that.

So, we left a day late and it has snowed since.  We cancelled our evening in Michigan, with my niece, as the weather is so bad and we are hibernating inside with Master Daughter’s family, which includes a really good dog who is the bane of irritating little Chihuahua’s life.  It also includes a parrot, a bearded lizard, a rabbit and many fish.   My Army grandson is home on leave and will ship out to Kuwait in January.  And, her oldest son is coming tomorrow with his girl and two little girls.

Last night we had a doggie do-up.  Chihuahua got a bit too close to the other dog’s dish and got a warning and let out a squeal.  The rest of the night she was glued to my leg, for protection, and snuggled up to me in bed till I rolled over and she fell out of bed.  Luckily, it was a low cot.  Unluckily, she was trapped under a desk and had to find her way out. 

But, if this is the worse of our trip, it is a great trip.  We were laughing so hard the first night that EMT came in the room and said, “Gee, and they haven’t even had a drink.” That is what is so great about family here, we have a wonderful time; lots of laughs and no arguments.

And, that is my wish for all of you.  Have a safe holiday with lots of laughs and no arguments.

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