feline friday goes to the vet

Today did NOT start out well for one of us. (Well, for two of us because the security alarm went off at charmingly early time of 6:36 a.m. and I was way too under caffeinated for policemen in my house at that hour.)

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glaring at dad

But on to the primary victim of today’s events… Yes, that would be Luna in her carrier, in the car, with the man holding her. And NOT so happy. Luna has seasonal allergies and this year they are really bad. She has been digging at her ears and rubbing her eyes so badly that she’s cutting herself with her claws. She has been absolutely miserable, to the point where she’s no longer sleeping in the bed with me at night.

Luna doesn’t go to the vet often so I was nervous how she’d react in the office but she was pretty calm.

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calm before the storm

And once she realized there were things to explore, she was okay with it all.

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there’s cars and dogs and people… oh my!

After some poking and prodding, and the vet and vet tech calling Luna a “star” when they found out she had her own section on my blog, Luna became an A-1 bitch. As the vet said, “This is not a happy feline friday.”

Turns out Luna has an ear infection so we now have drops and prednisone. I figured I’d let the vet cut her nails and save me the hassle. 15 minutes later, I was informed she had pooped, peed all over the place, and then tried to escape. They had to put a kitten muzzle on her, then make her into a kitty burrito, and wearing leather gloves for protection, it took three of the techs to cut her nails.

So, my most sincere apologies to the fabulous people at the VCA Old Marple Animal Hospital, especially Dr. Amy Will-Schlechtweg and the nameless veterinary assistant who took care of Luna and put up with her most egregious behavior. And thank you for making her feel better.

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a paw for reassurance


by the letter

The end of summer was always exciting when I was younger. It meant that friends were returning from vacation and camp, and even though school would be starting soon, play dates would resume. Despite the fact that many of my friends spent the hot months away, we always kept in touch. Because when I was young, we still wrote letters.

My dad was a letter writer himself.  I have a stack of letters he exchanged with his aunt in Germany, and always loved examining the stamps when they arrived.

IMG_20130818_155019_586And when I entered high school, I could always look forward to summer letters from my best friend Jen (who my dad called Beethoven). She abandoned me for summer camp, but I could always count on post cards and long letters filled with gossip to keep me company.  We continued this into adulthood. Though we live far apart and don’t get to see each other often, we drop each other a line, especially for birthdays.  Recently, when cleaning out my office, I found an envelope from her addressed to “Insanity Surveys Inc.” with my address. It was a survey I sent her when I was bored at work in 2005, with crazy questions like “If you were a bird, what bird would you be?” (for which she chose cockatoo).


My friend Season and I exchange letters too. How we got in the habit  I don’t quite know. Our letters to each other are rambling, and they often are simple updates on our lives. Recently the Man and I received a package from her and a card. Inside the package, everything was blue. It had a special meaning that I’ll keep to myself, and I love her for it. It’s packages and surprise notes like that which make a day brighter.


With email and texts and Facebook, choosing to sit and write a letter usually goes by the wayside for most of us. I wonder if kids even have pen pals anymore. So here is my offer to you. Do you want a letter? or a pen pal? E-mail your address to writercat81@gmail.com and I’ll send you a letter.

feline friday nap time

Today we are not so much Casa de Restoration as we are Casa de Nap Time. While Luna and Loki don’t cuddle or sleep together, they have taken to napping in the same room, which is a HUGE improvement over the days when Luna would chase Loki out of whatever area she wanted to be in.


I got some rude looks like “Oh M Gee mom, you’re ruining our nap prep!” while I snapped this photo (and Luna is TOTALLY glowering at me). But I told them to get over it. Because not everyone gets to nap in the middle of the day. Tough lives they lead. Pfft.

Hope you’re enjoying your day!

putting it to the test

About a month ago, I convinced one of my organization clients to buy a new vacuum. She needed one that had a power head for area rugs, could do a decent job on bare floors, a hose for getting stairs, and should be able to combat pet hair. I also thought she should have a HEPA filter and that it be bagless. That’s a tall order for a vacuum, especially if you don’t want to spend a fortune.

I have had the same Eureka that I spent about $69 on for 7 years and have always been happy with it. So after doing some research and making recommendations, my client purchased the perfect vacuum. It is a shining beacon of hope for all us pet owners who are looking for one machine to do it all. Namely, the Eureka Suction Seal Pet AS1104A. Okay, it kind of sounds like the name for a cyborg, but trust me – you want this vacuum to invade and take over your life.

Ever since using hers, I have been in awe, wanting one of my own. But money doesn’t grow on trees here at Casa de Restoration. So for the past month I have been religiously checking the internet for a sale, worked some extra side jobs, and finally found the deal I was waiting for. While the list price is $200, I scored the vacuum yesterday for $99.99. Yes, I just put that in bold AND italic because I am excited and thrilled beyond belief at both the price AND the performance.

Because I am a complete and utter dork (see above excitedness and gushing and giddiness over a VACUUM) I decided to bring it home and put it to the test. As you know, when I did my dining room restoration we purchased a black wool area rug. No big deal. Except if your cats are obsessed with keeping their asses off the perfectly good wood and tiles and gravitate said furry butts towards anything that is plush and attracts cat hair. So they lay on said area rug constantly. In fact, I’m pretty sure they’ve made it their life’s mission to force me to vacuum every day for the rest of my life. So here is THREE DAYS worth of cat hair on one area:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI vacuumed the whole rug with my old vacuum, and then vacuumed the whole rug again immediately after with my new bright red shiny vacuum of the gods.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe canister on the left is what my old vacuum picked up. And on the right, is what was left behind and picked up by the vacuum of magnificence. (You need to click on the pic to enlarge and fully appreciate the difference.) Needless to say, I am impressed and excited and thrilled and… oh you get the point. The best thing about this vacuum is that when it says it does bare floors, it actually does. It doesn’t kick around the debris or blow the dust all over the place like virtually every other vacuum I’ve owned. So now I have one vacuum that can do the whole house instead of two (which may seem minor, but is a huge selling point for me).

So… on to the price.  I have always dreamed of owning a Dyson but am not into selling my soul, first born, and drugs to afford one. Yes, I have a handheld one that I got off the shelf for $80 a few years ago (it was a birthday gift… I have a thing for cleaning tools). And if you are like me and love scoring a good deal, trolling the internet for the lowest prices is ALWAYS a plus before making a big purchase. I found the vacuum here on sale, and Best Buy has a price match guarantee, and voila! LOTS of savings and instant gratification.

Just as an FYI, I am not getting paid to endorse this vacuum (but hey! marketing people! I’m willing to test out any product for review if you send it to me!) I am just a complete and utter dork who is really proud of her new purchase. So if you’re in the market for a vacuum, I cannot say enough good things about this one. And it was well worth the wait!

feline friday is academic

The man was finishing up a massive paper for his internship today, and because I am the APA goddess in our house I was helping. Well, so was Luna.


And by helping, I mean laying on his assignment sheet and making love to the style guide. Who said that cats weren’t academically inclined? She looks like half the freshmen I knew when I was in college.


feline… saturday?

It was about 1 a.m. when I realized that I had committed the cardinal sin of alliterative weekly blog posts. I did not post a pic for feline friday!!! How could I? Feline Saturday just doesn’t have the same ring! And today I saw this pic of Nahla, my sister-in-law’s cat, and her expression sums it up.

Nahla is not amused

Nahla is not amused

I know that you all just sit and wait at your computers all day, constantly refreshing my page, waiting with anticipation pulsing through your veins just to see a picture of one of my furry felines. But I failed you, and I apologize. But hey – instead you get Nahla, being neither amused nor impressed with my epic fail.

It’s a bit dismal here today, raining on and off, and I promise I had a very good reason for neglecting my weekly post. You’ll find out later. 🙂