Sunday, September 9, 2012

Dear Kids,
          Today is Grandma Ackerson’s 100th birthday! Wow! Too bad she isn’t here so we could have a big party, but I know she’s better off where she is.
          Nora and Robyn did the LOTOJA yesterday, (Logan to Jackson bike ride) and evidently they finished in great time. I haven’t been able to contact Nora yet, but Donna said that as of 7:00 last night, they were only ten minutes from the finish line. That meant that they still had more than an hour of daylight to finish the race. There’s a short story by one of the Russian writers (Tolstoy? Cherkov?) about a man who can have all the land he is able to walk around in a day. Just as the sun is sinking, he finishes his last lap, and falls over dead. That’s the worst case scenario, of course. We’re glad Nora and Robyn made it!
         At the cabin, our kitchen cabinets have been installed, and they look beautiful. After all our weeks of frustration, we finally have a kitchen again. Well, we don’t have a counter top or a sink or a stove or a dishwasher, but we have cabinets! I’m starting to put things in them, and hopefully I’ll find all the things I’ve lost in the last few weeks. We should have a counter top in about two more weeks, and hopefully the rest of the kitchen after that. We’ve been working on this remodel so long (since January) that it’s unbelievable that we might ever finish it.
          Naturally I’ve started other cabin projects, including a deck on the west side of the greenhouse. We’ll be able to put the barbecue there, and not always haul it in and out of the garage when we need it. I’ve had to do a lot of excavating, and naturally the area is all rocks. So much fun!
          I’m having trouble uploading this letter. We’re in the stake center, and stake conference just ended. Dad and I were in the stake choir. I’m probably the worst singer in the group, but I'm coming along.
          I’m still trying to get on the internet. Now we’re sitting by the stake clerk’s office. Hey, I have a signal! Love to all! Mom