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How to Bathe a Cat

Shamelessly stolen from The Dork Side (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dork-Side/342503639104351), a page I follow on facebook 🙂

Some people say cats never have to be bathed. They say cats lick themselves clean. They say cats have a special enzyme of some sort in their saliva that works like new, improved Wisk——-dislodging the dirt where it hides and whisking it away. I’ve spent most of my life believing this folklore. Like most blind believers, I’ve been able to discount all the facts to the contrary, the kitty odors t

hat lurk in the corners of the garage and dirt smudges that cling to the throw rug by the fireplace. The time comes, however, when a man must face reality: when he must look squarely in the face of massive public sentiment to the contrary and announce, “This cat smells like a port-a-potty on a hot day in Juarez.” When that day arrives at your house, as it has in mine, I have some advice you might consider as you place your feline friend under your arm and head for the bathtub.

—Know that although the cat has the advantage of quickness and lack of concern for human life, you have the advantage of strength. Capitalize on that advantage by selecting the battlefield. Don’t try to bathe him in an open area where he can force you to chase him. Pick a very small bathroom. If your bathroom is more that four feet square, I recommend that you get in the tub with the cat and close the sliding glass doors as if you were about to take a shower. (A simple shower curtain will not do. A berserk cat can shred a three-ply rubber shower curtain quicker than a politician can shift positions.)

—Know that a cat has claws and will not hesitate to remove all the skin from your body. Your advantage here is that you are smart and know how to dress to protect yourself. I recommend canvas overalls tucked into high-top construction boots, a pair of steel-mesh gloves, an army helmet, a hockey face mask, and a long-sleeved flak jacket.

—Prepare everything in advance. There is no time to go out for a towel when you have a cat digging a hole in your flak jacket. Draw the water. Make sure the bottle of kitty shampoo is inside the glass enclosure. Make sure the towel can be reached, even if you are lying on your back in the water.

—Use the element of surprise. Pick up your cat nonchalantly, as if to simply carry him to his supper dish. (Cats will not usually notice your strange attire. They have little or no interest in fashion as a rule. If he does notice your garb, calmly explain that you are taking part in a product testing experiment for J.C. Penney.)

—Once you are inside the bathroom, speed is essential to survival. In a single liquid motion, shut the bathroom door, step into the tub enclosure, slide the glass door shut, dip the cat in the water and squirt him with shampoo. You have begun one of the wildest 45 seconds of your life!

—Cats have no handles. Add the fact that he now has soapy fur, and the problem is radically compounded. Do not expect to hold on to him for more than 2 or 3 seconds at a time. When you have him, however, you must remember to give him another squirt of shampoo and rub like crazy. He’ll then spring free and fall back into the water, thereby rinsing himself off. (The national record for cats is three latherings, so don’t expect too much.)

—Next, the cat must be dried. Novice cat bathers always assume this part will be the most difficult, for humans generally are worn out at this point and the cat is just getting really determined. In fact, the drying process is simple compared to what you have just been through. That’s because by now the cat is semi-permanently affixed to your right leg. You simply pop the drain plug with your foot, reach for your towel and wait. (Occasionally, however the cat will end up clinging to the top of your army helmet. If this happens, the best thing you can do is to shake him loose and to encourage him toward your leg.) After all the water is drained from the tub, it is a simple matter to just reach down and dry the cat.

In a few days the cat will relax enough to be removed from your leg. He will usually have nothing to say for about three weeks and will spend a lot of time sitting with his back to you. He might even become psycho-ceramic and develop the fixed stare of a plaster figurine. You will be tempted to assume he is angry. This isn’t usually the case. As a rule he is simply plotting ways to get through your defenses and injure you for life the next time you decide to give him a bath. – – – – But at least, now he smells a lot better!


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We got one for Christmas as a family gift. Its probably the best game I’ve ever played (aside from WoW of course!). We’ve all had a ton of fun with it so far, but I was stupid. Really.

I’m six weeks out of surgery and on oxygen, and I hula hooped on the WiiFit too much lol. Today I can barely move. I was a little sore yesterday evening, but then Jared figured out a trick with the hula hooping, and beat my high score. I had to regain my crown of course, and played one round of hula hooping and retook my title. Halfway through, the pain started in…did I quit, as was the WISE thing to do? Of course not. I was never given points for common sense after all.

So here I sit, hunched over, popping Tylenol like candy. Dare I say it? Stupid.

I’m also pondering whether I can do any of the other WiiFit games without further injury…

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A while back, Daddy P did a blog post about Sage, a feed reader from Mozilla, the makers of that WONDERFUL internet browser Firefox. For those of you who haven’t been converted yet…I pity you. Seriously. Firefox is SO much better than Internet Explorer any day! I resisted the change myself for many many months, if not years, believe me. And then, one day…I saw the light. I’ve never looked back :)

Anyway, Sage is an add-on for Firefox, and enables you to look at feeds from various sites without all the clutter and junk. Now, I’m shooting myself in the foot here…my ads on my blog do provide a small income, and Sage eliminates those ads. But…its just the coolest thing regardless, so I’ll live with any reduced income as a result of this post lol (although, you could always click the link for my blog real quick in the sage feeder window if you were really feeling generous hee hee).

Now, way back when Daddy P posted about Sage, I tried it out. I was on my Dell laptop at the time. I was quickly hooked. Then, I won the new HP laptop, and I never got around to downloading and installing the Sage add-on. Friday, I remembered it, and decided to give it another go. I spent an hour or so adding all my favorite blogs, because I realized I hadn’t read many most of them in ages simply due to time constraints, illness, etc.  I can now quickly catch up on them.

But, because I was wondering the extent of what all it could do…I then checked to see if there were feeds for the many message boards I’m a member of…AND THERE WAS.  I quickly added them to the list, and when I checked them…just…wow.  I could, on one page, see ALL the newest posts and replies for that board (ok well one board took more than one page, but I digress).  HOW COOL!!!

Of course, now that I’ve said all this…I realize I have no excuse for not keeping up with my favorite blogs and boards and um, actually commenting instead of just reading…so if I start to slack off again, feel free to beat me about the head and shoulders with a wet noodle, or any other similar soft object ;)

*This is NOT a paid advertisement blog post sadly enough lol*

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Justin and I took these yesterday afternoon while walking along one side of the Strip. I wore out a lot faster than I anticipated, so there aren’t as many pictures as I would have liked. Also, I have NO makeup on due to the sunburn I got on my face on Friday…I knew I’d be putting sunscreen on repeatedly and honestly, you can’t do that while wearing makeup…not and have good results anyway lol.This one was taken across the street from the Venetian. I REALLY wanted to see Phantom…its been a huge dream of mine, but alas, I’m afraid to even go price the tickets.


In front of Bellagio, and across the street from Paris:

On the walkway crossing the street in front of Bellagio and Cesar’s:


Outside the Mirage:


Yeah, we liked the Mirage’s landscaping 🙂

This one was at Siegfried & Roy Plaza at the Mirage. I always wanted to see their show. I wondered if the crystals light up at night…when we were coming back from the Treasure Island show last night I saw that it did, but most of the lights are burned out. Now only the yellow ones around the faces light up, and one or two on each side further down. After all they did for the Mirage, you’d think they’d keep up their memorial a little better…


Name that bird!! We saw this…critter…in the environment at our hotel (the Flamingo). It looks like a weird cross between a peacock and a rooster LOL. Does anyone know what it is??

More in the environment at the Flamingo:

So that’s all the pictures we took yesterday (I left a couple out because they were just more of the same shots, only from a slightly different angle). We had a lot of fun all in all, but I’m certainly glad I don’t live here in Vegas!

We ventured out after dark last night to watch Bellagio’s water show and Treasure Island’s “pirate” show (I wasn’t impressed at all) and as soon as they were over we headed back. Honestly, I didn’t want to be on the Strip after dark…it was so packed, and people were cussing and spilling drinks and in general, acting the fool, rather like in the New Orleans French Quarter. We came back to the room and just relaxed.

We’re deliberately keeping ourselves on central time…so we pass out before 9:00 p.m. local time, and we’re up around 4:00 a.m. local time. Its really nice because the Strip really is pretty cool that early in the morning. I’m going to remember to bring my camera out in the morning and take some pictures at Cesar’s that there were too many people around to get good shots of yesterday. This morning we could have had shots in front of them with NO ONE around…so that’s nice.

My room overlooks the environment, although the buffet domes are between the palms and me…still, its a nice green view, and while I can’t see the animals themselves, its relaxing to look out my window and see all these really green palms. I can also see the mountains from here. When there isn’t a glare on my window (there is right now) I’ll take some pictures and post them.

I fully intend to drive up one of the mountains this week and take shots from up there, as well as go to the roof of my hotel and get some shots.

So that’s my Vegas update for now … Thanks for looking

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We made it safely! Our landing in Vegas made my husband cut the circulation off in my hand…he reached out and took my wrist as we were about to land, and when we “shimmied” across the runway on a slight angle, he gripped it HARD lol. I teased him mercilessly. I’ve had some really bad landings in my time, and this one was not bad AT ALL. The worst I ever had was landing in Raleigh one night in August, in the middle of a freak ice storm. The plane not only shimmied to the side, it SLID COMPLETELY sideways down the runway and almost went off the runway itself. I commend the pilots for keeping it on the tarmac. That one, I gripped my seat arms a bit

We drove down the Strip to our hotel yesterday, and…I was unimpressed. What’s wrong with me? Ehh I’m not saying it wasn’t nice…it was actually pretty darned cool looking. I just…wasn’t impressed *shrug*. Looking at the facades of some of the casinos and hotels actually made me wish I were in DisneyWorld instead. Yeah I know, I’m hopeless (as my husband informed me).

We found Wal-Mart after almost driving out of the state and turning around and going back. To be fair, it had moved since Justin was here 7 or 8 months ago, and they had drawn an arrow on the sign on their building, but when we passed it the first time (the old building) we didn’t stop to look at the sign due to the heavy traffic we were in. We got the food and supplies that I need to camp out for a week in the hotel room…bread, peanut butter and jelly, pretzels, Kit Kat bars (of COURSE), a jug of drinking water (I hated the taste of the tap water here in the room, and for 64 cents, that was a great deal!), a collapsible ice chest (I had thrown mine away a few years back, not realizing I would have need of a small one again one day), and a baseball cap.

There were a couple things I forgot: sunscreen…a hat…q-tips (I HAVE to have my q-tips!). These were things I’d intended to bring with me and just forgot. Still, my frugal friend Lynnae would be so proud of me…I went looking for bargains and boy did I find them. We bought breakfast stuff too…donuts, blueberry muffins, banana nut bread. I bought donuts that expire today for 75 cents instead of $2.50 (and they taste GOOD…there’s NOTHING wrong with them). I bought blueberry muffins that expire today for 49 cents instead of $1.97 (and they’re just as moist and yummy I might add). I bought a hat…a HAT…that was $6.97 for 50 cents. 50 cents!!! I’m so proud of my hat. My cooler was $7.96 yesterday we were informed by the associate who directed me to them when I asked if they had any coolers on clearance. She said she’d just marked them down…it was *drumroll* 97 cents. OMG. 97 cents!!! She thought it was an error but it scanned right so as she pulled the others down to make sure, she told us to hurry to the front and purchase mine…so we did I’m so proud of myself. I may have forgotten some things, and had planned to buy some others (the food and the cooler) but dang even Justin was proud of me. Thanks Lynnae…Wal-Mart does the same thing with their clearance items that Target does…I just never really noticed before

So today we have no plans. If Justin can’t get into the meeting he wanted to attend, we’re going to see if we can find a church to visit (I’m sure it won’t be on the Strip though lol) and then go out to Hoover Dam. After that we’re going to visit the truly awesome pool complex here at the Flamingo. I kid you not folks…their pool is incredible. And there are live ducks, geese, swans, and….FLAMINGOS. Of course I’m going to be spending a lot of my time during the days out in the landscaped courtyards of the pool complex I’m sure. Good thing my laptop has a long battery life

I’ll be posting some pictures later today. I was too worn out yesterday when we went out to make the trek back up to the room to get my camera. I wish I’d brought my cheap point-and-shoot camera…it would have fit into my fanny pack. But…I decided I wanted really nice pictures at the Dam and other areas, so I brought my SLR. Its heavy. I COULD leave one of the lenses in the room, but if I do, that’ll be the lens I need for the PERFECT shot so I have to take them both *shrug*.

Stay tuned

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Looks like the tropical depression made landfall much farther to the east than they were expecting and is going to head towards us, but on a more northerly approach. My home will get hit, but not with anything major (hopefully no tornadoes will spawn). The airport *should* be clear. Keep up those prayers for safe travel and safety for my family here at home.

We’re Vegas bound baby!!!

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My Meme

Carrie at Chocolate The Other White Meat gave me this meme so here goes:

1. Who do you most closely associate with in the Bible? Oh wow…tough one. I suppose Mary Magdalene. I mean well, but I made some very poor decisions in my past. And…I still do sometimes.

2. What is the first thing you want to ask God when you get to Heaven? I understand the bad things happening to “good” people, but why must terrible things happen to the innocent children? Child molestation just…its a hard thing for me to deal with. I can NOT understand why a CHILD must be subjected to such horror, and no one has ever been able to satisfactorily explain it to me. This is one of the real sticking points for me in dealing with my faith, or the feeling of having a lack of faith.

3. Why? See the above … I kinda got ahead of myself…

4. What did you want to be when you grew up? The Bionic Woman. Seriously. OK well I did grow out of that. I wanted to be a pilot and/or astronaut. Flying was my great passion and I miss it greatly.

5. What is your favorite book series? Before July, I would have said R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt series. Actually, I think that’s still my all-time favorite. I’m reading the Left Behind books right now though (on book 9 now) and I’m loving them, so I’d have to put them in at a close second…tied with Piers Anthony’s Xanth books 🙂

The Rules of the Meme:
1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, like [the food you hate most in all the world]. Something random. Whatever you like.
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You will update your [blog] with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.

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