2007 in pictures

We finally got a light for our entryway and hung up the clock from Pottery Barn. 

It gives you something to look at while waiting at the front door!


New seats for the TV1 that just arrived from England, and new home decorations from the TJ Maxx Home Goods.  Rhonda's favorite store, and we now have one within walking distance!

Rhonda has wanted a black hutch since we moved.  We finally found one 1/3 the price of any we had seen before, and with $50 of brushed nickel hardware to replace the brass and wood knobs that looked pretty bad, it now works perfectly.

Some cool chickens that Rhonda found.

A snake caught in a co-worker's garage.  It's a Graham's Crayfish Snake.  I found out that they are too difficult to keep in captivity, so I let him go.

I paid $900, but the original owner paid $4000, making the toolbox worth more than the pick-up.  They put it in with a fork lift.  Not sure yet how I'll get it out!

We put in a hard days work with Rhonda's parents and got our front landscaping looking great!

New plexi-glass window for the Camaro.

On the way to the race track.



The Miata went away as well.  No need for two daily drivers, and I can't afford two dedicated race cars.

I wasn't real attached to these, but they are sold as well.  The red one came with the Camaro, the black one I bought from a friend before coming to Texas.

MR2's just seem to happen to me.  After high school in 1994, I stumbled across a totalled MR2 with a clean title.  I was trying to buy the spoiler for a project, and I ended up buying the whole car for $800.  I rebuilt it, had a blast driving it for a couple months, then sold it for $4000 to go to college.

Recently I was at a shop getting the truck charged with AC, sharing stories with the mechanic, as usually happens, and I notice a basket case in the corner.  They seem to jump out at me.  "What's up with the MR2?" I ask.  He proceeds to tell me that he took it off a one owner when the engine died.  He put in a used engine for $400 and drove it for a while.  He discovers it needs a head job, so he does that for $300, at the same time putting on a new timing belt and water pump.  Next thing he knows, it lost compression, and the bottom end had passed the 30 day warranty on the used engine.  Now he's burned out and wants out of it.  He tells me I can take it for $300, the price of the head job.  Next thing I know, I have a new project, and potential fuel sipper!  The pick-up gets 13.5 mpg and the clutch throw seems to get longer by the day.  This will be the first automatic transmission I've owned in about 10 years! 

And this is MR2.....#2  When it rains, it pours.  It doesn't run, but it looks good, and helped me figure out how to get the first one running.  Not quite sure what I will do with it yet.  Part it out, get it running?  I'll decide later.  The first one runs now.  The one above is an automatic, the one below is a manual.  Hmmmmm..........

It's not a bad looking car.

This is how you fit two cars in a one stall garage.

The start of the wood flooring project.

It was very dusty and messy, but they came up.

It would be a shame not to take advantage of the situation and rebuild the MR2 engine in air conditioning, right?

This was one of my most difficult builds, as I didn't take it apart.  I lined up the bolts by size and guessed at where they went by the quantity.

The finished product.

Pictures of the wood flooring to come.

There will be no more engines rebuilt in here!

Coffee table and end tables finished by Rhonda.