Well it's lunch time and there is already so much to share with you all. I also have a question I'll ask here in a bit.
I told you I would keep you updated on Mike's '54 Ford for those of you who are following it's progress. We were so happy to see so much progress when we went out to Fast Lane Cars this morning! The engine compartment is getting all cleaned out an will be painted flat black so it should look really good when it's all done. Here's what it looked like today, all the grime is gone
The new engine is gorgeous looking! I love the flat black valve covers, super neat! The automatic transmission is already bolted on, so it's very close to being slid right into the engine compartment. Here's the motor and transmission..
Once it's in the car it won't take long to hook everything up. It will be getting a new radiator, exhaust, wiring harness, things like that. Overall I'm confident it will be a great car once it's all put back together. We can't wait!!!
Ok - next subject! I've been updating everyone on the store, etc on FB. I've also posted a photo on my main FB page of Tupelo. This is the photo that will be on Mike's business cards I have had someone ask if I would be interested in getting coffee mugs with this cute photo of tupelo on them to put in the store. She told me she enjoys my videos, blog posts, and FB posts when she has her morning coffee so having a Tupelo mug would be perfect! I looked into this and here's what I found. The mugs are not cheap, they are $12.00 each. So, to cover the paypal fees, packaging, etc., it would cost $15.00 + shipping for a Tupelo mug. This would be a break even for me, which is fine. I think it's fun that you all love Tupelo so much! I have no idea if one, or twenty of you would want one of these mugs. So, here's what I'm doing - if you are interested in one of the mugs let me know by the end of the day September 8th! I will invoice you so it will be essentially a pre-order, once I have all the order, I will place an order and when they come in, I'll mail you your Tupelo mug! Thanks so much for all the love you show Tupelo. I know many of you love him to death, but still don't want a mug.. I get that too! xx
Ok, finally - Mike had Breakfast with the Hoodlums this morning...wow is all I can say. Here's the latest. Troy the conspiracy theory guy, well he thinks the CIA is trying to get another war going because wars make money so he's convinced of that. I asked Mike how he comes up with this stuff? Mike's like, "I really have no idea"..lol The there is Butch - he's the guy who's wife I used to garage sale with. I haven't lately just because I've been busy, but after hearing all I did today, clearly I need to make an effort to get together with her. Butch had left a good paying job a while back and took a payout to do so. He is a welder and was sure people were waiting in line to hire him. After a year he finally figured out they weren't. A while back he took a pretty good job. It paid him $24 or $29 an hour, I forget exactly, but it was good and had benefits, insurance, vacation, all the things you want in a job. Well he couldn't get along good with everyone and didn't like working so hard so he started telling Tina he didn't think the dust in the building was healthy. So now Mike found out he quit and took a part time job at our St. Louis Zoo as a welder for $17.00 an hour with no benefits. Mike asked him what they were doing for insurance and he said, "well we don't have any anymore". Mike asked "what are you going to do if you have a heart attack or something" (which is not out of the realm of possibility, he's 58, diabetic, on high blood pressure medicine, and very overweigh). He told Mike, "I guess we'll just have to deal with it"...OMGoodness are you kidding me... I was dying when I heard this. Then Les, who owes the government more then my house is worth times 2 apparently doesn't have health insurance either and his wife has now been diagnosed with a tumor on her throat, which appears to be throat cancer.... That is very sad to me because her brother passed away from that at the age of 27. It did not keep her from smoking though and it appears it has now caught up with her. They have no way to pay for her treatment. And, mind you Les makes $40 an hour! So who knows what's going to happen with her situation.
So that's an update on everything going on with that part of our lives. Of course we are still working on details for the store. Today Mike is placing another order. He is going to add some staple items such as alcohol inks, and he's going to get them in individual colors, so you don't have to buy packs of three, and potentially own one of the colors already. He's also going to get some stickles, especially the Diamond color and some of the popular ones. He wants to get some things in for Christmas crafting too, so he'll be adding Snow Tex and some Tim Holtz Christmas stamp sets. He'll also be adding the Tim Holtz tissue paper someone requested. So the inventory keeps growing. He wants to be a one stop shop for the basics and have some of the newest mixed media products. Basically he wants as big of a range has he can afford to start it up with.
We are expecting our first delivery in on Tuesday so that should be when you start seeing some items go in the store, probably late in the day because that's usually when UPS shows up. We're so excited you just can't imagine and we really owe that all to you. The support is just so helpful!!!
Love you all and so glad we get to share with you on this blog. I'm so glad I started it!