We’re always a little surprised when we get asked where’s the hair? You know, in reference to those four-legged kiddos of ours. Whether we’re asked by readers or friends (and most recently, in the comments right here), we must admit that we think our solutions are pretty simple. And, dudes, we do have hair. We’re just like all other pet parents. But perhaps the short answer is this: we don’t ignore it. We don’t allow it to pile up, and quick 15 minute clean ups every other day are well worth the minimal effort. But you know we have the long, wordy answer for you, too.
We vacuum. The floors, of course… and the curtains. And, sometimes, the bed and the couch. We do the floors 4-5 times a week, and hit up the upholstery once a week. Remember, our home is small, so this is only a 5 minute task in our day. We absolutely scored in the luck department when we snagged a barely used Dyson Animal on Craigslist for $75 (!). Our good fortune doubled when the seller and Scott both sported Penguin ball caps (three cheers for Pittsburgh camaraderie!), which in turn lead to every attachment, spot cleaner, and spare part thrown in for free. (Tip: Flip your vacuum over and check on those bristles! Every now and then, we have to literally cut out the built-up fuzz and fluff that accumulates over time.)
We prevent hairy situations where we can. While the cats more or less have free reign, Jack’s a big, slobbery boy. He knows that furniture is off limits, which keeps the seat of our couch fur-free. (Read more about how we do it, right here.)
We lint roll for the quick in-betweens. Yes, we do separate ourselves from the vacuum for longer than a day at a time. If we notice a hair party on our stuff, we’ll roll. We roll where the kitties nest and where Jack sleeps. But most importantly, we roll where we sleep. Believe it or not, Scott is mildly allergic to cats, and a simple sticky roll goes a long way. Unless we find Miss Libby sleeping right on his pillow (in which case, we’ll swap pillows for the night), we’re generally problem free. And yeah, that’s a double-kitty-stretch-’n-roll you’re seeing:
We Furminate. It’s true, the Furminator has changed. Our. Lives. If the thousands of 5-star Amazon reviews doesn’t do it for you (it’s what sucked us in), then hear us out. We love this brush so dang much, that every other brush in the world has become obsolete for us. Not only does it do the obvious job of clearing out the everyday loose fur and stubborn under coat, but we’ve noticed a tremendous difference in the amount of fur left around the casa. As in, there’s hardly a trace. And with every brushing, less time and effort is needed. Most importantly, the kids love it, and the kitty motors kick into overdrive during furmination. And while explaining the furminating-glory to a friend over drinks at a neighborhood bar (yeah, we’re that cool), the bouncer overheard, stepped in, and even he began raving alongside us. I mean, whoa. If I could marry the Furminator and take two husbands, I would. (Tip: There are many styles for your varying pets, but this guide can help.)
Our methods are simple but effective, but please don’t think our home is immune to hair, dust, and tumbling bunnies. We keep it in check, and we do what we can. Scott may even argue that I leave more of my own hair around the house than the kiddos shed in a month. That may or may not be true, but he does have a point (hey, I have a lot of hair!).
We spilled our so-called secrets, so what do you do? As much as we’re asked this question, we like to learn how others keep those hairy situations in check, too. Perhaps you know of the one, magical cure-all method that we haven’t heard of? Ooh, yeah.
Have you ever played Chicken Foot (a.k.a. Mexican Train, Chickie dominoes, etc.)? After a few pals visited a month ago and introduced the amazing-ness that is Chicken Foot, we’ve been totally hooked. Like, every friendly gathering starts with who has the dominoes?
Of course, Jack loves any excuse to have all his favorite people around our table, laughing (or should I say, clucking? Har-har!), clinking drinks and (hopefully) dropping nibbles – generally losing all track of time.
There are so many simple, creature comforts we enjoy – such as dinners on the patio. Blankets and over-sized pajamas. Icy drinks, fresh laundry, a neighborhood stroll to the Dairy Whip. But some of the most comforting of all comforts are good friends, silly games, and weekends. Yes, just knowing your day starts with S is, somehow, comforting.
We hope you have a happy, happy weekend, and find the (absolutely necessary!) time to squeeze in your own comforts. Push the work day worries aside, and if all else fails, remember this. Because even sometimes we forget. But! It is a sweet, sweet Friday, after all.
Holy ships! This virtual home of ours turns 2 today. While we started writing this blog to document all the nit-picky crafty majigs we do around the home (in the name of fun), it never ceases to amaze us when we hear from you. Can we just say how happy you make us?
For whatever reasons that keep you coming back, thank you. Your encouragement, ideas, and comment (and email!) banter have made our years. There’s been ups and downs on the back end (fellow blog buds and DIY lovers alike can surely agree that shizz doesn’t always come up roses), but in the end, your positive reinforcement has made this crazy ride worth riding. Genuinely, we thank you so much. Of course, Jack couldn’t agree more. (Err, well, you know. Whatever, he’s cute.)
And because today’s magic number is two, we’d like to ask you – you guessed it – two favors (oh, look at that). It’d sure make us happy if you’d be willing to divulge.
Tell us at least one thing about your fine self. Or, you know, two things since we’re rollin’ on a theme here. We want to know more about you – what you like to eat, where you like to shop, your favorite color, number, song or band – or your pup’s name and just how cute he is. Do you blog, too? Link up. And hey, where in the world are ya?
And since we’re having Sharefest 2011: Is there anything you’ve been wondering about us? Just ask. We’ll be back in a new post (say, next week) with overly wordy answers and most likely divulge TMI. After all, we’re asking the same of you.
PS… Dare we link back to the post that started it all?
Over the weekend, we had a big ol’ blast celebrating my man’s thirty years in this world. Aww, my sweet, birthday man! We threw in a few surprises, dined al fresco, and as every good birthday party should, we celebrated with cake – and a lot of it.
In addition to a yummy carrot cake from a Cincinnati bakery – hand delivered by his parents Saturday morning (surprise!), I also whipped up a honkin’ batch of red velvet whoopie pies via Abbey Cat Chat. I followed the recipe to the letter, and good gracious, I did well (can I say that about myself?). But this is about Scott, of course, and so to salute the awesomeness that is my man, I added these DIY printable banners (first pinned here, printed on our trusty home inkjet, then hand cut and taped to toothpicks). I couldn’t get over how darn cute they were, and the 6 buck price tag was well worth it – considering that the file is now ours, and they can be used over and over again.
How were your weekends? It got stupid cold here (as in, we went from 100 degrees early in the week to a 60 degree high on Saturday), but it was nothing a scarf (and some old-fashioned grumbling, grumble grumble) couldn’t fix. What’d ya do? Where’d ya go?