Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Thirteen websites proclaiming to eliminate cat urine odor

Thirteen Things about YOUR NAME

1…. The rental unit that the tenant from *&%#@* left such a mess is saturated in pet urine/feces odor that I can't get rid of. The odor comes out the screen door as you walk past. Help - I'm looking for solutions. It's not just in the carpets - it's under cupboards, under the floor - the cats crawled through holes by pipes and got under the floor.

1. Instantly, completely and permanently remove pet & cat urine odor - guaranteed. Uses oxidation - 32oz $13.49
2. - Immediate & Permanent Odor Eliminator - non-toxic Concentrated - guaranteed. 13oz - makes 1 gal. $29.95
3. - P.U.R.T. - carpet cleaning company out of Boston
4. - Earth Care Clear The Air Odor Remover - Doesn't need to come in contact with urine - Sprinkle on - leave over night - vacuum - done. 14oz $9.99 covers 100sf
5. - Smell & Stain Reved Permanently - use black light to locate urine. Hifh performace, bio-enzymatic product - guaranteed - As seen on TV 1 gal $39.95
6. - The 1-2-3 Odor Free Kit Guaranteed - $39.95 plus $9.95 UPS
7. - just air fresheners
8. - Prove It Kit $19.95 - Black Light $9.95 If all you want is a cheap "two week temporary fix", please don't buy our products.
9. - Odorcide 210 Concentrate Cat Urine Odor Remover - Removes cat urine odor permanently. $19.99 16oz concentrate.
10. - Carpet shampoo - removes cat urine odors 32oz $12.95 - No-risk-guaranty
11. - Simple Solution Cat Spray & Urine Stain & Odor Remover 32oz $5.79
12. - Spray to put on pet food to make their urine not smell
13. - Order a make your own recipe for $9.99Start your list here!

Wordless Wednesday

Is it a heart or a fox or a raccoon? I call it Mika's revenge. The Captain was driving and she was trying to see between the seats and slipped and tried to keep her balance by digging into my arm.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


I saw my daughter's (Qtpies7) post about new pets - they stole the name of my cat - but he did look like their Midnight when he was younger.


My ducks! My ducks! I saw three little ducks in the pond - maybe the foxes or fishers didn't get them after all. I am toooooooo excited!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

What I wantED to be when I grew up

I took the grand kids down to Massachusetts to see the Captain's new boat. Long drive - 4.5 hrs. On the way I was musing about how I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was young. And now, at age 55, I can see the wisdom of God telling me "no". He knows how I love animals, I am passionate about them. But obviously I was not cut out to be a vet. Heaven's I cried in Dumbo and The Jungle Book as an adult even.

But thinking about the past week, made me understand that God definitely knows me better than I knew myself. On my way to work one day I saw a bird by my neighbor's driveway - it had been hit by a car and was flopping around on the side of the road - that in itself was not my undoing - but the other bird that kept flying down to it and then leaving and coming back as if to say "Come on, get up, you can do it! Please get up!" started the tears. Then another day on my way to work I noticed a duck with three babies swimming in a pond - a few days later she was swimming with only one baby - now I don't see any of them, and I'm ready to cry again just thinking about it.
Yesterday we went to a little country fair and a cow gave birth while we were there. The owner sat by her head and comforted her while she was in labor - I think it was her first. I have never seen a cow so loving to a person - she licked her and snuggled to get the comfort she needed. She seemed to be having such a hard time - I didn't understand why they didn't help her deliver. Sometimes she would look around and I could imagine her thinking "I wish all these people would quit staring at me - leave me alone - I hurt - this is a special time for me and I don't want to share it with strangers" I had to leave and let her have some dignity - but of course the other 40 people stayed around staring at her. We saw her beautiful calf a little later. But she wasn't in the pen with the new mamma - and the new mamma was not very happy - she reached through the fence and tried to nurture the baby.

My heart is too soft to be able to be a good vet. I cry watching animal planet - I would be emotionally spent if I had to watch animals suffer or die on a daily basis. I understand the survival of the fittest - but my heart breaks and I would probably do more harm than good - I'll let those who are more gifted in the healing area and be content to love and cherish the animals. I'll just have to be something else when I grow up.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Thursday Thirteen~ Crazy Wallpaper Edition

There are 13 different black and white wallpaper or borders in our master bedroom/closets - We've lived here almost 5 years and haven't had the where-with-all to change it because all of our money and efforts go into our rental properties instead of our own.

this wall is part of my walk-in closet

1. flowered border
2. brush stroke wallpaper

3. Paisley border
4. Heart wallpaper
5. Gingham base border

6. striped wallpaper
7. gaudy border around windows
8. striped with a touch of gold wallpaper
(some border like just below stripes is also on another wall as is the bottom base border)

9. Checkered wallpaper

10. Newsprint wallpaper
(more stripes and borders)
11. Flowered wallpaper in background

12. Another kind of striped wallpaper in the Captain's closet

Details of the different papers by the double windows above

Details of the flowered borders near the master bath

13. Another striped wallpaper in my closet

Wordless Wednesday~ Rock climbing

The Captain took this photo of me rock climbing - guess Gameboy came by his picture taking naturally. - Or else they are both "leg" men. See a previous WW for a history of bad pictures. Gameboy and the Captain can't get pics of heads?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

13 Categories of 13 Things I'm Getting Rid Of

Thursday Thirteen

The Captain will be home today – so I decided to clean up (he’s a real neat nick) I knew just tossing out 13 things wouldn’t make a dent – so I decided to find 13 things in 13 different areas or categories around the house.
1. Kitchen
Set of 3 bowls with lids (alright, they were whipping cream containers), a ladle and whisk – must be for an army mess hall they are huge, a metal scoop, a wooden spoon – still in the paper wrapper from the ice cream cup,
Set of 7 corks from wine bottles – I think I got them in a $1 box at an auction, a rubber ring from an old canning jar, a paring knife – broken tip,
a rusty butcher knife, bear honey container with too dark honey, plastic cap from a cough syrup bottle, clear plastic tube from ????? – it’s cracked, and a broken night light with an extra cover

2. Books - this took the longest – I must have over a thousand books – but I have a hard time parting with any:
Cinderella Complex, A Gift to Myself, Healing the Child Within, Home Coming, Webster’s Secretarial Handbook, Brasco Book of Design – promotes windows and hardware, Cabins & Cottages, Flower Gardening 1 2 3, Healing a Parent’s Grieving Heart, 1994 Farmer’s Almanac, New England, The Perfect Storm, and The Hungry Ocean

3. Clothes – from my closet – after already discarding a lot yesterday
Pair of gray shoes and tan shoes, a Butterscotch, a beige, and a black wool skirt, White Jeans and blue jeans, 2 blue shirts, Plaid Slacks and black slacks, Green plaid flannel shirt and a Multi colored striped shirt

4. Dresser
A bathing suit, 4 Pairs of panty hose, Pair of hospital slipper socks, Pair of polka dotted panties and purple panties, Bra, Cloth bag, Pair of socks, Score card from mini golf, and a bag of panty hose.

5. Down stairs bathroom
Glitter hair gel, Empty Rubbing Alcohol bottle, Child’s mirror, Broken comb, Monkey fingers – hair clip, Cotton balls – loose, Grape shower gel – almost gone – bottle dented, Nail glue, head band, Kids wipes wrapper, Cardboard from hair clips, Stretched out hair ties, Got 2 be Glued – spiking cement

6. Upstairs bathroom
Broken comb, Old foundation – like 5 yrs old, KFC towelette, Headbands, Old broken watch, Plastic jewelry, Scrap piece of paper with phone numbers I don’t need, Guidepost magazine, Red lipstick, Empty hair spray, Motel shampoo, really old burn relief gel – hardened in the bottle, AA Battery

7. Bedroom
An audio tape, Pair of earrings, Stuffed animal, Candle, Heart shaped and Butterfly shaped cardboard boxes, Empty jewelry cardboard box, Sudoku puzzle book, Paperback book – Ralph’s Party, Another old watch, Suncatcher, Old keys I have no idea what they are for – perhaps the house I had in Virginia 5 years ago, empty plastic kool-aid container

Town & Country, Scrabble – I have 3 of them, The Trumpet Game, A Cribbage Board, A Jigsaw Puzzle, Poker Chips, Plastic Card Holders, Deck of cards, Another deck of cards, Another deck of cards, Another deck of cards, Another deck of cards, A nice double set of cards in a case

9. Basement
A cassette holder with 13 cassette tapes in it, Table cloth, Back pack, snowmobile suit, 2 wine bottles, Plastic coat hangers – the kind from the store with the clothes on it, sweat shirt, 3 pair winter Boots, Long dress coat, Parka, Windbreaker, 3 rolls of Wall paper, and Sneakers

10. File Cabinet
Old bank statement, Privacy statement from bank, AARP letter, A birthday card, Junk paper, More junk paper, Planet Fitness brochure, Old checkbook register, blank envelope, Brochure on lowering cholesterol, DVD that skips, Mosaic paper teddy bear, Old envelope – whoops I’d better keep that – it has some phone numbers I might need, Family issues publication

11. Craft Room
2 bottles of dried up glue, grocery bag of pine cones, bonnet made for a skit, dried up Christmas Swag, dried up Christmas Wreathe, broken pine cone kissing ball, Dried Autumn Leaves, Pink Bathroom Rug, Paper Gift Bag with tissue paper, Hand Bag, Package of ironing board clips, An egg crate – cardboard, Cardboard tubes from wrapping paper

12. Old Emails
I deleted 13 emails from my friend Bev from 2005
Then I deleted 13 more emails from Bev

13. Laundry Room
13 odd socks

Whew – All that – and I still don’t see where it made a difference

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Wordless Wednesday
Best Friend

Friday, July 6, 2007

Watching tv with dad

My Dad loved westerns. We also liked to watch wrestling. Does anyone remember The Vachon's - Mad Dog and the Butcher? How about Vern Gagne or Bobby Heenan or Jesse "The Body" Ventura - Pretty Boy Larry Henning, The Crusher/The Bruiser Tag Team? Dad also like to read - of course his favorite authors were Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour. Funny, I really don't remember my mom watching much tv - other than a couple of soaps. She was usually busy crocheting (she made beautiful doilies and wall hangings - like the 23rd Psalm) or doing jigsaw puzzles. She also like crossword puzzles and belonged to a reader's digest book club.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Thirteen Westerns I used to Watch with my Dad

Thirteen Things about Pauline
Some of my fondest memories of time spent with my dad, was watching westerns on our little tv - no remote - 3 channels

1. Bonanza
2. Gunsmoke
3. Have Gun Will Travel
4. High Chaparral
5. Zorro
6. The Rifleman
7. Rawhide
8. Big Valley
9. Davy Crockett
10. Wagon Train
11. The Virginian
12. Maverick
13. The Lone Ranger

Of course there were other programs we also liked - such as Sky King, Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, Rin Tin Tin
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Monday, July 2, 2007


Qtpies 7 tagged me with the following 5 random questions. Curious daughters just want to know, I guess.

1. What was it about your spouse that made you decide he/she was the one? This will be tough, since I've decided 4 - yes, 4 times that this one was the one.
a. Hubby #1 - dd's daddy. I was 16 - my mom died when I was 15, I was roaming from dad to sister to sister to dad and just wanted to be loved and have a "normal" home. I meet this guy who rides a Harley, has the most amazing, crooked smile, an absolutely buff bod, he was joining the army, ended up a hero, wounded in Viet-nam. All of his friends were marrying my friends and through letters we "fell" in love. I just knew he was the one for me and would make me happy and I could make him happy. I was 17 when we married. Lasted 5 years, best thing - 2 beautiful children.
b. Hubby #2 - He drove a really nice car, took me to fancy places to eat, always include my 2 beautiful children, found out he had been in a hospital for severe depression - attemped suicide, and I was his new tranquilizer - he needed me. I could change/help him. I just knew he was the one for me. Lasted 14 years - a lot of verbal and mental abuse, didn't want to fail a second time - best thing - another beautiful child.
c. Hubby #3 - The marlboro man - cowboy from Wyoming (he really didn't smoke). He worked for American Express, had been wounded in Viet Nam, lost a son in a tragic shooting accident, and had a daughter with mental and physical disabilities. He needed me and he'd give me respectablity and financial security. I just knew he was the one for me. I was in my mid-forties and ready to settle down. Lasted five years, he didn't have it in him to smile and didn't get along with my son - best thing I saw a lot of Arizona and Wyoming that I never would have seen, and learned a little about money management.
d. Hubby #4 (present one, and hopefully last one) - The Sea Captain - now, how romantic does that sound? I was attracted to him at first by overhearing him talk to his grandchildren on the phone - what a character! He can really make me laugh. We went on a vacation to Maine from Virginia, and toured some old cemeteries. He is a neatnik and wants to be placed in a vault and have his children come and clean and dust it all of time. I said I didn't care, any plot would be fine for me. He said he would come and talk to me every day - made me cry. I just knew he was the one for me. We started planning our retirement - which of course is off track now because we have custody of the grandchildren.
Obviously I sure don't know *#@**&**#!.

2. What was your favorite pet in your entire life? And why?
This is a hard one. I would have to say my pomeranin "Randi" Her name was Miranda Cecile. She slept with me, when I was pregnant with my youngest she would only eat soda crackers. We had routines for begging. I bawled for days when she died. I swore not to ever get close to a pet again. But now I have Mika - and she is a real gem.

3. What one thing should you give up? (coke, cookies, computer?)
This a no-brainer. I need to give up playing solitaire on the computer. It is my drug of choice. I don't play on-line. But I can get on for just a few minutes, only one game each of my favorite 3. The next thing I know, it's been 3-4 hours and I haven't accomplished anything at home and missed out on much needed sleep.

4. What is you most embarrassing moment? Ok, at lease name an embarrassing moment.
I'm glad I don't have to name the REAL most embarrassing moment. But I was embarrased when I sent off an insurance payment (late) for our business and forgot to sign the check. The next month, I did the same thing.

5. What is your favorite/most interesting/weirdest job you've ever held?
I would have to say Scalloping with The Captain. It was the most physically hard work I have ever done, but also the most interesting and profitable. I'll have to blog about that experience and share some pictures.

Whew!! That's done - Now to tag you all -- anyone who reads it - consider yourself tagged with these five new questions.

1. What is your fondest childhood memory?
2. What accomplishment are you the most proud of?
3. What is one thing in the past that you did that you are the most ashamed of?
4. What was your worst nightmare?
5. What is your favorite hymn or scripture and why?