Idea Overload

Ever feel like there are 726,819 things you want to do but you have no time to do them? I pretty much feel like that all the time honestly but it seems to be worse lately. I decided to turn some of the want-to’s into getting-done’s so I picked a few projects and started collecting materials for them. Let me just say – it’s taken me WEEKS to collect some of these materials! It’s insane!!! There’s still one that I have to purchase… I’m having to have it custom ordered. Custom ordered people! It’s craziness I tell you. Then there’s that whole minor issue of actually accomplishing the project once I have the necessary materials. Lord knows when that’ll happen. Every time I think I’m going to have time, something else comes up. I had planned to work on these a little bit each night but I’ve changed my schedule around a bit at work and now I’m not getting home until 7pm. By the time I cook dinner, pack my gym bag, pack my lunch and eat dinner, it’s 10pm. That’s my bedtime so that means I got nothing crafty done for the day. Plus, our weekends are a blur between the have-to’s (like laundry, grocery shopping, yard work) and social events so there’s just very little time to do anything creative. I WILL find time though (if for no other reason than that the materials are currently living on my kitchen table which will eventually drive me completely batty). So, wanna know what I’m working on???

I’m working on this Bugsy Tic Tac Toe but I’m tweaking the base a bit. This is going to live outside in our backyard. In truth, my husband is going to paint the ‘bugs’ for me. I can’t paint to save my life. 🙂

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This little baggie of sweet clothespins is yet another project (source unknown). This is the one for which I’m having to custom order an item… any guesses? Yeah it’s that clothespin stamp!

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I saw this absolutely adorable idea on a blog called A Beautiful Mess. They have some of the most creative things I’ve ever seen and their photography is amazing. I’m crazy jealous. Anywho… since we have both cats and dogs in our house, we’re going to copy cat this adorable kitty spoon rest and then try our hands at creating an equally cute puppy one. Fingers crossed!

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I have what I think is going to be a super cute idea involving this printable.

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And last but definitely not least I’m working on this cute embroidery project.

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With any luck – they’ll all be done by the end of the year. HA!

Then I can get started on the other 726,814 ideas I have.

A Furball Update

So I thought I’d give you guys a bit of an update on this situation.  

Both kitties are now spayed and declawed.  I’m normally against declawing an animal but ours are strictly indoors and Widgit was so feisty I was afraid one day she might really hurt Lita (that’s my dog).  They both healed up great and don’t seem to be missing their claws at all. 

There’s a lot of playing hide-and-go-seek in mommy’s closet.

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There’s a lot of hiding in the box on the cat tree.  This is, by far, Widgit’s favorite place to take a nap… and a bath… and to play.

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Widgit also found the place where I stash the worlds softest blanket which I use to snuggle up with while watching tv.  It’s been hard to get her out of this since she found it.

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There’s also been a lot of stealing their big sisters bed.

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And a lot of Aurora/Lita snuggle fests.

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There’s still a few occurances of Widgit beating up on her little sister but it’s getting better.  Mostly that’s because Aurora is growing up.  She’ll always be a petite little thing, but she’s learning how to take her sister on.

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Widgit is growing on me, mostly because she’s the snuggler.  And I’m her favorite person to snuggle. 

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All in all, we’re quite happy with our little family.

I’ve Lost My Ever Lovin’ Mind – Adopting Kittens

Yep, you read that right.  My husband and I have adopted two kittens.  Normally, this might not be cause for saying I’ve lost my mind, but in this case, I have. 

You see, this was neither a well-timed decision, nor a well thought out decision.  My husband loves cats and has been begging for one for as long as I can remember.  We have a dog, a 9 year old Labrador mix named Lita who is my baby, but she’s afraid of cats.  As in deathly afraid of cats.  Naturally, since she’s my baby, I didn’t want to bring a cat into the house and essentially force her to live in fear.  I promised my husband that when Lita passed, we’d get cats.

My baby girl Lita hanging at the park

My baby girl Lita hanging at the park

Then, about a month ago, my husband called me rather frantic because he was at Home Depot and he’d found a kitten in the lawn & garden department.  He didn’t know what to do.  I said ‘can you catch it?’ and he said ‘I think so’ and low and behold he did.  He actually ran errands all day while holding that little tiny kitten in his hands.  When he brought it home, I pretty much knew that if it was a girl, we’d keep it, but if it was a boy, we’d give it up for adoption (I have a strict NO BOY PETS rule in my house).  Well, the poor thing was in bad shape and its genitals were so swollen I couldn’t tell what it was.  So, my friend G (who I happened to be garage sale-ing with that day) and I took it up to the Sugar Land Animal Shelter where I volunteer and had them take a look.  Turns out, it was a boy.  Now I knew my husband would be devastated and in a fit of stupidity weakness I let G talk me into taking 2 other kittens from the shelter home for a sleepover to see how they’d do at our house.  (Ok, ok, in her defense she didn’t have to really persuade me, I’m a total sucker when it comes to furballs, but I’m still totally blaming it on her.) 

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When G and I were about a block away from my house I got a text from my husband that said ‘so, is it a boy or a girl???’ (remember, he’s been dying for a cat).  I said ‘they’re girls’ and his response… ‘it multiplied?’  You see, after having Lita for 9 years I’ve realized something… pets need a partner and it totally sucks for them to be alone.  I promised myself that never again would I adopt “1” of something and that animals would always come in pairs at my house.  So, much to my husbands utter shock and happiness, his one very sick kitten multiplied into two healthy kittens.  We have one medium-haired dark brown and black tabby named Aurora who is about 6 weeks younger than the white with gray tabby patches kitten named Widgit (intentionally misspelled) and no, they’re not from the same litter. 

Aurora:  aka 'the cute one' / 'mom's favorite kitten' / ' chair of the itty bitty kitty committee'

Aurora: aka ‘the cute one’ / ‘mom’s favorite kitten’ / ‘ chair of the itty bitty kitty committee’

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Widgit:  aka 'brat' and various other words starting with 4-letters.  don't let the sweetness of the picture decieve you.  they're lies, ALL LIES!

Widgit: aka ‘brat’ and various other words starting with 4-letters. don’t let the sweetness of the picture decieve you. they’re lies, ALL LIES!

As predicted, Lita freaked.  She did much better than I thought she would though.  She loves Aurora and Aurora loves her.  They’re frequently nose-bumping and hanging out together.  Widgit, on the other hand, was originally horrified by Lita and would hiss and swat at her on a regular basis.  This, in turn, would totally freak Lita out.  Now, however, they seem to have reached an agreement for the most part.  Widgit doesn’t hiss at her anymore and there’s relative peace in my house. 

this was the day i brought the kittens home.  they haven't snuggled like this since but their interaction with each other is just adorable.

this was the day i brought the kittens home. they haven’t snuggled like this since but their interaction with each other is just adorable.

Except for the fact that Widgit is a brat. 

We’re talking total big-sister beating up and picking on little-sister brat.  She absolutely INFURIATES me.  I frequently hear Aurora squealing in pain because Widgit is biting her or something of that nature.  Since I’m an only child, I’m having a hard time recognizing this as what it is… just a big sister picking on a little sister.  Instead, I keep seeing Widgit as a mean ol’ bully and I keep (half-jokingly) telling my husband that I’m going to send her back for reasons of defect. 

We’re guessing that Aurora was the runt and, on top of that, she definitely wasn’t weaned properly.  Probably her mother pushed her away since her likelihood of survival as the runt was relatively low.  When we got her, she weighed less than a pound.  Now, three weeks later, she’s up to about a pound and a half.  Widgit was slightly underweight when we got her but she was at 1.5 lbs and is now 3lbs.  She’s growing by leaps and bounds while Aurora is moving painstakingly slowly in the growth department.  Therefore, it’s hardly a fair fight.  Widgit is twice Aurora’s weight and in development it’s like a 6 month old human baby versus a 4 year old child. 

It is my sincere hope that as Aurora gets older and grows more that she’ll be able to fend off her crazyass sister.  We’re keeping them both and as I told my husband the other day “she (Widgit) is just going to have to learn that I am Queen Brat in this house!”

Book Review: Off Season by Anne Rivers Siddons

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This book is so far outside of my normal reading realm it’s not even funny.  Never in a million years would I have picked up this book if I’d just strolled into a bookstore.  Again, I can’t say enough about buying random books at garage sale.  I just love it!  I find some of the most obscure, wonderful hidden gems out there. 

Here’s a quote that totally sums up this book for me:  This is an example of how a good novel can become magnificent when it is beautifully told.  (Publishers Weekly, as found on the Barnes & Noble website)

The reviewer at Publishers Weekly is right.  Siddons has an amazing gift for imagery.  I’ve never been to Maine, or anywhere on the Northeast coast at all, and yet I felt as though I was right there.  She beautifully describes the scene without making you feel as though you’re reading a thesaurus.  It’s just amazing.  I’m not sure if I wanted to visit Maine in the summer before I read this book but I absolutely want to now. 

There’s also a personal draw to me in this book.  Lilly (the main character) finds peace in the water through competitive swimming.  Seeing as how I spent the better part of sixteen years in the water I can completely relate.  There’s a sense of peace there for me.  In fact, there’s nothing more relaxing to me than going for a swim.  Also, Lilly talks to her cat.  I talk to our pup all the time so I’m glad to know I’m not the only crazy person out there. 

This is a perfect summer read in my opinion.  It’s beautiful and you’ll just want to get completely lost in the pages. 

Here’s the synopsis from Barnes & Noble:

For as long as she can remember, they were Cam and Lilly—happily married, totally in love with each other, parents of a beautiful family, and partners in life. Then, after decades of marriage, it ended as every great love story does…in loss. After Cam’s death, Lilly takes a lone road trip to her and Cam’s favorite spot on the remote coast of Maine, the place where they fell in love over and over again, where their ghosts still dance. There, she looks hard to her past—to a first love that ended in tragedy; to falling in love with Cam; to a marriage filled with exuberance, sheer life, and safety— to try to figure out her future.

It is a journey begun with tender memories and culminating in a revelation that will make Lilly re-evaluate everything she thought was true about her husband and her marriage.

I like a bit of mongrel myself, whether it’s a man or a dog; they’re the best for everyday. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Hi all!  It was another fulfilling day at the local animal shelter.  I know I mostly post about dogs on here but please note that kitten season is in full swing and shelters across the country are flooded with them.  There were over a dozen small kittens available at this one shelter alone.  If you’ve ever considered getting a cat, now is the time! 

Here are the babies I worked with…

Gator

Howdy ya’ll!  My name is Gator and I’m a Basset Hound mix.  Like most Basset’s I am completely scent driven.  This means that I definitely need a fenced in yard because I’ll want to investigate any good smells outside my home.  I need a good walk every day but you’ll need to teach me to heel.  I’m pretty strong too so you’ll need a good arm!  I am super friendly and would love to have kids to play with.  I even know the command ‘sit’!  Please come down and take me on a sleep over today!

Sydney

Aren’t I just the sweetest little girl you ever did see?  I am so incredibly sweet I might just melt when it rains.  I get along great with other dogs and would probably be ok with cats too.  I don’t know the command ‘heel’ but I’m very easy to walk.  I even know how to sit on command!  I’d be great for a family or for an older person who wants a quiet, loving companion.  I’m even apartment sized!  I will need a good brushing a few times a week and to be taken to the groomer approximately every six weeks.  Please come see me today!!

Chrissy

I have a big, sassy girl attitude all wrapped up in a pint-sized package.  I like some dogs but I prefer them to be small like me.  I’m not afraid of anything and I think I should be wearing diamonds or pearls to showcase the diva I am.  I’m very sweet but I would prefer not to be picked up which means I would do better with older children.  Won’t you come take me on a sleep over today?

Tracker

Hidey ho neighbor!  My name is Tracker and I’m a hound mix.  I walk great at ‘heel’ and even know how to sit on command!  I like other dogs and would love to have a forever home of my own.  I’d be good with kids and just need a 30-minute walk twice a day to keep my energy level in check.  Please come see me today!

Sally

Hi there!  I’m Sally!  I’m a Husky mix which means that in this Texas heat I definitely need to be an inside dog.  I need access to a yard for bathroom breaks but otherwise I want to be lounging in the AC.  I’m not really a fan of other dogs so I’d prefer to be in an only dog household.  I’m a great leash-walker, I don’t pull AT ALL!  I know the commands ‘sit’ and ‘lay down’ too!  Won’t you please come see me today?

Mia

 

Hi friends!  My name is Mia.  Aren’t I cute?  I have the cutest little white moustache.  I am super loveable and would love to snuggle with you and be petted all day.  I’m not crazy about being picked up though so I would do best with older children.  I have a spunky personality and definitely am energetic so I need a lot of play time to keep me entertained.  Having lots of toys or another cat are some ways to accommodate those needs.  Please come take me on a sleep over today!