Though the calendar says "summer", it has been so cold (to me) this week. Rain
fell so very hard, it sounded like Santa and his 300 reindeer were on our
roof. Temperatures are predicted into the 90's over the next
few days. Quite a switch.
It was so cold, I made a Manhattan:
And a beautiful Manhattan it was...
Back to reality: getting our house back in order after six months away. Trying
to remember where the
corkscrew can opener is located in a
kitchen drawer. Where is the dish soap? Which night does the trash can need to
be out to the road for
pick-up? Oh, that is right... the Daily
is no longer a daily newspaper.
I just can't keep up.
There are many items on our to-do lists. Number One is getting a new car to
replace the 2007 Honda CRV that we had planned to replace last summer. After asking y'all, it was decided to purchase a
Jeep Cherokee (not a Grand Cherokee... just a little Cherokee... not much larger
than our old Honda CRV).
This model (in the above graphite color) has a 9-speed transmission with
Active Drive II, which includes a magic button to disengage the
transmission, allowing the 4x4 car to be flat-towed behind a RV... because when I am not using
the car to
drive to the grocer drive between
Indio and Los Angeles climb rocks, it will be dragged behind
the Magna Peregrinus. We ordered this Jeep from our auto broker,
Auto Solution. An auto
broker will find the exact new/used car you want, drive it your home/office,
drive away in your trade-in, and you pay the (cash/loan) difference. Best
prices. No haggling. No need to smell the burnt coffee at a dealership. We
have not owned many cars since living in Portland, but every single vehicle has
been purchased through Auto Solution. Many large companies, banks and credit
unions offer the service of an auto broker as a benefit. Maybe one day DT will
upgrade his 16 year old Chevy Tahoe?
So long, Honda. It so sucks that you decided to change your transmissions in
2015 making your cars no longer towable.
Oh, and the Jeep can do this:
I will take photos of the new ride when it is delivered - any day now.
In other exciting developments, the deck has been
pressure-washed and the outdoor furniture (and grill) have been rescued from the
garage and placed in their summer-time positions.
All we need is some sunshine.
We've seen my sister for dinner last week and I met her again today for lunch at
my "opposite of Tacos Gonzales" -
Cafe Yumm!. (When I am in
Indio, I miss Cafe Yumm!. When I am in Portland, I miss Tacos Gonzales. It's a
Jazzy Bowl with tofu
The RV Goddess Newsletter
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Until my next update, I remain, your discombobulated correspondent.
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