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Kitten Cuteness Overload

I believe that I have just created a new tongue twister. Anywho, I decided that it was time to introduce to you our new family members. Smokie, my sister’s cat, gave birth to 2 kittens about a month ago. I know, I should be punished for not mentioning it earlier or not posting pictures. So, without further ado (or is it adieu? I forget sometimes), here are the 2 kittens. They are both Siamese! We’ve decided to name them something so very simple: Brother and Sister. Of course, this is liable to change as they get older and run around the house, chasing the dog and biting on it’s tail!

Kittens2 004Here they are, half asleep. Of course, we have taken new pictures since the 13th, but they are still on the camera. I keep forgetting to transfer those! If I am correct, and sis, please feel free to correct me, Sister is on the left, and Brother is on the right.

They are getting very rambunctious. Often times, they will play so aggressively that one will yelp in pain and Mother Smokie will come to the rescue. She plays referee most of the time.

Kittens2 002As you can see, they are playing. They can’t run correctly just yet, but they are getting practice by “scampering” on the bed. Their personalities could not be anymore different. Brother is a big Mama’s Boy and loves to be held. He will become a lap kitty. Sister is the adventurer. She will climb any pillow mountain to get to the top.

They are eating a little bit of canned kitty food. They really prefer the sauce more than the food itself. What they don’t eat, Smokie and Princess will finish off.

Brother and Sister also wake up to every little sound. Here’s a scenario… okay, so it’s really not a scenario. It’s happened before. They were both sleeping on the bed while I was sitting in the living room playing with my dog. When I decided to go lay down for a bit, I looked to see if my sister had placed the kittens back in their bed or they were playing. Well, they were sleeping. As I walked into the bedroom, their little eyes popped open and you hear Brother meow. Oh great. I woke them up! But, they really do like to be around you and held.

I can only hope they give Zeus a run for his money.

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The Bright Glow Of A Computer Screen

It’s almost turning 6:30am and I have yet to go to sleep. My mind and body are at war with each other. While my body is saying “Go to sleep already! You’re killing me!”, my mind is saying “Nope! I’m not ready for you to fall asleep! You must dwell and dwell and dwell!” Gosh darnit, I’m tired of dwelling. Well, actually, it’s not really dwelling. You know when your mind decides that it wants to think about stuff you want to do the next day or the next few days? Yup, that’s me. I’d think about what kind of music to add to the iPod (mainly old country and 70s love songs. Infomercials are the best way to get ideas! Thanks, Timelife!) or what I should blog about when I am coherent enough to form a simple sentence.  Well, I’m certainly coherent enough.

I was in bed for 3 hours, tossing and turning trying to turn my mind off. The room was cool enough, so I didn’t have a problem with it being hot. My cat was at the foot of the bed fast asleep. She had the perfect idea. Sometimes, I wish my body was almost like a cat’s- no problem falling asleep wherever my body was. Although sleeping for 16 hours doesn’t seem like the most fulfilled life, at least they are able to sleep.

There really is not point to this post. I guess I was just pointing out my distaste for sleep- or lack thereof. At first, I thought I had something that worked- Unisom. For a while, it actually did work. After taking it, 2 hours later I would be sound asleep. Not even a train running into the house could wake me up. I guess when you live in a house that has paper thin walls (literally, we have no insulation!!), eventually your sleeping trick turns out to be a traitor.

I constantly joke “Who needs sleep?” To be quite honest, it would be nice if I did! I’ve tried everything and nothing works. I guess I’m just going to be an insomniac for my natural born life.

Insomnia does have it’s perks, though. You get to watch the sun come up. It’s gorgeous, by the way. You get to plan out your day, even if it means catching cat naps. Cat naps are fantastic! Last but not least… Okay, so it only has 2 perks. Oh who am I kidding… You become a walking zombie when you’ve been up for 24 hours. If you want to be cast as a zombie in a horror movie, you have the mental part down, all you need is the makeup! Okay Stephen King, I’m ready!

CIJ- Ornament Crafts

Don’t worry, this is completely different from my other crafts post. This is one is mainly links. A few years ago, my mother bought glass ball ornaments and then glitter paint pens. We would pain designs, names, and whatever else we could come up with on those ornaments. In fact, we still have a couple of them. The rest of them ended up breaking when either a cat decided to play soccer with them or they would just fall off the tree. I’ve made a mental reminder that plastic balls are the best way to go; they are cat-proof!

Well, I decided to do a little Googling to see what other other ideas were out there other than mine (which, to say, isn’t much.) So, instead of my normal picture, supplies and how-to posts, I believe I will include links to my most favorite ones! This gives you many more options than just 3 crafts I found. Of course, you never know if I’ll throw in an ornament that’s not a craft, but I found beautiful/unique.

  • Now, you may think that soda bottle caps are pointless- other than keeping your drink inside the bottle. Well, creating an ornament out of them is a great way to use them. Also, with this how-to, you won’t even notice that they are bottle caps!
    http://www.allfreecrafts.com/christmas/cap-ornament.shtml

It’s time to start working on those ornaments! With July almost ending, you could find some great Christmas in July sales!!

Protect A Bed Review

A few weeks ago I had won a contest, and the prize was a Protect A Bed mattress cover and a pillow cover. The day I got it, that same night, it was already on my bed! So what exactly is Protect A Bed? Well, Protect A Bed protects your mattress from normal allergens, dust mites, bed bugs, and even from pet hair/dander. They say it also helps from liquids, but frankly, I’m not one to try that at the moment. They have every size of mattress protectors on their website. Want to take a look? Here ya go! http://www.protectabed.com/index.aspx

So how does it feel? GREAT! WONDERFUL! It is so darn comfortable! It has the feel of soft carpet. Speaking of which, I would use the same fabric and make carpet for my whole house if I had the money. That’s exactly how comfortable it is. It does not have a plastic feel- because it isn’t plastic. Even my cats love it! Ever since we put it down 5 days ago, my cats have not left the bedroom except to eat, annoy the dog, or use the little kittie’s room. I know it defeats the purpose of the pet hair/dander thing, but telling a cat “No” is almost like arguing with a wall. They need their own bed made out of it… Maybe I’ll buy another pillow cover and stuff it with cotton and VOILA: their own cat bed! Before receiving this, I had no type of covers on my bed- except the one I cover up with at night. So now, it’s much more comfortable and looks really nice!

Now, onto the main reason why they sell them. Like I said before, it helps with allergens and stuff like that. Does it work? Heck yeah! My sister has major allergies. She suffers from them all day, every other day. When she lays on it for quite a while, you can tell that she has some relief. Even I am resting a lot easier- although I am an insomniac (insomniacs unite!). I am breathing a little easier, and that’s always a plus! During the day when I’m busy, I absolutely cannot wait to go to bed. When I do sleep (Yes, I sleep!) I can tell that I am waking up more energized than when I didn’t have the Protect-A-Bed. Now, all I have to do is find something to help my insomniac butt actually sleep more than 5 hours!

So, after reading my review, I bet you want to buy your own, huh? Well, visit their website (link at the beginning) and get your very own! I may have to buy a backup. You never know what could happen. They are machine washable, too! Go get yours and have a lovely nights sleep!
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Let there be light…. and thunder!

Normally, storms do not scare me. They are actually quite soothing. The rumbling of the thunder sounds like the beating of a drum. The pitter patter of the rain hitting the back of the air conditioner lulls you to sleep. A light breeze outside is calming you. That’s what storms are made of. Well, in dream land at least.

Now, add a little humidity and a rise in pressure, what do you have? The makings of something that will scare you worse than your grandmother talking to you about sex. That’s right. The “T” word. Tornadoes. They are really scary. Believe me, I’ve been through one. When you sense a tornado is about to, well, be created, everything in your body is pressurized. It almost feels like you’re going to explode. But you don’t. That would be a messy clean-up.

What was I talking about again? Oh, right. Storms. Tonight’s storms (Oklahoma and Texas) just proved what Mother Nature can really do. We had one blow through here about an hour and a half ago. When I say blow through here, I truly mean it. As soon as it hit my city, the wind was incredible. It howled through the entire house. It was scary. We grabbed Zeus and the 3 cats just in case anything should happen. I’m pretty sure every animal except Smokie was scared. Smokie has been through storms and a tornado. She knows the routine like she knows her…. paw. I was going to say “butt” but I thought that would be crossing the line just a bit.

Once the winds and storm had settled down, the household returned back to normal. The cats went off in their own direction- mainly making a beeline for the bedroom. The humans went back into their bedrooms and fell asleep. The dog is making himself comfy on the couch. After all of that excitement, who has the energy to do anything? Soft, warm and King-sized bed, here I come!
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What a day!!

I have to admit- I really didn’t do much today. In fact, I was more babysitting the dog. He decided that since he had energy, he would limp as fast as he could from room to room. It’s almost like chasing a toddler. He overdid it and now he’s hot and kind of dehydrated. Don’t worry, though. We are giving him plenty of fluids and spraying him down with water. Tomorrow morning, he will be as good as new. Believe me, I know how he feels. When I broke my ankle in the 7th grade, I wanted to get up and run around. I’m 24 now, so you do the math!

For those that have no idea, I am a huge Ozzy Osbourne fan. I love everything he does. I have a secret I must tell you… and I sincerely hope my metal friends won’t keep this against me. I sadly do not know all of the lyrics to his song “Trap Door.” I had to look them up last night. I did it for at least 30 minutes and I still can’t get it down. I know, it’s sad.

By the way, want to see one of our kitties? I took it earlier today and I thought it was a good shot! Now introducing the first cat ever in the house… SMOKIE!
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Isn’t she pretty?? Well, you can’t quite tell, but she actually is a stunning cat. We’ve had her since ’03 and they say cats have 9 lives? This one has used up every bit of those. We think she may have 100. She’s lived through everything- including getting Zeus!

Tomorrow is early to rise and late to bed… maybe not. We’ll have to see. I know it will be an early rise, just not before the sun. The last time I did that, I slept right until almost 1pm. I did get the full 8-hours they recommend you do…. then I still felt tired.

I’m just rambling now! By the way, Jenny, I will do the button thing tomorrow. I will let you know it goes! Thank you for everything you’re doing!!
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