Friday, October 27, 2017

This Week

As I type this, my cat Mocha is sitting on my lap. And holy furball, does her little body ever generate heat. I’m starting to sweat with this little furnace sitting on my thighs.

Speaking of furballs...

A few months ago I picked up a lint roller with 60 sheets, the type that boasts about how easy it is to remove pet hair off clothes and furniture and just about anything. I brought it home, put it away and promptly forgot about it. Yesterday I ran across it and decided to give it a try on a sofa that the cats sleep on. I rolled it across the seats over and over and over again. Within a couple of minutes I had used up almost one third of the adhesive sheets. And the sofa was still not free of cat hair. Yeah, that’s not going to work. My tabby cat sheds enough of her fur each day to build another cat. So out came the vacuum and gone was the hair. Sometimes the tried and true method shouldn’t be messed with.

I wish my cats would clean up after themselves.

So here I go again promoting my daughter’s travel blog again. That’s what moms do. Her blog can be found here. Her Instagram account here. And her Facebook page here. Drop by and say hello. She’s fun and sweet and friendly. And absolutely adorable. Just like her mama... *chuckle*

And speaking of daughters, here is something that my daughter has that I don't: natural talent in art. While I have to work at it and train myself, she does it with little effort. I have a first cousin from my mom’s side that’s the same and my brother Steve, the younger of my two older brothers, was also gifted this way. He used to draw people when he was just four years old. No joke. He’d tell you to sit down and he’d make a sketch of you. The grownups enjoyed this so much that they’d tip him when he was done. He was an artist and a young entrepreneur.

Now here are some of my latest (Halloween-themed) drawings that I had to work hard at:





Here’s something I’ve been enjoying very much lately. I pour freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice into ice cube trays. Once they’re frozen, I grab a couple of cubes and pop them into a glass of water to enjoy with lunch or dinner. It adds a subtle flavour to water making it more interesting, which in return encourages me to drink more of it. Does anyone else do this? Try it, you might like it.



You know what? I’m going to stop here. Mostly because I can’t think of anything else to say. But before I go, I want to wish you all a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!

44 comments:

  1. well to me your talent looks pretty natural like you have been doing it a lot - i'm enjoying the art you are putting up a lot.

    Ahh cats - mine sheds so much and I have had red allergic eyes for months and no drops I try work. I'm close to rehoming her so I can see clearly again..but then it would be hard to do that to her.

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    1. Oh, Sandy, I hope a good solution is found with the cat! It's a tough situation for both of you.

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  2. That second drawing looks just like Dick Clark. :D Have a wonderful weekend too!

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  3. That's a good idea for the water. I'm one of those people who finds the taste of water VILE. Crazy huh? I can only drink excessively cold water after exercise. I think it's because we have to drink filtered water (bad rusty pipes here). I find that it's way too sweet and it turns me off. I've tried lemon juice, but it gives me heartburn. I like the idea of orange juice though! I get most of my "water" intake from mineral water and boy oh boy that is pricey!

    I love your drawings! The Frankenstein is great!!! You are inspiring me to get my paints out now! :)

    Btw, here is a tip. Dish washing gloves? PERFECT for removing pet hair from furniture. I keep a set in the car too. I used to go through a whole roll of duct tape when I would de-hair the car...it was like waxing my legs but just not as painful lol..too much work, now I just put on the dish gloves and wipe it all down, works like a charm! :)

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    1. Have you tried a slice of cucumber in your water. Might sound odd (a vegetable?!) but gives very subtle flavour, not sweet.

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    2. Rain, I will have to try cleaning the hair with the gloves! I love the simplicity of this idea. I usually vacuum and this will lessen that chore for me. Thanks for the tip!

      I think you'll like the subtle flavour added with these fruit cubes. I always keep some in the freezer. I've increased my water drinking since I started doing this. Sometimes I make apple juice cubes, as well, and that's really tasty. You can pretty much add anything to your water, including herbs, to give it a boost. Fruit wedges that are frozen are another excellent choice.

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    3. Hi, Natalie. I don't think that's odd at all. It sounds like a great idea. I'll have to give this a try!

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  4. Hard to pick a favorite in the art, they're all good

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  5. I'd say your art just gets better and better, hard work always pays off! Your daughter has a lovely blog with her mom's flair for sure! Would a leather/faux leather couch help?

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    1. Thanks, Christine! I'm really enjoying doing these drawings and I don't mind putting in a little extra effort. And thank you for the comment about my daughter and her blog. She's having a good time with it. We will eventually replace our main couch and we've thought of faux leather. My only concern is that the cats will pierce it with their claws. They don't scratch our furniture on purpose (they are so good with that) but they might do it by accident.

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  6. Too bad they don't breed cats to have no hair loss!! Some dogs don't shed as I am sure you know and Sophie sheds about 30% which is hardly noticeable.
    I LOVE your Frankenstein!!

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    1. Our tabby sheds a lot of hair and we have tumbleweeds around the house! LOL I don't really mind. It's the price we pay for furry love :)

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  7. Yeah, I've found that those adhesive things don't fight the dog hair problem in this house. I cover the couches and the favorite chairs with soft blankets and wash them about once a week. Is the first drawing a character from the Tim Burton movie The Nightmare Before Christmas? It's a very good drawing, whether or not it's that character. I like her, but I can't think of her name. My daughter dressed up for Halloween one year as that character.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. We do the same, Janie. Our couches and chairs with fabric (the ones the cats love) are covered with cushions or blankets to keep them clean. But even those needs the hair removed, which is a real pain, but I'll take that over not having a pet in the house! And yes, I think it is that character from Tim Burton's movie. I followed along on a YouTube tutorial but I don't remember what the artist said. I just know that I really liked the character she was drawing!

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  8. There's always a hairless cat... sphinx cat, I think. Extraordinarily unattractive. I have a cat who doesn't sit on our laps. He's very odd and I really wish he would sit on us. He has a thing about texture and stepping on different materials. I'd let your tabby cat hang out on my lap, cat hair and all. -Jenn

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    1. I love that she comes and sits with me, Jenn. The first time she did that I was pleasantly surprised. She was a big feral when we adopted her and this was a HUGE step forward for her. And quite a compliment to me since she was clearly stating that she was beginning to trust me. I'll take her cat hair any time!

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  9. You do have a natural ability in art! All your sketches are really good!

    When we clean our furnace filter it is completely clogged with cat hair.

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    1. We have tumbleweeds around the house...lol... I wouldn't have it any other way!

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  10. I find a damp cloth works just as good, if not better than a lint roller.
    I am enjoying your daughter's blog- I can travel vicariously through her.
    Practice makes perfect, I can see each week your drawing is more detailed. These are great. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Thank you! I am enjoying this art. It's very relaxing!

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  11. Remember the cat when it is the cold days of winter :) I like your Frankenstein! Pet fur; we call it the gift that keeps on giving. No matter how hard you try to be rid of it, you never truly are (but that's the joy of having the pets :)

    betty

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    1. HAHAHA! She is the best personal heater on those cold days. I'd love if she'd sit on my feet when they get cold :)

      Pet fur is indeed the joy of having pets. I wouldn't give that up!

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  12. I think you are more talented than you realize even if you have to work at it a bit. Love your efforts!

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  13. I freeze pieces of lime and lemon in ice cube trays and add to water. I prefer my water warm and I love the added bit of taste. I started following your daughter on Instagram. Are you on there? When we had our cat I used a cloth that was a bit more than damp and it picked up all the kitty fur that was left behind.

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    1. I love this idea of pieces of lemon and lime! I'll have to prepare some soon. Yes I am on Instagram with images that I share on my other blog. My Instagram account for it is located here: Miniaturopolis

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  14. When we still had our black cat (before our son took ownership) the cat hair problem in our house was unreal. I realize now that he was the major source of the hair. Lint rollers couldn't get NEAR the problem. I found that a damp paper towel would take the hair off the furniture better than anything else. (I went through a lot of paper towels.) Another fairly helpful solution was one of those lint removers that has a napped material - run it over the surface one way and it picks hair up, run it the opposite way and it releases the hair. I never found the vacuum to be as good as either of those methods, or maybe it was just that I have issues with my wrist strength and couldn't use the vacuum for very long. Anyhow, covering the furniture is also a good solution except that then you have to have a way to get the fur off the cover! lol

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    1. That's the problem with covers! You have to find a way to get the hair off those, too :) And that's what I need to clean. We cover all the furniture that the cats have claimed as their own and I need to get the hair off those covers/blankets regularly, and especially when they're ready to be thrown into the washing machine. I'm going to try all the methods that everyone has suggested and see which ones work best.

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  15. I know what problems you have with cat hair.

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  16. When it comes to hair fall my own head spins front of my eyes (imagery ofcourse) which seem to encounter with "fall" literally.
    I think Rain's idea will work as I found her quite smart lady ,all-rounder like you !

    I would love to visit the adorable travelling young lady.

    What a coincidence that one cousin of my hubby also makes sketches so effortlessly.
    My eldest and younger one are also easy at art .
    I have to put lot of hard work to draw tsomething but result is not satisfactory.
    You are growing as artist and this is wonderful to look at your amazing art here.
    Loved the adorable face at first.
    Doctor frankistine looks great .
    Last one looks from Adam's family

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    1. Some people are born with the natural ability in art. I'm not one of them! haha But I don't mind if I have to work a little harder. It's actually a lot of fun and very relaxing. When I finish the drawing there is a lot of satisfaction in the effort I put into getting there!

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  17. I love watching you grow as an artist, Martha! Don't measure yourself against anyone else! You go, Girl!

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  18. Very neat that your daughter has a blog, Martha! And that kitty reminds me of our cat! She loves her water fresh.

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    1. Thanks, Bethany. She is enjoying her blog. I don't know how she finds time for it; she's as busy as you are!

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  19. Whooh these drawings are great! I love pencil drawings. You did good! I Like Frank.
    Ill check out your daughters blog.
    Lisa

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  20. Sometimes these words are so true ...
    "Sometimes the tried and true method shouldn’t be messed with."

    I do enjoy seeing your drawings.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi, Jan! I'm not sure how I missed your message. But thank you!

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