Saturday, January 22, 2011

Three Wheels on my Wagon...............


Where have I been?...............

You may well ask!

I've not really been anywhere much, as it happens.

Mainly between Car Dealerships and the Hospital. (More on the Hospital bit further down the page.)

Anyone who, like me, is on limited income and drives around in an old banger will know the fear and trepidation and that 'knot in the stomach' feeling that strikes us when we see in our diary.............

M.O.T. due on car.

The M.O.T. tester had said that he didn't think it would go through this year.

My friendly mechanic Brum, said it wouldn't go through this year.

The bangs, rattles and scraping noises told me it wouldn't go through this year.

But, as usual, my optimistic, positive attitude got the better of me.

"Oh well, chuck it and chance it. Yer never know."

I should have known better.






On my way to the mechanic, I switched on the radio.........................

First song playing was..............

"(I was lost in a) Fool's Paradise"




So I gulped and shivered.

Even though I was alone in the car, I gave that silly little nervous laugh we give when feeling foolish.

The next song on the radio was.................

"Three Wheels on my Wagon."



I groaned at the thought, remembering that lovely day last Summer..............

............when the weather was warm and sunny. I'd had a lovely lunch with my family.

I'd been driving home. I turned the steering wheel, it turned...............

Unfortunately, one of the wheels didn't!




Brum my mechanic tenderly replaced the thingummy jig on the whatsname, and I was mobile again.

So whizz forward six months to last week................

Driving the car to be tested, I felt as though I was taking a beloved pet to be put to sleep.

The car had belonged to my late partner, Liam.

Apart from his guitar, it was the only thing that I had of his.

It was a 1994 red Nissan Primera 1.6. Following Liam's death, I sold my own car, also a Primera, as his car was the better of the two.


So, now both cars have now gone to the great scrapyard in the sky.

Maybe it's a good thing. Just one more milestone telling me to keep moving forward.

(sniff, sniff)

Now to find another one......................

I could have probably managed with a smaller car. But, I do like running Mumsie and Daddio around. It's more practical to have plenty of room............Mum has a bit of difficulty as she's had trouble with her joints and has had loads of operations............





I also have to take into account that I need to have a car with a very adjustable driver's seat to accommodate my gammy legs and a dicky back............

Hey, I've just had an idea, maybe I should have got .................



an Ambulance!

On second thoughts, there'd be nowhere to sit my nodding dog!




Oh YES!

As luck would have it, after much searching, I found the perfect car......................

Yet another Nissan Primera.......................



Do you like it?

It's a bigger engine and it's the Sports version.

It's really nippy. Mumsie's had a couple of rides in it......................

she says the g-force made her face feel like this......................




Ha!Ha!Ha! Mumsie, you're priceless!


***************

On a more serious note...............

Daddio had a mild stroke on Thursday morning and was taken to hospital.

He is doing really well. The main problem was that he had problems with his left leg.

He is using a stick, but he has already recovered most of the feeling in it now.

Luckily Mum acted quickly.

The stroke has not affected his speech or thought processes.

He is in good spirits, and is flirting with all the nurses!

He is taking part in a drugs trial, and it certainly seems very effective.

We are hoping that he will be discharged on Wednesday.

Hopefully, I will be back here blogging soon with some photo's of Mum and dad's 60th Wedding Anniversary Party!


6 comments:

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Flippin eck! You have been in the wars! Glad you managed to find a suitable replacement for your car although it must be hard when you have such an emotional attachment to the old one.

Good - ish news about your Dad (if you know what I mean). Lucky your mum got help quickly! Here is hoping for a speedy recovery xxx

Nana Go-Go said...

Oh Sue - your name came up on Google Reader and I started laughing as soon as I saw the title of the post - that was before I had even read it!!!You`re such a tonic. My sister asked me the year before last whether I had slept with the mechanic - she couldn`t believe my car had passed its MOT. My boss knew it wouldn`t pass last year so she bought me a practically new one. She offered me brand new but not wanting to appear too greedy I went for a 3 year old one, which is the newest car I`ve ever had!I love your new one. It`s great to get in and turn the key and....away you go!
I`m so sorry about your poor Dad. My friend`s mother had a stroke last year and she got that new treatment and she`s doing absolutely fine now. ~Good on your Mum too, acting so quickly. Hope your Dad makes a very speedy recovery.

Menopausal musing said...

How I know that dreaded MOT day knot in the stomach...... Hope you get loads of enjoyment from the new car. I shall never enjoy driving.........

Good to know your dad is on the mend. Thank goodness your mum acted so quickly!

vintage mum said...

Glad to hear your Dads feeling better, a ride in your new car will be a tonic :)
Cate x

KC'sCourt! said...

Hope your dad recovers well. Like the new car - we have one exactly the same.
Julie xxxxxx

A Treasured Past said...

Hi Sue, hoping your dad is recovering well. 60 year anniversary, that is fantastic, wishing them many more :) Tamara