Monday, March 14, 2016


As Elmer and Anna are on their way from Florida and Jean plus her family, are getting ready to go next week, we are short of people to do posts.  So you are stuck with me.

As you can see, I traded in the Lincoln this weekend.  It was not my because I wanted to, but because I had to.

I purchased the 1997 Lincoln in 2001 from a Toyota Dealer in Florida.  The man who owned the dealership's wife would not drive a Toyota.  So every four years he would buy her a Lincoln Town Car and sell the previous one at his dealership.  That's how I found the car.  I was driving my the dealership, went in and looked at it.

As I was driving a 1999 GMC Yukon, which I did not like, my car was newer than the Lincoln.  After a lot of dealing, I finally got the Lincoln and they paid me money - I didn't pay them money.  That Lincoln was the car I had always wanted.

There are  a lot of memories in that car.  I moved from Florida to New York full time in that car in 2002.  I had two dogs, Niki and Rickie.  Had the car all through the time I had my store.  Also went and sold at a lot of gem shows.  That was the only car that I could hold the tables in, my jewelry in, table coverings, boxes, bags, etc. in.

When I got New York State of Mind, I have put I don't know how many miles on that car going to Jean's, Elmer's, Martha's and more.  Also going places to take pictures.  Most of the miles on the car are for that.

My Dad use to drive a Lincoln Town Car.  I know the car is an earthly object, and my Dad is with the Lord.  I felt closer to my Dad with that car.  It might sound silly, but I did.

You know all the problems, I had last June.  Most of you gave money to pay the bills on this car.  I thought those repairs would be the end and I would have the car for many more years.  But, that is not the way things turned out.  It seemed one problem after the other.  The catalytic converted started making noise.  Car started leaking oil.  In the near future it would need a new gas tank as the other one was almost rusted through.  The ALB (or whatever your call it), went out on the brakes.  The drivers door wouldn't close right and would cost $600.00 to repair.  It was smoking in the back end.  It needed to be jump started as something was drawing on the battery.  I had the car to two garages and a Lincoln Dealer and none of them could figure what was draining the battery.  Finally, it started leaking gas.  It would not pass inspection which was do next month.  I did not feel safe in it with gas leaking and it not starting.  It would cost in the thousands to fix it up again.  It was 19 years old.

I went looking from dealer to dealer.  My credit is far from best in the world.  Either that or they were trying to sell me cars that I could not get out of easily because of a back condition I have. I thought I would have to go to one of those pay here places.  But I feel the Lord lead me to the dealership He did yesterday.  I got a car I like.  They took the Lincoln in on trade.  My loan went through a bank.  The payments are just a bit over what I wanted.  Now, I have to make the payments.

I hope you understand why I traded it in.  If it were in better condition, I would have kept it.  There were tears in my eyes as I drove away and left my old car there.  I felt, in a way, that I was leaving my Dad.  But, I also know, if my Dad were alive he would not want me going down the road in a car like that.  I hope everyone understands, too.

I will tell about my new to me and Pierre car tomorrow.


NOTE: Elmer, Anna or Porter were NOT on that Amtrak train that jumped the track in Kansas.  They are on an Amtrak train, but not that one.


Vickie said...

I can understand your attachment to the car Marilyn. It sure sounds like you made the correct decision.I look forward to seeing what car you now have.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Vickie,
Glad you understand my attachment to the old car. It was like a member of the family. LOL Pictures of the new one will be on tomorrow. Pierre is in some of the pictures.

Hugs to Mable, Henry and Murphy,
Marilyn and Pierre

Angela Tucker said...

Good morning, Marilyn. I understand perfectly. I have a hanging light fixture in my kitchen. It is old, the globe is cracked, and it is definitely not stylish. LOL But my dad gave it to me and my husband when we first got married. It is 35 years old and it will stay in the same place as it always has...

I know that we will all feel better knowing that you are safe on the road. Have a great day!! And pictures...we need pictures of the car! LOL

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Angela,
I understand your light fixture, too - coming from your Dad. Felt that way about the car.

Glad you all understand about the newer car. Pictures of the newer car tomorrow. Hope you have a great day, too.


Lily said...

Sorry about needing to give up a car that reminded you of your dad. Glad, though, that you are now driving a safe car.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Lily,
It was hard, but Dad still lives in my heart. He wouldn't want me driving a car in that shape. Glad I am driving a safe car, too. Did a lot pf praying before I traded.


Tom said...

We had several Town Cars and they were comfortable to ride in, but they were MONEY PITS when it came to repairs.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,
You are right there !!!!


littlemancat said...

I understand how you feel. I had a Ford Escort stationwagon years ago that I loved and named Girl Car. Cried when it was time to let it go. That's what makes us human, Marilyn.
Do enjoy your new car. We have had Toyotas for years - totally reliable and rarely need work as long as you keep up the proper maintenance as you must with any car.


dynnamae n said...

Good morning Marilyn. I totally understand how you feel about the Lincoln and your Dad. A few years ago, I sold the last car my husband had chose, and it made me cry too. We do make attachments to objects that tie us to people in some way. My son helped me find the car I have now. But, I am thankful for you to have found a car you like that hopefully will not cost you any repairs for a very, very long time. God bless you and Pierre.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to read that you had to trade your car. It was the right thing to do. Having car payments isn't fun, but you need to have a car that doesn't need continual repairs.

Anonymous said...

I felt sad when I left my old car behind, too. I hope it went on to a new and better life!

Anonymous said...

Marilyn, happy that you will have a car that won't constantly give you problems.I understand the part about your Dad but he will be with you in the newer one.
I will be 83 Wed, my Dad died when I was 18. I still miss him and talk to him.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Folks,
Thank you all telling me about having to trade your cars that meant so much to you. Also, I appreciate your telling me about your Dad's. My Dad died 17 years ago and my Mom 20 years ago - I miss them both. Also thank you for understanding why I had to trade the old car in. Tomorrow are pictures of the new to me car.


Prairie Stitcher said...

Glad to hear I'm not the only one who weeps when I trade a car. My Dad left me an Olds Delta 88 when he passed away. I'd never had such a huge car and it was in perfect condition. I loved it. I traded it years later for a Pontiac Grand Prix, which I also wept over when it was traded; same with my next car, a Buick LeSabre Limited. Now I have another, newer LeSabre which I had to get when the old one started making transmission noises that no one could trace without changing out the whole thing. I wept. That's a lot of weeping over cars. What would we do if they were horses? Cry buckets, I suppose, because I love horses even more than I love cars. We're a bunch of old solfties!

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Prairie Stitcher,
I am also glad to hear that I am not the only one that cried over cars when I traded them. This one was the hardest. I wonder about horses, too. Agree with you, we're a bunch of softies.