Guys, decisions are hard! At least, big ones like vehicles. We’ve just been struggling along this week attempting to make a decision. And just when we think we have, one of us thinks of some additional point that throws a wrench into the whole thing and makes us start over. In reality, almost every evening we come back around to the same vehicle, so it seems like that should be our choice. But, then, we have a day to think on it and we get confused again.

Early on we had told Miss Butterfly that we had made our decision, and we showed her our vehicle and she got all excited about it. Last night Mr. Ink felt like he’d better tell her that we were considering other options, because she really hates not being in the know. Her reaction was surprisingly generous, just a “Well, it’s hard to make a decision on a big purchase like that!” Thanks kid, for giving us the permission to take our time. Hah! Funny how kids to end up factoring in these decisions even when they will probably leave the home far sooner than the vehicle will.

I finished another knitting project, this is my Gothic Spires scarf. It’s been done since Monday, but I haven’t been home to get a photo when it isn’t dark yet. So, here it is, using my handspun.


It turned out nicely! It’s soft and squishy and I really do like it. And the lace pattern was great to knit!

On Saturday we had snow. Sunday, still snow. Monday no more snow, but it was cold and rainy. Mr. Ink said “I am going to the store for mulch.” Which sounded odd, but I didn’t question it. Upon his return he was outdoors for a very long time. I said “Miss Butterfly, go see what Mr. Ink is doing!” And she poked her head out the door and said “Well, he’s carrying rocks around.” Well, ok then.

Later he did come in, well after dark, wet, muddy, and shivering. (Please to remember he is also nursing a cold. If you use the term “nursing” very loosely since really he just gets on with it.) I asked him what he had done, and he said “Well, I put in a little more garden edgers and pulled out more sod, and got things mulched in.

The before picture I’ve shown here:


It is, of course, a bit hard to tell but in the photo above, just to the right, there’s an elderberry bush. Mr. Ink brought this section farther to the right to include the first of two elderberry bushes.


Of course, in the winter, it’s harder to tell what he did. But it’s progress! At a time I never anticipated any.

That’s about it from here. I’ve started two new knitting projects which I am hoping to showcase in the next two days. But, it’s been slow going due to a busy season. That being said, one of them I specifically started in order to be able to work on it while negotiating a vehicle price. I am sure you know how that can go, and I want to be prepared for the sitting and waiting part of that equation. I bet Mr. Ink will have a terrible time with that bit.

7 thoughts on “Decisions!

  1. lol we are just starting the process of buying a vehicle. We know EXACTLY what we want, the hard part will to make ourselves negotiate a better price. Hate that part. 🙂 I will of course, have knitting. 🙂

    Can’t believe Mr. Ink is still gardening. Boy, if you let him out too often you won’t have any lawn left!

    • You know, 8 years ago I negotiated like a BOSS! And enjoyed it. This time? I just feel like I don’t have the time or mental energy for it.

      I genuinely believe we’ve got it down to two vehicles. One is the very adult, mature, steady, and careful choice. The other is a more fun but more expensive choice. In the end, due to the current political climate, I think we’ll end up with the mature and steady choice. While the fun choice isn’t beyond our means, we are feeling far too concerned about the current political climate and the next 4 years to extend ourselves even to the level of “fun.”

      • I detest negotiating for a vehicle – I just don’t know enough about what is a real cost and what isn’t! But this vehicle is one that my dear one has dreamed of for years, and we decided to just bite the bullet (in spite of, or because of unsettled times, I don’t know) because we aren’t getting younger, and trucks aren’t getting cheaper. She wanted to wait for her 55th birthday, but I figured we could have it half paid off by then if we get it now, and if we wait, then it will start to interfere with my retirement. I sure don’t want to have to keep working to make a vehicle payment! So we are checking it all out. We may decide waiting (and saving) a couple more years makes sense once we get all the numbers, but right now, she is primed and ready to sign and drive, lol. I did say “if they will throw in a little prius at a good rate, let’s get two cars” but that got me the kind of eye roll that “I need more fiber” earns. 🙂

      • And so, our lives parallel again. It’s a truck that is the “fun” choice, and Mr. Ink would like it with all the bells and whistles. He’s done tons of research, and so we’ll see how it goes. For me, I figure if he makes it last as long as the current 22 year old truck, we’ll certainly have gotten our money’s worth. And with him being a mechanic, we know he’ll take care of it beautifully. In any case, I am excited to hear what A eventually gets! Once those vehicles are in our possession, it’ll be exciting!

      • A has wanted this Tacoma as long as I have known her, and yet we always went with the small, economical choice. I think the Tacoma will be here before the weekend ends. The new question is what to do with the 2007 corolla with 250000 miles? It runs fine, has brand new tires, needs some brake work. I say keep it, you never know, but she sort of wants to unload it. I told her not to trade it in if they don’t give $1,000 for it (Kelley Blue Book says it is worth that as a trade in) but we will see what happens.

      • Oh that’s wonderful! I am excited for her. And, with that reputation, it’s a truck that can last forever if necessary. As for the corolla, if they don’t give you over $1000 for it, I’d be thinking in the direction of handing it over to a needy younger family member, if you happen to have one of those.

        Mr. Ink’s current obsession is the new Ridgeline, and it is indeed wonderful, but he seems to be leaning, again, toward the less expensive choice. And that’s ok, we can revisit in a few years. The 22 year old truck we’ll keep for those years to use for hauling what needs hauling. (Though I am still REALLY apathetic about the “safer” choice vehicle.)

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