I was awake and up by 3 am this morning. I was showered and dressed before 5:30 am. I was having my first coffee with my husband before 6 am. I had a terrible migraine upon awakening that I finally rid myself of after the Lunch Hour, thank goodness.
For the past couple of weeks I have been on the search for a small fuel efficient vehicle for us. Even though our 2003 GMC Venture Van gets excellent fuel mileage, I think I might be a bit more comfortable with something a bit on the smaller side for Winter driving.
Have you ever gone "Pre-Owned Vehicle" shopping? of course Rob and I have quite frequently the past couple of years since beginning the Crabby Cabbie business. We have had some extremely good luck at times, but other times we have been "burned" badly on taking a person at their word.
When out looking for car last week we ended up purchasing the 2007 Pontiac Montana Van for a future Crabby Cabbie vehicle replacement. So much for me getting a mid-size vehicle.
It is very frustrating going through the Used Vehicle ads available thorough Kijiji to find out something very promising has already been sold, usually hours before I made contact myself, and not deleted, or setting up an appointment to view to drive a considerable distance to find out the Seller has not disclosed some pretty important information about their vehicle. It is really important to tell the prospective buyer that the windshield is cracked, or the surface rust is really a huge hole taking out half a fender with it ... and I could go on and on with past experiences.
Our most recent challenge of this day was making contact with someone who had a vehicle I thought would suit our purposes almost to a "T". I even contacted our Son, Paul's, long time friend who happens to be a licensed mechanic with a Kitchener-Waterloo Volkswagen dealer, who in-turn confirmed it would be a good choice of vehicle for my required needs, and well within what I was willing to pay, at the same time getting good value for my money.
Well after numerous emails back and forth it has almost been impossible to set up a date and time to even view this vehicle. I am thinking this is one of the reasons it is still "for sale". Again this was yet another vehicle wherein it had not been disclosed in the ad that there was also a "crack" in the windshield, and I had never learned of this until how many emails later.... really people could you not disclose this to save people miles of travelling to only find out the "said" vehicle would also need a windshield replaced to certify it ! I am happy I dug further with my inquiries via the emails.
Oh man .... we are buying pre-owned because we want a good deal, cannot afford a brand new vehicle and do not have thousands of dollars to sink into a pre-owned vehicle after already spending a few thousand to begin with its purchase and what it takes to certify it.
*Sigh* something I have been doing a lot since beginning this quest of mine, not to mention how long I have been squirrelling a $10.00 bill here, and a $5.00 bill there, and a couple of $20's away for some time now before I began this search.
I really am a firm believer that if something is meant to happen it will be, or not be.
Sometimes things have turned out not very well, but I also try to get over the nastiness of the moment and take a lesson from it (this is difficult to do sometimes, especially for me since I tend to chew on things for quite some time before I spit them out).
I hope I always "try" my very best to practice this ....
... although being Human and far from "perfect" I find myself at times slipping, but rein myself back in as quickly as possible (I hope).
Oh before I end this day, my friend Abby Miners of Miners' Maple Products, requested a SHOUT OUT since it is the end of the Farmer's Market Season for them this upcoming weekend, so here it goes:
I also feel like my day was such a downer like the weather, so a little chuckle is always in need is it not? especially for all us Dog Lovers out there. Drop on over to my Blogger friend's blog to have a *smile* or two at the following link: http://williamkendallbooks.blogspot.ca/2013/10/a-day-in-life-of-dog.html
Thanks William, no matter how bad a day I might ever have I can always be certain of a *smile* when dropping over to see you at "Speak of the Devil".
Oh my I just slipped into my email and opened a couple from our Paul. They are making their way back to Calgary today to fly back home tomorrow, and I have had the laugh of the month !!!
I am off and running, hopefully to a nice warm bed and a good night's sleep, "Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard".