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Adventures in Cat Trees

With the old place, we were constantly fighting with the cats using everything to sharpen their claws (well, Layla and Vincent. The others are declawed.  Yes, I know, they came to us that way.)

So we decided it was time to get them a cat tree to focus their shredding of all the things! And of course because this is me we are talking about, there was no way I was going to get one of those rinky dink base and post type trees. I wanted a CAT TREE. So off I go to shop around.

PetSmart and PetCo had some but they were kinda meh. Over $100 for ones that were barely, if at all, taller than I am and kinda unsturdy. That wasn’t going to work so off I go to Amazon and various online vendors. After doing a day of comparing, I finally decided on the Go Pet Club Cat Tree. I loved the look of it and the color was awesome. In reading the comments (I’m a HUGE comment reader), I was slightly concerned about the assembly but decided to take a chance. It was actually the only one that had the best rating despite all the negative remarks.

Thanks to Amazon Prime, 48 hours later, a HUGE box shows up at my door. I was so excited! But first, we needed to clear a space!

So we took to the living room (I’ll discuss that room in a later post) and reorganized things a bit so we could clear a space in corner for the tree.


We decided the corner of the living room by the window would be best because they could not only see outside but also see the rest of the house from an elevated spot. And the two walls would give the cat tree that much more support on the off chance that it wasn’t very sturdy.

With that out of the way, we started unpacking!  One of the main complaints was how nothing was labeled and it was very confusing to identify pieces so we addressed that by labeling them ourselves and sorting them out.

The various bolts and brackets

The various bolts and brackets

Labeled all the flat pieces

Labeled all the flat pieces

Identified all the posts and sorted by length

Identified all the posts and sorted by length

The cat houses were pretty easy to identify so we just used those as a table initially.

The cat houses were pretty easy to identify so we just used those as a table initially.

Meanwhile, Sadie supervises.


And now, the assembly begins!  I was in charge of handing pieces over and keeping morale up. It was at this point where I was getting really nervous. What piece wasn’t going to fit? What piece was going to be broken?

Legs being screwed into the first cat house.

Legs being screwed into the first cat house.

The second floor being attached to the base.

The second floor being attached to the base.

Second floor complete!

Second floor complete!

Third floor and second cat house attached!

Third floor and second cat house attached!

When it was done, I could harldly believe it!  No issues whatsoever!  Now we could slide it into place! Yay!


The first cat to come out and see what all the fuss was about was Vincent so I picked him up and placed him up on the top tier.


Yeah, we pretty much figured that was going to happen so before we got started, we moved the plant that was on that ledge. But as far as assembly goes, from start to finish, the whole thing took less than 45 minutes! As long as you take the time to identify your pieces and ensure you have everything, it should go pretty smoothly. So if you are looking for a cat tree, I highly recommend this one!


Posted by on October 21, 2014 in Felines, Life


My new crafting room and where have I been?!

I apologize for disappearing without notice but life took an interesting twist and we moved! Our previous living situation was turning into something that was not quite so pleasant to be around any longer so we decided to move.

We were very lucky to find a house that I absolutely adore. It has lots of space and it is just waiting for some color and for us to fill it with love. Instead of living in a sleepy suburb of Austin, we are now more in a sleepy suburb of San Antonio. But all in all, it’s a great location and I absolutely love it!

So let’s start the tour!

I’ll be posting about each room as I go along but for today, I want to show off the mess, I mean, the room that will be my crafting room as well as my work office.


It’s not a huge room but the space it provides will be great! And the amount of natural light it gets is absolutely wonderful! The brown shelf on the left of the picture will be sanded down and repainted. Kress painted it to have a more wood grain type look and I think it is way too dark. It needs to be lighter, brighter so I am hoping to sand it down and paint it within the next couple of weeks.  In the mean time, it’s playing the role of catch all while I unpack and get the room organized.

The table closest to the door is my desk. It’s a re-purposed drafting table and fits the bill perfectly!  I had to flip the pencil shelf since it stuck up a bit.


I found a clamp style desk organizer stuffed in a closet so I clamped that onto the back and voila, we have storage! The lamp actually belongs in the bedroom but for now, it was a safe place to put it so it didn’t get lost in the wrangling of the boxes. The bear is from Build-A-Bear that I picked up a few years ago. I fell in love with his lime green mohawk and just had to have it. So now he is my co-worker. The painting on the wall was a birthday present from my very talented friend, Kellie. I love all the colors and when I am having an incredibly frustrating day at work, I just take a break and study it for awhile.


The closet in this room is pretty awesome!  All of my SCA clothes and accouterments will live in here. I was hoping I could also house my crafting supplies and fabric but that is looking like it may very well not be the case as I keep unpacking fabric! I guess this means I should just get off my backside and start sewing! So this closet will be a work in progress as time goes on.

All in all though, I am pretty thrilled with the changes that have been going on and the promise of the future.

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Crafts, Life


Poor Sasha :(

Sasha’s eye has been bothering her and I wasn’t sure if it was allergies but once gunk started appearing, off to the vet she went.

Turns out she has some kind of infection so she must now wear the cone of shame.

Sasha Cone


The most heart-breaking/amusing time is right after we give her the eye drops.  She will run off into the corner and sit like this for hours.

Sasha Hiding


Poor Sasha.  She has another Dr’s visit today so here is hoping we have some good news.

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Life, Randomness, Sasha


When Dogs and Cat Meet – An Adventure!

Last weekend, Kress and I dog sat for a friend of ours. He was going to be out of town for a few days and intended on putting Sadie in the backyard and have the neighbor come over and feed her twice a day. All in all, not a bad plan except this is Texas, in the middle of August when it is not only OMG hot but also fairly humid.

I was not having any of that. Sadie would just come home with me for the weekend.

Kress was on board with it but there was some concern regarding the cats. Not so much Sweet Pea, Evie or Sasha; they have lived with dogs before. Vincent and Layla, however, have only ever lived with one dog. That was Maggie, who was 17 years old and was mostly interested in sleeping. I was pretty sure Sadie with her big heart, happy tail and boundless energy was going to over….poorly.



Look at that face!  How can you just not want to just rub and snuggle with her! She is just such a sweet dog. She absolutely adores Kress and I. When we go to visit with our friend, Sadie is always ready to greet us and oh so welcoming. Bringing her into the house, we steeled ourselves for some massive amount of drama. When we walked in the door with her, Sweet Pea, Sasha and Evie just jumped off the couch and went into the bedroom to nap. Vincent was waiting by the front door as he usually does when he hears our car pull up.

When he laid eyes on Sadie, he backed up a few feet and then got all poofy and growly. But that was it, once he made his opinion known on the whole Sadie visit, things got pretty calm.

And then….

Layla Sadie


The face I will never forget. The moment Layla laid eyes on Sadie. You could fell the words “Oh helll naw!  What is this f%$ing thing doing here?!” Let me tell you, Layla’s little bed perch here, is right by my side of the bed. I was convinced I was going to wake up dead. CONVINCED!


However, it seems all my worries were for nothing. While Sadie was obviously interested and curious about the kitties, she pretty much left them alone. Vincent was the first to really accept her close to him, so much so that Sadie got to have a few good sniffs before Vincent said enough and walked away.

The night that Sadie left, I went to go check in on Layla, just to see how she was coping.

Layla Sadie Gone

Ahhh, all is right with the world again.

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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Evie, Layla, Life, Randomness, Sadie, Sasha, Sweet Pea, Vincent


Wordless Wednesday – Fierceness!

Ready for date night!

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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Cosmetics, Life, Randomness, Wordless Wednesday


Animal House Tuesday – Sadie!

Sadie was being overly cute this week. She has developed this habit of hiding under the curtains and I finally caught her looking adorable.

Darth Sadie! @dogsofinstagram

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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Life, Randomness, Sadie


Wedding Bliss – Honeymoon

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, you may remember that a couple years ago, some friends and I took a cruise to Alaska. After some discussion, we decided to do that again! Yes, I am taking friends with me on my honeymoon. After all, it’s not like they are going to be in my cabin!

So the other day, we booked a cruise to Jamaica! So excited! We were able to get a deal through American Airlines that required us to pay $125 to book it versus the regular $500. AA would then pay Royal Caribbean the $500 and we would pay the $400 back to AA between now and February along with the rest of the cruise cost.

This will help quite a bit because starting in Oct/Nov, Kress will start working at the game processing center and that is when a lot of the major wedding purchases will be paid off. Not to mention all the OT I get during the holidays.

SO EXCITED!  It looks like our overall travel plan is pretty cool:

Day 1 Galveston, Texas
Day 2 Cruising
Day 3 Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4 George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5 Falmouth, Jamaica
Day 6 Cruising
Day 7 Cruising
Day 8 Galveston, Texas

Beautiful country with my husband and close friends? Yes please!

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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Life, Randomness, Travel, Wedding


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