The terrible twos

I thought only children went through the terrible twos?! Apparently not because my fur babies are wearing my patience thin. I love them more than life itself but lately they’re killing me!

In my post the other day those incidents had actually occurred on Thursday the 12th which is still less than a week ago. Since then the hooligans have been back at it! Leonidas has chewed another hole in the carpet as well demolishing a down comfortor that was near his cage that he apparently felt compelled to pull in his cage & tear feathers out of.

Oh but he’s not alone! Sir peed on said down comforter. & when I got home Monday (keep in mind Rob was already there so they were out of their cages & had free reign of the house) I walk into the bedroom to find a trash bag destroyed into tiny pieces (credit to Sir) & the blankets that had been in said trash bag ripped even more (credit to Leonidas). The blankets were in the bag to be thrown away I just hadn’t taken it outside & apparently they thought it would be a good idea to tear into it & shred the blankets even more. Also yesterday when Rob got to the house he let the boys out & while they were out Sir demolished another trash bag that was just a small bag in the bedroom & then after getting in trouble for that thought he was going to get away with chewing on my tennis shoes on the couch right in front of Rob. Please tell me this is just a phase?!?! Sir is almost 1 which I sort’ve understand but Leonidas is almost 2 & Blaze was out’ve this chewing/destroying phase by at least 10 months. These boys are going to be the death of me!

They haven’t been able to play outside as much as they could before the weather got bad & my yard became a mud pit so I’m sure that’s some of the issue but it just seems much more extreme in the past couple weeks but nothing else has changed. A lady at work mentioned maybe taking them for a walk in the evening so I might do that because hell it couldn’t hurt me to get out there & do it either & if it helps save my house from being destroyed I’ll try it. If that doesn’t do any good I’m going to see about some anxiety meds or something to maybe help them chill out until it’s warm enough for them to work off some of that energy outside. So here’s to hoping that going for a walk helps save my house!

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They’re lucky they’re cute

So there’s rarely a dull moment with the boys at the house but somedays it’s a little much. Blaze is my laid back cuddle bug who sometimes gets rowdy if he’s in the mood to play but most of the time he’s my golden child because he rarely does anything wrong. He’s just old enough to know better & mostly out’ve that puppy stage of tearing things up. I actually can’t remember the last time Blaze tore something up. His worst thing now is getting in the trash (though a lid on it usually puts a stop to it) or eating Leonidas’ food is another issue even though his is exactly the same but he’s not done that in months either.

Then there’s Leondias who love his heart has never met a person or a lap he didn’t want to get to know. He doesn’t haul himself onto people but if you even make eye contact he takes that as an invite to come sit on your lap. He just loves to be touched or sitting on you or near you. He’s a very sweet boy but also silly & pretty clumsy. He’s my destroyer though. Mainly of blankets or beds that I try to put in his cage while I’m gone though most recently he demolished the tray for his cage & just last week chewed up a piece of my carpet through a hole in his cage that his tray would’ve covered (see picture below). If I didn’t love him so much I would probably choke him. Relax though, I love him way tooo much.

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& lastly Sir who is not technically my dog but he spends enough time at my house to be considered my boy. Even though he’s the only one that’s not mine, he’s truly my sidekick. If I’m sitting on the couch he’s most likely on my lap or laying on part of me. He may roam to love on other people some but he always ends up back on me. He’s my noisemaker. I’ve never heard a dog as vocal as him even when he’s just rolling around on the couch which is normally done with his face down in a cushion & his butt way up in the air. He makes what I like to call dinosaur noises which is why we’ve called him Rex sometimes but it just cracks me up when he makes those silly sounds. He also has a toilet paper addiction. Anytime he’s left out whether it’s just because I’m in the shower or he gets bored I guess – the toilet paper gets it. Not only does he string it out & most of it off the roll but he then tears it up into tiny tiny pieces. He also got in trouble recently AGAIN for attacking the toilet paper – see picture below.

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I do dearly love all of my boys even though they all have their quirks because they’re all also sweet cuddly spoiled babies but I wouldn’t change a thing except maybe for less destruction, that would be great. They do tolerate the outfits I put on them though but in my defense they always get treats afterwards & they know it so it’s not like I’m mean. With that being said, the boys wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas:

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Blaze, Sir & Leonidas

I’m a keeper – quesadillas

Let me preface this by saying this was my first time making a quesadilla & first time using the quesadilla maker. My sister bought it for my ex years ago & he used it regularly but I never watched him make them. It’s apparent I obviously should have haha It also appears their definition of stuffed & mine vary greatly. Here is the finished product :

While it’s not super pretty & certainly wouldn’t pass on any cooking show for presentation, it was super delicious! & hey that means success in my book. Hopefully over time as I use it more, I’ll get better at it but even if they always come out a gooey mess, as long as they’re delicious – I’m happy.

Bathroom Organizing

When I’m reading DIY or organizing blogs I notice how sometimes they have the “after” pictures but not the “before” & they say how they wish they would’ve thought to stop & take a “before” so they could show the changes. I used to laugh at that & think I’ll never get that caught up in organizing that it would’ve been worth taking a “before” picture but now I find myself there & I love it! I hate that I forget the “before” picture because it does make the impact of the “after” that much better, but I do love getting that into organizing.
 
I moved into my house November 2011 & it had previously been my pawpaw’s house. Old men don’t do updates much less keep things clean so I don’t even want to tell you what kind of slate I had to start with. I’m pretty sure that almost everything in the house (except a few things my dad had bought him over the years) was still the same things my mawmaw had picked out YEARS ago. Let me be more specific – when I say years I mean she passed away when I was 5 & I’m 27 now so most things are AT LEAST 22 years old. & yes I mean carpet, curtains – all of it! I loved my mawmaw dearly & miss her more than I could ever express & I will always think the world of her, but I have to admit our decorating styles are very different. Not to mention you’d have to factor in trends changing & such but that’s besides the point lol
 
The reason I gave that little background was because my most recent organizing spurt happened in the bathroom. When I moved in my bathroom consisted of a shower, toilet, medicine cabinet & a sink on a VERY small vanity. I’m talking the entire thing is maybe a foot wide which left me hmm about no room underneath for storage. I ended up putting a couple cabinets from Target in there that I already had from where I’d lived before & using them for storage. While I love Target dearly, I’d had the cabinets for several years already & lo & behold one of the doors recently broke off. I didn’t want that junky looking cabinet with only 1 door in my bathroom & I’d already been toying with the idea to move it into the laundry room so it seemed like a sign. After doing a switcheroo of moving the laundry baskets to the bathroom & that broken door cabinet to the laundry room I realized something. When you put short laundry baskets where tall cabinets used to be you discover bad paint ideas that you had thought would be a good idea when you first moved in. All I could do was laugh though because I’d forgotten about the time when I thought I wanted to paint the bottom half of my bathroom walls green. Oops. I’ll figure something out for it later because I have many ideas in my head for what I want to do to the bathroom as far as remodel but that’s for another day. Here’s the current view that’s front & center when you’re popping a squat.

So anyway I go from 2 cabinets down to 1 & I figure it’s a good idea to empty all the cabinets to sort & purge stuff I’d long forgotten about. I can’t tell you how good it felt to purge a lot of junk & get the cabinet more organized that it had ever been – even when I had 2 cabinets in there, they weren’t nearly this organized. Of course, I got so wrapped up in it I didn’t get the “before” picture but I do have a lovely “after” that makes me happy. Sorry for the crappy iPhone picture quality – it’s one thing that’s always handy & not ever far from me.