Trap-Neuter-Return Part 5


So the kitty condo is done! Well, almost. We’re still going to add a coat of paint to it to hopefully keep it nice. The instructions on how to build it were pretty simple, but it did take a day to complete. Now that we’ve done one I’m sure that the next one will go by a lot quicker if we need to build a second one.

We put it out last night and someone definitely was sleeping in it for a bit! So glad that someone will be able to use it.

I’ve offered to help our local TNR group when they need it, so I’m sure I’ll be updating more and more as I go along this new kitty adventure.

Trap-Neuter-Return part 4

Part of accepting responsibility for community cats by having them neutered and spayed is to have a place for them to live. Letting them live under the house where they were born seemed like a fine idea at first. However, it was brought up that we might pay the price of convenience by having a flea problem. So, the alternative is building a cat house.

The plans we got were from fivercats. The cost of the materials was about $100.00, but we actually spent about $200 because we bought some new tools. There are some prefabricated houses out there, but this one really does seem to be the most well thought-out house for outside cats. So my husband and I delved into building a cat house.

We spent about 2 hours making the house and roof, but we made a slight miscalculation so the roof isn’t fitting. It won’t be too hard of a fix, but we decided to rest on it and finish tomorrow. Pics to come!

Meanwhile our momcat “Scrugs” and two kittens “Sparkles and Princess” were chowing down in front of the house, and the other male cat came by tonight. I guess we’ll set the trap out for him.

It looks like more cat-house building might be in our future.


More Clutter Milestones

Today I went through and cleaned out my closet again. This time I went through and eliminated even more. I started off by separating out all of my dresses, work shirts, and suits. I kept 5 dresses, 5 suits, and 5 pairs of dress pants. I kept 7 dress shirts. I whittled down my shoes a little more as well.
It was hardest to donate things that I liked but either had too many of (like 4 awesome black tops), or that I can’t wear at the moment (like a couple of my dresses from a decade ago).
I ended up keeping some of my Lily Pulitzer dresses. I just like the pattern so much that I couldn’t part with them…. yet.
Next I headed to my music/living room for another round of clean up. I had three art sets that I combined for when I get in the creative mood, that saved some space. Then I moved the screen that was separating my office area with the rest of the room and put it in the corner. I was able to stack a bunch of my ugly crates behind it, and the room looks huge again!
I took the curtain that was on the old shelf (oh yeah, I took everything off that and found it homes, either on our other bookshelf or the donation bin) and put it under the glass top I used to make my desk. I think it looks rather pretty.
After dropping another carload of stuff off, and a quick lunch I tackled going through the things that were under the bed. Not much really. Strangely, we had a clear tub filled with hangers. Another tub was my purses and bags (I ended up putting that in the closet so I remembered I have them), and a third tub contained some mementos, including a Barbie set which I guess is worth over $100 now. Pretty nice because the price tag on it says $15.00.
Up next will be some hard decisions. Knick Knacks need to be sorted through and decided upon if they stay or go.
After that I suppose it really is time to deep clean the house, and to finish painting some of the areas we didn’t get to yet.

Making things in jars!

There are many reasons why people start to make their own home products. For some the appeal might be saving money, or to save the planet. Some people may want to win the uber crunchy award.

Me? I’ve found meaning in those mason jars that are now spread about in my house. The detergent in the laundry room was soap in it that I grated outside on my front porch. It’s not about convenience, it’s about the opposite of convenience. It’s about having to work a little for the little things because we appreciate the things that we work for, even if it’s not that much work. I do appreciate my clean laundry more now that I’ve contributed a little more to getting it clean than dropping a pre-measured pod into the washer.


My fridge is filled with purple mason jars filled with salads and fruit infused waters. The salads are SO good! I am sure that I’ll be making these and taking them to work when I get back to school in the Fall. You simply layer your dressing at the bottom, then harder veggies (or fruits), followed by layers that make sense to keep everything fresh. There are so many things that can be done with these, and I haven’t had a salad disappoint yet.

With the infused water, I’m adding in essential oils with the fruit. I bought a topper for the jar that has a fruit infuser in it which works great. I also have a set of toppers to turn the lids of my clear jars into drinking jars. I made some infused fruit water with that too, but I prefer the water with the infuser built in. In any event, I add some essential oil along with the fruit and away I go for the day. Mostly right now I’m adding in a drop or two of geranium (geranium oil is VERY strong smelling) and 5-6 drops of Doterra’s slim and sassy oil. I can’t say that it’s making me slim or sassy, but it does seem to give me energy throughout the day.

In the past week or so I’ve also made jars of:

  • coconut/ castille soap face wash
  • a witch hazel/lavendar and geranium oil toner
  • nopoo shampoo
  • bug itch spray
  • natural cleaners

More pictures coming soon!