Saturday, June 19, 2021

Caturday Art

You know how when you're an adult in this 21st century, you're taught and should kind of just know to keep your electronic devices charged? Especially if you're expecting storms that might cause you to lose power? Well, this here grown adult straight up ignored that common sense. When my laptop's battery died yesterday, I didn't charge it. No siree, I did not. Then we lost power during a nasty storm with intense winds, and I've been waiting it out, but I'm still sitting here in the dark with nothing but my phone charged.

All that to say that today you're getting a bit of art you weren't supposed to get today. You're supposed to be seeing one of my new bookish kitty doodles, but said doodle is sitting on my laptop's hard drive. You know, the laptop that is currently dead because I let its battery die and now can't access any files on it because we have no power. I didn't even upload the doodle to my Google Drive let alone put it into a draft of this post, and I didn't transfer it to a flash drive, because that's the level of my adulting skills. So now today I've just decided to share a doodle I can access in my blog archive while using my phone, which I'm admittedly terrible at using to draft posts. This all sounds like a bunch of First World problems, though, doesn't it? Honestly, cry me a river.

Anyway. For today, how about a sort of bookish yet also just sort of weird and random tree house doodle from last summer?

I would love to have a tree house some day. I don't know if that's a weird thing to say or not, but I think a tree house office or getaway would be so quaint yet fun. Am I the only adult who thinks these sorts of things? 

Happy Caturday, friends!

Tip of the Day

We have discussed in past tips the battle that sometimes rages between our furbabies' food and these little things known as ants. As we've all surely seen at some point, ants often flock to easily accessible sources of food. This means that our furbabies' food, which is often at ground level, can make for an easy target. This can be an especially tricky issue when it comes to feeding strays and ferals outdoors. There are, however, some potential solutions.

As we've mentioned in our past ant tips, you can try using chalk or tape to draw a square or circle around outdoor food bowls. Ants will often see this is as a barrier, and will therefore often be unable to make their way into the bowl. Another option is to use something such as baking soda to create a circle or square around the base of outdoor furbabies' food bowls, again so that ants will see this as a barrier and will leave the food alone. Yet another option is to create a moat that ants cannot cross. You can do this by setting strays' and ferals' food bowls in a low dish of water, so that the ants cannot get to the food through the water. Then again, there are also ant-proof bowls on the market. Some of these offer their own moat-like feature, or other features that help keep ants at bay.

So, if you are combating ants in food bowls that you put out for strays and ferals, perhaps do some research and try various options. The important thing is to ensure that whatever ant-proofing method you use does not deter or frighten the furbabies. It is not impossible to keep ants out of strays' and ferals' food, you simply have to use a method that does the job without affecting the furbabies' ability to eat.


Eastside Cats said...

Hope your power is restored SOON!
When such a thing happened to us (it happens with fair frequency, about twice a year), I drive up to the local library to power up again.

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

I love that tree house doodle. I SIMPLY LOVE IT! And in case you were wonderin', I ABSOLUTELY ADORE your cover picture, too. PURRS

pilch92 said...

That is a cute doodle. I hope you get your power back soon. Excellent tips too. XO

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Mum and I love the tree house idea and the art is lovely!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I love that doodle! Hope your power has come back!

messymimi said...

That tree house looks like it would make a good "she shed".

Hope the power is back soon.

Cathy Keisha said...

Tree house or tree catio? HAH! Someday TW is gonna go to chemo w/o a charged ipad.

meowmeowmans said...

What a great doodle. We are sorry you lost power, and hope it's back on soon!

The J-Cats said...

That's a lovely doodle. We hope by now you have your power back on!