Thursday, December 29, 2011

Litter Locker II Review

*update 27/06/2012 - I can't imagine not having this now...it helps so much*

As mentioned in my previous post I purchased a Litter Locker II and said I planned to do a review on it.  Now that I've had time to use it and the Christmas holiday festivities have started to slow down I actually have a chance to write it.


Overall I am happy with the Litter Locker II.  I did find out that $10 is a pretty common sale price for this item so maybe the deal wasn't as good as I thought but either way for $10 it's not bad.  It's easy to assemble, the picture directions are very clear, and I had no trouble or confusion in that area.  I would like to see it offered in different colours as with a black cat I find that her fur static clings to it and is very noticeable.




There are a couple things I would change personally but it's more just cosmetic.  I would like if it had a foot step to open the lid instead of the lift top...but it's not really a big deal.  One thing I did notice though, is that if the litter box is particularly full there's not enough room in the compartment for all the litter clumps so if you have more then one kitty I'd recommend cleaning your litter at least twice a day.  I have one kitty and change litter usually every day and occasionally run into that issues.

Overall, I am happy with the product and it does keep things smelling better as I only smell the poop when it's in the litter box, not once it's in the locker (unless you lift the lid just after pulling out the handle).  

I just realized I don't have a picture of the Litter Locker II assembled, sorry about that.  In the picture above you can see everything that it comes with.  The instructions at the very bottom of the picture.  You can see the scoop on the left and beside that is a nifty little pocket that attaches to the Litter Locker II to put the scoop in.  You can put it on either side so whatever is more convenient for you.  On the top of the Litter Locker II is the one of the main parts of the device.  It contains the "bag" that the litter goes into.  I haven't had to buy a refill yet but they seem to be around the $10 mark as well.

Overall it is a good product and I am happy with it and if you live in a small apartment like me it is great.  I used to hate opening the garbage bin in the bathroom to put the stinky litter in because it always reminded me of a diaper pail full of dirty diapers and that smell would go through the apartment.  This eliminates that.  Now if only I could find a solution to the stinky fresh poo right after my cat goes to the litter and before it goes into the Litter Locker II I'd be all set.

In case you'd like to find out more about it, see more reviews, and pictures on how it actually works, here is a link to their website www.litterlocker.com

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Shopping Surprises

I was out getting some errands done with mom and ended up doing a little shopping and a little browsing, mostly just checking prices of items to get an idea.  My main item in mind was cat claw clippers...but didn't have much luck finding a pair that I was happy with on any of the shelves at any of the places we went.  However, I did find a total deal that I was not expecting at all!

We stopped into Petcetera and I was meandering down each aisle as that is what I typically do there.  I love to look at everything for every critter...but now that I'm a cat momma I am a bit more focused on kitty items.  :)  I got to the cat section and saw these BIG yellow tags and the item they are by is the "Litter Locker II".  Eh, no big deal some of you might say...well honestly I don't know...I haven't used one before.  But not long after I got Ebby I mentioned to my sister half joking that I needed something like a Diaper Genie but for cat litter.  She said there is such a thing and we left it at that.  


Back to the BIG yellow tags!  On them had in big numbers $10!  I'm thinking...oh yeah...you probably save $10 off the regular price...but on closer look...that was the actually selling price!  Regular price....  $32.99!  So I grabbed one and carried it around because hello...I would SAVE $22.99!!!  How awesome is that!!!


One happy momma right here :D   Now to go test this thing out, haha, we shall see.  


Anyhow, I did take pictures but my computer isn't being too cooperative tonight and I'm kinda exhausted so I'll try to remember to post a pic and some links tomorrow.  After a couple weeks I plan to do a bit of a practice review because...to be honest... I'd really like to start doing some product reviews for reals.  I love to write, I love taking pictures, and I love giving my opinion and in blog land... that is something I can do!  


If you have any thoughts or suggestions or experiences with product reviews please let me know...I want to learn as much about the process as I can.  In a future post I'll be asking questions and possibly sending them to established review bloggers.



Sunday, December 4, 2011

Slow

Okay, I admit it... till this point things have been a little...slow...errr....okay a lot slow here at this blog.  It's been one heck of a bumpy road but I'm hoping to turn that around and have some new and exciting things start happening.  One thing, I know there is going to be a whole lot more animal talk because with the fostering...and adopting (yes, I've adopted Ebony) animal rescue has become a huge passion of mine...even more then it was before!


I have such a big heart and big ideas and am stuck since I basically live on a low income.  No sob story, just it is what it is and one day that will change but for now it's all part of life and learning and coping.  

I want to come back to this blog and do some fun things with it and it still keep it my own.  This is about life's journey's and whatever that might entail.  There's going to up's and down's...times were I'm here frequently and times when life just has too many twists and turns that I just can't be here.  

And let me tell you...that kitty in the picture there.... Miss Ebony Rose (Ebby)....she sure has added a new and very interesting twist to the journey....and I wouldn't have it any other way.  :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Just for Fun

I was going back through my blog a bit earlier and came across something I posted almost 2 years ago in Feb 2010.  I thought it would be fun to do it again, but I'm going to leave my old answers as well.  My current answers will be the first ones and the old ones will follow.  


So here is what you do...you answer the following Questions with only a ONE word Answer.  Sounds easy...but I'm pretty sure it's going to be a little challenging.  I'm like the queen of rambling.  LOL

YOUR CELL PHONE? - Pink      Red
YOUR HAIR? -  disastrous      mEsSy
YOUR MOTHER? - Supportive      Caring
YOUR FATHER? - Jokester      Stubborn
YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD? - Cookies      Avocado
YOUR DREAM LAST NIGHT? - none      none
YOUR FAVOURITE DRINK? - Coffee      
Coffee
YOUR DREAM/GOAL? - family      married
WHAT ROOM ARE YOU IN? - Living      Living
YOUR HOBBY? - Animals      computer
YOUR FEAR? - unknown      unknown
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 6 YEARS TIME? - professional      working
WHERE WERE YOU LAST NIGHT? - apartment      
home
SOMETHING THAT YOU AREN'T - facebook'ing      outgoing

MUFFINS - want      yummy
WISH LIST ITEM? - money      debt-free
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? - Halifax      
Halifax
LAST THING YOU DID? - typed      
typed
WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? - pj's      
pj's
YOUR TV? - disconnected       blank
YOUR PETS? - CAT      none
YOUR FRIENDS? - wonderful      blessings
YOUR LIFE? - rollercoaster      
rollercoaster
YOUR MOOD? - inquisitive      sleepy
MISSING SOMEONE? - friend      roommate
VEHICLE? - bus      feet
SOMETHING YOU AREN'T WEARING? - hat      bra
YOUR FAVOURITE STORE? - Michael's      etsy
YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR? - ALL     
ALL
LAST TIME YOU LAUGHED? - today      *shrugs*
BEST FRIEND? - missed      special
ONE PLACE YOU GO TO AGAIN AND AGAIN? - psychiatrist      mall
FACEBOOK? - addicting      
addicting
FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT? - Out      FOOD

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Seeking Sponsors for Wishmaker Walk for Wishes

Just a reminder to blogger friends and visitors,>>> Wishmaker Walk for Wishes <<< is this October 16 and I'm still seeking sponsors to reach my goal of $100. Getting close but I'm not there yet. Just click where it says Wishmaker Walk for Wishes above and it will take you to my secure page through them and hit sponsor me! Thanks so much!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Just Because...

Tonight I'm writing, because I was reminded, of how therapeutic writing can be
Life is like a balance beam...one step too far ahead, you crash, one step back too far, you crash

How do you know the limits in between those too far ahead and too far back steps?
How do you know if the little things you do will end up being big thing that throws you for a loop?

It's unpredictable how life can change so much with the smallest step...either good or bad...
And to constantly live in it's balance...is a challenge...not easy at all...because what if you fall...

Falling is not good, but in some ways it's better then soaring...because at least you know what falling is like and where you'll land...
If you're soaring you may end up in unfamiliar territory, wishing you could go back, but forever stuck in a world you don't know...

How do you live, knowing that to better yourself, means you could lose the "self" that you know and potentially put you further behind then the first step forward ever should have
How do you live, knowing that to step backwards, mean you are not progressing and that your "self" is a disappointment to all those around

Everyone who actually cares...is ashamed of your state of being...you become the shame in the family...the weak link...yet you are the one, the only one, who cares what people think, and will try to blend into their lifestyle to fit in and not stand out like a sore thumb, too not shame those who you care about or potentially who care about you

Learning how to feel alive, how to live and grow, that is something I work on everyday, but I slip...and that's not allowed...so I remain silent...or talk to one of the few people who understands...or someone who I don't care if they approve or not...but family and close, close friends...they shall not know...for knowing brings shame...and shame brings hurt and loss...

And to lose those bloodlines, and those closest to me, is like someone ripping your heart out of your chest...and expecting you to still be able to live...impossible...


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fostering

I've been wanting to have a pet of my own for quite some time now but I'm still not ready to make the long term commitment of being owned by a cat, and to be honest, in some ways I'd rather a dog but the apartment I rent is cat friendly, no dogs allowed. I somehow came across an organization a little over a week ago and seeing they are in urgent need of fosters and adopters I inquired further on both. I was interested in both options but was (and still am a little) afraid of the part when I have to let my foster baby go. I know it will both break my heart and make me happy at the same time.

Anyway, I was left to ponder on it a few days and then received a call seeing if by chance I'd be interested in fostering one that they had at the vet and no home for it to go to. I couldn't stand the thought of it not having a home and decided I'd jump in and try out this fostering thing. I'm in love.


This is Miss Ebony Rose (fancy way of saying Black Rose).  She is such a great little (approx) 5 month old girl.  I love having her around.  And I'm so glad I decided to open my home to her.  Yeah, I'm gonna probably cry a little when she leaves here but that's okay.  I can always open my home again to another one or I can decide not to.

If you've ever contemplated fostering, or are just thinking about it for the first time, and you are in a position to do so I highly recommend it.  Cat's only need a small room, in my case I'm in a small bachelor apartment, and I was worried that it wouldn't be enough space...but keep in mind, cats in shelters often end up in small cages so even if can only offer a spare room, a warm porch, etc it is fine.  All ya gotta do is make sure they have food, keep their litter clean (if you clean it once or twice a day it's really not so bad), and socialize with them...play, cuddle, whatever.  Ebony likes being near me when I'm on the computer.  She likes to play and can keep herself entertained but I play with her as well.  Anyway, Ebony and I should be heading for bed...it's quite late here.


Looks like she beat me there...okay so this picture was from the first full day I had her here.  You can see that her belly is shaved from having her surgery so can't have any babies.  Such a precious gal...you'd think so too if you met her, if you don't already.  Anyhow goodnight my blog world friends. Goodnight.  From this very happy and tired foster mommy to a fur baby.  :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wishmaker Walk for Wishes

Wishmaker Walk for Wishes

Okay, so I haven't been written here in ages and suddenly I come back with a link to a sponsorship page: My Personal Page

You see I decided that on Sunday, October 16, 2011 I am going to walk in a local event called "Wishmaker Walk for Wishes". I have at least 3 reasons: a) I think it is a great cause, b) it's a personal challenge (I don't like being in groups of people, but I want to do this) and c) in memory of a girl I knew named Angela who was fortunate to receive her wish before she lost her battle with cancer.

I'm not asking for much...even just a dollar helps. If you can't help monetarily that is fine too, you're welcome to follow along and even just offer encouragement would be amazing. If you are able to do a walk near you that would be awesome as well. I think from clicking the link at the very beginning of my post you can find out if there is one near you and if not, contact me and I will send you a link to a different page.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Internet

Yay!  I have internet and finally starting to feel caught up enough that I can start paying some more attention to this blog.  Poor thing has been neglected for far too long.




Just a reminder, no matter what you are going through there is always hope.  I know that was random and had nothing to do with me getting back on here but I just want you to know there is hope even when you feel there is none. 

I never mentioned something nasty that I had picked up as a habit back a number of months ago (after about 5 years without)...smoking!  Ewwww.  Anyway, I can happily say that I've quit again. My last one was August 12 around noon Atlantic time so it's been 10 days!  So happy!

In other news I am seriously considering getting a kitty...not sure yet if I will adopt through one of the local shelters or keep my eyes open on kijiji for one that isn't too old but is already fixed and needled.  I don't mind if it's a few years...even though everyone else wants me to get a kitten. 

So remember:




Guess that's my word of the day, lol.  I'm just having a random kind of day.  Doing laundry and sitting at the computer for hours tends to make ya go a bit silly.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dreams

One of my dreams has come true.  I finally have my own apartment, no roommates!  It's a bit of an adjustment and I've been having a hard time but am determined to make it work.  It may be awhile before I have internet hooked up, aiming for September.  I'm currently visiting my parents so I need to keep this short.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Things Learned

I was just taking a bit of a break from household duties when I came across a list of things doctors (nurses, and other medical personnel) learn from their various patients. They can be found at this blog.

1) Never, ever leave flashlights, beer bottles or any other long, circular object on the floor because someday you will fall on it… and it will somehow impale its way up your rectum.
2) Always do woodwork with your skillsaw before using meth.
3) White latex paint, despite being luxuriously thick and creamy, does not coat your stomach and provide relief like pepto bismol does.
4) If you have taken 7 home pregnancy tests, and they’re all positive, when you come into the emergency department… chances are our test will come back positive too.

I only included the first 4 here, if you want to read them all go to this blog.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Time Fly's

April 16th...when did that happen?!?  I looked at something with today's date on it and thought it was "obviously" wrong...it couldn't be any later then the 8th or 9th could it?!  Yeepers, where have I been because I sure don't know.  *puzzled look*

A few things have been going on and I guess that's thrown me off.  Living at the residential centre is rough at times...and I got to the point I was really slipping and going downhill into a depression and engaging some not very great coping methods.  I decided I needed a break.  A time away to try to review the situation and what my priorities are right now.  I needed to step away...and it has helped.  Thankfully staff at the centre were okay with me making this decision and I am still able to go back...and I will...probably tomorrow. 

Time away has been great.  I am getting back on track and will have some decisions to make but I can do it safely and in a more supportive way...I can make it my choice...and not go down the road of losing my housing again due to mental health and some of the not so great coping methods I have learned along life's journey. 

The day I left, I was pretty close to getting kicked out of the centre, instead I talked to the staff and decided a time away would be beneficial.  I didn't really want to come to my parents house, but in this case it was the best option.  I've been able to start making healthy responsible choices again without a stay in the hospital.  I decided I probably won't stick out the entire year there but I will try to finish at least the 6 months.  I've decided buying a new laptop is no longer my top priority as far as "needs" go right now and am planning to use the savings towards a new living arrangement.  I will attempt to make it to programs at the centre (which are mandatory but I struggle with attending), but I'm not going to stress myself out about them because that just means I will miss more.  I will work with my case worker at options for housing and start with the applications.  There are still supportive living options, and for a reduced rent (30% of income) so I will apply to those.  It may not be ideal but for were I am in life right now that is my best option for the near future.  Still my time at the Centre hasn't been a waste...I've learned things about myself, and it is a great program, it just isn't for everyone.  I gave it a try.  I will continue to try for a while to come...just not for as long as I originally intended.  It's not worth losing my sanity over.  I've paid off some of my debt and put money into savings and go to dental appointments.  When I move I'll probably have to stop paying on my student loans again, and money will be tighter, especially if I don't crawl out of the credit card debt soon...but I'm almost there. 

So, that means, in the next few months I will be looking at moving AGAIN which will make 6 times in less then 1 year.  Yikes!  And none of what I said above was what I was planning to talk about in my blog today, but I guess that's where I've been...in my mind...battling positive vs negative, healthy vs unhealthy, etc.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wow

Hi, me again.  Sorry for the long-ish intervals between posts.  That last post really was random and until just a few minutes ago I didn't know I had even written.  Man, that depression stinks.  A few days after that was written I ended up in hospital and medication adjustments were made.  I'm getting back on track now and feeling more positive then I had in awhile.  The side effects from the medication adjustments are also easing up, feel so much better physically then I had during this period of time.  I had a bad headache that lasted 1 week...affecting my vision, ability to stand, and just about everything else...and no appetite (that sucks for a foodie lover like me).  Things are much better now, though I'm not back into the swing of things 100%. 


In other news, a few days ago I brought my newly reformatted old laptop back to the residential facility with me and have internet access on it....so I might possibly be able to start posting again with a little more regularity as long as it doesn't get in the way of me getting things done that need to be done.  I've been missing it here in blog-land and am right now trying to catch up on blogs I haven't read in awhile.

Things are going well all in all and I'm looking forward to the days to come.

 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Random

I'm still at the residential facility.  Am hoping to stick it out until January 2012...but I don't know.  I am having a really hard time and feeling really depressed...and not having good thoughts.  But aside from that side of things...I'm okay. 

I like my unit-mates here.  I like the programs, mostly. I'm just a little stuck right now.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

No Blogging

Hey...I probably won't be posting much for awhile.  Things have changed so much since the new year started.  I lost my housing, ended up in emergency homeless shelters and am now living in a residential facility for women...and using a shared public computer.  I have mandatory programs and various things that need to be done and I don't really come on the computer much.  So many filters and things I can't even watch most youtube video's or see half my blog page and checking emails takes forever.  *sigh*  Hope things get better...but it will be at least 6 months to 1 year before I leave here unless I mess things up.