New Fosters – Chanel & Darla

After adopting Maya, I took a little break from having fosters in the house.

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I wanted to give her a chance to bond with the two adult cats, Coco and Max. As well as recover completely from her upper respiratory infection.

But it didn’t take long and I was ready to help some more little cuties. So last week two sisters, Darla & Chanel arrived ūüôā

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Chanel is a spunky all black domestic short hair around 6 months old.  She is a little chatter box! She loves to play in everything and with everyone.  This kitten has no fear of even the meanest of cats (side eye to Max).

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Darla is a black/white domestic short hair around six months old. ¬†Darla is more reserved then her sister, I think she needed some time to figure out if we could all be trusted. ¬†After 3-4 days she started to show her playful side and is exploring more of the apartment. Not really into getting affection, I’m working on getting her to trust me and enjoying lap time.

Both of these cuties are available for adoption from Lost Dog Rescue Foundation and will start attending adoption events next weekend!

http://lostdogrescue.org/chanel-3/

http://lostdogrescue.org/darla-3/

 

 

 

My Cat is an A$$hole

I need to take this blog post towards a cat lady/future animal hoarder topic.  One of my cats is driving me a little crazy, but I have a plan.

Adorable little Max came to live with me in October 2013 at 8 weeks old.

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The first few weeks he had my undivided attention, I was impacted by the government shutdown and a furlough kitten was a great distraction. ¬†Things went well, he keeps my other cat Coco company and doesn’t seem stressed when I dog sit or have company over. ¬†Poor Husker was terrified………

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Fast forward to January, Max has grown into an energetic teenager. ¬†He has discovered his love of heights and is jumping on everything. ¬†I’ve tried to train him away from jumping on the kitchen counter, no luck. ¬†Then two weeks ago he was climbing around in the kitchen and knocked a bottle of red wine off the top of the fridge. ¬†Yey, wine splatter everywhere. Here’s a pic of a ceramic candle votive that bit the dust.

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So I’m on a mission to keep Max entertained, and to keep my sanity. ¬†I’m not going to drop him off at an animal shelter. ¬†Only LOSERS abandon their pets. ¬†When I adopted him, I made a promise to take care of him for the rest of his life, through good times and bad.

Here’s how I plan to keep from going crazy…..

Keep him busy – Devoting time to him each evening to play with him and wear him out helps keep his energy level a little lower. ¬†He loves the cat tunnels, its the only way he’ll travel down the hallway.

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Reaching new heights – His love of climbing is part of a cat’s natural instinct, I plan on changing around some of my decor and furniture so that he can climb to his little hearts content. Some Ikea floating shelves will serve to let him climb the walls. And this little door shelf should give him an excellent view of his territory.

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Training – Cats can be trained, just takes patience and understanding their motivation. ¬†Max isn’t motivated by affection, he likes cat treats. ¬†I also have a spray bottle of water that I’m using to keep him off the kitchen counter. My stove top is flat glass, so its dangerous for him to get comfortable jumping up there anytime he pleases. He could burn his paws, or even knock over a hot pan. ¬†I’m using this spray on my power cords and tv cables to keep him from chewing and playing with them.

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If you have a pet that you are having problems with, don’t give up. ¬†There’s little changes you can make to keep you both happy. ¬†He’s also giving me an extra push to declutter and better arrange my bookshelves, got to look at the positive side.

He’s really sweet when he’s sleeping………..

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If all else fails, just laugh. Stop taking things so seriously and enjoy the utter entertainment your pets provide. And try not to laugh at me when I’m walking him outside on a cat leash.

Sarah

Five for Friday

Happy Friday ūüôā I’m working from home today and enjoying the snow views outside my windows. ¬†My mind has been buzzing lately with which projects to tackle next, the amazing sales tempting me to stock up on winter clothes, and planning a vacation to look forward to. ¬†Here’s a couple of my favorite things right now…..

1. One of my favorite ways to start my Friday is by reading the weekly newsletter from The Simply Luxurious Life, Shannon has a great way of including both high fashion and passionate living in her posts.  I get inspired every time I read it.

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2. Ardex Feather Finish Concrete¬†– Kara at Kara Paslay Designs has used this product several times to create faux concrete countertops and teaches classes on the process. ¬†I’m eyeing the grey mix for my kitchen. ¬†Currently my “fabulous” countertop is the original 1984 laminate with a shiny black coat of rustoleum countertop transformations paint that is showing its nicks and scratches.

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3. It took all my self-control not to order this shoe immediately, featured by Capitol Hill Style Blog this week. Perfect balance of metallic and neutral colors.

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4. Best Pet Cleaner Ever. Amazon reviews are amazing and after trying tons of products myself, this one is worth the money.  Every pet owner should have this on hand.

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5. The key to Polar Vortex survival – don’t get sick! I love using shower tablets in the winter, they help to break up congestion and give you a little bit of spa time. ¬†It’s hard to find them in drugstores, I caved and ordered these online from Drugstore.com. Lavender and eucalyptus smell great, the peppermint smells like your bathing with Tums tablets.

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What are you stalking right now?

Sarah

Blah Blah Blah Holidays

I have no motivation for home projects this week. ¬†I’m in holiday season survival mode. ¬†Trying to wrap up everything in the office before I start my vacation, attending potlucks and secret santa exchanges, and finishing up my holiday shopping for the family.

It never fails, each year as it gets really close to Dec.25th, I panic that I haven’t bought enough presents. ¬†Then I over spend and impulse Amazon shop. ¬†Yey, holidays.

Anyway, when I get back from visiting the family I have a project lined up.

My first reupholster project EVER.  Check out my $15 Nova Restore find.

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It’s going to be amazing! Or it will look horrible and I’ll never speak of it again.

Hope everyone is enjoying the week and panicking with me!

Extra bonus, pic of the kitten Max stealing the dog’s bed, Sadie then squeezed into the cat bed.

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Have a great week,

Sarah