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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Cats and birds, houses and more...

Yesterday a horrible screeching noise woke M and I. In the kitchen, we found an injured woodpecker, and Joey trying to figure out what to do with it. How it got it through the cat door and into the kitchen is beyond me.

It appeared to have a broken leg, and was otherwise fine. It didn’t like us much when we scooped it into a laundry basket. I didn’t know what to do…I knew if I put it outside to fend for itself, my cats would have it again in no time, and it didn’t have a chance.

I found the number of a wildlife rehabilitator online, and referred me to another lady he knew. We took our feathered friend to Greenville and dropped him off at a vet’s office, where he was to be evaluated and later picked up by the wildlife rehab lady. I have a feeling that he’s going to be ok.

As for Joey…well, I don’t think he was responsible for the bird’s injury. It was a large, fiesty bird. I think that Joey found the injured bird and somehow managed to bring it indoors. Besides, Joey has a bell on his collar, and I just can’t see him sneaking up on an adult bird and breaking its’ leg.

In other news…I have my first piece of investment property under contract. It was a VA foreclosure. I still have the inspection and appraisal to get through, but it’s looking good.

I am still working on doing a few little things to my house, and will hopefully be out and have it rented by July 1.

Michael only has five more days at work. After that, he is going to take real estate classes, and will hopefully have his broker’s license before we get married. He has already been accepted to three nursing schools for the fall, but I think he’s decided not to go that route (thank goodness).

As for me, I plan on working my two nights a week for about three more years, then I’ll leave the world of punching a time clock. Watch me.

What I really want to do is get in a motor home with the family and go wherever the wind takes us.

Also…

In less than three months, I’ll be a married woman (again). Yes, mixed feelings….but mostly good ones. The uncertain ones are just leftover from times past.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Let meow't, or I love my cats...

but….

the gifts they leave for me are just disgusting.

A month or so ago, I got tired of my darling felines waking us up several times a night because they wanted to be let in or out of our bedroom window. So, I got this thing, Letmeow’t. I mounted it in a window in the living room.

It took them a few days to figure out that they could get in and out of it, but since they did, things have been great. They stopped scratching at the bedroom window so much, and when they did we would just open it, squirt them with water, and they would run away. After a while they got the hint that they couldn’t come in that way anymore. The best thing is, they rarely ever use the litter box anymore, which means I rarely have to clean it.

In the past couple of days though, I have found a huge drawback to Letmeow’t. It allows the kitties to bring anything they want into the house with them.

A couple of days ago Easter brought a lizard in the house. It was dead by the time I found out. It’s tail was gone too, and I haven’t found that part yet.

Ok, the lizard wasn’t so bad.

I have a lady coming today to look at my house, because I am going to rent it out after we move (whenever that may be, we have hit every snag you can think of in our house-buying escapades. Well, not every snag. The roadblocks have nothing to do with my credit or money situation, and everything to do with the seller’s Jerry-Springer-like divorce proceedings and a slow-ass Southern lawyer). Michael and I did some hardcore heavy-duty cleaning for about four hours last night. The house is spotless.

This morning, he was getting ready for work and he came back into the bedroom and said, “You don’t even want to know what’s lying in the middle of the living room floor”.

“Poop?” I asked.

“No,” he said. “Poop would be like winning the lottery compared to this…….
“Let’s put it this way, Joey did his part last night to control the local rabbit population”.

Joey had brought in a young, small wild rabbit…probably a baby. I’m saying that because of the size of the pile of parts that was on the floor. There was no face. Hell, there was nothing but a pile of fur and guts. Tufts of bunny hair all over the living room, and a puddle of fresh blood. The only way we could identify it was because a strip of fur had ears on it. It was like a chupacabra had gotten ahold of it.

My darling Michael swept up the remains, and I scrubbed up the pile of blood. Joey sat back with a “meow” and a look on his handsome, sweet little face that said, “Aren’t I the best kitty in the whole entire world?”

I tell ya…Joey will run and hide at loud noises, sudden movements, or if you just look at him too hard. But he is a killing machine. I’m not too sure about the Letmeow’t right now.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Cloth diapering tips and tricks.

Cloth Diapering Tips and Tricks
by Charlise Grisham of Richardson, Texas

Here are some cloth diapering tip and tricks I have learned in my CD’ing journey!! There are also some of my favorite links below!

Get a box of flushable liners! They catch poo to keep it off your diaper, then you just flush it away! :o ) Just make sure you get the flushable liners!! You can find them on ebay!! Also, if the poo & liner gets stuck to baby’s butt; instead of peeling off the liner and leaving the poo, use a cloth wipe to make the liner “grab and wipe” most of the poo off, then you get less poo on your wipes!
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One tip on making your own wipes (like from flannel receiving blankets) is to make sure you zig zag stitch or serge the edges or they will fray like MAD when you wash them! LOL I made that mistake!! :o P Or, you could even use baby wash cloths from the dollar store! You could also cut up fleece (which doesn’t fray, or any other material (just make sure to finish the edges!).

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To wash:

I run a cold cycle, just water. Then a hot wash w/ Allen’s Naturally detergent, then another cold cycle with 5 drops of tea tree oil. Throw them in the dryer and DONE! If you wanted, you could easily hang dry everything outside or use the dryer to dry your inserts and put your pockets in front of a fan to dry.

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I use a diaper champ w/ a wetbag as a liner. Just pull the bag out, dump it in the wash, and wash everything together!

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The sun is a natural bleach. If you get any stains, lay your dipes stain up outside in the sun. You can even use some lemon juice to speed up the process!

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You can make your own wipe solution! Get a spray bottle and put in:

2 cups of water

2 tablespoons of baby wash/shampoo

2 tablespoons of baby oil

3-5 drops of Tea Tree Oil

3-5 drops of any other essential oil you like (calendula, lavender, etc) {optional}

Here is a link for other optional ingredients and other recipes!

http://www.mainstreetmom.com/budg/wipes.htm

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When you are done washing and drying your pocket dipes, always stuff them before you put them away. This is so much easier to handle with a squirmy baby so you can just slap it on and go!

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Always carry a wetbag in the diaper bag for dirty dipes and wipes!

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Don’t let your diapers sit for more than 3 days without being washed, or at least sitting/soaking in the washer or they will get FUNKY and could get moldy/mildewy! YUK!!

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And here are the links…

Diaperswappers.com

Diaperpin.com

Reprinted with exclusive permission from the author.