In August of 2013, Cindy bought the car she really wanted: a 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid. It was totally her car. I never even drove it. I always drove our 2006 Hyundai Sonata (with 213,000 miles). Well, today, that I all changed. I drove Cindy’s car for the very first time.
Since Cindy passed away her car has been driven very little. Kevin drove it to the funeral home last August to get Cindy’s urn and it’s been driven a little bit now and then. The problem is that it wasn’t being driven enough to keep the battery charged. (By the way, the battery for this car is in the trunk. How cool is that?)
So, today, we decided to take it on a long drive up to Garcia’s Restaurant in Mesa to have lunch. First we had to jump start the car. Fortunately I bought these NOCO Genius Boost Plus GB40 1000 Amp 12V UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter. What great little devices. You charge them up and keep them in the trunk so you can jump start a drained battery. I was a little nervous about it at first, but it worked like a champ.
Once we got the car going, it was smooth sailing. The Camry ran great all the way to the restaurant. Kevin and I enjoyed a great lunch. There was one emotional moment, however. A very lovely couple was seated behind us and I overheard them tell the waiter that they were celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary. I have to admit that a little bit of jealousy crept in at that moment as I heard the voice in my head ask, “Why do they get 62 years while Cindy and I didn’t get half that?” I quickly dismissed that thought as juvenile and non-helpful.
After lunch, we went out to the car and found that the battery had more power, but still not enough to start the car. So, back to the NOCO we went and it jumped the car again. Then we drove around more and went to Bass Pro Shop for a little “guy time.”
While leaving, the car still wouldn’t start on its own and it became very apparent that we would have to jump the battery one more time and replace it tomorrow. Once again, the NOCO was more than up to the challenge. I’m really impressed by this little device and am so glad that I bought one for each car. I think everyone should keep one in their trunk.
So, tomorrow, we will head to Auto Zone to buy a new battery and will get the car ready for me to start driving it to work on Monday. Although the Camry definitely reminds me of Cindy, driving it for the first time wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Of course, that could all change on Monday when I’m all alone and heading to the place where we used to work together. I’ll keep you posted.
Have a great day y’all.