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Pitty Love! February 10, 2012

Filed under: cats,happiness,pets,pit bull — kelseytish13 @ 10:17 am
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I have found and fallen in love with a new blog! It’s called Love and a Six Foot Leash. “One family’s quest to open minds, win hearts and save lives through dog fostering.”

For those who don’t know I am the proud mama of a 8ish year old pit bull named Diamond. We adopted Diamond after losing our beloved 15 y/o pit bull, Lady. Lady was the perfect ambassador for the breed and we wish she had stuck around awhile longer to teach Diamond some of her impeccable manners. You would often find Lady curled up on her dog bed sleeping beside our cranky cat Rico. Di is doing pretty well; it’s her owner that needs a bit more coaching. We adopted Diamond from the Seattle Humane Society, after finding a posting about her on the website for Old Dog Haven in Arlington, WA. The rescue group focuses on fostering ‘senior’ dogs and finding them their perfect forever home to spend their golden years in.

Diamond is still a fun loving gal who can outlast both my husband and I. Now, what does that say about us? But just as much as chasing the ball and squirrels in the backyard she loves a good snuggle on a couch. She would love another dog to play with, as she is extremely dog friendly, but I think our little house is at or above capacity for the time being.

We took down the baby gate this week. It’s a trial run, but going well so far. Of course Diamond is still crated at night so the cats can roam ‘their’ house while we’re all asleep, and the cats are in our room with the door closed while we are at work, sleeping on the much coveted bed. We don’t leave anyone unsupervised but it’s a hopeful step to be able to move freely about the cabin while we’re at home! The cats have kept mostly to the back half of the house but will come out to sun themselves in the living room or watch birds from the windows on nice days. Diamond, for the most part, ignores them like a champ. As long as they don’t bolt right in front of her, I don’t know if I could resist the urge to chase them either! She really doesn’t seem to know what to make of our 20 lb Turkish Angora, he’s big enough to be a dog, but he sure doesn’t act like one! We think she just wants to play, but since he gets a hissy fit whenever she comes within 20 feet of him, we’ll probably never know.

Love and a 6 foot leash can be found at loveandaleash.com. I encourage EVERYONE to check out this and other blogs like it. The amount of negative press is staggering and I feel like these sweet dogs really deserve the opportunity to show the world that they’re really lovers, not fighters.

 

Moving Forward December 28, 2011

Filed under: Holidays,Home Improvement — kelseytish13 @ 4:18 pm
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The Holiday Season is wonderful, but am i one of the few people that’s glad it’s over?

I love the decorations, being able to put a smile on someones face with the thoughtful something you picked up for them, the pretty packages and cards, getting a chance to catch up with family and friends you don’t see any other time of year.

I don’t love the traffic, it takes an extra 20 minutes to get anywhere. Or the negative attitude, people can just be plain mean if they aren’t getting their way. I endured this firsthand when I worked retail and now feel badly for the poor sales associates who have to listen to someone rant b/c they’re out of ___. I don’t love the family members who don’t get back to you, so you aren’t sure if they’re coming to dinner or not, I’ve learned to set an extra place or 2 over the years for those.

So for those reasons and, a few I’m too nice to put onto the internet, I’m quite happy to be through with Christmas and onto the New Year. My husband’s birthday is coming up, we’ll be heading to France in March, and I’m actually excited for tax time… yes I’m odd.  All these things mean a happy new year!

There are also a million home improvement projects I’m excited to get cracking on! We received a compressor from my parents this year, and yes I’m that girl that is just as excited about a power tool as my husband. They also gave us a bunch of attachments so we can get straight to work!

MOLDINGS are first on the list. We did our flooring quite a while ago and to my ever present embarrassment we haven’t put our moldings back up. So we have gaps between the walls and flooring, this creates wonderful little cracks for cat fur, dog food, and all kinds of icky things to hide. I was vacuuming up just those things this weekend and now we can finally put the trim up! So off to the Home Improvement Store we went, picked out the most basic trim we could find b/c at my core I’m in love with simplicity. Found the perfect shade of white, if you’ve read my earlier posts you’ll know I love the names of paint colors, Polar Bear is our newest acquisition. Our new compressor will make the installation process a whole lot easier, and it will make painting it easier too! We’re going to spray the boards this weekend and hopefully in the next 2 weekends be able to cut and put up all our new trim! I’m excited!

This is just the beginning too! Now we can spray our cabinets to paint them the shade of white I’ve been dreaming about since looking at them when we bought the house! New doors will come after that. Onward and upward, I love the idea of the house feeling more like it’s our taste, putting equity into it, and just getting my hands dirty so I can say. Yes, I did that.

Happy New Year!

 

It’s not how many times you get knocked down December 19, 2011

Filed under: happiness,resolutions — kelseytish13 @ 3:38 pm

It’s how many times you get back up.

Long have I been on a journey to better myself, to make something of myself, to simply be happy with who I am and where I am in my life.

It’s been a lengthy, pothole strewn ride, but worth every moment. I’ve been knocked down by others and on more than a few occasions knocked myself down. But I always pick myself up, or dig myself out of the hole I’ve buried myself in.

I’ve lost, but in the end I’ve gained because I’ve made myself better.

I keep moving forward; it didn’t always feel like I was moving ahead but inch by painful inch I got to a better place. And pat myself on the back for that.

I take the little victories.

I take pride in accomplishments even if they’re modest.

I find the things that make me joyful, small or large from any avenue I can find them and hold them tight. I can’t tell you how often the little things save me from something shadowy and ominous hovering in the back of my mind. It’s like a little ray of light coming through the darkness reminding me that ‘this too shall pass.’

 “Like a bird with broken wings, it’s not how high he flies but the song he sings.”

I never make a big, long, daunting list around the first of the year. And this year isn’t any different. What is different is my focus. This year it isn’t all about me. For the last couple I made it all about me while I was picking myself up, cleaning myself off, and becoming someone I can love. But this year is all about ‘pay it forward.’ So ‘my’ resolutions aren’t going to be about me, they’re going to be about helping make things better for others. They’ll come to me as I go and they don’t have to be huge philanthropic ventures, but I can surely make a difference in other peoples lives. I owe it to the universe.

 

Has it really been two months… ‘Tempus Fugit’! December 14, 2011

Filed under: Family,Holidays — kelseytish13 @ 1:48 pm

Time Flies!

I don’t know where the last 2 months have gone but boy have they flown by! It seems like we’re busy every weekend with family events and such. November held both my birthday, my grandfather’s 87th birthday and of course Thanksgiving! That’s a lot to cram into one month but we did it and we’re still standing and happily married… insert shock and awe here!

 This year was my 30th birthday and it was truly the best birthday I can remember! We had a lovely dinner with family at Buca di Beppo the Friday before, I am in LOVE with their food, I could eat their lemon chicken and salads morning, noon and night! It was a wonderful night surrounded by family and a very lively atmosphere. The next day we headed down toSeattle to spend the night at the Pan Pacific Hotel. If you are ever thinking of visitingSeattle I highly recommend this be the hotel you stay at, it was incredible! The room we stayed in was on the very top floor and had a beautiful view of the city from one side andLakeUnion from the other. And it was bigger than our last apartment… I could go back right now! My lovely husband then took us to dinner at El Gaucho, and we had the most amazing meal of our lives… we’re still dreaming about that steak and the tomato that was roasted with parmesan cheese on top… yum! The next day we headed to Century Link Field to watch the Seahawks. We fully expected to see them lose but they shocked us all and beat the Ravens! What a wonderful weekend, we returned home from Seattle and the house was still standing. Best… Birthday… Ever!

Thanksgiving was the usual race from one family to the next. Eventually we’re going to have to choose one family to spend the day with b/c all the running around is exhausting. And by the end of the day we’re so full we can barely move, let alone drive home! How disappointing that we’re blessed with 2 wonderful families that can cook. Lol.

We did our usual Black Friday shopping and it was mayhem. Now we usually enjoy the chaos and the people watching and we just have a good time. I think this year marked the last year we tempt fate and shop at the stores on BF… it was insanity and not the fun kind. It was hectic and stressful and we didn’t even get a chance to purchase what we went in for… I think we’ll purchase online from the comfort of our couch next year! J I say that now but just wait; I’ll see something we HAVE to go out for next year.

And here we are halfway through December and our shopping is complete! D. put all the lights up and our house looks adorable, we tried to put our inflatable penguin on the roof… that didn’t go so well… I thought we were going to lose both D and the penguin on that one. Luckily I can report that everyone is safely back on the ground and there were no penguin related injuries in the N. household this holiday season. We put the tree up last weekend and decorated it… it’s a bit of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree… it’s has some issues, but that kind of suits us as a family.

We’re doing a lot of donations as gifts this season, from NOAH to Skagit River Salmon to Autism Awareness to Kidney Disease. It feels good to give back. We have so much and there are so many worthy charities in need of help this year. I encourage everyone to find a charity and give back. Whether it’s money or your time, they will greatly appreciate it and isn’t that really what this season is about?

Happy Holidays Everyone!

 

Dogs… Cats… Snakes… Oh MY! October 7, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — kelseytish13 @ 10:16 am

We have a FULL house, and it’s not always a harmonious one…

Our 2 ball pythons are Maynard and Dez. They hang out in their tanks, we feed them once a month or so and change their water but they’re perfectly content to just hang out and bask under their heat lamps. They are fun to watch as they slither around their tanks and require little upkeep. D and I are often heard exclaiming Maynard is our favorite pet b/c he’s the least amount of effort and has the calmest temperament of all our animals. Dez on the other hand tends to bite anything that moves… she’s a bit of a bitch.

Then we have the cats… Anubis (more commonly known as Noob), Rico, and Gizmo. Noob and Rico we adopted from NOAH shortly after moving into our home last year, Gizmo we found running around in a Safeway parking lot and after countless fliers and no response the tiny gray kitten became an official member of the family. Noob love to lay in the sunshine on the deck, spoons with my husband every night and LOVES catnip. He also possesses a love of all things food as his ever expanding belly can attest. Rico is the enforcer, she runs the house and don’t you forget it! And she isn’t afraid to take a swipe at you or bite to remind you who runs the show. Most days she can be found laying on a pillow on our bed surveying her kingdom. Gizmo… well she’s a kitten so she’s all over the place all the time! She loves the cat tree and can often be found hanging from it… yes hanging, like a monkey. She loves to chase the laser mouse and anything else the moves, including her tail! And don’t even think about dangling a foot or hand off the edge of the bed in the middle of the night because she’s sure to think you’re ready to play! Why do kittens sleep during the day and want to play all night?

Diamond is our ‘new’ dog, she’s 7 years young pit bull we adopted from the Seattle Animal Shelter almost 2 months ago. She’s settling in and she’s a bit of a scaredy cat but we’re getting there. She’s a lover not a fighter and will happily curl up under a blanket with you on the couch for an afternoon. When we get home she shoots out the back door for a game of catch that lasts until she flops down in the grass with her tongue hanging out and one paw on top of the ball. She’s an older girl but she can run with the youngsters!

We take her to Camano Island Kennels every 2 weeks for training and it’s definitely us that need the training. She needs to learn some manners but it’s generally me that needs the most training from Jason… what can I say, I’m a softy! My husband can get her to do almost anything but I’m still struggling to find my “alpha voice.” We’ll get there.

Our life is a bit crazy surrounded by all these animals but I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to come home and have everyone so excited to see you! Diamonds tail wags so hard she’s been known to knock things off tables! The cats all start meowing and doing circles around your legs… it’s a good life!

 

The holidays are coming, run for the hills! October 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — kelseytish13 @ 12:21 pm

Does it seem like the holiday season gets a little bit longer every year? I see Halloween in August, Thanksgiving in September, Christmas in October (sometimes September!) and i start to wonder… does oversaturation make the holiday season longer and less meaningful? By the time i reach Christmas i’m exhausted!

We’re fast approaching the holiday season, it feels like we’re already knee deep in it,  and we need to get that moldings back up around the doors, at the base of walls, around the windows. Finish painting and reupholstering the chairs for the dining room set my grandmother gave us. Finish painting the walls in the family room and kitchen. We have two months; think we can get it all done? Me neither but it’s a nice goal to aspire too!

Our sweet new dog is still settling into our lives and she’s going to hate us while we put up all the moldings… she’s a bit of a scaredy cat on a good day but add in a nail gun and I think we might be better off finding someone to puppy sit for the weekend. Any takers?  She’s afraid of our ceiling fan; she looks up at it distrustfully and slinks underneath it looking up the whole time. Like it’s going to fall down on her at any moment. She’s got some pretty funny little quirks, i’m not sure what she’s going to think when the Christmas tree invades her living room… Our Turkish Angoran cat LOVES the tree, he slept underneath it every night last Christmas, he’d even push gifts out of the way so he had maximum space to sprawl. We caught him drinking out of the tree stand a few times too :-D

Are you ready for the holiday season? Or are you like me, excited but burned out just thinking about it?

 

And the ugly carpet is gone! Rejoice! September 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — kelseytish13 @ 4:17 pm

The next person who tells me laminate is the easy flooring alternative… I just might smack you.

It took us 10 days to finish 500 square feet! And we are not lacking in skills or tools. It just requires a lot more time and energy than anyone ever tells you. And did anyone else know your home is going to be far from square? And I mean FAR… all you have to do is look at the last row we laid to see the difference from one end of the wall to the other. Good thing my husband is handy with the table saw and figured out how to cut on a diagonal without a guide! Don’t get me wrong laminate is a fabulous alternative to real wood, especially for $1.79 per square foot! I love Lumber Liquidators; the guys who run the Lynnwood store are fabulous! Knowledgeable, helpful, and speedy, especially considering there are only 2 of them and you have the inevitable idiot who wants a detailed description of EVERY product in the store, its price compared to other options, it’s warranty and personal firsthand experience *rolls eyes*. Point is, they’re great and will give you helpful little tidbits and coupons to make parting with a large chunk of your hard saved money as painless as possible. And this was after a LOT of shopping around at other retailers and there were a few others I will go back to for other things like carpet for the bedrooms, tile for the bathrooms but L.L. is THE place to go for hardwood or laminate. Thanks guys!

So we purchased and D. picked up our clearance flooring (in a color I love a little more than he does) after work and we set out to tear our little house to pieces. If you have ever lived amidst a renovation project, no matter what the magnitude, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. It’s like living in one of the middle levels of hell, maybe 4 or 5. Things end up everywhere; there are tools and screws all over the floor no matter how hard you try to clean up every night. Shoes go missing, cats get upset b/c their world is changing and things get peed on, you step in a paint tray of primer while you’re trying to paint down the hallway so as not to back yourself into a painted corner. Only to realize you can’t get to the bathroom b/c they are both down the painted hallway… that was amusing. Why do you suddenly have to use the bathroom the second it becomes unavailable? But I digress…

We pulled up 400 square feet of ugly, smelly, stained Berber carpet and its pad and 75 square feet of Pergo that was definitely professionally installed, and 25 square feet of ugly entryway tile that we could not get up with a hammer and chisel, so we took out the whole piece of subfloor it was tiled onto. We took down a LOT of ugly, dark, fake wood moldings that had been taken down and put back up at least twice from the sheer number of holes in it. The moldings have yet to go back up I might add… a DIY project is never finished. It felt so amazing to tear it all up and throw it away, or in our case into the garage for 2 weeks before we finally made it to the dump.

So our family room, kitchen, hallway and entry way were torn down to the subfloor, and the living room had 24 boxes of laminate flooring that was ‘acclimating’ for 48 hours before we could put it down. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for living amidst the chaos. We moved a lot of furniture into the living room around the laminate flooring and into the computer room, the cat room, there was stuff everywhere b/c in Washington you can’t expect the weather to cooperate and it was raining in July.

Next up, painting the subfloor to lock in the smells that have accumulated from having a dog and 2 cats ourselves and the previous owners also having pets. Paint and cats do not mix… Locking our cats in a room while we painted was not a good idea. Did you know cats can open doors or that when they can’t get out of an enclosed space will literally fling themselves at the door? Me either… huh. So we ended up with primed footpads on one of our cats who just couldn’t hang out for an hour while the floor dried… stupid Rico. She ran from one end of the hallway to the other multiple times before I could catch her, and she had the nerve to give ME a dirty look when she looked at her paws. This is why we use latex based paints and she had her paws washed… not a happy kitty. If looks could kill I would have been a goner.

The painting finally got done, smell was locked in and low and behold… the kitchen floor is ½ inch taller than the rest of the house… beautiful. Lowes trip #2 (number one was for more primer 1 can wasn’t going to do it) plywood, lots of plywood. So we put another layer of plywood over our existing subfloor to try and level everything out. D. cut all the pieces and I screwed them down… all 400 square feet of extra plywood… that amounted to 5 lbs of screws, I tried to keep count of the number of screws I put in but I lost count after 100 and gave up. It was quite an undertaking and something I would be loath to do again, SO, new laminate flooring, never being replaced. EVER.

But it’s beautiful, truly beautiful. I am in love with my new flooring and my new husband for putting it all down and teaching me to use the table saw! Power tools are fun! Next up moldings… it’s been 2 months and they still aren’t down… a new dog doesn’t leave a lot of time for home improvement but it’s sure been nice to snuggle up with her on the couch on the weekends instead of making huge messes! :-)

 

 
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