Wednesday, March 28, 2007

4 Cats! What were we thinking?

Chris the human cat tree. Our two new little ones have made themselves right at home and Hal and Maddie are fine with it. We are just one big happy family now. Ya, I know, how many more cats do we need to be considered crazy old people?

Sunday, March 25, 2007

We have new members of our family

I had spent the past 4 weeks taking our 17yr cat Maddie to the vet for daily fluid injections. Each day I would see these 2 kittens that they had in the waiting area. One day I finally asked and they said that they were found at a construction site. The vet nursed them back to health and they were trying to find them a good home. They prefererd that they went together. We have been wanting to get a small cat for Hal to play with and keep him company but have been worried about how our old cat will handle it.

Meet Dorie and Mason our 3month old kittens. Mason is the charcol black one and Dorie is the Grey one. Mason is very outgoing and loves to be held and petted. Dorie likes attention but is a little afraid of everything that moves.

We are still not sure what have got ourselves into and are just remembering what having a kitten is like around the house. Hal is a little mad about the whole thing and doesn't think these 2 kids are much fun but he is starting to warm up to them. Maddie doesn't really care about them and in fact thinks kitten foods is quite tastey.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

We are going to be in the paper

You can view the article on

It is in the Clackamas County Weekly section of the Oregonian that comes out on Thursdays. It should be in Next Thursdays paper 3/22.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Jeff's helicopter fun

I took the picture but Chris wrote the following...

Helicopter #2 (white and green)

The UPS driver pulls up to the house in between rain showers…..

10:15 UPS arrives with box
10:16 Jeff rips open box to find the second helicopter he got for his birthday
10:20 Jeff is finished putting it together and he and Hal head outside to test
10:25 helicopter meets gravity – gravity wins
10:26 Jeff starts the salvage mission
10:45 Jeff spends 10 minutes looking for super glue

Flash back about a week ago…….

10:15 Jeff opens the box of the first helicopter (yellow) he got for his birthday
10:16 Jeff is finished putting it together and he and Hal……Long pause as several days go by with lots of rain…..

A few days later
10:20 Jeff and Hall head out for a test run
10:25 helicopter meets rose bush – rose bush wins
10:26 Jeff starts the salvage mission
10:45 Jeff is on the internet ordering spare parts
In my defense the first helicopter only broke a small plastic bar that helps hold one side of the canopy on. It did make it a bit unbalanced but it still flew. The replacement part was $2 and it shipped right away.
I got the 2nd helicopter because it is a 4 channel instead of a 2 channel and has more control of flight. It was also a HUGE deal...$250 retail and I got it for $85. I broke one of the runners where it attaches to the leg which I just superglued back together.
Lessons learned....
4 channel is better than 2 channel for trying to fly.
Don't practice on the driveway it is too hard of a surface and there are too many rose bushes. Practice indoors in a smooth floor in a smaller space so you don't go wandering too much. Oh, and practice practice takes time to learn how to fly these darn things.