Moving Right Along…

It seems like life is building a head of steam and plowing right along….faster and faster each day!

We “borrowed” a car from a dealer yesterday to see how it might work out.   One of Mark’s goals is to have a car that if he decides to go out by himself,  he will be able to without depending on anyone to help him in and out of the car.  For this reason, he had considered a minivan,  but then decided we might be better off with all wheel drive.  I think there are few minivans with AWD, and if they have it, they might be pretty pricey.

We borrowed a 2011 Subaru Outback and it seems like it might just work out.  The trick is to put the backseat behind the passenger seat down.  Mark can then transfer into the car, then reach out and disassemble the wheelchair and put the pieces on a blanket in the backseat.  It is a little tricky, but we think it just might work.

Mark and I went out this afternoon to Penn Yan.  I wanted to make a recipe from that awesome book  I bought, called Slow Cooker Revolution.  The recipe called for 4 teaspoons of Curry Powder, but like Mother Hubbard, my cupboard had none!  I wanted to drive the car, since I hadn’t tried it.  Mark agreed to take a spin to Oak Hill over in Penn Yan.

We were surprised at the fuel economy of this car…it is rated 22 MPG, city, and 29 MPG, highway.  Well, since there are no “highways” between here and Penn Yan,  but hilly, rolling country roads,  we were surprised that the average miles per gallon is about 29.4 since we got the car!  We have been driving backroads and that means some stopping and starting, just like city driving!

We got home later than we thought we would, and I hurried to make my Curried Chicken in the crockpot.  Instead of taking several hours,  I turned the cooker to high and left it there for an hour.  The chicken was fully cooked in about 3 1/2 hours. (I turned it back to low for the last 2 1/2 hours. ) The recipe turned out well and everyone liked it.  Another winner! LOVE that book!

Well, one photo tonight…..this one was taken for my daily photo journal…..Murphy, the model.

Oh, and one funny true story from this morning….

Ben said he got bored last night, so he decided to make a “man” sitting in the chair in the living room.  He used some tubes to make legs, covered by a pair of his gray socks.  A pair of Michelle’s boots on the legs.  Shorts and a shirt, stuffed with pillows, and a pumpkin on top for a head.  The pumpkin wearing a baseball cap. 

I carried Murphy downstairs as I do every morning.  As I rounded my way off the stairs and turned toward the living room, poor deceived Murphy just about had a heart attack, seeing that “MAN” in HIS living room.  My eyes had been a bit bleary…plus, it was on the dark side….but the first thing I saw when I looked up was the pumpkin head.  Murphy!!! What a nutty little dog…..trusting his eyes instead of his “sniffer”! It was very comical, though! (Sadly, Ben took his effigy apart this afternoon before I photographed it….it really was pretty good!)