Monthly Archives: May 2017

My new car

The funny thing is, we weren’t looking to/at getting a new car at this time.  Actually, we were kind of looking forward to it being paid off July 2018.  I say ‘kind of’, because at the same time, our extended warranty would end, and any and all repairs would suddenly become on our own dime.  Since I was driving a 2012 Mini Cooper, they are owned by BMW, and BMW repairs ain’t cheap.  We had a litany of issues with this car the first 3-4 years, to the point that at ONE point, I seriously asked Mr. SW ‘what qualifies as a lemon?’

I had several friends at work with Mini’s…none of them had experienced any of the problems we were having, so I knew it was my car, not Mini issues as a whole.

ANYHOW, since it was barely a year until paid off, Mini Cooper mailed us a loyalty offer letter.  Good for $1500 off, and offering us a brand new Mini (same model), that we could finance to barely $50 more a month than we had been paying.  It was worth a look-see.  🙂

Well, ends up the car/color I fell in love with was a 4 door (mine was 2 door.)  I told the (really, really nice, not overbearing) Mini sales guy that yes, I would entertain an offer from them, letting it be made perfectly clear that I wasn’t looking for a car, didn’t need a new car, could walk away from the lot with no regrets whatsoever.  And p.s., I had contacted the Mini dealer about 50 miles away with the info about the offer letter, who had the same car, so really, whoever could do better, if ANYONE, would get our business. 

They ended up dropping the price $4,500, and, including the same extended warranty program, with Sirius XFM satellite radio, and this vehicle with a rear view camera…the deal came out to barely $60/mo more.  For a 4 door, brand spankin new car.  We did the deal, and I LOVE it!  I’m still learning all the techno-new stuff that the 5 year old model didn’t have, but just LOVE IT.  It’s turbo engine (5 year old model wasn’t), so it’s SO more powerful!  Here’s my pretty new baby!  It’s a gorgeous silver white metallic color, with a pure white roof.  So classy! 

thank you!

You are all SO amazing!  I DO want to blog again.  I just need to do a better job of balancing it.  I like to be successful at things, and that leads me to sometimes obsessing and overdoing things in that pursuit.  I’m not blogging to make money though.  Really, it’s just a nice other form of camaraderie, and that will be my approach.  I think if I keep it to no more than 3, maybe 4 times a week posting, it will work out.  I don’t need to post every single day to keep you wonderful people coming back.  That makes me smile.

Life is so darned precious.  And fretting over things that, in the big scheme of things, aren’t really that important, is squandering the precious time that we have.  That has been my lesson.

I enjoy reading about your lives, and I enjoy sharing mine.  Isn’t that the essence of successful blogging?  It is to me.

Next time, I’ll tell you about my new car!  🙂


…in case anyone is still reading.  Well, have been going through a health crisis, with symptoms that could’ve spelled colon or rectal cancer.  It took 5 weeks to get to see all the appropriate doctors and run the appropriate tests, but my colonoscopy was today, and not a single polyp, and only minor stuff causing my symptoms.

Being that I had never had a colonoscopy before (bad, bad Silver)…due to a history of many uric acid kidney stones often formed by bad diarrhea, that had been my excuse.  Let me tell you, when you are approaching 65 and 15 years overdue for that first colonoscopy, and getting 2-3 symptoms that all spell colon cancer or rectal cancer, and see what THAT can lead to, you get over your wussiness about a ‘mere’ kidney stone.  Again.   Add a very strong OCD tendency, and I was all about worst-case scenario for 5 weeks.  To the point I was creating ‘how to’ documents for my every task at work, fearing I would have to insta-retire.  Not a fun way to live through April and May.

But I’m good.  I have my life back.

Now, I have to decide if I want to return to blogging or not.  There are clearly benefits, but some negatives as well, at least for me.  I need to think a bit on it.

But I wanted to give you an update.  And to let you know sorry I retreated from everything, including your blogs.  I hope to start visiting again very soon, at the very least.  🙂

Thanks for still checking on me.  xo