Top 5 Tools For Women (Or Men) To Have Around The House

Whether people like to admit it or not, there is a stereotype when it comes to women and tools. Just look at the ads in today’s newspaper. On page after page of “Holiday Gift Items For Him” tools, tools, tools galore. And, unless you consider a curling iron a power tool, I don’t see a single screwdriver, hammer, or wrench featured on the pages dedicated to “Holiday Gift Ideas For Her.” Perhaps, it could be that many women would send their significant others packing if they unwrapped a voltage tester on Christmas morning. Or perhaps, it’s because stores have gotten … Continue reading

Three Cheers for the Furminator!

I’m an unusual person, I guess, so my friends and family get me unusual presents. One of my best gifts EVER was my Dremel tool (a gift from my parents for Christmas a few years ago). I love that thing. For my birthday in March, my roommates got me a Furminator. I know, I know… the Furminator isn’t new. You’ve probably heard about it already, or seen it in action, or even own one of your own. I’d seen ads, but never experienced the wonder of the Furminator until it was in my hot little hands. The Furminator was developed … Continue reading

Spruce Up Bedroom Furniture

If you want to add a little bit of perk to your otherwise functional bedroom furniture, then you may like these ideas. They don’t cost much at all, and yet they add just the right amount of impact. If you have a tall armoire or other piece if furniture with doors, you can add a touch of color and or pattern by adding wallpaper or contact paper to the interior walls and doors. When you open the doors, you’ll see a great bit of design that doesn’t overwhelm the room as it might if the paper were on the outside … Continue reading

Oops! I Did It Again!

(With apologies to Brittany Spears for tweaking her title!) Today was spontaneously declared Toenail Trimming Day. I’ve only done the dogs’ toenails once since we moved back in the beginning of January… so those little piggies were long overdue for some snipping. You’re lucky my camera batteries died, or you’d have pictures of the horribly long clippings. My dear, sweet Moose is almost always the easier dog to do, so I did him first. He was sprawled out on the floor in front of the couch, so I stretched out next to him and grabbed a foot. Moose played along … Continue reading

Building a Kitty Condo: Day One

The dog/cat negotiations around the apartment are somewhat stalled. My roommates’ cat Shiro (who we expected to be the chicken of the pair) has been venturing out into the hallway, but will back off once my dogs appear at the baby gate. The other cat, Kachiko, will observe from afar but won’t go past the doorway. It’s been like this for a few weeks now. The dogs have learned to be reasonably calm at the gate, thanks to lots of treats and praise and everyone keeping a watchful eye on them. Once in a while — especially if one of … Continue reading

More Easy Thanksgiving Pumpkin Crafts

Pumpkins are traditionally used as Halloween decorations, but when placed strategically they can really liven up a Thanksgiving display as well. Fresh pumpkins can still be purchased at most grocery stores and some local farms, though they are not as readily accessible as they were in September and October. If you can get your hands on fresh pumpkins (for the right price), consider crafting the following Thanksgiving-themed decorations: PUMPKIN TURKEYS This project is kid-friendly and serves as a great craft to complete while your Thanksgiving turkey is cooking. Materials: Small Pumpkins Ice Pick Lollipops Colored Construction Paper Markers Directions: Poke … Continue reading

Make Bathing Easy: Prep First!

When it’s my turn to do baths at the cats-only boarding facility, the right preparation makes the work a lot easier. Before I even think about fetching a cat into the grooming room, I make sure I’ve set up the hand-held sprayer, towels, shampoo, nail clippers, and blow dryer. You can do the same thing at home to make grooming much easier! What might you need for bathing a pet? Brushes or combs — you can remove a lot of loose hair before the bath with a quick brushing. Tangles and mats can tighten as they dry, so it’s better … Continue reading

Diary of a Cat Care B&B: Kitty Pedicures

One of the services we offer at the cats only boarding facility is a toenail trim. Since I had never done one before (I’ve only done dog pedicures so far), my coworkers showed me how it’s done. It seems to work very easily with two people — one person holds and distracts the cat and the other does the snipping. If you are the person who is holding the cat, you want to be sure that he’s not able to wiggle away; pulling a paw away at the wrong time could mean that the nail gets caught in the scissors. … Continue reading

All About House Numbers

Choosing and installing new house numbers can be a great idea for your home. New house numbers can really add to your home’s curb appeal. They may even make it a safer home, too. How? Well let’s say you needed emergency services; hopefully you never will. But if you do, easy to read house numbers will make it easier to find you. Here is what you should know about house numbers. Obviously, you want to choose a number that can be seen from the street. At the same time, you don’t want to overwhelm you house or your neighbors by … Continue reading

Picking A Pet Rat

If you think a rat is the right pet for your family, how do you pick the right one? You have several options for where you get your rat. Pet stores may or may not be a good choice, depending on how knowledgeable the staff is about rat care in general. Check the housing — make sure males and females are housed separately, or you may get a surprise litter after you get your pet rat home. Young rats should be handled regularly. Breeders (also known as ratteries) are a great place to find a well socialized young rat. A … Continue reading