Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Experiment Update and Spring Snow in SoCal

We started Week 2 of Operation One Car yesterday.  I just don't know.  Maybe it was a bad week to start. Bill worked late a couple evenings to complete inventory so I didn't keep the Jeep any of the days.  The wind made getting out on the bike or walking the dog too uncomfortable <insert wimp here>.  So the first week I was admittedly a tad bored and feeling like a slug.  Then I ran the numbers on the car loan against the current resale value of the vehicle.  Hmmmm, maybe we can't sell it yet. Yes, that would have been a good place to start rather than thinking of it after starting the experiment.  Oh well.

But I did say we started Week 2, so what's the plan??  Before throwing in the chamois I'm taking the car to CarMax to get their we'll-buy-it-from-you-and-you-don't-have-to-buy-one-from-us amount.  I'm pretty confident it will be lower than we need but maybe another creative solution will present itself that can save us some money now and help get us to debt-free by next year.  I even drove Bill to work this morning in keeping with our pretend-one-car-lifestyle :-).

If nothing else comes of it, we probably saved a gallon of gas - woo hoo!!

When is "snow" on the ground a sign of early Spring?

Where the cool picture would go if I had thought to take one!

Our neighbor's fruit tree has been an over-achiever when it comes to "getting its flowers on" for the last two years we have lived here. The huge sycamores that line our back wall are bare as are the other trees in the neighborhood. However the little some-kind-of-faux-fruit tree next door is full of white flowers with small leaf buds ready to pop. While still early, the flowers usually show up the middle of February. Not this year. I noticed them a few weeks ago when we were in the high 70's and low 80's - you know, like less than a month into Winter! So when the cold winds came last week our backyard was covered in hundreds of small white flowers - spring snow! You just never know what you're going to get in Southern California.

Not sure what triggered the sudden increase in blog hits this last few days but it's very exciting!  In case anyone comes back for more I'll attempt to keep the posts stimulating and educational - like this one :-)!


  1. This early spring is strange. I just hope we don't end up with a late winter!

  2. Exactly! February already colder than January here so we'll hope that isn't a trend!! I hope your prep is going well - so great you're "graduating" this year!!