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SofieWe knew we wanted to get a Scottish Fold. We had seen them so much at Cat Shows, researching their personality and their character. Besides a true folded fold is so adorable! After much research we had determined that MikeyKat was really a non-folded Fold. When we decided to get another cat, after GoofyKat passed, we looked around for a Scottish Fold Breeder in our area. There was a breeder about 80 miles from us that we see each year at the Cat Show. Luckily, we found one closer, in our home town. Ironically, she and Linnea (the one 80 miles from us) were corroborating together.  Lizz did not have a litter at this time, but she was working with Linnea . She had paired up one of her girls to one of Linnea’s boys and was hoping within a few months to be expecting. It didn’t take long, thankfully, and on May 10th, a litter was born. Of course, the breeder gets first pick and Lizz wanted to see how many, if any, folded back down. Nine weeks went by and unfortunately,  not a single kitten’s ears folded.

Christmas SofieWhen we went to visit Lizz and her kittens, it was amazing. The Boy was trying to get all the kittens to play with him with string and balls. It was only Sofie who pounced out from her hiding place to attack the little pom pom The Boy had just thrown. It scared him so bad he squealed. Lizz was so flabbergasted. She said Sofie was the only one in the litter who did not have a personality. Apparently, she was waiting until her human came so she could shine! She picked The Boy that day. And every night she watches over him from somewhere in his room. When she thinks he needs to be awake, she will head butt him or stuff her whiskers up his nose. She puts up with so much from such a rambunctious little boy. She is definitely his kitty, and he is definitely her human.

The Crash (Sofie)

The Crash (Sofie)

Sofie is now 6 years old and she is such a love. She loves everyone in the house. And now, has chosen The Hubs as her pillow. Sometimes she will come and lay on me, but only when The Hubs is not laying down. 🙂 She also has her morning ritual with me. She will keep me company as I get ready for work. She still gets in spats with her brother, Theo. And she tolerates the new arrival (Itty Bitty).

If she's not sleeping on our lap...

When she’s not crashed, she’ll sleep on our lap…

Sofie supervising my writing progress

… or our computers.

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Caturday: MikeyKat, My Buddy

Posted July 14, 2012 By LadyJai

The post is really hard for me. I knew it would be. But I didn’t think it would be this hard. Bare with me while I struggle through.MikeyKat

After about 4 years with Goofykat being an only “child,” we decided to get him a friend. (That went over well. NOT! GoofyKat was mad at me for a YEAR! Yes, you read right, a year he sulked and huffed at me! He eventually caved, but he only tolerated Mikey.)MikeyKat

So, back to the SPCA we went. I knew I wanted a grey cat this time. But my idea of a grey cat was like a Russian Blue. But when we went there, this little grey tabby who was very friendly, just wanted some love. I asked the attendants if I could hold him and he just snuggled up with me and gave me all the love he could. I immediately fell for him.

The only problem was, there were 4 names already on his card. He wasn’t allowed to be released until 4pm the next day. They asked if I wanted to put my name on the card. I said, sure, why not. But I knew I would never get him. But we tried anyway. They told me their policy was if the first name didn’t show up by 4:10, they would go to the next name. Ten minutes between names. Maybe there was hope.

We showed up a little earlier than 4pm the next day. And waited. Four-ten came and went. The first name was crossed from the list. Four-twenty, and the second name was crossed from the list.

By four-thirty, my heart flipped and my stomach roiled as they crossed the third name from the list.

He was mine!

We brought him home but had no name for this scrawny grey cat. His head was just too big for his body.

We thought of calling him Dusty. Only because he looked like those little dust bunnies you get under your bed. But that just wasn’t right.

It only took a couple of hours from the time we brought him home, til the time he told us his name.

Peek-a-Boo MikeyKatIt was about lunch time and The Hubs made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. That grey cat just looked at him crooked and begged. So, The Hubs offered it to him. The grey cat not only sniffed and nibbled it; but, once he caught a whiff of that peanut butter, he snatched the entire sandwich out of The Hubs’ hand and RAN!

About an hour later, we had chocolate cake and that cat did the same thing. So we set up an experiment to see what he DID NOT eat. Wasn’t much!

He ate it all! Well, everything he could smell at least. He wouldn’t eat plain yogurt, or sour cream. He liked peanut butter the best, then chocolate. (No, we did not feed him chocolate on purpose! He just found some. And when he could, he’d lick what he could off our fingers, our plates, our mouths.) Pickles! OMG he ate pickles!

One morning, we caught him digging in the trash after some coffee grounds. The Hubs was trying to unstick our pencil sharpener and left a paper towel full of oil and pencil shavings on the floor while he went to go get something. He came back and there he was, nomming on the pencil shavings. Poor kitty. He must have been starving out there in the wild!

So, we named him Mikey, after that 70’s Life Cereal commercial? You know. “Give it to Mikey. He’ll eat anything!”

MikeyKat and what he did to our couch cushion :DNeedless to say, he gained quite a few pounds after we got him. He finally grew into his head. And then his body became too big for his head. 🙂

MikeyKat's BellyI love that belly. I used to bury my face in it. How could you not resist??

MikeyKat was my buddy. He talked to me. He greeted me when I came home from work. He loved being in my lap, no matter where I was.

I was his.

Just like GoofyKat, Mikey was a well-traveled cat. He was born in VA. And while he didn’t make it to Michigan, he did go to Germany, Texas, and Florida with us.

It was about a year after GoofyKat passed over the Rainbow Bridge things went down hill. We knew for a very long time MikeyKat was overweight. But we tried everything to get him to lose the weight. He just couldn’t. He looked like he might be suffering arthritis and I had to set The Boy’s step stool at the side of the bed for him so he could come sleep with me.MikeyKat in the sink

And then, it just got worse.

Within 3 weeks, MikeyKat went from 17 lbs to 11lbs. He wasn’t eating, he couldn’t walk. He was sleeping too much, hiding and such. At first we contributed it to his hearing loss. But, when he stopped eating….and Mikey never turned down food….that’s when we knew something was horribly wrong. When I took him to the vet, his temp was 96 and they did the blood work. His test came back: renal failure. The vet said with his temperature the way it was and how he was acting, he didn’t have much longer. I brought him home and spent one last night with him….my MikeyKat….and now, I don’t have him anymore. He loved everyone, unconditionally.

I’ve always said MikeyKat was a Black Lab in a previous life. He was the closest thing I want to a dog. His loyalty. His love. I miss him so much. And, as I said, this was a very hard post to write.

MikeyKat's Last Night and Picture

MikeyKat’s Last Night and Picture

1991 – Oct 10, 2007

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Caturday: GoofyKat, Our First

Posted July 7, 2012 By LadyJai
GoofyKat 1996

The best picture we have of him. Outdoors really makes a picture better. He’s in our fenced in back yard and he did not like being outside! 😀

StupidKat was our first child. We saved him a couple of days after we were married. We happened to go to the SPCA and just as we did, someone brought in a box of kittens. Jamie wandered over and took a peek. She opened up the door, and the first one to wander out was the one we took home. Jamie said he was the bravest of them all. Boy, were we surprised! StupidKat is black with a white belly and all four paws. So, his name started out to be Mittens. But, as time progressed and he did all the silly little things a kitten did, we kept saying “Man, what a stupid cat!” And it just stuck. He will NOT answer to mittens. He only comes when we call him by his name–StupidKat. He learned to play fetch. He loved to climb up people. But the silliest thing of all–he played, what we called puss-n-boots. StupidKat had foam golf balls. He used to put them in Anthony’s Army boots. Then he would stick his head all the way in the boots and bat at the out side of the boot like he was playing with the ball. Then, he would pull his head out and put his paw in the boot. And the whole process would repeat. Every time we witnessed this all we could hear was StupidKat saying to himself “I can see the ball, but can’t feel it. Then, I can feel it and not see it. What’s going on!” You tell me that’s not a stupid cat!

He had the wrong name nearly the whole time, until The Boy renamed him to GoofyKat. We called him StupidKat for 13 years. He responded much better to GoofyKat. 🙂

He has been to many places. He was born in Virginia. We took him to Michigan when The Hubs’ Nana got sick because we didn’t have anyone to watch him. He’s moved from several apartments while we lived in VA. We even brought him with us to Germany. From there, we moved to Texas, and we finally ended up in Florida. He’s a world-traveled cat.

GoofyKat SleepingJan 16 2006, we took him to the vet. He was now 16.  His insulin will be discontinued and we wanted to get a new prescription. Well, before the blood work came back, the vet offered us a new insulin along with a diet of prescription food (much like the Atkins diet). We would have to make the transition over the next couple of months. After the blood work came back, however, things didn’t look so good. His blood sugar levels were actually quite good (212). But there were about 5 or 6 different things that came back very wrong in his blood. He had kidney failure. The vet gave us some options, but had little hope. Because he’s diabetic most of the treatment for kidney failure would actually end up hurting his sugar levels. And, if we continued with the new insulin and diet, it could aggravate and speed up his kidney failure. We could also do dialysis and clean out his kidney. Nothing is guaranteed and the added diabetes complicates things even more. The vet also said we could just take him home, change nothing, and spoil the heck out of him these next few months. He’s 16. He was our first baby. We got him a few days after we got married. This is so hard. It’s going to be even harder when he gets so sick we cannot help him and will have to put him down.

GoofyKat passed over the Rainbow Bridge, 19 Apr 2006 at 2:30pm.

He crashed hard on that Monday. He refused to eat or drink. He couldn’t walk anymore. He had been hiding. And when he did come out, he would not move, raise his head or anything. We knew it was time. We tried everything that night to bring him back. We’ve had him refuse to eat before and brought him back with canned tuna, salmon and chicken. But not this time. This time he refused all the good stuff. We knew. We went to go take him in to end his suffering, but it was after-hours and it was an additional $100. Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford this so we tried to make him as comfortable as possible on Monday night. We stayed up with him most of the night.  We had to break the needle off his insulin needles to force water in his mouth. He was so dehydrated. I had to go to work, which was really hard being up most of the night. I had a hard time driving. The Hubs took a nap. And then, later, he took GoofyKat to our Vet, who agreed it was time.

When I came home from work, there Anthony sat on the couch, next to the cat carrier. GoofyKat was inside, wrapped in his quilt I made him when he was a kitten. We buried him in that too (now, in hindsight, we should have kept the quilt, something to have that was his). It is so sad. We had him for 16.5 years. He was our first baby. And The Boy doesn’t understand. How can you expect a 3-year-old to understand?! Though, he does try to comfort us. The words out of his mouth last night were amazing. “It’s ok. He’s safe with God now”.

Nov 1989-Apr 19, 2006

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Caturday: ProCATStination

Posted June 23, 2012 By LadyJai

This is only ONE reason (I have 3 cats, and 2 Boys) why I have the most difficult time writing at home!

proCATStination

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Caturday: Portal Cat

Posted June 16, 2012 By LadyJai

Feeding my gamer geek cat loving girl on one picture. 🙂

Yes, I love Portal as well! 😀

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Caterday: Unusual Surrogate

Posted June 9, 2012 By LadyJai

In this picture taken, Monday, June 4, 2012, Shar Pei dog Cleopatra feeds two baby tigers in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia. Two baby tigers whose mother refused to feed them found an unusual wet nurse, a wrinkled, sand-colored Shar Pei dog named Cleopatra. The cubs were born in late May in a zoo at the October health resort in Sochi. (AP Photo/Igor Okunin)

Photo: Igor Okunin
Taken: Monday, June 4th, 2012
Where: Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia

Two baby tigers, whose mother refused to feed them, found an unusual wet-nurse–a wrinkled, sand-colored Shar Pei dog named Cleopatra. The cubs were born in late May in a zoo at the October health resort in Sochi. (AP Photo/Igor Okunin)

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#WriteMotivation May 2012 has begun!

Posted May 1, 2012 By LadyJai
Bottled #WriteMotivation
Bottled #WriteMotivation

So, last Goal Check month, I attempted to offer bottled #WriteMotivation to people as a sort of gift/prize for meeting their goals. It turned into a science experiment I could share with my son. And then it turned into a headache trying to ship the items. Eventually, I gave up on the shipping part. I still have the bottles at the house. And I still want to make bottled #WriteMotivation. But I want to be able to ship them legally to people. The idea was to have two liquids that wouldn’t mix. One would be colored while the other remained clear. My first experiment, as you could guess, was oil and water. I wanted the color to sit on top of the clear to represent the saying “Let the inspiration rise to the top.” Mineral oil is about the clearest oil out there. You could use a very light olive oil as well. But I chose mineral oil. I began a quest to find a colorant to dye the oil. Food coloring was water based, therefore it would not mix with the oil at all. I found candy dye, bought a few jars and went home to work it out. I also purchased small glass bottles at the local craft store.

Red water, dyed with food coloring. Sitting overnight, bled into the oil.

Water (on bottom) dyed w/ red food coloring. It sat overnight and bled into the oil on top.

Experiment #1: The candy “dye” I used was distributed through glycerin and mixed rather well with the oil. Or so I thought. It was fine when we mixed it up. Complete separation. But when we returned to it the next morning, it had bled into the water.

Experiment #2:I dyed the water, and left the oil alone. The food coloring worked in the water nicely. But, again, sitting overnight caused the bleeding effect.

Experiment 3 and 4

Experiment 3 (Right) dyed mineral oil on bottom, alcohol on the top. Sitting over night, it still bled. Experiment 4  (Left) is dyed alcohol on top of  clear mineral oil sitting overnight. No bleeding. 

Experiment #3: I didn’t use any water this time. But I found that 90% isopropyl alcohol was less dense than the mineral oil, therefore it floated on the oil this time.  I used the candy dye again for the oil (despite the fact I wanted the color on the top, what they hey…I could always change the phrase to “Let the clarity come through”). Again, the oil colored nicely, but overnight, it bled into the alcohol, just like it had with the water. I was beginning to think something was up with the candy dye.

Experiment #4: I reversed it. This time, I colored the alcohol with food coloring and left the oil alone…thus going back to my original phrase “Let inspiration rise to the top.” After sitting overnight, we had success! No bleeding effect. I so so ecstatic. I finally found a successful method for bottling #WriteMotivation for everyone.

Or so I thought…

Each bottle contains less than 50ml of isopropyl alcohol and mineral oil. They were not very big containers. Maybe 4 or 5 inches tall. So, the next part of the experiment was packaging and shipping. Alcohol is highly flammable. According to USPS, these items, while not hazardous sitting at home on your shelves, become hazardous with drastic changes in pressure and temperatures. Alcohol is one of them. Therefore they will not ship them.

HAZMAT - Flammable LiquidOur next option was UPS. UPS told us, “Sure you can ship that, as long as it is properly packaged and labeled with the proper HAZMAT sticker.”
“Cool,”  we thought, “We can do this!” The bottle had to be double vacuum sealed in a Mylar bag. The box had to be filled with vermiculite. And the sticker had to be on the outside of the box. We already had a vacuum sealer. We bought the vermiculite from Home Depot, ordered the Mylar bags, and then the stickers. Then we thought, “Ok, so can we drop this off at any UPS store? I highly doubt it.” So we called them back.  That’s when their HAZMAT department had to get involved. According to them, we had to take a HAZMAT Class (at $4000) and we had to set up a shipping account with them. They just didn’t seem to understand that this was all under 50ml! No way we were doing this.

So we called FedEx. Their response was the same. But they mentioned that there was another option: finding a HAZMAT shipper. More finger walking in the virtual yellow pages and more phone calls. When we finally found a HAZMAT shipper, and they called us back, they would come to our house and pick it up and send it via ground….for $3000!

WTF OVER!?!

Again, no one seems to get that it’s under 50ml! Smaller than a bottle of perfume! Wow. This was such a headache! After all this experimentation and heartache, and the month nearly over, we finally gave up on shipping them. We could have driven to everyone’s house for cheaper than what everyone wanted to charge us to ship it! While that would have been awesome, time and money just are not on our side!

"Let the Inspiration Rise to the Top"

My son's bottle of inspiration

I really, REALLY, wanted to send these out to my #WriteMotivation pals for inspiration they can sit on their desks. But nooooo….DENIED! I’m sorry guys! Really sorry! If I could just find a way to “paint” the oil without the bleed effect into the water, we’d be golden! I could give these to everyone on the #WriteMotivation team, or even set up my own Etsy shop for anyone who wanted to buy bottled inspiration. 🙂

Conclusion: 
Whatever “dye” I used to color the oil bled. I need a non-bleeding “dye” for the oil.
OR
I would need a liquid lighter/less dense than oil to “dye” (and doesn’t bleed) that is safe to ship!

What I’ve learned about science is so cool! You could use the liquid density test to make a 7 layer liquid density column (you can’t keep it, mind you). You can make your own kid-safe lava lamp. And you can also make your own wave machine. And my son loved the whole process. He has his own bottle of inspiration.

In my recent research I have learned some things about “dyeing”: dyes are water soluble. Aluminum Lakes are insoluble and tint through dispersion. These are generally used to tint oils and will prevent the bleed effect. Everything I have found on that is in the candy industry, though. I am still at a loss to know if the Aluminum Lakes would work when you have two types of liquids that will inevitably be agitated at one point or ten (because it really is so fun to shake the bottle up and watch it separate!)

So, until I can find a method to dye the top liquid without the bleed effect, AND not have it classified as HAZMAT, I cannot send these out as gifts or prizes. If anyone else out there that is a science freak more so than our family (or if you understand pigments, dyes, and solutions) and could possibly have an answer to this, I beg of you to share! I would LOVE to be able to send these to friends who need a little motivational kick from time to time!

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The BEST Litterbox. EVER!

Posted April 16, 2012 By LadyJai

We’ve had cats for the last twenty-two and a half years. I think we’ve tried just about every litter box out there. Well, every litter box out there before we found the Litter Free (Now called Cat Genie).

Let’s first look at the health hazards of the litter box (both for the human and the feline): [See http://rcwel.wrytestuff.com/swa33679.htm for more information]

  1. For humans the top health concern from litter boxes is Toxoplasmosis.  Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a tiny parasite called Toxoplasma gondii which can be found in raw or undercooked meat, unwashed fruits and vegetables, dirty cat litter boxes and outdoor soil where cat feces can be found. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 60 million people in the United States may be infected with the Toxoplasma parasite(1). Fortunately, very few people ever experience any symptoms because a healthy person’s immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness. However, pregnant women and individuals who have compromised immune systems, such as individuals infected with the HIV virus, are at risk and should take precautions to avoid being infected by the parasite. For people in this group a Toxoplasma infection could cause serious health problems to the individual or to a pregnant woman’s unborn child.
  2. Another human toxin is E. coli. E. coli can infect humans thru contact with feline fecal material, although the primary means of infection is thru ingestion or raw or undercooked meats. E. Coli is a bacterium commonly found in the intestinal tract of humans and animals. Almost all strains of the bacteria are harmless. However a few strains can produce powerful toxins and cause severe illness, especially in children under 5 years of age(5). Symptoms usually include diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In children under 5, 2%-7% of E. coli cases can cause kidney failure. Fortunately, E. coli is easy to prevent.
  3. For cats, because they like to stay clean and they clean themselves by licking, licking their paws after use of a continuously dirty litter can cause infections. The most common is the urinary tract infection. There are other infections that can be caused by both the litter, the bacteria, and the dust.
  4. Again, for cats, some types of litter can be harmful or fatal. Clumping litters especially. Stay away from clay based litters as these can contain the mineral sodium bentonite. The corn or wheat based litters are non-toxic. I would recommend The World’s Best Cat Litter, if you don’t have the Cat Genie. Non-Clumping litters require you to wash and sanitize your litter box more often to keep the bacteria at bay. But who doesn’t use non-clumping anymore?
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We began with one cat back in 1989. GoofyKat. When he was 4, we brought home MikeyKat. He was mad at me for a year…literally! That’s one thing different between cats and dogs: Cats hold grudges. 🙂
Anyway, we didn’t start off with more than one litter box. We even tried to train the two to use the toilet. They were reluctant but we managed to get them to pee in the toilet, but never poo in it. So, we reverted back to the regular litter box. We chalked it up to them being too old.
Litter Maid

Litter Maid

We bought the Litter Maid. At the time, that was “high-class”. We noticed that they just didn’t like the box. So, we bought two, thinking it was because one cat didn’t like going after the second cat–either the smell, or the scent of the other because they just didn’t like each other very well. So we bought a third….and a fourth. Nothing would make them happy. And then we finally realized the smell.

A cat’s nose is more sensitive than ours. But when we could smell the urine, we knew that it was just not working well. The Litter Maid would rake the clumping pee and poo into a bin at the front of the box and it would sit there. It had a cover and was supposed to contain the clumps and the smell, but it never quite fit right. So the stench would leak out. We also noticed that the rakes would never rake out everything completely. The clumping litter would adhere to the bottom and the corners of the litter box. The rake was set to not touch the bottom of the litter box, so it never completely removed everything. And we just couldn’t adjust it where it needed to be to scrape the bottom. It was stinking up the litter box. And then, the smell filled the whole room.

It was horrible. Poor kitties!

We were manually scooping the litter box two or three times a day, as well as having the Litter Maid automatically go off. But there were times it just couldn’t scoop the stuff at all and it would get stuck, gears clicking and finally giving up. The poo and the pee clumps would sit in the litter box until we came in and manually scooped. That’s when we realized GoofyKat was using it too much, having pee clumps twice the size of normal clumps, and also he was peeing in inappropriate places (i.e. not the litter box). So, we took him to the vet and found out he had diabetes.

Controlling GoofyKat’s diabetes and his health was important to us, and to him. So, after years of (unsuccessful) use of the Litter Maid, we threw them away and reverted to a regular box, with regular clumping litter.  We were scooping anyway, so might as well just keep it all under control of one litter box. As with any cat owner, we dreaded this chore. The dust from the litter, the constant scooping and cleaning. Everything that goes with this chore we hated.

World's Best Cat Litter

World’s Best Cat Litter

But, we did find this amazing litter, called THE WORLD’S BEST CAT LITTER. And it really is! It’s made of ground corn husks and there is very little dust. It kept the ammonia smell down to a bare minimum, something that we really needed since GoofyKat was diabetic and caused more ammonia in his urine. It also helped keep the cats from using the bathroom elsewhere.

This was a great alternative to what we had before. But we still had to scoop. And clean. And sanitize.

A few years pass and we found this thing called Litter Free while surfing the ‘net one day. We are all for technology and making our lives simpler. And when we read about this self-cleaning litter box, did a little more investigation, we dumped the $200 on a litter box. Heck yeah! Why not? We spent $150 times 4 on those Litter Maids.

The Litter Free had washable pellets, a CPU to control when it would wash, and hose hookups. You either hooked it up to your water in your bathroom and have it expel the dirty water into the toilet with a hose that hooked on to the rim, or you could hook it up in your washroom and expel the dirty water into the drain for your washer. (I prefer the washroom hookup). It even blow dried your pellets when it was done. It was an awesome machine.

But then, they went out of business. The inventor was incredibly saddened by this because it was getting very popular. However, there were just too many investors in the stew. So, he had to stop production. The cleaning cartridges and pellets disappeared, and then the units started breaking. People were buying what they could off eBay for parts, or even a first time unit. It was still very popular. However, the inventor couldn’t continue improvements on this thing without his backer.

We had to go back to the old, manual, scooping litter box. Ugh! But at least THE WORLD’S BEST CAT LITTER made it semi-tolerable.

Cat Genie by Petnovations

Cat Genie by PetNovations

We scoured the forums and the internet in hopes of another self-washing cat litter box. Eventually the rumor starting flaring up again. And then, in 2006 the LitterFree came back into existence under the new name of Cat Genie by PetNovations.

We were one of the first people to sign up and “beta test” the new units. With the beta group we provided detailed information on what did and didn’t work. It was a vast improvement from the LitterFree. The support was wonderful. It was beautiful! And, we had our self-washing litter box back!

Here’s how it works:

And here’s some litter facts and why you should consider the Cat Genie. Mull it over, consider buying it. If you have to, save up for it. It is well worth the money! I highly recommend it! No cat should have to use a regular litter box again!

Cat litter…

1) is strip-mined and needs 2000 degrees of heat to process.
2) uses more energy and money for transporting than it’s worth.
3) pollutes landfills with 8 billion, non-biodegradable lbs. a year. In one year, with two cats, you buy, carry and throw away about 336 lbs. of litter. See more shocking litter facts.

You ask: why CatGenie? Ask: why not?

Why not …

1) give up buying and carrying hundreds of lbs. of litter.
2) just purchase a few cartridges of cat-safe cleaner a year.
3) stop breathing in germ-filled, smelly dust particles.
4) help save the planet and stop littering.
Have Questions? See FAQs.

We now have graduated to the CatGenie 120 and would be lost without it! 😀

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So, we had our first torrential downpour a week after we planted the roses. We’ve always had an issue with drainage. The soil here in Florida is either sand or clay. There is no in between. What we did for the roses was dig a double wide/double deep hole, remove the sandy clay (I know, oxymoron, right?!) and replace it with a layer of gravel (for drainage) and an equal mixture of potting soil, vermiculite, and peat moss.
Oh the rain!
Oh the rain! See where it falls off the roof?

a pool for the Lantanas

a pool for the Lantanas

The front lines the porch and is situated right under the roof overhang, which is normally fine. Until it does its heavy rain. Luckily, it’s not very often. So, the roses should be fine. The problem we have, though, is erosion. We are trying everything to keep the soil in place. When we first moved in, we watched as the mulch floated away and washed down the storm drain–hence the reason why I am reluctant to buy more mulch and I want stone in its place! But that’s another project and more back-breaking work altogether.

The veggie garden, worst side of the house, ZERO drainage

The veggie garden, worst side of the house, ZERO drainage

Back patio poor drainage

Back patio poor drainage

The front porch area is not as bad as the back patio area. Because the front is on a hill, it drains to the sidewalk. However, the poor Lantanas were swimming. 🙂 The erosion on the two roses at the stairs to the front porch will have to be taken care of. We plan on getting some concrete edging just to keep the soil from running away. Hope that will help (and look nice). The side of the house with the small veggie garden is our worst enemy. Even in the drought of summer that side remains squishy. We have moss growing over there. At least most of them are in raised beds, and the cabbage has a substantial amount of gravel in the hole we buried it in. We know we have good drainage in the back, because it dried up rather quickly. It is the erosion we are most concerned about. None of the houses around here come with gutters. We will have to look into that option later. But I’d really like to get some diverters at the very least. But diverting the water…where? No matter where we divert it to, it will cause erosion.

Front porch erosion. After the storm.

Front porch erosion. After the storm.

Front porch erosion. After the storm.

Front porch erosion. After the storm.

Back Patio, after the storm. Water is nearly gone, proves good drainage.

Back Patio, after the storm. Water is gone, proves good drainage.

At least they survived the rain storm. And we got a double rainbow at the end! To thank my husband for all his efforts, I bought him a new BBQ grill. We’ve been without it for years now. With the new house, new neighborhood, and everyone else having a BBQ grill, we’ve been wanting one since we moved here. Finally, we got one. And had hamburgers for dinner that night. 🙂

After the storm! Double Rainbow Happiness!

After the storm! Double Rainbow Happiness!

Hubs' present for helping!

Hubs' present for helping!

LadyJai

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oxymoron

Source - Oxymoron

Oxymoron, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, is “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g., faith unfaithful kept him falsely true).”

This is one of two English terms I absolutely adore. (This one because of the definition. The other, simply because I like to say it.) We’ve all heard many oxymora before.

A fine mess
Same difference
Jumbo shrimp
Military intelligence
Holy war
Fail safe
Farewell reception
New classic
Head butt
Quiet riot
Living Dead
and the list goes on….

MikeyKat

MikeyKat

But today, I would like to talk to you about my oxymoron cats (and the not-so-oxymoron).

It started out a while ago, with my MikeyKat. We rescued him from the ASPCA when he was about a year and a half old. MikeyKat was the most loving cat EVER! I would look into his eyes and see his love for me. He was my cat. He traveled the world with us. But unfortunately, he succumbed to kidney failure at the age of 14. I was devastated. I still cry for him.

*brushes tears from eyes*

At first we just thought him to be a regular grey tabby. But as we learned of the different breeds, and I found THE PERFECT LOOKING CAT, at least for me, I just knew MikeyKat was a Scottish Fold. He had the same personality of the Scottish Fold (calm, lovely temperament, loving, and not very active). He also had the same mannerisms of the Scottish Folds as well (while he never did the Buddha sit, he favored the Prairie Dog sit. He also LOVED to lay on his back, exposing his big fat belly. 🙂

MikeyKat Belly

MikeyKat Belly

So, when it was time, after we lost our first kitty to Diabetes and kidney failure at the age of 16, we wanted to start looking for a Scottish Fold to add to our family. I wanted another MikeyKat, only with folded ears! 😀

Scottish Fold

Pictured: Second Best of Breed GC, DW FOREVERSTAR SILVERY DAWN, Silver Tabby & White Shorthair Scottish Fold Male Photo: © Furrpurr

I mean, how could you NOT want one of these? Look at that face! 😀

So our quest began. We found a local breeder and befriended her at a cat show. We visited with her and her show cats for the next year. There were about two or three shows we attended before we made the plunge. At $400 for pet quality, well, we weren’t so sure we would be able to pull it off.

Over the next few months, we learned a lot about the breed. Here is what we found:

History:
Susie was the very first Scottish Fold (at least found by humans). She was a white barn cat found “at a farm near Coupar Angus in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1961. Susie’s ears had an unusual fold in their middle, making her resemble an owl. When Susie had kittens, two of them were born with folded ears, and one was acquired by William Ross, a neighboring farmer and cat-fancier. Ross registered the breed in 1966 and started to breed Scottish Fold kittens with the help of geneticist Pat Turner. Susie’s only reproducing offspring was a female Fold named Snooks who was also white; a second kitten was neutered shortly after birth. Three months after Snooks’ birth, Susie was killed by a car. All Scottish Fold cats share a common ancestry to Susie.”

What makes the ears fold?
An incomplete dominant gene is what makes the ears fold. All Scottish Fold kittens are born with straight ears. By three to four weeks of age, the ears will begin to fold. Or not. Only about 20-50% of kittens ears fold. There is no guarantee, nor method to make them fold.

Temperament:
As I said before, they are a very calm breed. They love to supervise whatever you are doing, but aren’t overly vocal about it. They have a very tiny voice. (see my example of their voice here). If you don’t have one that loves to be on you, they will always be near you. Despite their calm demeanor, they do like to play. Their playtime is in spits and spurts. But they expect you to be involved as well.

Medical Concerns:
In general, they are a low maintenance cat and can usually live on average 15 years. However, early breeding practices (fold-to-fold) produced a degenerative joint disease called Osteochondrodysplasia. Ethical breeders will only breed Fold-to-Straight. But there are still those out there trying to get the best possible chance to have a folded litter that they still breed Fold-to-Fold.

Scottish Folds who are the products of folded-ear to straight-ear breeding seldom if ever develop joint disease.

Affected Folds will usually show signs of the disease between the ages of 4 to 6 months. This disease, in its worst case, will cause the joints of the cat’s tail, ankles and knees to fuse and stiffen. A Scottish Fold with a very short thickened tail is probably affected to some extent. While this health problem is disabling, it is not life threatening. Though it cannot be cured, it can be very successfully treated.

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Sofie supervising my writing progress

Sofie supervising my writing progress

If a female cat doesn’t like the male, she can turn off her reproductive cycle. Misty had problems with her mate. Our breeder decided the best way to get her to “like” her stud was to live with him for a few months. What a stressful time it was for her, I am sure, as well as the breeders. But finally, Misty succumbed and she became pregnant. She had her litter on May 10, 2006. We kept in contact with the breeder, and when the kitties were born, we went to see them a few times. After four weeks, when not a single cat folded, she told us the next time we came over we would have the pick of the litter. When we got there, at eight weeks, they were just all so very cute, we couldn’t decide. But Sofie decided for us. Liz, the breeder, was so shocked because she never showed any personality until our son came over and started playing with her. She had picked us.

Peeking Theo

Peeking Theo

At this point, she was getting irritated at the whole breeding/showing system, the politics, and the hypocrisies. She decided she was no longer going to breed or show. This was her last litter. She couldn’t find a home for Sofie’s brother, Theodore. Liz let us have both cats for the price of one! Theo was so scared of everything. When we went to pick him up, he freaked so bad that he gave Liz some nice, deep scratches and hid under the bed. He wouldn’t come out for anything. So we had to wait a few weeks when she brought him to the cat show. It was an easier transition that way. Theo has always been our tender soul and still is a neophobe. But we wouldn’t have him any other way. 🙂

Itty Bitty - Our non-Oxymoron cat

Itty Bitty - Our non-Oxymoron cat

Last year, we added a 3rd kittie to our family. Someone on Craig’s List was looking for a home for her Scottish Fold. She didn’t want to give her up, but her other kitties were bullying her. It has been a very long, and slow process to win her over. But we finally have, I believe. While showing signs of  Osteochondrodysplasia, we are doing our best to keep her comfortable and happy.
Here is a letter I just sent to her previous owner:

It’s been one year since we picked up Itty Bitty! Amazing how much she’s changed in that year! When we first brought her home she wanted nothing to do with any of us. Now she helps me dress for work in the morning, greets me when I come home, talks to me all the while! She knows when it’s bed time and she needs no coaxing to go upstairs. she has her days with the other two, a hiss every now and again (even though Theo really wants to play) but the other two get in their spats too and they are brother and sister. Right now, as I type this, she sits in my lap. I call her name and she answers. She doesn’t sit in the lap as nearly as often as I would like. But I will take anything I can get. I knew it would be a long, slow process, but one well worth the wait. She’s happy here. So no need to worry! She’s loved and accepted. And the most important thing, she returns it all! Thank you.

I love my Oxymoron cats as much as my non-Oxymoron cat.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the breed as well as about our family. I will leave you with the Scottish Fold Positions: 

 

The Buddha Sit (Theo)

The Buddha Sit (Theo)

The Crash (Sofie)

The Crash (Sofie)

Full Belly Stretch (Itty Bitty)

Full Belly Stretch (Itty Bitty)

Full Back Stretch (Itty Bitty)

Full Back Stretch (Itty Bitty)

Ping! I'm a Kitty Kat! Ping! (Theo)

Ping! I'm a Kitty Kat! Ping! (Theo)

The Cello (unknown)

The Cello (unknown) -- Sofie actually sits like this all the time, not just to clean. I just can't get the picture. 🙂

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Unboxing the Roses – Gardening Part 4

Posted April 2, 2012 By LadyJai

My roses finally arrived from Jackson & Perkins last Monday. All 18 of them. So, the process to plant them begins.

Carefree Wonder Roses from J&P Box

The Box--Carefree Wonder Roses from J&P

Inside the Box

How it was packaged

These are the Carefree Wonders from this picture. Eventually, hopefully, they will look like the 2nd picture.

Close up of roses still in the box
Close up of roses still in the box. Yes, they are bare root.

Carefree Wonder by J&P

Carefree Wonder by J&P

After we disentangled the roots and canes, we had to soak them overnight in water. We were able to get 2-3 in each bucket.

Roses soaking in the Homer Buckets

Roses soaking in the Homer Buckets

My hubs wasn’t doing so well on Tuesday night. Not sure if most of you know, but he is a disabled veteran. He suffers chronic neck pain from several accidents while in the Army. He also gets 3 to 4 migraines a week. When he’s out, he is out! So, Tuesday, I planted 6 roses by myself (with a little help from my son, who’s easily distracted–but what 9-year-old isn’t?). Anyway, I planted 6 roses around the back patio. Here’s the before, during and after photos. 🙂

Back patio--Before

Back patio--Before

Back patio--After (without roses)

Back patio--After (without roses)

Back Patio Area with Newly Planted Roses

Back Patio Area with Newly Planted Roses

Hubs still wasn’t doing well on Wednesday either. But he powered through helping me with the remaining 12. They HAD to get planted within a few days of arrival. It couldn’t be helped. I commend him! I just feel so bad that because of all this manual labor, he’s suffering because of it. But he tells me not to worry. (Can’t help it!) He loves doing things with me and the boy! 😀 I love him.

Oh, and my hubs calls each one of my roses, “She/her”!

So, the front got the remainder of the roses. We mixed up new soil with vermiculite and peat moss, added some water crystals and fertilizer and added it to the holes we dug.  And here’s where they all went. Notice they are much smaller than what’s left of the existing bushes. 🙂 Hopefully, they will establish and fill in nicely. Eventually, those bushes will be gone too. I just don’t know what I will be putting in their place just yet.

Front Left Porch With Newly Planted Roses

Front Left Porch With Newly Planted Roses

Right Front Porch with Newly Planted Roses

Right Front Porch with Newly Planted Roses -- There's two behind the pillar as well.

So, this is pretty much it with the process. I’ll probably post more pictures when they are established and blooming! I’ve got a couple I am really worried about because when they came to me their roots were cut really short. But luckily, Jackson and Perkins has a 1 year warranty on their plants!

We still have a lot of old dirt, decomposing mulch and leaves to remove from the bed, and put down some mulch. We wanted to replace the mulch with stone, but OH.EM.GEE! That will be next year’s project. We need 4 cubic yards to do that (about $600). And that’s about two or three TONS! I may just save up for someone to do it for us! Probably not, though, because that’s about $2000!

Hope you enjoy watching us break our backs! We are definitely NOT 20 anymore! 😀 But hopefully, this will all be worth it in the end!

LadyJai

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Interesting Things…or not. You choose!

Posted March 30, 2012 By LadyJai

Ok, so another blogger award. Not sure the real purpose of these awards, but hey they can be fun learning more about each other. A little tid bit here, a little tid bit there. 🙂 I’m just not really keen on being the center of attention. I like to cower in the corner, be the wall flower, watch others as they make fools out of themselves. It’s always more fun that way. So, both Michelle and Valerie tagged me and here I am, having to talk about me. Ugh!

Hey, I know, maybe I will tell you seven things about my family history. That’s about me, in a way. I used to be a part of Ancestry.com and researched a lot of my family and as much as I could of my husband’s without buying the Worldwide subscription. I’ve since put that hobby on hold until I can dedicate more time and money to it. I have English, Hungarian Gypsy, German, and Cherokee blood. The English history was the easiest to track down. I would love to learn more about my Hungarian and German as well. And I know the Cherokee will be near impossible. All my relatives have passed. And those that are still alive cannot remember. It’s frustrating to say the least. But I’ve always loved puzzles. (If you want to check out my tree, visit My Roots)

Claypool Crest

Claypool/Claypoole Family Crest

  1. I’ve always been fascinated with my English heritage. My maiden name is Claypool. There are several spellings I’ve come across in my research: Claypool/Claypoole/Claypole. I’ve been able to trace my maiden name back as early as 1500, in northern England. It was a Claypoole/Metcalf merger. When Adam Claypoole Esquire married Lady Dorothy Wingfield in 1586 they brought a long history of royalty lines into the Claypoole family along with many stories that need substantiating.
  2. With documentation being what it was (nearly non-existent or lost) these are stories, nothing you can prove matter of fact. But they are still fascinating nonetheless. There are even stories that say we may be related to the original King Author (or at least been part of the the Templars), as well as  Constantine and the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. The stories go even further back to possibly descendants from James, Jesus’ brother.
    (Yes, yes, I know. I’ve had this conversation with my family many times. Jesus didn’t have a brother. Well, if you are Catholic, like my family, and believe that the Bible is the ultimate, the FINAL irrefutable word of God, well, then…yes, Jesus never had a brother. However, there were so many more texts and “books” written from many more people. If my memory serves me correctly, there was never a specific list of these texts until Constantine converted in 4th Century AD. And even with the King James Version, men chose what they thought should be included. Even today, pick up a Protestant Bible and there are only 66 books. A Roman Catholic Bible has 73. And we are finding more and more “lost” books. Were they truly lost? Or just forbidden?  But I digress).
  3. One of my family members, Elizabeth Claypoole, is buried in Westminster Abby. She was the favorite daughter of Oliver Cromwell. If you know your English history, he was an English military and political leader who helped overthrow the Stuart Monarchy (Mary, Queen of Scotts, James I, and James II) and subsequently became “Head of State” in 1653.
  4.  One of my family members, James Claypole, was supposedly best friends of William Penn. He helped finance the settlement of Pennsylvania and was one of the first 13 original families to join William Penn on the Concord to Philadelphia in 1683.
  5. One of my family members, David Claypoole, owned the first printing press in Philadelphia. He printed the original, as well as several copies, of The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and George Washington’s Farewell Address.
  6. One of my family members, John Claypoole married Elizabeth Griscom—better known as Betsy Ross. He was her 3rd husband. They had 5 children, 4 lived to maturity.
  7. My Great Grandfather dropped the final “e” in our name for some reason I can never find the answer to.

 

Want to see more about my Genealogical research? Click here!

So, interesting? Boring? You tell me. Also, I’m supposed to tag people. So consider yourself tagged…or not! Your choice. 🙂

LadyJai

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Gardening Part 3

Posted March 28, 2012 By LadyJai

We spent another (extended) weekend working in the yard. I received confirmation my roses had been shipped on 3/22/2012 so we had to step it all up a notch. It was hard, back-breaking work for these old bodies! Why can’t our bodies still be as young as our minds? 😛 Anyway, this past weekend, we dug up and removed the last of those nasty bushes around the porch and back by the patio (where the roses were going). We also had to remove a lot of old, rotting mulch.  Here’s a before and after picture for our back patio where the roses are going:

Back patio--Before

Back patio--Before

Back patio--After (without roses)

Back patio--After (without roses)

And look what we found…

Yup, that's a Black Widow with her egg sacks

Yup, that's a Black Widow with her egg sacks

Black Widow - She's a beauty, isn't she?!

Black Widow - She's a beauty, isn't she?!

And she wasn’t the only one we found. We have been finding them all around the edge of out house. We’ve been killing them with a passion as well, since hubs has already been bit by one and I’ve come very close many, many times. We even found a nest in our car!!! talk about a FREAK OUT!!! We planted a small herb garden in a cinder block stacked container. And, put our son’s cabbage in the ground next to it.

Herb garden + 1 vegetable

Herb cinder block container garden with cabbage on the side.

We also planted another Jasmine (next to the one we planted last year) in hopes to hide the Heat Pump from the roadway.

Jasmine to hide the heat pump

Jasmine to hide the heat pump

And we still had 10 more creeping Lantanas we needed to plant (which got done Sunday night, by the way!) yay!

Creeping Lantanas -- Before

Creeping Lantanas -- Before

Creeping Lantanas -- After

Creeping Lantanas -- After

And we are so utterly exhausted. But my roses came in on Monday. I’ll save that for another post! 😀

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My Gardening Efforts Part 2

Posted March 23, 2012 By LadyJai

Our Home

As most of you know, I live in Florida where Spring comes early, and Fall comes late. For the last month,  the weather has been staying in the upper 70s, mid 80s and the plants that I have been preparing, still in pots on my patio, have been screaming at me to be planted. So, my goal is to replace the builder installed landscaping you can see in the pictures below.

Facing the house, this is the left bed.

Facing the house, this is the left bed. The 1st row of bushes have been replaced by Creeping Lantanas. My Hybrid Teas have been repotted and placed around the Dwarf Lilac (left in picture)

Facing the house, this is the right bed

Facing the house, this is the right bed. We have not begun to do anything with this yet, except we pulled up some of the bushes around the Holly tree last year.

I also needed to trim back my roses before they exploded. They all now look like this (most are in pots though as I haven’t decided on their permanent home yet):

Pruned Roses

Spring Pruning Roses

So, the weekend before Spring officially arrived, we were out taking care of raking the beds, pruning roses, and removing the bushes. Check out what we did in my previous post. It was hard, backbreaking work, and we have a lot more to do.

I just ordered 18 shrub roses from Jackson & Perkins to border my porch and add some color. (I have grand visions for this “landscaping job” and I hope they come to fruition!)

Carefree Wonder by J&P

Carefree Wonder by J&P

Where the Carefree Wonder will be going

Already removed part of the bushes where the Carefree Wonder will be going.

We will be pulling more bushes up and getting the soil ready for when my Carefree Wonders arrive. So this weekend will be extremely busy, again.

When I lived in Virginia, I grew and showed my roses in the local ARS (American Rose Society) Show. Three of my roses placed, 1st -3rd. I was so proud. When we had to move to Germany and leave my roses behind, I actually cried. I don’t know how they are today–if they are even still there. I only hope! When I started, though, the Internet was still very new. I tried to gain as much knowledge as I could from the ‘net. But really, there was nothing there. So, I learned how to code web pages, and created my own “Caring for Roses” website. It’s still there. I haven’t updated it with my roses I’ve started growing here. But the information for pruning, caring for, and troubleshooting problems will not change. If you need help, check it out. I always enjoy helping people!

I will be trying to incorporate some more of our adventures into this blog, gardening or otherwise, in hopes to make it more personal and not strictly about writing. If you have any suggestions or comments on what you would like to see, let me know! I would like to have more traffic than I do and more interaction with my readers.

Hope you are enjoying my gardening adventures! Let me know if you have any questions or need some help.

LadyJai

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Gardening and Week 3 #WriteMotivation Update

Posted March 19, 2012 By LadyJai
Our Home

Our Home 2009

Me: I’m so old.
Son: No you’re not. You were just bent over gardening too much this weekend!

Ok, so this post might have to be something simple. I’m zapped from all the manual labor this weekend. My plants were screaming at me for the last 3 weeks. My roses needed re-potted and trimmed (Still haven’t decided where their permanent home will be so I bought bigger containers. My Lantanas needed to be put in the ground. My beds needed raked, mulch removed and weeding. It was in the upper 80s all weekend so we usually don’t do anything during the heat of the day. We began in the morning, rested during the day, and went back out in the early evening when it began to cool back down.

Not sure if you can see from the picture to the left, but the landscaper wanted to put in as much as he possibly could. He over-crowded the area. And, I didn’t have any of the plants I wanted. We’ve been working on the left side of the house as well. The tree all the way to the left of the picture has been replaced. The first year, it became home to wasps and hornets. And somehow managed to contract some sort of disease. We’ve since replaced it with a dwarf lilac. This will be its second season. The place I bought it from said it was the only one capable of handling the heat of Zone 9. So, fingers are crossed.

Our Home 2009

Our Home 2009 different angle

Also, see all those tiny bushes? in the front? Well, I’ve been slowly removing them and replacing them. They stink to high heaven and they seem to like to get and keep mildew, and ants. Plus, there is too much green and not enough color. Way up in the front, you might not be able to see it, but there are African Lilies. Those have never bloomed out of the 3 years we’ve been here.

Not only did we replace the tree (left of the photo) with a Dwarf Lilac, we’ve pulled up about 3 rows of those nasty, stinky bushes. That was last year. In their absence, weeds have taken hold. Fresh, exposed earth and there you go. We’ve not only weeds, but grass. It is a daunting task to keep up with the weeding. We are trying to get some mulch this year, to replace what got washed down the drain during rain storms, while we save up for stone. Plus, it’s easier to plant before I get stone.

Along the back, lining the porch, I want to rip up those bushes and replace them with hedge roses. This year, though, we’ve managed to re-pot my hybrid tea roses. We also purchased some Creeping Lantana for the very front, more for ground cover, where the African Lilies used to be. We haven’t been able to lay much mulch. We only have a car, with limited trunk space. We bought 2 bags of brown mulch on Saturday. We laid that around the Dwarf Lilac and where my potted roses are. It looked really nice. We went back Sunday to buy a few more bags and were stuck getting 4 bags of red mulch. I HATE RED MULCH! Ugh! I don’t want a patchwork flower bed. But, daggum it, we don’t have a truck. I WANT MY STONE!

Beginning Of New Front Yard 2012

Beginning Of New Front Yard 2012

So, we still have more mulch to lay, and more work to do. I haven’t bought all the plants just yet. I have to get my hedge roses before June, though. That’s the last time they will ship to my zone until next year. It’s a slow process, but hopefully will be beautiful next year when it’s all done.

So, with that being said, my writing suffered this weekend.

March’s goals:

  1. Continue with my daily writer-ly duties.Yes and No. Monday through Friday was fine. Between finishing up editing one short story, completing another, and a couple of critiques along the way, I did rather well. However, this weekend, I did not! 🙁 I lost two days. Zero work. 2 days without writing in 3 months, though. So I consider that still an amazing accomplishment.
  2. By March 20th, I would like to complete and submit another story to the 713 Flash call at KazkaPress.   Yes and No. I completed editing the short story I wrote last year. Since this month’s prompt reminded me a lot of this short story, I wanted to make a companion piece to it. I completed the 713 short. It’s currently out for crits. Submission is end of day tomorrow. Hopefully, I can manage to submit it tomorrow.
  3. regular blog posts. Yes. YAY for me, I’m writing today’s blog post.
  4. I would like to read another book this month. Nope. Still trying to decide what to read next. I would like to read Terry Goodkind’s latest, The Omen Machine. Or Naomi Novik’s latest, Crucible of Gold. But both are $12.99 for the e-book price! (ugh! wish e-books weren’t so pricey!) Only The Omen Machine is out in paperback, at $8.99. Crucible of Gold was released this month, so no paperback yet. I may just have to go and start The Wheel Of Time series, or start back with Artemis Fowl series. I’ve just been so tired to read anything lately.

And we all need to Embrace The Suck! Check out my mugs and T-shirts!

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Caffeine Holder

 

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