Cat Owner Level: Expert

When I was younger, I had cat furniture for my cat. It was one of those houses that doubles as a scratching post. Really nice and cozy and functional….until the cat gets fleas. And, there is no way to completely rid those things of fleas because they can’t go in the wash. After that, I stayed away from pet furniture. Scratching posts or things like that were fine because they didn’t have a lot of fabric for fleas or other critters to attach to. But, I figured it was never a necessity because cats love sleeping in boxes, or shoes, or blankets, or laundry so they don’t really need purchased stuff.

That all changed recently. I had some store credit to use and I usually don’t hold onto store credit or gift cards for too long……There wasn’t a lot that I was interested in for myself…..or the girls…..or Ryan……but, I found a cat tent. Yep. A cat tent.

I told myself that it was ok because 1) it was able to go in the laundry if needed and 2) it was the perfect size for the girls to use with their dolls if the cat didn’t take to it.

Behold! The glory of a super content cat hanging out in her new tent!

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Now, would I have purchased this if I didn’t have a store credit that needed to be used in that particular store? Um. No. But, I will go ahead and say that it is a pretty good purchase.

I think that Buddy would agree.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

This year, I had grand plans for the outdoor decor on the house. I was certain that I was going to have time to calculate the feet of lights needed to outline the front of the house (following the roof line).

Well, that didn’t happen.

However, I am keeping those big plans in mind for next year. There’s always next year, right? 🙂

This year, I did end up adding some lights outside even though nothing is on the house itself.  There is a random pine tree in the front yard that I thought would look nice lit up. I mean, most things look better with Christmas lights so I was fairly certain that it would look nice.

Oh, Christmas tree. Oh, Christmas tree.

Oh, Christmas tree. Oh, Christmas tree.

And, honestly, I love it! It adds an amazing amount of light for just one tree.

And next year is going to be even better!!!

Two years ago….

Most of the times, when Facebook reminds me of my “memories” from past years, I smile for a few minutes but then move on. I rarely “reshare” the post. However, today’s memory from two years ago was an important one for me.

So, apologies to my Facebook friends who also happen to follow my blog. This will be a repeat. 🙂

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Two years ago. After looking at 75 houses. After making 9 offers on 8 of those. After so much stress. And disappointment. And more stress. And wondering if we would ever be able to accomplish the goal of home ownership. Two years ago. Finally. We were able to hold the keys to our house. Since then we’ve battled weeds, blizzards, trees, noisy and stinky wildlife, and the previous owner’s choices. But, right now I’m watching cartoons with big girl, I can hear baby girl starting to wake up, I can see our beautiful front yard, I can hear our dryer running……and although it hasn’t been easy I’m so proud that we’ve been able to do this for our girls, ourselves,…..and the cats.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Ephemeral

Treasuring these moments

Treasuring these moments

Big girl is three years old now. I am planning baby girl’s first birthday. Right now, the living room floor is covered in toys and I can hear the girls playing in hallway. The floor is a mess and I really should use this time to put away the toys, or start some laundry, or load the dishwasher, or get some grad school work done….but instead…. I’m going to sit here and listen to the laughter with the knowledge that this time will be gone in the blink of an eye.  They won’t always want to play together. They won’t always want to snuggle on the couch.  They won’t always want to hold my hand. They won’t always want to ride on Daddy’s shoulders. So, for now, the toys will stay on the floor and the laughter in the hallway will continue as long as it can.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.”

A Taste of Home – Or – Things That I Miss

When you see this box, you can rest assured that it is full of yummy.

When you see this box, you can rest assured that it is full of yummy.

There are some things that I miss about living in the city: living just a quick walk away from restaurants and parks, lots of activities to do on the weekend. There are also lots of things that I don’t miss: parking, paying rent to help someone else pay their mortgage, the high cost of, well, everything. But there is one thing that I do truly miss – a great slice of raspberry marzipan torte. After a quick brunch date with a friend back in the old ‘hood, I needed a taste of nostalgia.

The cake did not last long.......

The cake did not last long…….

There are other “Chicago foods” that, of course, remind me of the city. But, I can get a darn good Chicago char dog lots of places and I live just a few blocks away from several locations where I can get an Italian beef. So, for me, the raspberry marzipan torte is my taste of Chicago. Luckily, we didn’t move that far away and a trip to the city for an adventure (or just a slice of cake) is not a big deal.

If you were to move away from home, what would be the one food that you would miss?

Home is Where the Cat Is

Big girl was given a dollhouse for her birthday. She loves it! But, Buddy has decided that it’s her house.

The new tenant has moved in….

The new tenant has moved in….

P.S. This pic was taken several weeks ago….when the Christmas tree was still up which is why you can see some of it in the corner.  No, I don’t still have my tree up.  But, I kind of wish that I did.

What’s Been Going On

So, it’s been two months since I last blogged. What have we been up to since then? Well, we closed on and moved into our new house! I meant to write this post soon after we moved in…but…obviously….that didn’t happen. So, here are some things that we did in order to get the house ready for us.

Painting!

The Pepto Pink room is little girl’s.  I knew that I didn’t want her room to be pink.  And especially not that shade of pink. So, Ryan got to work and painted it a soothing yellow.

The "Before" Picture

The “Before” Picture

The "After" Picture

The “After” Picture

The other two bedrooms were not great colors either.  Our room was a weird baby-food green color.  The guest bedroom was a bright teal (I forgot to get a pic of that room before the painting).  We chose a soft greenish-greyish shade.

Baby Food Green

Baby Food Green

Much, Much Better

Much, Much Better

While Ryan did lots and lots of painting, I tried to stay out of the way by doing my own projects.  One of my favorites was lining the drawers.  I especially liked lining the shelves of the linen closet – mostly because for the first time ever we have a linen closet!

Boring, sad shelves

Boring, sad shelves

Fun, new shelves

Fun, new shelves

So, that’s a snapshot of what we’ve been doing.  As we do more in the house, I’ll try to write more.