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September 1st, 2011

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11:13 pm - Wow, time flies ...
It's been DIY week[3] here in darkest Nunawading[1]. In the past week (well, 12 days now), I've finally installed the cat door (leading to the cat run), painted most of the WIR, installed wardrobe units in the WIR (except for a drawer unit, which needs a hole in the wall first), made a shelf to hold fencing bags, and started painting sections of skirting board for the WIR.

The kittens[4] were unsure about the cat door at first, we had to hold the door open the first few times they went in or out, but they adjusted quickly and now seem to be enjoying it a lot. Ella just pushes the door open with her head, Abby pushes with a paw first, then uses her head and body.

The WIR - it used to have a built-in shelf, with a hanging rail underneath, supplemented by some cheap Ikea shelving. Now it has the same amount of hanging space, but loads and loads of shelf space and storage space. The drawer unit is on hold at the moment, though, we need an expert to make the hole in the wall to make sure the stairs don't fall down :)

Still to come - more painting (half of the WIR, plus wooden shingle panels for part of the front of the house), and possibly finally getting around to making some bookcases that I've had the timber for for around a year now. And lots of reorganising, to make all of the fencing gear easier to get to. And going through the boxes of papers dating back as far as high school (errr, 1984 or thereabouts).[2] And installing something to lock bicycles to. And ... so on.

[1] Not actually all that dark. Maybe that should be "dampest" instead ...

[2] Some people would suggest that if I haven't looked at it in a year (or two, or five), just throw it out un-looked-at. Well ... no. Just no. First, I don't know *exactly* what's in the boxes - and my first glance found a photo of a relative that I definitely want to keep. Also, that stuff is part of *me* in a way - call it "external memory", because the built-in type doesn't work as well as I'd like. So, the stuff stays for now, and gets looked at ... when I get around to it :)

[3] When I started writing this post, it was a week. Now it's closer to two ... I don't seem to find much post-writing time these days, mostly because one (or both) hands usually gets occupied by a kitten when I'm at the computer.

[4] Ok, they've probably reached their full size, and are getting close to a year old now, and they've already slowed down a little from all-pounce-all-the-time kitten-hood - but they're still kittens to me :)
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(4 touches | En garde !)


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Date:September 1st, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
Ella just pushes the door open with her head, Abby pushes with a paw first, then uses her head and body.

Yes, my previous cats just went for the door head-first, but the current ones insist on using a paw. Which, given that they're coming in from the garden, tends to mean muddy paws and a flap that needs cleaning rather more often than I have time to do it.
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Date:September 2nd, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
Your cats sound lovely :-)

My sister says she once heard a strange noise from her cat-flap...it was one of her cats holding it shut so a neighbour's cat couldn't get in! :-)
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Date:September 4th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
Haha - I still call one of my cats a kitten even though he's 11 years old and technically elderly... When I got him I had to bottle feed him and he was small enough to sleep in the palm of my hand, so "kitten" somehow stuck. I try not to do it in public or in front of vets...

Also, hurray for cat flaps. Mine live them, and as an added bonus one of mine can't jump over my back fence, so she's always safely contained and can let her self in and out at will. I'm trying to work out how to give her dirt/sand to roll in that doesn't just turn into an extra litter box.
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Date:September 4th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
Also, re stuff tossing - I agree that ditching boxes sight unseen is a very bad idea. Even decluttering advice people will sometimes recommend against that, because it's a good way to end up ditching your long term financial records or similar - things you don't use regularly, but none the less need to keep.

Something that I've found works better can be speeding up the sorting process to make it less intimidating. You take several boxes, label them something like "to keep", "give away/sell" "definitely throw out" and best of all "don't know". It's the "don't knows" that can take up so much sorting time, as you agonize over what to keep. With this sort of system you can go through boxes quickly, then put the "don't know" box to one side with a date on it. Then if you don't open that box for ages you can far more safely ditch the conents, since it's already been searched for the precious things you know you actually want.

Organizers will tell you that anything in the "to keep" pile should immediately go to it's long term proper location, and not back into some random box.

I've been obsessing about this way too much as I try to clear out my own stuff. I have vague hoarding tendencies that I'm constantly at war with.

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