Follow me to Blogger

Yeah, I tried WordPress, don’t like it.  When I cook, when people ask me about something I have, I like to make full posts about them.  You know, “here’s the recipe, but man, I seriously have been using a stand mixer for years because it makes recipes like this possible.  I totally recommend the one I have,” and then a link to Amazon.  Better yet, as an Amazon affiliate, why shouldn’t I specifically advertise for the product on my blog? 
Not allowed with wordpress. 
Also, Blogger doesn’t show me constantly what I COULD be doing with my blog if only I’d pay them money. 
So let me get this straight, I can’t make any money with you in any form, not even with ads, but you want money from me?  See ya!

So I’m going back to Blogger. 

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How’s Your Couch Smell Today?

SONY DSCFurniture smells after a while.  Smells worse if you have a kids (sweaty teens, dirty feet, questionable underthings) or pets.  Back in the day, we used Lysol until Febreze was invented.  I used to buy Febreze because it used to work better than anything else on the market.

Anyone else notice that it doesn’t really do anything anymore?  And worse, notice you can’t buy refills anymore?  So they took out the ingredients that worked and continued to shoot themselves in the foot by making the consumer buy less for more money.

I don’t think so.  I started making my own.

1 tbls baking soda (that kills smells)
1/4 cup Downey (because it smells nice and will soak into the furniture but not stain it
2 cups water

Now that works just fine, but I have this thing about scent.  A lot of soapmakers are all about beautiful soap.  I have seen such gorgeous soaps that you would weep to even consider using them on your filthy plebeian skin.  Yeah, I have tried to make my soap pretty, but when the chemical magic is happening, I care about scent, not looks.  If I can add either color or smell, it’ll be smell every single time.  So here’s my trick, I stopped using Downey a few months ago because Suavitel smells better and makes clothes smell nicer a lot longer.  They stay smelling nice in the drawer, not just until they cool off from the dryer.  Speaking of Latino products, I recommend Fabuloso too.  It doesn’t have a strong chemical odor like 409 and it cleans everything better.

And my final trick for homemade Febreze?  Add some lavender scent from Brambleberry.  Lavender has traditionally represented everything clean and fresh.  It sticks longer in the furniture and combines REALLY well with the smell of the Suavitel.

Ode to My Truck

SONY DSCThat WAS my truck–but not in a bad way.  It was not stolen or sold or totaled .  Matter of fact my 2002 Fronty has precious few scratches on it.
Where is my 2002 Nissan Frontier right now?
Paint shop.  Chris Cruz Artistry, to be exact.  Yes, I’m one of those people who didn’t get the color they wanted off the lot.  I wanted yellow, the dealer had no yellow.  All sold out.
“We have red!”
“I hate red.”
Specifically, it’s lava, but yeah, red.
Is it going to come home yellow?  WHAT?  Now look, if you’re going to spend the money getting something custom painted, I fully believe you need to get that bad boy CUSTOM PAINTED.  No, it’s going to come home Black Cherry with sparkles and a ghosted dragon on the side.
I have fond memories of my childhood in the 60s and 70s, looking into the deep deep paint jobs of Corvettes and Novas and all the custom well-loved cars had glitter inside the color.  It was like falling into a sky full of stars.  I want that glitter.  I’ve never been a big fan of Candy Apple Red but Black Cherry?  Oh yeah, I love the changing color aspect.  And glitter?  Listen, I grew up in St. Louis.  Even the sidewalks glitter there.  Glitter is my middle name.  CinnamonGLITTERbite.  Yup.  Black Cherry sings to me of classic cars, muscle cars, all those good times we used to have in our vehicles back before they became the identical plastic looking pods of today.   You used to hear the good cars coming down the road a mile a way.  There was nothing like the sound of a big block or a hemi.  Muffler?  Glass packed mufflers and jacked up rear suspension.  A quiet engine was a slow engine.  One of the first mods I made to my truck was a new intake and exhaust.  I tell people that I got rid of it’s Japanese accent.

Yeah, I go to car shows and I luvs me some old cars from the late 60s, early 70s.

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCYou  just can’t have too much flake

SONY DSCSo why not spend the money on a classic car instead of the expense of repainting an old truck?  Because I just had my truck checked out by a mechanic and he said he couldn’t find a thing to replace or repair.  My fluids are the exact right color (yes, I check them periodically), my hoses are supple delights, the pistons sing my name in a mechanical song of joy…ok, he didn’t use those EXACT words but it was pretty damn close.
And I have 46,000 miles on it.
Yeah, I drive it!  It’s been to South Carolina, across the state several times, to the Keys a few times, up and down and around.  I just don’t need to go that far every day so…46,000.  Can you find me a classic car in that condition?  Nope.  Plus, what car can haul whatnot in the back (Christmas tree?  Just toss it in the back.  Furniture?  Toss it in the back.  Going to the city dump?  Toss it in the back.), hit puddles after a hard rain, sit up higher in traffic, and have big KC lights on the front of a cow catcher?   For sure not a ’71 Chevy Nova, and that’s a fact.  The biggest thing is, I drove that Fronty off the lot, new.  I know exactly how it’s been maintained.  I do not have someone else’s problems to fix.  Spouse bought a used car last month.  The previous owner put all kinds of wicked swirls and scratches into the paint.  I’ve spent a lot of time with the Porter Cable 7424xp, the Meguiar’s 205 and 105, and the orange and white hexlogic pads to polish up someone else’s nonsense.  You know how many swirls are in my paint?  None.  What I got are scratches from the parking lots (doesn’t matter how far away you park, some chowderhead is always going to squeeze up next to you) and rock chips and a teenage son who scratched up one side with his bike (hence the dragon decal to cover it).  10 years of driving happened to my truck.  It’s no Garage Queen, it’s a Daily Driver.   Plus, it’s been paid for, for 5 years.  I think I’ve earned MY freakin’ choice of color for once.

Some Tips on Car Care and Gifts for Car Enthusiasts

So that was my truck.  It’ll be a whole new piece of art when I get it back for Christmas and best of all, it will be unique and truly MINE.

The Art of Naming Kittens


The Naming Of Cats
by T. S. Eliot

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.”

And you might ask, “So how many kittens do you have, that it requires a post about naming them?”
And maybe you’re wondering if I’m one of those Crazy Cat Ladies.  I don’t think I am.  I have 4 cats.  Is that a lot?  I actually heard someone say,
“I only have 11 cats…”
No, really, I heard an actual person say those very words.  ONLY?!

But right, back to WHY am I posting about naming kittens.  Surely my job there is done.  2 9-year-olds, a 6-year-old, and a 6-month-old, haven’t I figured out SOMETHING to call them by now?  LOL, yeah BUT I foster kittens!  That’s right!  I work with a local rescue org.  They trap them from feral colonies or get called out to rescue kittens that have been abandoned in foreclosed houses or renters being evicted and they don’t want the cats and kittens anymore.  The rescue group rescues and I take them home and raise them up until they are adopted to their forever homes.  I’m there when to take them home from their spay/neuter surgery.  I’m there when they eat their first canned food, the first time they play with a toy, and I’m there to teach them where to do their nails and to make sure everyone is fully litter trained.  That means hot and cold running kittens all the time!

SONY DSCFinally, this morning, after 3 weeks, we have officially named the latest 5 kittens.  It was a tough choice and they’re still babies (7-weeks-old) so their personalities will change some but I think the names are pretty age-neutral.  Keeping in mind that they are all grey.  There is one female.  One has a small white patch.  One is fluffier than the others.  And that’s the only physical differences, we even had to put ribbons on them to tell them apart.  Naming this group was particularly difficult.  Do I go all weather?  Fog, Mist, Stormy?  Do I go with Pewter, Silver, Quicksilver?  How about Indigo or Blue Velvet?
Here they are: Silverbelle (girl), Blaze (white patch), Silvermist (fluffier), Romeo (he’s sooo loving!), & Decibel (he’s a talker and he’s loud)!



SONY DSCIt’s not easy naming kittens.  Not only do I have to like the name but sometimes they end up keeping the name in their new homes!  Don’t want to do anyone a disservice with an off-the-cuff quick name, you know?

“But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover–
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.”

First Post in a New Blog


You know how you never have anything to say in a first post?  Who am I?  What am I doing here?  How many cats are on my lap?

So I posted a pic which is pithier than anything I have to say right at this moment.  I’m just, you know, taking pictures, sharing them, maybe directing you to my Zazzle store.

1 cat on my lap.

Mostly, I’m just trying to learn wordpress blogging.