Monday, January 26, 2009

Oma Camp Omaha

I was told that Oma stands for Grandma in Spanish, so am thinking Oma Camp Omaha makes a good title for the would-be summer camp being created in my mind. Imagine a camp that lasts for one week, hosted by Grandma (that's me). We spend days hiking the river, swimming in the lake, visiting the art museum, riding horses and volunteering at the soup kitchen. The participants are 3 grandkids, ages 5, 9 and 12, all cousins. Billy says, "now that I'm 12, I'm too old to visit Grandma in the summer, I'm ready for camp!".

Well Billy, I think I better be ready to create camp, since I'm not willing to give up summer visits from you or the other grandkids. Buccaneer Bay is a great place to host camp, and we could invite others to attend one day at a time. We could set up tents overlooking the beaver dam, make a trip to the Space Musuem or even visit the world-class Henry Doorly Zoo. Now the challenge is to convice Billy to squeeze Oma Camp Omaha into his busy summer baseball schedule while managing to find a week between school and work schedules along with R/T transportation from San Diego to Omaha.

Wish me luck!

Flat Cat

There's this bird, see, that keeps pecking at the front window. It's a female cardinal in her dull reddish brown winter plumage and she pecks away, all day while her brighly colored red-feathered spouse watches nonplussed from the leafless lilac shrub. We don't want her to break her beak. He's watching with the passion of male spouse outside the dressing room while his wife is trying on the 10th outfit in a department store. He doesn't even try to stop her. So finally, we're thinking that we've got to discourage her self-destructive behavior, and decide perhaps we need a cat. Not a real cat, mind you, but a cardboard siloette of a cat, covered in left-over teddy-bear fur. A few sketches, scizzors and glue later and voila! Flat Cat has been created. Does Flat Cat work? Why, yes actually. And the funny thing is that the bird now stays away from the window entirely. So, do you think there is a market for Flat Cat?