Sunday, December 15, 2013

Farewell to the Albatross


They say don't make a big decision in the first year but the year is almost up,
I have thought long and hard, talked it over with seers and this morning was the final
sraw.
Up early to take it for a run to stop it dying, miss the Sunday traffic and post more cards the engine
was as flat as a pancake and the decision was made.  Tomorrow I phone the garage and ask then to take it away.  A great weight has been lifted form my shoulders.
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27 comments:

Kim Ayres said...

If it feels like a weight has been lifted, then it was the right decision :)

Pat said...

Kim: thanks- that's what I want to hear.

savannah said...

yes, what kim said! we're looking at a new car now because the 2 here are just barely holding on! xoxoxo

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Sometimes what it takes is that Last Straw! CONGRATULATIONS, my dear Pat....It has to feel good to have that weight off your shoulders....!

angryparsnip said...

So true. When you get that feeling then you know you made the right choice.
Plus no insurance, license, tax and the up keep.
You have such a great train system and that is what taxis are for.

cheers, parsnip

Granny Annie said...

Step one. Check. Now on you go.

Chef Files said...

You have no idea just how many lives have been saved by your actions, Patricia my dear. Bravo.

Now, if only you can convince all your other female friends to do the same.

Exile on Pain Street said...

The truth (and a truck from the garage) will set you free.

Mike and Ann said...

Dear Pat, I'm sure you've made the right decision - and the fact that you feel such a sense of relief means that you're sure too. Public transport is pretty good, and the money you will have saved on the car's upkeep will take you a long way in taxis, whenever you need one.

Vagabonde said...

Is this a second car? Here we cannot be without a car as there is no public transportation and we are miles from anything – and we need one to go to the doctors or visit our daughters – there are no direct train connections to Nashville or Memphis – there is just one train in Atlanta (which is 35 miles away, without public transportation to get there) and this one train goes to Washington going north and New Orleans, going south – just one train once a day and you have to spend overnight on it to get to Washington. We have two cars – I should sell one since my husband has Alzheimer and he cannot drive anymore – but I always feel if one car stops running, then I still have the other – if not we would be completely isolated. But if you do have another car or public transportation, then this is right for you.

Pat said...

Savannah: I hope you find a good one.xoxox

Naomi: it is a relief and makes room for the next little problem which is sure to come along:)

Parsnip: yes it's all good and I
it won't be staring at me reproachfully for much longer.

Granny Annie: with a spring in my step:)

Chef: You just can't resist can you? But I'm feeling bountiful so will forgive you.

Exile: can't wait. I'm hoping they can jump start it.

Mike and Ann: we've talked about this and really it was only a matter of time. I remember you telling me about a friend of yours.

Vagabonde: no it is my last car.
We have excellent, reasonable taxi services and public transport and all the facilities are in walking distance and fortunately - so far - I can walk and enjoy the exercise. All the stairs in my house keep me fit and our hill doesn't bother me.
When we retired here we did give a lot of thought to how we would manage in later years.
If I found I couldn't manage here I would probably move closer to one of the family.















John Greenwood said...

Bless! That's all! xx

Pat said...

john: thank you honey:)

Rog said...

Sometimes things come into sharp Focus.

Pat said...

Rog: I'm smiling:)

Guyana-Gyal said...

I agree, when something's become too difficult to maintain, and it's a drain in many ways, it's time to let go.

maurcheen said...

You know better than anyone else what is right for you.

(I was telling my daughters all about you last night, they can't wait to read your book!) :¬)

xxx

Pat said...

GG: yes the flat battery was the sign I had been waiting for. No regrets!

Maurcheen: when the year is up I'll try to marshall my forces and try again to get it published or publish It myself.

Z said...

A brave decision, but the right one for you now, good for you. And a lot less to have to remember to bother with - I'm due to sort out another year's insurance for Russell soon and it took a good four hours last time.

Pat said...

Z: it's a joy to tear up the paper work.
Good luck with the insurance.

maurcheen said...

I'll have to insist on a signed copy! :¬)

xxx

Pat said...

Maurcheen: right then - only because you're Irish:)

rosneath said...

As Kim said, if the weight is lifted, it was the right decision ... presumably the car thought so too if it decided to just stop!

LL Cool Joe said...

When a car no longer feels reliable and safe, it's time to get rid of it.

kenju said...

Good for you. What will you get to replace it?

Pat said...

Joey: actually it was reliable and safe - the battery was flat because it had been sitting doing nothing for too long. It was the driver that was no longer reliable and safe.

Judy: well I bought a new coat last week. Does that count?

Mage said...

Yes, I agree with everyone else, letting it go is a grand idea.