You may remember this post on December 16, 2020 after Vince decided to fly home to Texas instead of driving his car back. One reason was that he hates driving. I could drive forever if I didn’t have to go through cities with scary traffic or if there were no scary bridges and so long as I had CDs with old gospel music.. Second, I’ve begged him not to bring the old pickup here and, if he’s in Texas and that’s his only way to get here carrying a bunch of stuff . . well, he just has to do it! So, he flew home in December and left me with two cars to drive to keep the batteries charged.
I am no expert . . on anything but especially not on cars. Our mechanic said that cars can go longer without driving but once the battery gets below a certain percentage, it potentially could damage the life of the battery so Vince showed me how to hook up the battery minder and gave me serious instructions to charge the Highlander at least every 7 days and the Honda at least every 14 days. I could drive them for 15 minutes or I could put them on the battery minder til the light stopped blinking. Another option he didn’t mention . . sell one of them or trade them both in on something else! No, I wouldn’t do that.
The little dry erase board was a perfect plan!
This morning I drove the Honda to Walmart to pick up groceries. I am done with driving that car! When I got home, I slid the seat back for Vince . . it’s his responsibility now to keep that one charged. I never put it on the battery minder because . . this sounds so petty . . the battery minder was plugged in on the left side of the garage, which is where the Highlander stays. I would either have to switch the cars around or unplug the battery minder and move it and since the Honda sits in the middle of a three car garage, I’m not sure I could even reach it with a plug. Vince kept telling me that he had bought a long yellow heavy duty extension cord and left it “somewhere in the garage”. I couldn’t find it. This morning as I was making room for the second freezer that is being moved next week, I found the yellow extension cord, still in a bag and buried under other stuff. Oh well . . I made it without it.
The Highlander . . about half the time I used the battery minder and half the time I drove it. I’ve watched the dry erase board and made sure I did something in a timely manner so the battery wouldn’t go down but once Vince gets here, I’ll assume he’s doing that and he’ll assume I’m doing it and therefore, we’ll end up with a dead battery .. my guess is probably before the end of April. We rarely drive that car unless I go to pick up Addie.
It’s ok . . once Vince is here, he knows what to do to fix whatever happens. I always tell him “I’m so glad you can fix everything.” His response is always the same – “I can’t fix YOU!” And I tell him . . because I don’t need fixing!