Thursday, August 03, 2006

Letters to Camp

Critter has been at her first summer camp this past week at the Oregon Coast. The YWCA has camps across the state; Critter has been participating in Camp Westwind's horse camp. Camps have changed quite a bit from when I went--you can now e-mail your child. As the Renaissance Man said, "Just call them Generation W--for Wired. Not to be confused with Weird."

Since so much has happened in a week, we'd thought we share our letters to her.

Jul 29, 2006

Hi! Wanted you to know that your horse poster and boots were big hits at yesterday's Western Round Up party at work. Lots of people looked at the poster, and one dad asked me what I was going to do with the boots after the party... My co-workers made a huge cartoon poster of a rodeo rider and bull, and cut out the faces of the rider and bull. That way people could stick their faces in the holes and we could take their picture! Had quite a few great shots there. All in all, it was a great party.

I'm making a little progress on organizing your closet. Have all drawers in the dresser emptied and a lot of "too small" items sorted out. I think I can get another small shell in the closet to store something on top of it, but I need to look around in the garage at my supplies. The Little Man & Doofie have been "helping" me - each time coming out of the closet with lots of dust bunnies all over their faces. So far, they are not particularly interested in the bins. Keep your fingers crossed!

We think of you a lot. Hope you are having a great time.

Love, CrafterKat and JewelGeek

Jul 30 2006

Hi again! Early bird up - as usual. The Little Man woke me up by scratching at our door. The food's in there! I'm thinking The Little Man is sounding more and more like Napoleon Dynamite as he approaches his teen years... "Gimme your tots...Gosh!"

Saw an ad last night for funnel cakes at IHOP. We're going to try them out for breakfast today. And over breakfast, we'll discuss kitchen paint color. We're still leaning towards green... but I PROMISE it will NOT be the same color as the house.

Talked to Mr. GoGoGo three times yesterday about all the "goings on" in the kitchen. Our contractor and his son did FINALLY get the sink, dishwasher, and dispoal all hooked up at about 8 pm last night. Quite an operation. Sink drain kept leaking. Took two hours to figure that one out. But that means... no more hand-washing dishes! Yay for everyone! And THANK YOU to you.

Better go get the newspaper and check out the ad before JewelGeek gets up. Thinking of you. CrafterKat

Jul 30 2006

Good morning Sweetie!

Had a funny dream this morning that we parents got to attend a few classes with you at camp. I was able to go to a class on making funny faces. So you and I were trying to match our instructor in sticking out our tongues, scrunching our forehead and crossing our eyes. I think I need more practice because I wasn't very good. You made some very good Grouper faces, though. Sigh.

The countertop people installed the new covering for our base cabinets. It's beautiful! The last step was to put a bead of silicon between the seams to connect the countertop and the backsplash together. Anyways, it had to sit and cure and that meant we had to keep the kitties locked up for another 24 hours. We just didn't want to have a gorgeous new countertop covered with the Little Man's tail hair and Doofie's whiskers. So, in the bedroom they stayed.

Our contractor might actually be able to install the new sink today.YIPPEEEEEE! He asked us to figure out where we wanted to put the shelves in the tall unit because he'll permenantly install those, too. CrafterKat and I had fun putting in the oatmeal container, a box of fettucine, the flour cannister and the last box of pink Peeps.

We went to two different stores on Thursday looking for the bulbs that go in the little hockey puck sized lights that sit inside the cabinets. You'd think that Home Depot would have them. Sigh. None that were the right size/wattage/material. We finally went back to the lighting store where we ordered the lights. They had them, but no box. So I carried seven of the little bulbs (not much larger than the Christmas lights) home in a paper coffee cup.

Hugs and Yucks, JewelGeek

Aug 1, 2006

Good morning Sweetie!

Been a busy few days for us here. We've been starting to smooth out the wall in the dining room so we can paint, and filling in the little divit holes in the ceiling left from the asbestos removal. Very dusty and sneezy around here. Wait... I'm getting pushed by kitties...

Hey, GirlMom, I love the new countertop 'cause I can sleep in front of the window and... (sniff) did you just eat something? Is it good? Can I have a bite? Just a small bite? I'm sure it's good for kitties... No? Well, I'll just go take a nap then.
The Little Man

Hi! I'm pretty and I like to explore the garage when no one is looking and then make sure that everyone knows that the suitcase downstairs in the hallway belongs to me! I'm missing my green mouse. Have you seen it? See you soon. Bring food.

Hey. The dumb male cat just woke me up. You got a scritch for me? No? I'm going back to bed then.
Fuzzy Slug

Well, I guess that's it for this morning... Take care, Sweetie. See you soon!

Aug 1, 2006

Hiya! We've been keeping busy working on getting the diningroom ready for painting. Sanded down the last bit of wall that had texture, added mud, waited for it to dry, sanded it, added mud, waited for it to dry, sanded... JewelGeek went around filling in holes in the ceiling in the diningroom. We should be ready to texture it later this week. We need to do the same for the livingroom -- no sense texturing one part of the room, cleaning up, then doing it again for another part. And we need to texture the ceilings before we paint - or else we'd get texture material all over our paint job!

We did settle on a paint color. We had two greens that we liked - but when we took the poster board outside, they were too close to the color of the house! So we nixed those. The three yellows we tried didn't work. But the "out of the box" color we selected on whim is REALLY awesome. Called Rum Spice -- you'll have to see it to believe it.Very piratey.

Also making some progress on your new closet organizer. Emptied the dresser out yesterday and put it on Craigslist for someone to pick up. In an hour, it was gone! Now I'm pondering what kind of table to use for the keyboard that looks nice and is the right height. Kittens are fascinated by the closet, but don't seem too interested in the bins. They keep poking around in there and coming out with hundreds of dust bunnies on their faces. Pretty efficient sweepers! Now if we could only get them interested in going under your bed...

Thinking of you. See you soon. CrafterKat

Aug 2 2006

Hey Sweetie!

Heard lots of songs on the radio the past few days that made me think of you. The most recent, coming home from buying shelf liners for the cupboards, was "If I had a million dollars". I love the line:

If I had a million dollars
I'd buy you a monkey
Haven't you always wanted a mon-keee?!

I know you get these notes after dinner-ish, so I thought I send you a quick bedtime story by Ogden Nash.

The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash

Belinda lived in a little white house,
With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse,
And a little yellow dog and a little red wagon,
And a realio, trulio, little pet dragon.

Now the name of the little black kitten was Ink,
And the little gray mouse, she called him Blink,
And the little yellow dog was sharp as Mustard,
But the dragon was a coward,
and she called him Custard.

See you in a short, short while! Hugs and Yucks, JewelGeek