Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Great Cat Rescue of 2014

Sometimes your heart gets broken in the strangest ways.  Case and point?  Elliot the cat.

[the first photo of Elliot - at my doorway]

Elliot showed up at my apartment complex one weekend and lovingly followed me to the mailbox, to my car and even to my apartment door.  He did this with every other resident too, but for the sake of the story, he fell in love with ME.

This went on for almost two weeks.  Neighbors put out cans of cat food in the parking lot and it was clear to me that someone evil had moved out and dumped their pet in the parking lot on the way out. 

I begged friends on Facebook to come save him (sorry to those of you who I bothered relentlessly).  I called shelters and rescues hoping a “no kill” center would be able to take him in.  No dice.  My darling boyfriend comforted me as I cried (a lot) over the sweet cat who followed me to my door every evening and forced me to close the door in his sweet little face.  I couldn’t stand the thought of him going to the shelter to be euthanized if someone caught him

When it rained for two days, that was it.  I had to do something.

So, I borrowed a cat carrier from Mary at work and lured Elliot into it with some delicious wet cat food.  He was one smart kitty, leaving one leg sticking out of the carrier, but I gently scooted him in and closed the cage.

He then death rolled like a crocodile in the cage.


Now I had him in a cage and had no idea what to do next.  I had called a local vet that was open on Saturdays and I figured I would take him to be checked/given shots/etc. but other than that I had no plan.

My apartment charges a pet deposit and monthly pet rent, and did I mention I am horribly allergic to pet dander???  (I’m dreaming of the day I can finally get my darling hypoallergenic puppy!!!) 

So I took him up to my patio and begged him to stop crying.  Houston said to let him out and assured me that he wouldn’t make a flying leap from my third floor balcony (I wasn’t so sure… he was pissed!)

So I opened the cage and went inside.  Elliot emerged and meowed/growled at me to let me know he was NOT happy.  He then scampered across the roof of the apartment to my neighbor’s third floor patio!


Ten minutes later, he came back.  I had food on my patio, they did not.  And there he stayed while I freaked out inside.

[isn't he beautiful???]

In a last ditch effort before trying to catch him again (since I didn’t really see that happening) I googled “No kill cat rescue Inland Empire” and called the first one that popped up.

“Hope to Homes for Cats”

An angel named Marita answered the phone.

She said she had placed a cat in a home that morning and was in Banning for an appointment and asked if it would be alright if she came to pick him up after 1:00.  Praise the Lord!  God even answers prayers about stray cats.  He is faithful in ALL things.

I then enjoyed the next 4 hours watching “my” cat alternately snooze in the sunshine and in the shade.  He seemed so friendly and would come put his nose up to the screen every time I got my camera out.  (Yes, I was shooting through the screen to keep the dander at bay).

Marita came and Elliot was so friendly, rubbing up and down her leg as she scratched his head and purring like a drum when she rubbed his back.  He wasn’t happy to go back in a cat carrier, but to my relief, he resisted the urge to death roll again. 

I watched as Marita and Elliot drove away, and then I called Houston bawling.

“You miss your cat?” he asked.
“YESssssssss” I cried.

Marita has sent me texts letting me know he was ok and an email saying that they named him Elliot (it was as closes as they could get to Elise) and that he calmed down and has been super friendly to everyone he meets.

She will be using my photos on the petfinder website when he is ready to be adopted.

Please check out “Hope to Homes for Cats” HERE.  And I BEG you, if you can’t adopt one of the sweet angels in need of a home, please give a donation to the wonderful charity that saved Elliot from whatever other fate may have been waiting for him.

*photos copyright polkadottedbluejay* 

Friday, February 14, 2014

I Know A Secret...

I don’t drink coffee.  Never have.  Probably never will.  I just do not like the taste of it.

Now, the idea of a hot cup of coffee with a French Vanilla-ish creamer in an adorable mug while I sit curled up in a blanket beside the fireplace while it snows outside???  I can totally get on board with that idea.

Except coffee tastes nasty (to me) and I live in Southern California; where it is 82 degrees today in February!  Seriously, I think Houston and I only used his fireplace once this “winter”.  So sad.

So what's a gal to do when meeting friends for a coffee date?  What about when I crave something warm and toasty when the temperature actually dips below 60 degrees?

Hot chocolate.  Delicious hot chocolate.

I am not a big patron of Starbucks (hello, I don’t drink coffee), but on the rare occasion I meet a friend at Starbucks or have above said “craving” I abhor spending $2.50 on a cup of cocoa!  I mean, I can buy the HUGE can of cocoa mix at Target for $4.50.

Enter the Starbucks secret size:

That’s right, it is a size smaller than the “tall” – makes sense, right?

The cup is beyond adorable, the calories are significantly less, and for $1.25 I can have my cocoa without feeling robbed.    

The Short is only available for hot drinks, but they will still put whipped cream on top.

Annnd there are the calories I saved by downsizing.

So drink up my friends and don’t break the bank!

*photos copyright polkadottedbluejay* 

Monday, February 10, 2014

My Achy Breaky FEET!

Long ago I used to have a dancers body… yes, I ran around in a leotard and tights most days and was completely comfortable.  Unfortunately, that is not the case any longer.  I am, however, left with some serious “I used to be a ballerina” feet.  My poor bones ache and I can no longer handle my 15 hour days in heels.  I just cannot. 

So, I am one of “those” commuters now… you know… the lady in a dress with black tights and her white socks with sneakers, power-walking to the subway station.  Sexy.

Absolutely NOT! 

This is what I have done for two years.  Commute in my sneakers and change into heels once I am in the office.  Except that I loathe changing my shoes.  On more than one occasion, I have left my sneakers on all day. Not Ok. 

So what is a girl to do?

Buy some comfy flats, of course!!!

Shauna and I were shopping before Christmas and she wanted to pick up another pair of flats from Payless Shoes – she could not praise this particular pair enough.  So two weeks ago, during the Payless “Buy One, Get One ½ Off” sale, I just could not resist getting one FOUR pairs of the same shoe in different colors. Why mess with a good thing, right? The dexflex Comfort "Claire" found HERE.

I could not choose which ones I wanted, and since I will probably wear them all the time, I figured it was a good investment (needing some affirmation here, friends).

So far, they haven’t disappointed me.  They are comfy and look darling with my slacks AND my jeans on the weekend.  Will I buy more? YES!  Will I make an appointment to see a podiatrist in 2014? (sigh) Yes.

The little “no show” socks I purchased however, were a total bust.  They work great for about 10 minutes and then slip off my heel and bunch up in the shoe.  No good.  I would advise that you skip this register purchase.

Also, my post title has caused Billy Ray Cyrus to be stuck in my head for countless hours.  Not sure if I love it or hate it.

*photos copyright polkadottedbluejay* 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Thanks A Latte - Bosses Day 2013 Craft


I always like to do something sweet for my bosses on Bosses Day – that was October 16th, for those of you who don’t know.   Generally it isn't anything too extravagant, just a fun little way to say “thank you” for all they do because I really do work for a wonderful group of people.  I feel blessed to not only have a job, but one that I enjoy (most days) and where my employers actually care about me.

Last year I made the “Thank You Berry Much” hand sanitizers HERE and this year I had a couple other ideas I was tossing around.  I settled on Starbucks gift cards and tried to come up with a creative way to gift them (a card in an envelope is simply too boring).

I thought I was being terribly creative when I thought of “Thanks A Latte”… that is, until I googled it and apparently I am not nearly creative as I thought.  Bummer.  However, it made assembling my gifts a million times easier when I found a free printable from Jasey's Crazy Daisy HERE to make the tags.  Awesome!!!

Originally I had thought of buying dollar store mugs and decorating them with each boss’s name, but decided it would be easier to decorate a disposable Starbucks cup and fill it with green bag filler.  The fella at Starbucks was kind enough to give me the cups with the purchase of the gift cards and I thought it would be cute to attach the printable tag to the straw with a hole punch.
I wish I knew the secret to writing on the Starbucks cups, every permanent marker I tried looked like junk on the plastic, so I finally gave up and wrote on the gift card envelope instead.  The secret to removing the smudgy writing??? Antibacterial gel - I used my Carribean Escape Pocket Bac from Bath and Body Works.  Worked like a charm.

I filled the cup with green bag filler from the Dollar Tree and wiggled the gift card inside – because the gift card made the plastic bow slightly, the lid was a total pain to get on.

I cut out the "thanks a latte" tags from my cardstock (did I mention how grateful I was that the printable was FREE???) and since I didn't have the right size circle punch, I just cut along the green outer circle.  Then I punched a hole in the tag and then forced the straw through it.

In the end, I had a cute and thoughtful gift for Bosses Day, and management all got a free latte. 

[please ignore the poor photography above, yikes!]

Does anyone else do anything on Bosses Day to say thanks a latte and show your appreciation?


*photos copyright polkadottedbluejay* 

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