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She's Old and Getting Tired 
Jan. 12, 2012 6:38 pm 
Updated: Jan. 26, 2012 1:19 am
My dear companion of fifteen years has had serious health issues during the past few weeks. It all came on at once and if I didn’t have such an attachment for her I would have had second thoughts about letting the money go to help get her better.  I know I should expect problems because of her age and it’s not unusual for one issue to manifest itself with others but I really have to make up my mind if she is worth it. The only thing she has going for her is my sentimental attachment- and the fact she is a good worker, able to tote her own weight in firewood or beer. Oh yeah, there’s the fact that in her old age she is more costly than she was in her younger years.

My buddy told me she is just too old and I should look for another but I look at her and remember all the good times and hard work she has given me and I can’t make myself do it. I guess I’m going to stick with her until one or the other of us croaks.

Of course, those younger ones have a lot to draw my eye to. Oh, yeah! Lots! Maybe, I’ll start doing some serious looking for a replacement? After all, looking is the most fun, anyway.

So, today I made up my mind. I’ve got to keep her. I went ahead and spent the money for new brakes and tires and have an appointment to replace the exhaust system. She’ll be good for a few more years.

Jan. 12, 2012 6:49 pm
Good for you Mike . . . money well spent . . good friends are hard to come by.
Jan. 12, 2012 7:00 pm
my car is a 1995 Toyoda Carola, it is almost in mint condition. No dents, new paint job about 15 months ago. I can't see me selling it or anything.
Jan. 12, 2012 7:37 pm
Mike - Funny that you blogged about her. I was thinking the same about my 1978 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. I was going to blog about her with photos in the next few months when I'm ready to let her go. She's in mint condition but she's hard on the pocket book when it comes to fuel consumption. Bought her new in '78. DW prefers to drive our pick-up so I'll get her a new one and keep the old pick-up for me. I like old pick-ups due to the fact that I don't have to worry about dents, scratches and dirt.
Jan. 12, 2012 9:47 pm
It's nice to keep old friends around. I kept my Christine (she was self-repairing, just like Stephen King's Christine) for 10 years, until Emily sucked me in with her 300-hp twin turbo straight 6 and her 16GB hard drive.
Jan. 13, 2012 3:06 am
Mike - Glad to hear you're keepin' her around for a little bit longer! At first I thought you were writing about a dog (Having a geriatric dog myself that's what my mind went to first) then remembered you don't have a dog; only grand-dogs. They just don't make 'em like they used to, huh?!
Jan. 13, 2012 4:15 am
HA HA Mike, I seriously thought you were talking about your dog! I have a 2005 Mazda 3 with serious rust issues that Mazda will do nothing about. It needs new body parts and body repairs to the tune of $4000.00 (yes, I said 4 thousand!) It is in great shape otherwise, runs like a charm and only 125,000 on it. I'd like to keep it for another 2 years as I don't put that many miles on it so here's the math: $4000.00 divided by 24 months is $166.00 - where would I get a great RUNNING car for that price??? OH, the challenges of car ownership!
Jan. 13, 2012 4:16 am
THAT's Kilometers - I'm in CANADA!
Jan. 13, 2012 5:31 am
Yikes at first I thought you were talking about your dog. Glad to hear it was about the car Whew!
Jan. 13, 2012 6:54 am
Ahhh Mr. Harvey, your sense of humor is wicked! I thought you might be talking about a dog too but I knew you had only visiting dogs, not live-ins! My son's 57 GMC pickup is in the same boat!
Jan. 13, 2012 7:43 am
Well I DID NOT KNOW HE DOES NOT HAVE A DOG! And I had tears blurring my vision while I was reading. Then I am thinking the dog toted firewood and beer, what kinda dog is this a St. Bernard? You got me Mike. I owe you one.
Jan. 13, 2012 9:08 am
You had me going there with the suspense-Mike. Love the twist at the end of your story.
Jan. 13, 2012 9:30 am
I so thought you were talking about your dog ... my heart was bleeding for you because I lost my little companion of 15 years and have been sad beyond what I ever imagined. I don't think of myself as an animal person..... But NO it is your car....LOL "MEN" Go ahead buy a new car you will love all the new accessories. Heated seats and Bluetooth ... you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner.
Jan. 13, 2012 9:38 am
Ditto to what covergirl said. This is Friday the 13th, not April Fools day. LOL :-)
Jan. 13, 2012 10:42 am
good grief...i noticed the title of your blog and then where you are from i about dropped my brew! sorry, but i've been in the car bizness man, many moons...i'll help when you need another. remember to change the oil...that's the biggie!
Jan. 13, 2012 10:51 am
Oh, you so got me too! I just lost my 19 year old "Old Man Kitty" last July and was so in sympathy with you... then I got to the end. I still sympathize, but it's now tempered with mirth! Hahaha, keep the old friend around for a while. How can you put a price on so many memories?
Jan. 13, 2012 2:08 pm
Nice job, Mike - you grabbed the hearts of all us pet parents. The picture of your DGD and pooch added to me forgetting the pooch actually is owned elsewhere. We keep good motor vehicles in this family too. My DS is again redoing the 1964 1/2 Mustang that my dad bought new. My DH redid it in 1985.
Jan. 14, 2012 6:17 am
Well, Mike, at least you weren't talking about your wife! Goodd story-telling! Glad you are back to good health, and your mind is up to old (or new?) tricks! BTW, we drive and repair them until they die, and then sell to the junkyards. The math says it is much cheaper to repair than to make payments, or lose interest. A good 'ole work truck is hard to replace, especially when the new ones are much harder to work on mechanically, and attracts dents and scrapes. Years ago, Hubby bought a new pickup on Saturday, went to wash the road salts off Sunday, and backed squarely in to a post at the car wash!
Jan. 14, 2012 3:06 pm
Thanks, luv2cook A harder working more reliable truck I never had. She's stood well to the abuses of whatever I wanted to do. Her cosmetics are leaving something to be desired but, cosmetics only sell a truck.
Jan. 14, 2012 3:08 pm
Hi, King Sparta! The only thing more fun than bragging about an old vehicle is bragging about having kept the wife for so long!
Jan. 14, 2012 3:12 pm
I know what you mean with the fuel consumption, bd! Empty and on the interstae, my green girl only gets 10mpg. But, put a trailer on her and tow a D-8 she gets all show offy and pulls like she's just off the showroom.
Jan. 14, 2012 3:19 pm
300 hp, twin turbo, straight six with a 16 gb hard drive? Duffy, I suspect I might regret asking but, what the h**l are you talking about?
Jan. 14, 2012 3:25 pm
Good evening, Mother Ann! They seem to have made this truck pretty solid. I have no substantial complaints.
Jan. 14, 2012 3:40 pm
Hi, Bernice! My cost of ownership is now approx $138.00/month, disregarding upkeep. Upkeep largely depends on what I have made her do so it is self inflicted.
Jan. 14, 2012 3:43 pm
Hi, Fabius! Thanks for commenting!
Jan. 14, 2012 5:50 pm
That's me, Cat, ... Wicked! Does your son work his '57 or is he restoring it?
Jan. 14, 2012 5:54 pm
I got you, covergirl? That makes my day! I was sure you would be impervious to smart alecks and codgers!
Jan. 14, 2012 6:01 pm
Thank you, Lela! I'm now twisted (per you) and wicked (per Cat). Twisted and wicked, hmmmm. I can accept that!
Jan. 14, 2012 6:08 pm
Hi, blissbaking! I am thinking about buying a car but I would still hang on to my truck. The first time I sat in heated auto seats, I didn't know about it. I thought I was peeing my pants and was greatly worried about why I had no warning pressure. My frends still laugh about that!
Jan. 14, 2012 6:20 pm
Tell ya what, Susie. Yup, it was Friday 13 that's why April Fools Day happened early!
Jan. 14, 2012 6:22 pm
Hey, Gary! That's why the green girl has lasted so long. She gets a steady diet of gasoline and oil for dessert!
Jan. 14, 2012 6:23 pm
You have it right, Amanda! Thank you!
Jan. 14, 2012 6:31 pm
A 1964 1/2 Mustang, BigShotsMom! My envy is rapidly becoming burdensome! Thank you for commenting, again!
Jan. 14, 2012 6:52 pm
Actually, Mamaw!, I wrote the piece intending to draw the thought processes toward thinking of my wife. It seems to have worked fairly well with the dog thoughts, though. ... When I first bought this truck, I was a smoker. I didn't have it a week when I dropped a cigarette on the floor and didn't know it. Have a long charred spot just the length of a cigarette and I've had to look at for these 15 years.
Jan. 16, 2012 7:49 pm
Mike, I read your blog out loud to my husband and asked him "who is Mike talking about?" I thought for sure he'd say, "well, his wife of course," or "man's best friend, his beloved and loyal dog." NOPE, with a tear in his eye, he immediately said, "Oh, his pickup." I laughed right out loud. You guys......
Jan. 17, 2012 5:22 am
LOL! Candice, only guys could understand the value of having a pickup that just can't quit!
Jan. 19, 2012 12:50 pm
LOVE IT! My husband would totally understand. We've got a '52 Willies station wagon in the garage that's been waiting to be restored for years. Glad your baby's going to last a while longer:)
Jan. 19, 2012 6:13 pm
I figure she'll be good until she isn't. Don't know how long that will be.
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At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
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Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
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Without a doubt, my own recipe for a Reuben Sandwich. It has been a demanded item for many years and I shared it in my AR blog.
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Too many. I have been able to throw them out and have something new before my wife gets home. Most of the time, anyway.
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