Denwerks You Tube Channel

Leslie Anderson Salem Oregon

Like Denwerks? Like You Tube? We’ve always featured our cars for sale on our channel, but we’re expanding the page to offer a couple of new features and I am so excited about these. I’ve really fallen in love with cutting and editing video, so that’s been a fun addition to our shop and our business. Here’s what’s new on You Tube:

Denwerks HOW TO series

If you like what and how we sell our vehicles, we have started a series to give you our take on how we do things.

The Cherry Bomb Project – 1957 Chevy Nomad

We recently bought a 1957 Chevy Nomad as a personal project for Jason and I, and we decided to document it on our You Tube channel. It’s a really fantastic car, and we are having fun getting it road ready.

Our Cars For Sale

We’ve always featured our current and past cars for sale, and that will continue. If you want to learn about a certain make or model, there’s a lot of good information to glean about the cars in general, so it’s worthwhile to watch our vehicles, even if one has sold, you can learn a lot.

Thanks for watching and enjoying this business with us. We love it and hope you do too!

No Reserve Podcast by Jason and Leslie Anderson Salem Oregon

Hello! Join us for our No Reserve podcast on Anchor and all other podcast platforms. A little about us: Jason and Leslie Anderson from Salem Oregon, and we talk about all things classic cars, marriage, our life, and never believing the lie that something is impossible.

Link here to the latest episode, Season 2, Episode 19: Don’t Lose Your Biscuits, and Don’t Lose Hope Either. It’s important, and we have learned so much about both of these things in the last year. We make the podcast as reminders to us, but if it can encourage you, we invite you to listen along and reach out to us as well.

Leslie Anderson Salem Oregon No Reserve Podcast

Take Up Your Mat and Walk!

by Leslie Anderson, Salem Oregon

The Simple Life

We live in an area in which the far outer limits of Salem are close enough to touch. It’s rural, quaint and quiet. There are grapes growing, cows mooing, and the occasional donkey hee haw.

We can see coyotes and herons, and up on the hill from our house, we can see a tiny little historical church. It’s like a postcard. I’m never leaving, which is dangerous to day, but I’ll say I don’t plan to ever leave.

A few weeks ago, Jason and I were out and about in the small little community of Hopewell, which is about 7 minutes from our house. We had noticed a little store there before, but never taken the time to stop in. On that day, we decided to drop by and see just what was inside.

In a word, it’s an amazing little store. It’s called the Hopewell Hub, and they’ve got local artists crafts, fresh coffee, lavender and strawberry fresh lemonade, and it is truly like walking into a scene from a Hallmark movie.

They offer classes there too, everything from pottery to fermentation, and those things are all right in our interest areas, so it was a wonderful little find. I absolutely adore anything that is local, handmade or straight up granola. I mean, it is Oregon and me and my Birkenstock collection fit right in.

While we were there, I found the sign pictured above and I knew I had to have it. It’s such a sweet little simple sign and it really spoke to me. In addition, I love that it comes from a local artist and from this community that we call home.

Love Heals

These words are such a simple reminder that love does heal us. It doesn’t always erase the pain, grief and troubles of the world. It can’t remove fear or uncertainty, but it does indeed heal the soul and remind us that we aren’t alone in our wanderings.

Sometimes I forget that everyone is on a journey in life, and unfortunately, those journeys can take us to places that make us angry or lashing out due to the fear that’s underneath. There is so much of that right now, on all sides in all venues in life. It’s scary out there and I see so much pain and fear. I don’t want to let it consume me, I want to instead, live differently.

This sign hangs as a reminder in our home now of the life we are choosing to live. Choosing to move forward despite pain or challenges is exactly what we want and need to do. It’s a choice we are making daily, and sometimes hourly.

I also heard a message recently that reminded me of a similar principle of healing. It really spoke to me, and I don’t want to forget, so I’m documenting here so that when I stray off I can remember this.

We Are Free to Heal

“I tell you, take your mat and go home.”

mark 2:11

The scene was one in which a healing had taken place for a man, and Jesus is saying, now get up and move on. The man had a new chance to start over, and Jesus wanted him to get on with it. That’s exactly what I (and all of us) can benefit from.

When we’ve been delivered from troubles or healed in some way, it’s time to get on with it. The business of living is critical and there is only limited time to do just that.

It doesn’t mean ignoring what happened or that the healing may not come easily or instantaneously, but that it is possible. We can choose to take up our mats even when things aren’t perfect, and for me, that’s exactly what I need to do to live the full life that I’ve been given.

So with that said, taking up my mat is living the simple life that I’ve chosen, living in peace, continued healing, because isn’t life just a long process of healing anyway? It’s never over, because life isn’t easy, and those troubles keep coming. But so does the freedom and peace of healing love.

Thanks for reading along, I wrote this for myself, but if it encourages you too, I’m glad. Love, Leslie

We Adopted…a 1957 Chevy Nomad

by Leslie Anderson – Salem, Oregon – aka Mrs. D

Hello! It’s been an amazing week. Leading up to this week, here’s a little back story on what’s been happening in our lives, business wise over the last few months. I’m going to do my best to document our journey with the new to us Nomad on my blog, so here’s the beginning. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

I started working with Jason full time around April of this year. It was really an accident, I had zero plans of being involved with Denwerks in terms of buying and selling cars.

Before I knew it, I had bought 7 vehicles and started selling them, alongside him, within a matter of a few weeks.

It’s been a great thing for us together as a couple, for our business, and just for satisfaction in life.

We’ve had overwhelming confirmation from friends, customers, and strangers who have been encouraged by our journey.

It’s great, because I don’t know that I would care if people didn’t like it, because I’m going to follow my own path, but it’s nice nonetheless to have encouragement along the way.

We had started our podcast, No Reserve, back in March of this year, and if you tune in, you can hear my transformation from choosing to quit my full-time career and pursue my own business, to working with Jason every day.

It’s really great that we’ve had documented this life change via the podcast because it’s something neither one of us anticipated and it’s truly been ‘no reserve’.

We have no plan, or maybe, that’s the plan, to have no plan. Either way, I’m loving the journey.

We sell a lot of our vehicles on Bring a Trailer and Jason is well known on the site. Once I started selling under my own user name (MRSDENWERKS) it wasn’t long until people started calling me Mrs. D. I’ve now sold 5 cars of my own, taking on the projects from start to finish and it’s been so fulfilling.

I love having customers and having a job in which the product is something fun. It doesn’t feel like work, that’s for sure. Mrs. D. is here to stay.

So as we have been working to make a living and enjoying Denwerks, we started to look for a fun car for Jason and I to work on together.

We worked on our Gambler 500 car in June and that was a short term project. We learned a lot about each other during our Gambler fun, and enjoyed learning from each other and we made a ton of good memories through that process. Here’s a little fun video we made for the car, it’s short, just a couple of minutes, enjoy!

Once the Gambler was over, it was back to work for us. So we have had an eye out for another project, and we found this beauty. 1957 Chevy Nomad wagon. As soon as we laid eyes on it in person, we knew we had to have it. So we did!

It was a former high school drag car back in 1976 and it hasn’t been run since. It’s been waiting for us. We’ve got to get it running again, which means a motor re-build. So this is a much more involved project for both of us, and lots of decisions to make during the process. We’re ready, we hope our new little Nomad is ready, because it’s happening.

And, for once, this one is not for sale. I can’t wait to dig in, get my hands dirty and spend lots of weekends with Jason working on this cherry bomb. We need to pull the 350 motor out and see what’s going on, and then decide where to go from there.

If there’s one thing I’m convinced of more than ever, it’s this. Life is an adventure, and I don’t plan to waste one single day of it.

Jumping Off by Leslie Anderson Oregon

Leslie Anderson Oregon
Sunset in West Maui

At the end of my life, I’ll have all these snapshots of memories in my mind. Sunsets in Maui, Yellowstone National Park, driving a 1972 Lincoln in 2021 and smiling the whole time, raising our kids, and millions of other moments that have made up my life as a whole.

Sometimes I get stuck and I forget these amazing memories though. I forget the privilege of living, and the privileged life I live to be a inhabitant of earth.

Getting stuck is interesting because it happens to all of us. It’s so easy to do, and yet so difficult to get out of that stuck place of despair.

It seems nearly impossible at the time; when we run into hardships and trials. Life can be cruel, unfair, and sometimes we make our own hardships along the way. I know I have. I’ve messed up royally at times and I’ve wondered if I could ever figure things out. Somehow I always have figured it out, but it hasn’t come easy, that’s for sure.

There’s no secret formula that I’ve found or a recipe to satisfaction. I still struggle sometimes as I’m pretty sure we all do. I wish for brighter days or for different problems than the ones I have. The truth is, I don’t want any problems. Which happens to be a problem in and of itself, but that’s another story for another day.

The interesting thing is that when I stop to look around in the hardest moments, if I really look hard, I can’t see my way out. But if I stop, breathe, and take in the present, it all becomes clearer somehow.

Getting off the ride that life has taken me on has been the best adventure ever. Jason and I recently decided to stop striving for anything and to truly start living.

Yes, we still need to make a living and pay the bills. Yes, we have challenges and stresses, but we have chosen to no longer allow those to rule our lives.

It’s been such a welcome change as we wake up to the natural alarm clocks of our bodies, rather than an irritating chime of a clock. We work during the day, and shut it off at night time, spending time cooking, with our family, and doing the normal routines of life, like watering flowers, reading books, and maybe a load of laundry or two.

We’re planning vacations and outings together, deciding where we want to go and being intentional about fulfilling both our needs and wants when we do have adventures planned.

Snorkel in Maui with my faves – Jason and Mason

We’ve spent countless hours talking, praying, and reading together in the last year. As we’ve committed, we are both growing into different people than we used to be. It’s pretty amazing actually.

Neither one of us has ever been good about rest. Now, we both rest when we need it. I’ve never been one to be idle, I thought busy was what you were supposed to do. But I’ve learned that’s far from the truth.

Maui Hawaii rainbow
Rainbow in Maui

There have been times recently that I’ve stared out the car window for hours at the scenery when we’re on trips, making more of those snapshot memories in my mind so that I can soak up every moment of living while I have the chance.

Enjoying the creative outlets of photography, writing, and immersing myself in everything I do have been life altering. I just don’t care about many things that I used to unless it involves myself, my loved ones, or trusted friends and fully being present in my life. Everything else can go, and I could care less.

For the rest of my life I’ll be here, working on this because it’s a process. But I’m here for it, and all along the way I’ll be taking in those Maui sunsets and building a life and a bank of more of those memories that is soul fulfilling.

Leslie Anderson Salem Oregon
Aloha Maui!