A cure for our "winter" blues arrived today. Our dearly departed Land Cruiser has risen from the automotive death and is alive and kicking again. It died an exciting death about 6 years ago -- a fan tore off and burst through the radiator causing a massive explosion of hissing steam -- and it is now back, only missing a muffler (it roars like a beast right now), registration, and a lot of tender loving care. Eric towed it back today from the garage where it has been undergoing repairs for the past year (free labor but not free parts -- Eric worked out the deal by advertising on Craig's List) and we were all so excited to have it back and running again. The boys only remember it as a cool place to play and Laine has no recollection of it at all. It really did make me so happy. I know that to you it must look like an old piece of junk, in many ways it is, but this it the greatest car and I hope that you'll get to drive in it with us someday. The kids are planning a campout already and I want to enter it in our city's summer parade, hopefully it will be hot enough to take the top off and Eric can have a PA system installed again.
Everyone got to work to make it a bit nicer. Ridge duct taped the seats. Laine cleaned the steering wheel.
Sommer checked the tires and floors.
Cannon used an entire bottle of Method Cucumber scented cleaner to clean various parts of the Cruiser.
There's a happy guy, his old friend is back. There is still a lot of work to do but what fun work! Now if we only had a garage to put it in....