Friday, October 28, 2016


My first car – back when I was in college – was an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.  Gosh I loved that car!  It was big (but not quite the boat-size that some were) and at that time I could fit everything I owned in it.  Perfect.  After I graduated and started working I traded it in for my first NEW car – a Toyota Corolla.  It was cheap and so tiny.  I missed my Cutlass, but it was only getting 7-8 miles to the gallon and this was during the gas crisis days of the 70’s.

Years past and I/we (the collective married we) bought other cars.  It wasn’t until 2000 when I bought a Mazda Millenia that I actually fell in love with a car again.  My Millenia was such a beautiful and fabulous car.  Heated seats, a sun roof, good stereo system, etc.  I wish Mazda still made the Millenia (at least they still make the Miata which I do love too…but have never owned).

After some time we turned the Mazda over to our son who took it to Pittsburgh while he was in college.  Then it lived in our driveway for a year while he taught school in South Korea, returned to Pittsburgh for awhile and then came East again.  Last night we traded it in.  Boo-Hoo.  It had just under $150k miles on it and really had started to nickel-and-dime our son with various repairs.  The original plan had been to donate the car, but when our son decided to buy a new car it just seemed easier to trade Stella (our son’s name for it) in.  Naturally we didn’t get much for it, but a tad bit knocked off the price of his new car.  It’s all good, but I really do miss Stella.

On a positive note, the Millenia (and our son) are now OFF our insurance policy which will cut our premium down a lot!  As I said, it’s all good.

And further good news:  received an e-mail from Tolt – my yarn for Sigla should be delivered tomorrow!  Woo-Hoo!!  Now I’m poised to leave work shortly and Fletch and I will take off for a camping weekend.  Tonight will be chilly, but tomorrow is forecast to be in the lower 70’s – perfect weather for doing some hiking in the mountains.  My Kindle and some sock knitting are packed to go.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you do!


  1. Isn't it fun to remember all the cars you've owned and which were your favorites? I enjoyed reading about yours. Hooray on the yarn coming! And hooray for your camping trip too! Hope you have fun. Wish we were going to be that warm!

  2. It's funny how cars become a part of the family. I've got a half dead old Mini in the driveway that I just can't part with.

  3. Cars often reflect the personalities of their owners. I've had a few that I've loved, too.

    Enjoy your camping and hiking trip.

  4. I can't wait to see your hiking photos. ENJOY! ! I intend to enjoy our weathe rtoo

  5. We have a Toyoto Corolla with over 250,000 miles on it. My favorite car was my Honda CR-V, but when it became undependable, it had to go. I traded it in for my current car - a Subaru Forester.

    Have a great time camping. It should be very pretty in the mountains!

  6. Good car memories. My first car was my sisters hand me down Datsun 210 in the color Pumpkin, believe me I was the only one on campus with it.