Archive for January, 2014
I did our first complete fill-up on the Lexus CT200h today and see we got 40.65 miles per gallon… just tooling around locally. Almost no interstate miles. I calculated driving the the same 322 miles in the Acura would have cost us around $8.37 more in gas. So just 5,000 more tanks of gas and the Lexus will have paid for itself!
As I neared the end of my round of golf this afternoon, I couldn’t help but think about friends and family in New Jersey, Texas, Ohio, and Michigan. The official high temp was 56 but the reading on the car and outside the house recorded 58; really amazing for the end of January. At about the same time I see the temperature in Ann Arbor was 10, 38 in Austin, 13 in Toledo and 18 in Sicklerville. Brrrr! We are supposed to see another three days of 50-plus temps with lots of sunshine.
For Christmas, Trisha got me a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring two Brittanys tracking a pheasant. This appealed of course to my obsessive/compulsive tendencies and for a whole week we spent innumerable hours hovering over the dining room table. I recall doing many jigsaw puzzles as a kid and they are just as addictive now as then. Those Brittanys are regal beasts, though.
It looks like we’re at the beginning of a stretch of nice weather. This morning’s sunrise sure was spectacular:
We’ve had some pretty dreary, cool weather for the past week so, so I hadn’t played any golf since January 6th. This morning, I decided to play in spite of the fog and cool temperature. I started off nicely with a tap-in par on number 1 but could manage only one more par over the next nine holes so I was at bogey golf heading to the 11th tee. From there on, things went smoothly and I shot just two over par for the final eight holes featuring a 54-foot birdie putt on number 15 and pars on 16, 17, and 18 for a final score of 83. Not bad for the middle of January.
I finally convinced Trisha to trade in her 2002 Lexis IS after nearly 200k miles. We hope the new CT 200h hybrid will be perfect for all those short local drives, saving the Acura SUV for our long trips. Size-wise it’s very similar to the old car but is supposed to get over 42 mpg.
After looking at the weather forecast for the rest of January I decided to take advantage of a benign day and get in a round of golf at Mt. Si. It was a very brisk fr0nt nine with winds clocked at 15 mph and gusts over 30 mph. I hung in there with an easy birdie of hole #6 and with pars on the final three holes managed a satisfying 85.
So far we have had another mild winter and we are especially thankful as we watch the snow and bitter cold temperatures in so much of the country. It’s seems chilly here at 45 degrees but it was pleasant enough to spend a couple of hours in the yard today picking up twigs and leaves. I noticed that our Hellebores are starting to emerge, always a delightful sight in the middle of winter.
It turned out to be a reasonably nice day for January 1st so I teed of at Mt. Si around 10:00 a.m. or so. It was a mostly overcast day but with a few rays of sunshine and temperature at 45 it was a pleasant enough mid-day. I shot a so-so 88; happy enough with that in the middle of winter.