Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Wall, New Tools, New Car! What?

We got another wall done today - even with some seriously not straight boards...
You would like to go and get straight ones, but it is an hour away and we don't have a truck and....
But we do have big clamps that can pull some board back into straight and Rick, the helper bee!

I finally got to use the hammer drill!  It's pretty heavy, but nothing like the "pogo" drill that I remember from my childhood. 
While my little husband was using the hammer drill (yes, the thrill wore off pretty quickly for me...teehee), I was taking pretty pictures of what was coming out. 

Some of the holes had been partially drilled a couple of days ago and had some moisture in them, so they produced this lovely clay like twirl. 


 Maybe I should have snagged some to try and create something...hmmm.



I also got to use the rachet today.  This is not a totally new tool for me.  It is actually one of my favorites, but it comes with a funny story.  I was graciously trying to help my very first boyfriend work on his VW Beetle, named Shubert, and he was graciously trying to let me.  He gave me the rachet, explained how it worked and asked me to tighten a bolt he had just put in.  Always the overacheiver, I tightened and tightened and tightened the head right off of the bolt!  We were done with car repairs for that night.  We took my car and got an ice cream cone instead!   Today, there was nothing destroyed in the racheting.  My little husband, however, thought the purpose of the picture was to show his cute wife, so you cannot see the rachet...

I knew the purpose of the picture was to show the tool...cute little husband is just a bonus.

So, as you may know, we are building a house and it is a rather time and money intensive proposition.  Who has time or money for new car shopping, right?  Not us!  But, 2 days ago one of our friends came to pound some nails and happened to mention a car on a lot here in town.  I told him I loved Subarus and he should get it.  He wasn't really interested....but, now I sort of was after the story he told us.   This Subaru had only had one owner, a prominent little old lady, named Gwendolyn,  from our town who had died about 10 years ago.  It has lived in a garage its entire life and been driven very gently.  They don't think anyone ever even sat in the back seats.  Here's the BEST part....it is a 1997 Outback Limited with only....are you ready?  ONLY 12,764 miles!  What????  I know, right?  I told my little husband to run down there and offer the old Subaru and $5000.  The salesman (owner of the dealership, friend of my husband, all around good guy) says, well, I was thinking old Subaru and $6000, so we split the difference and I got Gwendolyn for $5500!  She has her original tires!  Just look, and you will fall in love, too....

Hey, there's me in the Subaru symbol...

Leather seats with seat warmers!  And they are so slippery that I have to drive more slowly...

It still has a new car smell.  Really.

Limited...could never afford that before!

I mean, look at this engine!  On a 14 year old car...this is what less than 1000 miles per year looks like.  My poor old green Subaru got that many miles each year!

And these 2 cuties, Lambie and Pie, sit on my dashboard to remind me that I am a lamb of God.


So, how could we pass this up?  Couldn't.  As we were going to pick it up, I asked my little husband if we were coocoo?  We had neither one even opened the door of this car!  I LOVE living in a town where you know you are going to be treated honestly and fairly.  We did find out that he sent our mutual friend to tell us about the car....good business!

OH, but then...
I was showing off my Gwendolyn after Zumba (ok, and a little before, too) and giving the full tour inside and out.  Karyn, who also drives a Subaru (only a 1999) was very impressed, as was Samantha who had just recently bought her first Subaru (didn't get quite as good a deal).  Finally, show and tell was over and Karyn and I were ready to go home. 
No keys.
We searched everywhere...three or four times.  I even looked under the hood.  No keys...anywhere.  How frustrating is to know they had to be there...but where?!?!?!

See if you can tell where we finally found them...after 15 or 45 minutes of searching. 
Who put them there?????

I love my new car.  I love building my house.  I love learning new things and spending time with my little husband.  I love the workout at Zumba.  I love the raspberries and blueberries from the farmer's market.  I love that the weather was a perfect 77, sunny and breezy today.

I am SO blessed!  Thank you, Lord.

11 comments:

Karyn said...

HA! I love how you didn't want me to tell Craig about the missing keys, but you told the whole world! Don't forget that I was on the ground looking for them under both of our vehicles! In with the spare? No. In the engine block? No. :D I would do the same thing. I always tell on myself! She is a beauty of a car, and with that mileage she is just an infant really.

What a great day for you! I love the pictures, and I love seeing it all grow. Now I just need to manage the short drive out there to see it for myself. Hmmm...I love even more hearing about it in person. Thank you again for my beautiful gift. I love them so much.

K said...

Yes, you are blessed. And while blessings are a delight for the Lord himself to give, and they come free from his love, I will stand as witness that you have earned your blessings by blessing others. How much more the Lord must delight in blessing his hard working, constantly giving children - and even more, his grateful, delighted children. Chaz wants to know if she can have the car. She promises to take very good care of it, if you decide, you know - that you don't - right. Want it. Ha.

You make me happy.

Donna said...

Karyn, I know. It was too good a story not to share. So glad you are a bit taller than me so that you could spy them....finally! So, go ahead and tell Craig if you want. Teehee.
Kristen, tell Chaz that she can be owner #3 of Gwendolyn! And I will drive her out to deliver...in about 10 years! Subarus are that good.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Girl, your happiness and enthusiasm just oozes over to the rest of us!! Love it! That Gwendolyn is an amazing find!! Woo hoo! I love that you name your cars; my is Fatty Patty. LOL! blessings ~ tanna

no spring chicken said...

I love it! Bask in His goodness and hold on tight, who knows what other wonderful thing waits just around the corner... :)

Blessings, Debbie

Donna said...

Sometimes I am just blind sided by His blessings!

Melissa Plank said...

It's clear you are following the right path, God Bless!

Donna said...

Thanks, Melissa. So glad you are journeying with me.

W-S Wanderings said...

Okay, I was searching through your posts to find the owl and necklace one, only to discover THIS jewewl of a post that I somehow missed. And let me tell you, I am SO happy that I caught it now. Your joy and spirituality is palpable, and inspiring. It's no wonder that Gwendolyn came to you.

And seriously, you two are SUCH a darling couple!

Donna said...

Glad you found it and got to meet Gwendolyn. You know what? I do feel joyfull...that word should be spelled "full" and not just "ful"...and that hasn't always been the case. I think that this whole blogging thing has helped. I stop and I notice and I share and my joy becomes fuller and I come closer to living the abundant life God has for me...and you! Well, that's what I think....

Erwin Calverley said...

There’s so much that you have to be thankful for, don’t you? It makes me think that life is really amazing! I suggest you attach a unique keychain to your car keys so you won’t lose sight of it.