It’s Caturday and Everyone is Inside


It is extremely windy today and the temperatures only made it into the 60s by the afternoon. The cats gave up asking to go out. At one point there were four of them heaped on the man cave bed, curled in tight balls of fur and contentment.

Yesterday we drove two of the Mercury Land Yachts to Bismarck and left with only one. My mother-in-law drives a little Ford Tempo that has seen better days. We’re going to be getting a used AWD vehicle next week so we’re passing on one of the Land Yachts on to her. I put about $400 into the electrical system and hoses the day before and stopped at the Ford dealer in Minot to take care of a recall on the cruise control. So this should be pretty reliable transportation for her and quite a bit safer.

My MiL is in her late 80s now but still has a valid drivers license, which is rare for that age. She drove us around in the Land Yacht and it was pretty exciting. She has a tendency to stomp too hard onto any pedal, be it accelerator or brake. Carjo said her mother always drove like this. At least in the Tempo she had zero acceleration but the Mercury has eight cylinders and while it’s no race horse, it’s still an upgrade in oomph. So rocketing around with the MiL was an adventure. She nearly clipped someone making a left turn, rammed through a yellow/red light, and twice just avoided rear-ending the car in front of her, one of which was a $75000 Mercedes. But I hope/think she’ll adjust. We’ll just breathe easier knowing she’s driving something that won’t crumble into pieces in an accident.

The photo above is the late great Jonah, standing at the sliding glass door. This was about a year before he died but right then he was full of piss and vinegar. I think I’ll go open a beer now and drink to Jonah’s memory.

Have a good weekend and watch out for old ladies in massive cars. They’re full of piss and vinegar too.

About jeroljohnson

I guess I'm the crying on the inside kind of clown
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