Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Anyway, when they took the old engine out they found several things that needed to be repaired. First, the exhaust manifold has a few cracks that need to be welded to fix it ($30.00) to make it right. The coil ($40.00) is cracked and needs to be replaced. The catalytic converter ($90.00) is rusted and has stuff inside that rattles and of course has to be replaced. And one of the motor mounts ($12.00) was cracked and needs to be replaced. So the bill just got almost $175.00 higher. But I try to put a positive light on things and I'm glad they found these things and can replace them while everything is all apart rather than having to spend a LOT more money to replace these one at a time with everything together. With any luck this is all they'll find that needs to be fixed. Keep your fingers crossed!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Well I did some soul searching, thinking back on all the great memories we shared together. I decided there was no way I was going to spend money on someone else's junker only to be in the same boat again probably in a short period of time. With Bessy I know what I have and aside from her engine everything else is in wonderful condition.
So I called the best engine rebuilders I know and ordered a newly remanufactured engine for her. It cost me just under $1,750 delivered and is being installed today. The new engine comes with a 7 year/70,000 mile warranty which is unheard of today. The cost of installation is $650.00 which includes all new belts, hoses, an O2 sensor, and brand new Sylvania Silverstar headlights. So for $2,400 she has been given a new lease on life. Where can you find a used car for $2,400 that you will have any confidence in it lasting for 70,000 miles? Trust me you cannot find such a car out there.
I look forward to spending many more years behind the wheel of this loyal friend.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Friday, June 18, 2010
Those two little words seem innocent enough don't they?
A beautiful bride standing at the altar
looking into the eyes of the man she will love forever. Gently he takes her hand
into his. They exchange their vows, and finally say to each other...."I do".
Ceremony complete, everyone
heads to the reception which is where I come in.
This time of year, and on
through the fall I am kept very busy creating handcrafted wooden place card
holders for the wedding tables. These simple yet elegant holders are a
focal point on the tables. Most couples use one on each table to designate the
table number. Others purchase one for every guest and print small cards
with their names so they know exactly where they're seated.
The photo above shows some of the more elegant holders I
offer. These were cut from an absolutely stunning red oak tree which had fallen
of all places right behind my house on the edge of the woods. Beautifully
spalted, the colors just take your breath away. The heart shaped wire are
handmade by Lisa and she does a fabulous job making these. These take a
lot longer to make than some shown below. But I think for something as special
as your wedding day spending a few extra dollars should be allowed.
The spiral wire design will hold a larger paper stock than the hearts just by
the virtue of the design. I offer an upgrade in the wires to a heavier gauge for
a small charge per piece. This offsets the extra cost of the heavier wire stock.