The Apple children, (from left) Seth, Lydia, Sydney, and Morgan, pose with the car their family built on Saturday. They took advantage of the warmer weather to create the coolest car in the county. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)
LEIPSIC - The coolest car in the county this weekend was parked in the yard of 347 Willow Street, in Leipsic.Steve and Jenny Apple and their children: Lydia (age 12), Seth (age 8), Morgan (age 6), and Sydney (age 4), constructed a pink convertible during Saturday's heat wave, a balmy 45 degrees.
"Steve thought of it," Jenny related. "He makes fun things when it snows. He thought a car would be a nice change."
In the past, Steve has created ramps to sled down, forts, and of course, snowmen. The children formed a bucket brigade to help move the snow to Steve, who sculpted the vehicle. The flakes packed well, so no additional water was necessary.
The car is a two-seater, has license plates, a windshield, and even working headlights. Jenny picked the convertible's color- a lovely shade of Mary Kay pink.
OVERSET FOLLOWS:"I thought the girls would like pink," she grinned.
Steve sprayed the car with a mixture of pink finger paint and water, which helped preserve it. He sprayed the tires with a combination of green food coloring and water.
Jenny, an adjunct instructor at the University of Northwest Ohio, grew up in Tennessee, so she has been quite fascinated by the snow. "This stuff is exciting!" she exclaimed. The Apple children were equally enthused with the car.
"I think it's awesome!" Lydia declared. "My friends think it's really cool!"
Steve, the Executive Director of the Meadows of Kalida, is already planning his next snow project: a pickup truck.
"I think he's addicted!" Jenny laughed.