Friday, October 14, 2016

Kitten Woes ~ Friday 10/14/16

The kittens' peeing saga continues... last night they were in my bedroom again and, once again, didn't eat/drink/use the litterbox over there.  They're there for 8 to 8.5 hours so it's a little concerning. I'm guessing they're not liking being by themselves there since they've been with me 24/7 since they were barely a week old, and they just wait for me to come get them.

So I got them this morning at 6:30 a.m.  They immediately went to eat and drink, and then they started playing with their Ripple Rug (which they really, really love).  I noticed Tabby Kitty in the litterbox.  Princess was playing on the rug, scratching around, and then just sitting there and I thought "Uh oh!" and I went to get her and she was in the process of peeing on it!  It's 2 feet away from the litterbox!  So I put here in there (Tabby Kitty was done), and took the rugs (it's a 2-piece set) to the laundry room, threw them in the washing machine on the "delicates" cycle in cold water (the instructions say to use low temperature) with lots of laundry detergent.

When I got back to the living room, I went to sit on the futon and guess what?  Yep, someone had peed on the futon again, on the same spot as yesterday.  Arrrgh. As so many of you commented, once they pee in one spot, they'll come back to it. I've never had that problem so I don't have "Nature's Miracle" (which several of you recommended, thank you!) on hand, but I do have a canister of "ExStink", an odor control powder for stinky messes like this that Greg's mom had given us several years ago when we had dead mice juices on the ground somewhere. So I sprinkled that on the futon, and put a clean towel over it.  I'll have to go buy some Nature's Miracle, possibly today.

I don't think they're doing it out of spite (although yesterday's incident might have been that), I think they just get busy playing and being rough and wait too long to use the litterbox.  I've decided that from now on, when I bring them down in the mornings, I won't have the Ripple Rug or the food and water out yet.  I will put them down near the litter box and wait for them to do their business and then put out the food and water and then put down the Ripple Rug.  I just hope they don't keep peeing on it!

They're stinkers.  But they're so cute!  But they really need to stop it. Between that and taking refuge inside of Greg's reclining chair, they're becoming little pests.  But they're cute little pests so there's that.  Sigh.

As much as I don't like posting my To Do List (because who wants to look at that?!), I really need to in order to boost my motivation levels that once again are at absolute zero today. So here it is:

  • Crafty/Creative:
    • Finish painting squirrel sign and assemble it
    • Make a lightbox to take better pictures
    • Melt down old candles and make into new ones - in progress
    • Make "No Soliciting" sign for front door and another one for the other front door (we have two) - I think I'm also going to add "and don't leave your literature either, I'll vote for the other party if you do!"
  • Cleaning/Decluttering:
    • Dust the bedrooms (including son's fan) - in progress
    • Declutter linen closet
    • Clean kitchen cabinets - Partly done
    • Declutter the top of the fridge
    • Mend items in mending basket (add Greg's hat)
    • Declutter shelves over printer stand 
    • Declutter storage bench 
    • Clean the fridge
    • Declutter gardening supplies chest
    • Defrost the freezer - scrapped off the top of the ice layer. Will need to defrost the whole thing.
    • Sweep/vacuum downstairs bathroom
    • Do the dishes (Thursday) - Done
    • Do the dishes (Friday)
    • Clean entry room front windows
    • Put up pictures on Art Room's walls
    • Clean downstairs bathroom
    • Clean my walking shoes
  • Cooking/Baking/Preserving:
    • Post menu for next week 
    • Defrost meat for tonight -Done 
    • Bake Fall summer cake
    • Bake cinnamon raisin cranberry bread
    • Bake pumpkin pie
    • Make Roselle jelly
    • Make lemon poppyseed bread in breadmaker
  • Education
    • Follow up with son about driving handbook studying -Done 
    • Follow up with son about Optimist Club essay -Done 
    • Start watching Photography lectures online (see email)
    • Write posts about General Van Fleet Trail and research flora and fauna
    • Same with Colt Creek State Park
  • Entertainment
    • Plan an outing to Leu Botanical gardens or Bok Tower Gardens
    • Sign up for ranger hike in local nature preserve at the end of the month
    • Go for a walk with my camera - little lake near Downtown Clermont
    • Ask Greg if want to go to Wings and wildflower festival then Lake Griffin Park? Or Lake Harris? I did and he was non-committal.  Keep here to remind me to re-address this weekend!
  • Errands:
    • Take items to the dump
    • Drop off pet coupons at SLAL thrift store
    • Mail Labels for Education to elementary school 
    • Go to Ace to get new broom handle for rubber broom and solar rechargeable batteries for the front yard solar lights -need to see which handle would fit.
    • Buy Greg a bike
    • Buy Nature's Miracle from Petco?
  • Gardening/outdoors:
    • Transplant ferns into bare patch in front lawn to make shady planter
    • Scrub patio pavers with bleach to remove mildew (this might have to wait until the months when it's not quite so hot!)
    • Pull the raspberries and add roses in pots in their place
    • Add mulch to the vegetable garden once I have replaced the broken self-watering bins
    • Pull unwanted plants from center "planter" in the backyard, add soil, plant flowers, add edging around it (watch out for large roots that would be in the way). Make planter with other materials if edging doesn't work. (this will have to wait until Fall when it's not so hot and when I can plant wildflower seeds).
    • Plant passion flower vine seeds
    • Turn the composting bin
    • Harvest the roselles
    • Plant wildflower seeds!
    • Refill rest of cat litter jugs at rainbarrel 
    • Move all pots back in place
  • Health:
    • Call gyneco to make annual appointment - I'll do that once I'm more comfortable with my weight because I know they'll be nagging me about it anyway.
    • Use recumbent bike 
    • Do 5 min of strength exercises 
    • Log food into My Fitness Pal 
    • Record exercise in Walgreens Balance Rewards
    • Weigh myself (Wednesdays) 
  • Kittens/Cats
    • Make "puzzle feeders" for the cats
    • Put nightly reminder to put kitten food away on ToDo
    • Don't put Ripple Rug, food or water out in the mornings until after the kittens have peed (in the litter box!)
  • Maintenance:
    • See if I still have mildew-resistant white paint for bathroom ceiling
    • Get Greg to replace the ceiling tile in the entry room
    • Test the batteries in all 3 smoke detectors and replace as needed
    • Greg to call plumber
    • Wash the bathroom ceiling with bleached water
    • Remind Greg to re-secure chicken wire to AC unit and also to block off opening under front of the house
    • Scrub mildew off front of the house (porch, behind bushes, front stairs)
    • Install white beadboard in laundry room (will need to measure and purchase)
    • Install new stick-on tiles in laundry room (will need to remove ancient ones first)
    • Paint laundry room cabinets
    • Get Greg to fix/remove rotten wood on front porch
    • Make a list of which outlets need to be replaced and call Duke Energy Homewire Protection to schedule appointment
    • Ask electrician for estimate on installing outlet on front porch
    • Ask Greg to make me new tiled table for electric roaster on front porch
    • Get on flat roof, sweep it, and clean out the front gutter
    • Ask Greg to install gutter screens on the front gutter
    • Have Greg block the opening in the back fence
    • Strengthen BlueTooth transmitter's cord with electric tape (in SUV) 
    • Pour Drano down the kitchen sink (for maintenance)
    • Ask Greg to put the air duct back in place -Done and he did
  • Technology/Paperwork:
    • Caption old pictures that have already been scanned
    • Scan more old pictures
    • Create spreadsheet to track IRA contributions using ALL our old tax returns - Started but need to do more research.
    • Figure out if we should contribute to regular  or Roth IRAs for 2016 and fund them - I guess I need to wait until tax time next year, actually. I'll have until April 15, 2017 to fund 2016 IRAs so I need to work on taxes way sooner than I did this year so I'd have time to fund the IRAs and THEN file my taxes.
    • Download all blog photos from June through September to my external drive
    • Back up my external drive to my other external drive
    • File the remaining loose recipes that I organized already in appropriate recipe binders
    • Purge filing cabinet upstairs
    • File paperwork - in progress!
    • Write new letter to great grand aunt (include kitten photos)
    • Go through the genealogical material crate
    • Scan what needs to be scanned (if anything)
    • Work on photo album for daughter's graduation
    • Reply to my French BFF's email
    • Start proceedings for deleting Yahoo Mail account
    • Compare genealogy family sheet (see email inbox) with what I have in my database
    • Replace music on my phone
    • Clip coupons I printed 
    • Sort the coupons 
    • Take RaceTrac surveys 
    • Update Net Worth document
    • Record receipts in spreadsheets - Done
    • Install Photoshop Elements 10 on son's PC
    • Record Greg's paycheck in spreadsheets - Done
    • Transfer money to savings - Done

  • Our son packed a lunch to take to school and rode the school bus.  However, there is a Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club meeting after school so I'll have to go pick him up.

  • Greg decided to work from home today, saving us about $20 in tolls and gas.
I untrusted him with a sleepy Princess at several occasions throughout the day as I had to go pee but she insisted on taking her naps on top of me :)
  • I used an old canister of ExStink odor control powder to sprinkle on the futon (I hope it still works!).

  • With the Ripple Rug out of commission for a few hours, I brought 2 small cardboard boxes (from Amazon orders) into the living room to amuse the kittens. It worked for a little while, but it's no Ripple Rug, lol.

  • I earned the daily Bing Rewards credits (forgot to do that yesterday, oops!) and a few Swagbucks.

  • Swagbucks confirmed that I will get SBs for my purchase.

  • I renewed the 2 Sri Lankan cookbooks at the library (online, I love that we can do that!) since I have yet to finish reading the 2nd one, much less cook anything from either of them!

  • I ordered a 2nd Ripple Rug because it's been a great success and I wanted another one for the Cat Room.  This time I ordered it directly from the manufacturer's website (not an affiliate link, I don't do those).  Shipping is still free, they didn't charge me tax, and the Ripple Rug v2 (I think the only difference is that this one has rounded corners instead of straight corners) is $39.99 on their site vs. $44.00 for the 1st version on Amazon.  I charged it to my USAA Visa for 10% back in Rewards.  

  • I was nervous about not having thought of protecting the Velcro points on the Ripple Rug before putting it in the washing machine, but the Delicates cycle was very gentle and the rug came out just fine.  About 3 hours in the sun completely dried it and now the kittens are once again happily playing with it. I'll spray it with the Nature's Miracle spray when I buy it, because I can still smell a whiff of cat pee in that area so it's got to be the rug, I guess.

I threaded their favorite red shoelace through the rug and they had a great time tugging it out!
  • I looked at next week's ad previews for CVS and Walgreens and made note of what I might want to purchase. Walgreens will have the Trolli candy for $1.50 with a $1.50 Register Rewards valid on the next purchase. Those are my son's favorite sour worms, so I will get him a pack and use the Register Rewards for cereal or eggs or other groceries the following week.

  • Greg and I had leftovers for lunch today.

  • The library has the latest Harlan Coben book waiting for me.  I hated his past 3 or 4 books but I can't give up on an author I've liked for so long... well, not yet.  I'm going to wait until next week to pick up the book, though, as I need to finish the ones I just borrowed first. And also, I still haven't started on the Season 12 of Law & Order!

  • I scrutinized Greg's latest paystub to make sure I understand everything (there are sometimes tricky things that appear on it that I will need to remember at tax time) and transferred the amount corresponding to the raise he got in June and the FICA that he doesn't have to pay for the rest of the year into Savings for our new car fund.

  • I took 2 RaceTrac surveys and earned reward codes that I will redeem for two more freebies :)

  • I took a Panda Express survey and gave the reward code to my daughter since she eats there more often than I do. She'll be able to receive a free entree with the purchase of a 2-entree plate next time she visits.

  • I scheduled a credit card payment online, thus saving a stamp, check and envelope. It'll be deducted on the due date, which allows us to keep the money in our checking account a little longer too!

  • My son attended the first FBLA meeting of the year.  He brought home an application to fill out :) The meeting was out on time, which surprised me, because historically all the kids' after school activity teachers never released them on time, a big pet peeve with me.  He said the meeting was actually run by a Senior who is the Club president, I presume. It's encouraging that, as a "Future Business Leader", she (it was a girl) sees the value of respecting people's time!

  • Our high school is using the Personalized Learning approach, which my son is accustomed to because we did that in Homeschooling and it continued in his 1st year of Elementary School  (3rd grade) and started again during 8th grade in Middle School.  He told me that this morning he was bored because he has done all his work and is one week ahead already in 2 classes.  I was concerned, but found out, in asking more questions, that he could work ahead even more but decided not because he wanted to keep work for next week, hahaha. What was boring was that instead of just daydreaming, he studied the Florida Driver's Handbook for 2 hours.  I'm so impressed with him, he is so on the ball.  Then I told him that I wanted to discuss the Optimist Club's Essay Contest, which I know he's not excited about, but he told me he had already started working on it (the deadline is at the end of January)!  Woohoo. He's definitely a success story :)
  • On the way back from the high school, I asked my son if he wanted me to stop by RaceTrac to get a free baked good.  He did, so I handed him a survey reward code and he got himself a giant chocolate chip cookie.

  • Greg worked through lunch so he ended his workday a little early in order to be able to go under the house during daytime and reattach the air duct that had fallen off the floor register.  Thanks, honey!

  • He also mowed our front yard. Because he's awesome that way!

  • While I was at the library on Wednesday, I noticed that they had a poster of this weekend's 5th Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival and I was thinking about asking them if I could have it once it had passed, but then I got busy chatting with the librarian about something else and it slipped my mind.  Today, I opened the Thursday paper that I hadn't read yesterday (I never read it, I wish my subscription was a "Sunday Only" subscription, not a Thursday and Sunday subscription, what a waste of paper, gas to deliver it, etc.) and looked through it quickly before recycling it.  Lo and behold, there was an ad for the festival and the back side of it was the poster!  It's printed on light card stock too.  I think I might display it in the Cat Room once I decide to put artwork and/or pictures back up on the walls.

  • Don't you love it when you find an interesting blog and then you spend a long time reading all of it, starting from the beginning?  I found such a blog today. It's about a 50-something couple who operated a large dairy/organic farm in Illinois for 20 years  but sold it and built a house out of a grain silo.  The wife writes the blog, The Poor Farm. She's a very talented writer, I think, and cracks me up. She just obtained her college degree in Creative Writing. Anyhoo, I spent several hours this afternoon, covered in kittens, reading her blog. Because I enjoy reading about people's unusual and very busy lives much more than actually doing my own chores. And also, providing nap support for my kittens is now one of my daily chores and the only one I'm happy to list under my daily accomplishments :)  So I added that blog to my Feedly, too.  There, two things accomplished!

  • For dinner, I had given Greg the choice of the 2nd pizza bought on clearance or the Thai Green Curry that I had defrosted.  He picked the curry so I cooked some white rice in the microwave, and nuked the curry.  Holy Moly, how easy was that?  I think I want to empty the upright freezer of all the fruit and veggies that I have in there and never seem to use up, and fill it up with freezer meals!

  • Gas for my daughter to drive to her college class.

  • Thinking about buying Ordered a 2nd Ripple Rug that I will leave in the Cat Room for our older cats.  The kittens love theirs so much, I think the older cats would really enjoy it too.  Also, if the kittens pee on theirs again, I could will have a replacement while theirs dries out since you can't put it in the dryer and they're kind of at a loss without their carpet right now.

  • Gas to go pick up from son from the high school after his FBLA meeting.

  • Some kittens peed on the Ripple Rug and on the futon (again!)

  • Fed the kittens
  • Washed the Ripple Rug
  • "Cleaned" the futon
  • Scrubbed upstairs toilet
  • Organized the dirty dishes with a view to load the dishwasher later on :)
  • Renewed library books
  • Ordered 2nd Ripple Rug
  • Looked at my To Do List
  • Reinstalled the Ripple Rug for the kittens once dry
  • Watched the kittens play
  • Reviewed the Ripple Rug on Amazon because the kittens love it so!
  • Provided nap support for a kitten
  • Played with the kittens
  • Read a little
  • Washed the living room's litter box and replaced litter
  • Unloaded the dishwasher
  • Worked on my shopping list for next week
  • Pulled Greg's paystub and recorded it in my spreadsheets
  • Transferred money to savings
  • Took Customer Satisfaction surveys
  • Went to pick up my son from the high school
  • Stopped by RaceTrac for a freebie
  • Emailed the First Time Driver Class instructor at the high school
  • Provided nap support to a kitten
  • Read a blog (yeah, one of those days!)
  • Cooked dinner
  • Loaded the dishwasher
  • Provided nap support to two kittens while I finished reading the blog

  • It is to be noted that I dressed in my exercise clothes every day this week (but I didn't exercise at all).  So I should lose some "good intentions" weight, at the very least, right?
  • For everyone's advice about what product to use on the kitten pee spots
  • For Youngest Son being awesome :)
Didn't know what to do with themselves while the Ripple Rug was being washed  early this morning
so they decided to just take a nap on mom. Even though they had just gotten up!  Listen, peeing on
the couch is hard work, you guys.

Later on this morning... Explorer enjoying the basket of the cat tree all by himself.
Wook at that wittle face!

And here is Tabby Kitty about to pounce on him!

Photogenic little devil!

I turned that bedroom thingie around a little so now all three kittens came to play and explore the cat tree.  The boys had a good time evicting Princess out of there!

There she is, playing peekaboo with me :)

Brotherly love this afternoon. My daughter took this picture because Princess was sprawled all over my chest while the
boys were keeping each other company in the basket.
How was your Friday?  I'm sure you were way more productive than I was :)


  1. I love that Ripple Rug. I might be stealing that idea... ;) I know I say this every time, but they really are so cute.

    1. Are you going to try to make one? Let me know how that turns out! And feel free to say it every time because it's true, they really are so cute! I kinda wish they would stay at that stage all the time. We need someone to invent "kitten bonsai" or "cat chihuahua" like the teacup dogs that were all the rage a few years back!

  2. Oh, no! Looks like some kittens need a little time out! It's a good thing they are so cute! :)

    Well done, Youngest Son, for being ahead with his studies, and already started on his essay, etc.!

    My day wasn't as productive as I wanted it to be. Not good, because it means I'll have too much to do tomorrow.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend, Nathalie.

    1. I hope your dinner is a resounding success, Bless and that all your friends help you clean up afterwards!

  3. I took my Blackberry into the hospital today. I wanted to show my Sweetie that cute photo caption of the cat looking bored. He looked at it and read all the cat "chores", and said "That says it all." He really enjoyed that. He was supposed to have dialysis at 12:30, but his numbers were good (YAY), so they didn't take him. So I brought in the cribbage board and a deck of cards. We played three times throughout the afternoon, with rests in between. He has permission for a day pass tomorrow. I hope they don't change their minds, because he is really looking forward to coming home for a few hours.

    Where did you find that wonderful boy you call a son? He is awesome. So is your daughter now that I think of it. You must have won a lottery.

    1. great news! i hope you guys have an even better day tomorrow, Susan!

  4. I'm very intrigued by the ripple rug. Too bad I never knew about it back when I had cats!

    1. It really is one of those things that you look at and say "why didn't **I** think of that?! I hope the kittens aren't over it because they barely played with it today. They were too busy chasing each other around.


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