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!


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.

Garden Update – Here Comes Spring!

We had snow this week! Actual snow! And I’m not very happy about it! Now, I am fully aware that we’ve had a very easy winter for the most part. There has been very little snow and the temperatures have been fairly mild. I think that that’s why this week’s snow seems like such a giant leap backward. I thought that we were done with winter. Although, this year, it seems as though we were done with winter in early January……


The front yard is starting to wake up. There is new growth popping up everywhere. We did a lot of work in the front yard last summer. We moved a lot of plants and planted many new ones. I’m excited and anxious to see how all of the new plants do this year.

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. 🙂


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.”

Spring Break! Woo!

Spring Break is finally here!  The never-ending snow is finally melting! The first day of spring is quickly approaching!  Can you tell that I’m excited?!?  This winter has really worn me down and I’m looking forward to seeing the first signs of spring.  Cabin fever has hit me really hard this winter and I’m ready to get outside.

So, now that I’ve got a week at home, I do have some projects to get caught up on.  This week will be a very social week as we have someone to visit almost every day but there are some things around the house that I do want to complete.

In no particular order:

  • Transition little girl into her big girl bed.  She picked out her new sheets and blankets yesterday.  This weekend we will hopefully move the crib out and move the twin mattresses in.  We won’t set up her actual bed yet as it is pretty tall but the mattresses will be a good start.
  • Plant some succulents.  I’ve been holding on to some small planters and some miscellaneous mason jars that I had planned on using for succulents.  Well, I think that this week is as good as any to complete that task.
  • Move some furniture into the garage.  This is one that I won’t be able to do on my own and Ryan may not be able to do on his own but we’ll figure out a way to get it done.  That one dresser that we never painted?  Yep.  It’s still not painted and it’s actually empty right now so it’s just taking up space.  We also have a bookshelf that isn’t being used at the time and it’s in a place that in a couple of months will be taken up by the pack ‘n play. 🙂
  • Potentially take in some more art to be framed.  We still have several prints that we didn’t have framed before we moved.  I finally think that I know where a few of them will go, they just need to be matted and framed.
  • Sleep.  Sleep as much as possible!

So, that’s my list.  I’m keeping it fairly short so that I can hopefully get most of the completed during this week.

Wish me luck!  🙂