Saturday, September 24, 2005

Pure Relaxation

I haven't been blogging much lately, because every single time I sit in front of the computer, I am focusing on huge projects at work so it's easy to let things slip. The stress builds and builds and even keeps me up at night.

Fortunately, there are the moments when I can put my arms around my boys and start to breath in rhythm with their purrs. I can't sit like this for long, because I start to fall asleep, as if all the weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It's really a shame that our bedroom isn't safe for cats or else they could help my fiancee Liz and I fall asleep at night.

Keeping the Kings Safe

We sprayed again with the Poison-Free spray and we asked the building superintendent to come over and caulk the baseboards. Hopefully, caulking will keep the bugs out. I'm just disgusted and frightened by the idea of these bugs ending up in my boys' food. At the same time, I'm reticent about using any more powerful commercial poison. Ugh!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Something's Bugging Us

There appears to be an infestation of some sort of bug coming out from the baseboard in the wall directly behind the boys' food and water bowls. The bugs are so small, at first we thought they were pieces of dust or litter, but when we saw them moving, we knew they were alive. It looks like, based on pictures I've seen on the Internet, they could be firebrats or silverfish.

We sprayed some Poison-Free Ant and Roach Killer around the baseboard two days ago and we hadn't seen any since then, but I vacuumed near the baseboard this evening and a whole bunch of little bugs were little sucked out, some still squirming (yech!).

I live in an apartment, but I'm a little reticent about having the building management call their exterminator, because he sprays toxic stuff that the boys could end up ingesting. I don't care to bait these things, b/c really my main goal is just to keep them away from my apartment. If my neighbors get them, well . . . they need to do the same thing.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Feline Film Noir

I got a comment recently from Rick Rosenberg, who writes:

i just completed a short film starring my cats. check it out on ifilm, it's free. just do a search for THE BIG NAP. please tell all your cat friends!

I'm very discriminating when it comes to sharing cute sites, funny pictures, etc. I'm not a huge email forwarder. It takes a lot to make me want to share something funny I've found on the Internet. The 8 minutes I spent viewing "The Big Nap" were time well-spent. In fact, I'd argue that it's more compelling cinema than anything I've seen at the multiplex this year.

On a side note, my finacee Liz and I have long been thinking about getting a video camera so we can make films like this of our boys. This film makes us more eager to do it.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Hopes of a Cat-Free Counter Sinking Fast

You'll recall that a couple of months ago my boys discovered the wonders of the kitchen counter. It was a loss of innocence, both for them and for us.

Since then, we've cat-proofed the counter to make it boring for them and we've strategically positioned our Skat-Kat cat deterrant at various points on the counter. The boys have at least gotten the message that we disapprove of them going up on the counter so they mainly do it when we're not looking.

Every time I see Arthur or Beowulf in the kitchen sink, I hit them with a stream of cold water from the sink, but today I caught Beowulf hiding in the sink and the water did not deter him. When I finally picked him up and removed him from the sink, he came back to lick the faucet. I think I created a monster, a cat that likes water!