Where do I start?
We’ve had lots of ‘new’ here lately!
Little car has a new clutch. It broke down while I was driving off to get it fixed & I had to be towed to the garage by the AA.
It also has a new heater control valve. The day after it came back with its new clutch so much steam was coming out of the engine that I could barely see to drive. I struggled to a nearby carpark, via a dual-carriageway in heavy rush-hour traffic, in the dark. Then had to be towed to the garage by the AA.
Medium car also has a new clutch. It broke down on the way to soft-play with Jake & Ellie as I realised there was a problem & had turned around to head back. It just wouldn’t make it up that hill! Around a bend, just past the slip road on the hard shoulder of a busy dual carriageway, heater wouldn’t work, it was cold. By the time help arrived – an hour & 1/4! – it had been dark for some time. With traffic zooming past & a few times swerving to avoid us I have to confess I was little scared. Jake & Ellie were brilliant though, & I kept their spirits up with extra treats of chocolate left over from Christmas, & toys I found in the boot. We had to be towed to the garage by the AA.
I’m very popular with that garage at the moment. Our wallet & purse, & probably the AA, aren’t quite so happy.
We have a new house. It’s almost literally over the fence from Jake & Ellie’s school & they’re loving being able to walk there & back. And the Mummy & I are loving not having to do the school run drive any more.
We moved at Christmas. On Christmas Eve I had to spend 12 hours cleaning, clearing & tidying the old rental we had left in the hope that the landlord – not the most pleasant chap I’ve ever encountered – wouldn’t try to keep our deposit. I have a new hole in the knee of my year-old jeans.
Our new house feels like new all over again. It now has a new smell. Or rather, (nearly) the lack of the old awful smell left by the chain-smoking, cleanliness-challenged, dog-indulging former occupants. After much intense carpet, kitchen, bathroom, floor & wall cleaning we’re hoping we might finally have got rid of it! Most of it, anyway…
Now maybe we can unpack.
Jake & Ellie have new shoes: their feet keep doing that growing thing. Also new school bags & new lunchboxes.
And – saving the best until last – I have a new coat: yay me! I’ve been jealous of Jake & Ellie’s padded, waterproof, hooded ones for some time so finally got 1 to match!
It’s a new year & I’m hoping that all the new things that come our way this year will mostly be good ones.
And (I hope you’re having a) Happy New Year!
I haven’t contributed to ‘Sticky Fingers’ Tara’s ‘Gallery’ for ages: I’m not really sure why! Over the life of this blog, along with ‘Silent Sunday’ it’s been 1 of the blog linkies I’ve participated in the most, & have thoroughly enjoyed. So here’s to a new beginning, & taking part regularly again!
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