Friday, July 1, 2011

Life With Car Guy

I don't know how many of you live with a "handy" person, but I'm here to tell you that it has it's ups and downs.  The upside is that Car Guy can fix/build just about anything I need.  And in this economic downtime, that is a HUGE plus.  We aren't destitute, but we sure aren't rolling in the money.  Like most everyone else right now, things are tight.  So it truly is wonderful that he can fix things, like the broken water hose under the sink from a couple of weeks ago. He can also fix the car, which is wonderful as that can get expensive.

Well, here's the downside of living with a handy person.  He is working on a new project, sort of.  I don't know how many of you remember this picture or this post...

This is a 1972 Porsche 914. We've had this car for a couple of years now and we've really enjoyed it. But the time has come to start the restoration.  So far, no money has been spent - yea! - but he's at the tedious, take everything apart stage.

As most of you might have guessed, I'm not much of a grease monkey. So this is all Car Guy's deal, possibly with some help from the Boys...the jury's still out on that, we'll see. In the grand scheme of things, you're probably wondering how this affects  me, if at all, and why I'm even bringing it up.  Well, this is the floor in my den....

Those are car parts.  They are sitting on the carpet right next to the door to the garage.  Fortunately, they are clean, freshly painted, dry and totally restored car parts - which is the only reason that they are sitting on the carpet.  When we first got married, I told Car Guy that I didn't want car parts residing in the house.  I told him this because, when he and his brother lived together a million years ago, they had a car engine in the kitchen. As you can guess, not what I want in my kitchen. Something about food and motors just don't go together in preparation, call me crazy.

This is our garage.  See that big red thing?  That's his sanding/bead blast cabinet.  That's where he cleaned said car parts before they came to reside on my carpet.  It you look to the left, near the lawn mower, you'll see something hanging from a bungee cord....

Here, you can see some more.  They get bead blasted, washed, painted and hung to dry.  Once they are done, they move inside for a brief life of relative luxury on the carpet.  I'm not complaining. Although you really have to pay attention when walking in the garage so you don't clunk your head.  But I'm not complaining.

However,  I will complain vehemently if he tries to bring this into the house after he bead blasts, washes and paints it.....

That's not going to happen....I'm just saying!

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!!!


  1. What a funny post! I have a doityourselfer too. He spent the last two days on his tractor cleaning up stuff around the farm and burning it. He cut down 4 more trees, Hawthorns, and burned them too. They were in our way to look down the road to make sure it's safe to pull out. But I'm glad he's a worker and I'm sure you are glad yours has those skills too. Gotta love 'em!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. My first husband was a plumber, so our yard and garage resembled a plumbers shop. Stuff everywhere. Not too handy at home tho, it was always left to the last.
    x Sandi