Monday, July 23, 2012

christmas in july class

I'm teaching a class on Wednesday, July 25, at Your Stamping Cottage - both 12:30pm and 6:30pm. Ramona wanted to do Christmas in July, and I wanted to do Fancy Folds - so I came up with a Fancy Folds Christmas. There's a card with a flipping panel, one using a new set of dies I got, one with a folded frame, and a simple step card (that I sent out to several people last Christmas). I'll also be providing written instructions for people to take home. Call Ramona to reserve your spot! 859-581-0690

On the subject of Your Stamping Cottage... Ramona is closing shop very soon. She wants to be able to spend more time with her family. I wish her the best of everything (enjoy that new grandbaby!), and want to thank her for the opportunity to be part of her stamping community. I have met the nicest bunch of people!!! Ramona may continue to have an occasional class at her house, and I may be able to continue giving classes there!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

more kitty pics

A couple of family members thought that in the previous kitten pictures they couldn't get a good idea of how tiny the kitties are. So here are two more photos of these little six-week-old furballs. Playing on my laptop while I'm trying to use it - silly kitties! And playing with Mike's shoe.

By the way, apparently we need an anatomy lesson. The kitty with more white on it has really big front paws compared to the other one, and I thought hmmm... usually kittens that are going to grow up to be big boy cats have big feet. So I did a little research on the internet, and boy kittens aren't always obvious until they're a little older than six weeks. We're pretty sure one is a girl and one is a boy. Name change time. Mike had orginally wanted to name a boy kitten Chairman Meow, but not he's not sure. So we have Lily and her no-name brother.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


We got two kittens yesterday! Mike's friend brought home a stray cat, and she had kittens on Memorial Day. They were having trouble finding homes for all of them, so we decided to take two of them. Cats are so easy to take care of - two really aren't much more trouble than one. We used to have four cats a long time ago. Then we got dogs. Now we have both!

They're adjusting very well. Still a little nervous, but are playing much more. They eat like crazy, and know how to use the litter box - yay! They don't let the dogs get too close, but they don't run away either, which is great. The dogs are doing surprisingly well - just a lot of curious sniffing. No barking or growling or nipping. The dogs do seem a little more clingy than normal - just some jealously over all the attention the new pets are getting.

Right away Mike named one of them Lily Potter (after Harry's mum). For the other one we think we might go with another flower - Daisy.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

blue lake fine arts camp

If you have a kid who enjoys music, theater or dance, there is an absolutely wonderful camp in Michigan called Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Mike just spent nearly two weeks there. It was his second year. He loved it - played challenging music with a superb conductor, and made some great friends. He played clarinet - got fourth chair in the top band, the Wind Ensemble (the kids auditioned and were divided into four bands). 

The picture above is just after they performed their final piece - you can see how happy the conductor is!

Here I am hugging my boy when we picked him up. Two weeks seemed like forever.