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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Car Story

Have you noticed that cars were becoming a bit smaller several years ago but now Detroit's fascination with the look of cruise ships is bringing back larger cars? I love my Camry but my dream car is a Lexus. I saw one at the dealership when we were buying hubs' little truck. (Why men's fascination with trucks and SUVs?) They had a gorgeous black one there waiting for its owner to pick it up. I wanted to sit in it but the owner was expected posthaste and I didn't want to be caught in it. It had every single thing that could be included in a car. The owner was a retired military man and he paid $75,000 for that car for his wife. That's two and a half times our first house in California! WOW! I was impressed. But Lexus cars have a 500,000 mile warranty. That would probably be close to the rest of my life actually.

My son has a Mercedes S600 and it's truly amazing, but I'd still love to have the Lexus. This is his second Mercedes S600 and it has every single thing available except the feature that slows it down if you're too close to the car in front of you. I loved riding in it as it's very luxurious but he wanted me to take it to the grocery store while visiting him a couple of years ago. I was a nervous wreck driving it. He actually told me he took it out into the desert on a deserted road and got it up to 140 mph. I said, 'Son, don't ever tell your mother you got a car up to 140 mph.' (Another thing you never want to hear from your son: Mom, have the cops called you yet? This happened when he was in a motorcycle accident many years ago before he was married. He got mangled a bit but is alive. He doesn't own motorcycles anymore.) He laughed and said he was safe but he promised to go the speed limit—as much as a Californian can keep it at the speed limit. And we all know what that means on the freeways at rush hour.

The one he has now he got out of Texas and had it shipped to him. It was in great shape but a few months after he received it, it had a minor problem. He consulted a local dealer and the cost to fix it was $23,000. He said he'd fix it himself for that amount of money. No kidding! Also, he ran out of gas one day. That, in a Mercedes, cost him $800. Yep, they had to reset the computer and those services don't come cheap, trust me. He loves tinkering; it comes from the days when he was a poor Marine. ;-) Oh, and for those of you that think this may be bragging just a bit, his wife is the brains of that family. ;-)

A beautiful french bedroom with chandelier. I even like the golden colors on the bed with the pink walls.

A brave homeowner painted her fireplace wall red. I think it's lovely. Like her choice in sofas also.

Cute little sconce holding some flowers left over from the season.

Cute way to decorate with photos and paintings of roses all along her sofa wall.

Snazzy little apron. Love the fabric and the ruffles.

Pretty little pots and pitchers as a display in this cupboard.

Gorgeous eye candy.

Lovely French sofa in pink. The curves make it especially lovely.

Cute way to store your scissors and a bit of ribbon.

Another little cottage in Carmel.

What a cute idea for double sinks but I wonder if they're practical. They're kind of high to bend over to wash your face. I think I prefer the lower kind of sinks.

A lovely but different living room. I think I'd like it as an outdoor room more.

My kinda chick with a pompom over her bed!

A bunch of lovely book markers.

I always love draping curtains over entry or door ways. Adds a touch of drama. This is especially cute in a little girl's closet.


  1. I love the feminine touch in a decor such as that pink tied back curtain, the jewel book markers, and the rose and pearls displayed on a piece of lace. I also love the whimsical such as that cute apron and the cupboard with the assorted pots and pitchers. Never having driven a car, I cannot share your passion for them. I could never tell one make from another. Thanks for the eye candy, Connie! Have a nice day!

  2. I would be so frightened that I would do something wrong driving in a car that expensive. My older brother is the one with the expensive cars. I bet they are fun to ride in though! I will keep my little focus. I don't really have a dream car.

    I like that curtain idea for a closet. My closet door fell off years ago. I may try that!


  3. I must confess I am not much of a car expert and really do not no one car from the other. I do like the Malibu and think about purchasing one of them down the road. Sweet images, love the room of roses.

  4. I would feel like a Queen in that first bed, I don't think I would ever want to get up!
    Have a great weekend~

  5. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  6. Love the cream and pink bedroom and I added the jeweled bookmarks to my Pinterest page ~ Thank you!

  7. Hi Connie..loved all your photos today..those bookmarks were my favorite..but I did love that pink velvet loveseat too!
    Have a happy Thanksgiving & Happy Pink Saturday too.
    xo Tami

  8. Hi, Connie...I need a talented blogger to show us how to make those bookmarks...aren't they beautiful. :)

  9. Oh Im not good with cars at all. :) But I hope you get your Lexus, you totally deserve it! :D And thank you for the pictures! I love them all and the bookmarks gave me an idea! :D


  10. Such Fun, Connie!
    We have motorcycles on the farm....lots....more motorcycles than kids and we have 5 kids! LOL
    Luckily, not major crashes on any and out youngest is 16 so I hope we are good.
    I love the French bedroom AND the tiny cottage.....I think the cottage might even FIT into the bedroom! LOL
    ps ~ Thanks for the advice about blogging. I am enjoying it immensely! :)

  11. Everything is beautiful Connie.

    iHeart PINK
    Have a lovely Saturday. Come and see me when you get a chance.

  12. Hi Connie, I enjoyed your car stories. I too would love to drive a Lexus but it is not going to happen. The stock market is not helping at all. My goal is NOT to have a car payment. Your son obviously loves his cars and there is nothing wrong with that. I think all men have car or truck fantasies. My hubs always wanted a sports car. Then when he finally got one, he realized it is not a good family car. He had fun driving it for a while though.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Blessings, Jeanne

  13. Hey Connie...I got so tickled reading about your cars and the lexus. I drive a mercedes and what you say about how expensive they are to fix is the gospel truth. We have a standing joke around here that you need new floor mats for your car.....$500.00. Nothing under that figure! And talk about the computers in the car. It took me forever to figure out how to change the clock time on mine when we went to daylight savings time. But I did it. LOL....I was cleaning my car one day and left the car manual out on the ground. You guessed rained and ruined it. Guess how much a new one cost?? (gulp). But I love my car though.

    Love reading your rants and observations on life Connie....always with such practical common sense and your pretty home photos are the best. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! xoxo


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