Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Red Faced Day and More Mary Mary

Before I confess to my red faced "yes" experience, I just have to give Tragedy Anne a plug.  That girl is a source of boundless energy and talent, always on the go. The real news is that she and Diana (Freestyle Mama) have started a new blog and store to showcase their terrific Scrap4Hire and Blog Makeover services. It's called Keepsake Creators AND they have a competition running with chance for you to win a custom 4x6, 10 page brag book ready for printing. So if your feeling lucky drop by and have a look.



Okay, now my red face has turned back to normal after my embarrassing experience..when I yet again said "Yes" when in retrospect I should have said NO!! It's was one of those times when I knew I should shout "NO", as I was snowed under with other things but.....the gremlin was working overtime and "Yes" just popped out!! would only get worse.

I promised I'd tell and I will but it's under protest!! Lol!

It all started when a friend asked me if I could keep an eye on her cat whilst she was away for a few days. The usual thing feed it, change the litter tray etc. Straightforward if anything is straightforward when I step in. (I swear it's that gremlin again.)

I checked the first day and everything was good. The cat was normally out during the day but it's mum wanted it kept in whilst she was gone and hence the cat litter tray. I started to wonder what was wrong when on the second day the litter tray was still clean. Wow, this cat has some bladder control I thought. Second thought was the cat was sick!! Eek, not on my watch it doesn't!! I searched around to see if he had gone in the corner but nothing and there wasn't any cat smell so I fed him and left.

It was on the third day that all became clear and the litter tray mystery was resolved. Dear kitty had decided that it was an outdoor moggy and litter trays were sissy....large indoor planters were much more his style, dirt and all that. I nearly died...there was not a lot of smell until I started trying to repair the damage and then...all hell broke loose and it smelt like he had been burying dead things in there...or worse!! Well, it was worse, or it smelt like it to me.

"Okay, breath...don't panic" I told myself.  Don't panic, as if I would!!! But how would I explain the smell and by then the dead plants....okay, go ahead panic!!!! This needed superhuman more panic, what I needed was action!! What would I tell my friend..she would think I was a total incompetent who couldn't even look after a cat inside a house without disaster. Why had I ever said YES!!!! Gremlin...I will squeeze you so hard if I ever catch you!!

I rushed home and came back armed with a trowel, black bin bags and a large bag of new compost. The perspiration was by now spread across my forehead I don't do rushing around with heavy bags of stuff.

It was smelly and yucky in there but all the compost had to go. It was a struggle, those planters were big!! But I wrestled with them, got them emptied and rescued the plants one by one. All the time that naughty kitty was staring and watching me with a really evil eye. Believe me it was a two way thing..he stared and I glowered back!! I have to admit I was the first to blink, well I couldn't waste all day, I had a job to do...a nasty one at that.

Finally I had it fixed. I stood back and there were the planters...all redone and looking good and more to the point..smelling good.  At least if the plants died it wasn't my fault..and hopefully they would do it next week or later when the connection wouldn't be made to me!! I was dirty, stinky and a real health hazard but it was done!!

When my friend returned I casually remarked that her little Cutie had tried a couple of times to use the planters but I had stopped him. I had my fingers crossed behind my back as I said wasn't actually a lie but it wasn't all of the truth. I hate telling half truths but I did think that I should at least warn her discretely that kitty had a problem!! My face was really red and I felt like the kid caught with it's hand in the cookie jar. I just hope that she doesn't read my blog!!

Footnote: The plants are still alive!!

Thank you for bearing with me. Your patience will be rewarded..Part 2 of Mary, Mary is ready for downloading!


If your Collecting the Mary, Mary Kit you can download Part 2 here with 4shared

or here with Media Fire

There is still one more part to go to make the kit complete so don't forget to check back and get the final part.

Have a wonderful day/evening where ever you are.


Sue P. said...

Hello June, love reading your blog about daily happenings and would just like to say thank you for yet another cute Nursery Rhyme kit - they are just so cute. Sue P.

Kim's Scrappin' said...

LOL thanks for the laugh today June. I just love visiting your blog and reading your daily antics. Mary Mary is an adorable kit! Thanks for sharing it.

Jaye said...

Stick with the dogs

Susie2shoes said...

Very funny June .... for me! Not for you though, poor thing. I'm still enjoying my family research. Have found my maiden name spelt in all sorts of weird ways. Who would have thought Tanner could be incorrectly transcribed as Taimer Tammer, Janner, Sanner, Tommer and Tarrence. I come from a long line of dirt poor Agricultural Labourers living near Bidford upon Avon! Perhaps that's why I like digging about in my garden :D

tajicat said...

Oh no, what a mess! Well hopefully the plants will continue to thrive no worse the wear and you won't have to cat sit again! Cute kit! :)

jmutchler said...

Thanks. It must have been a huge houseplant! thanks for the 2nd part of the kit.

Judy said... least you fared better than me. This goes back several years when we were asked to cat sit a Siamese for my SIL.
The only thing it did was crouch under the bed, I think it ate when we slept.
But one evening, it was quite hot, we were sitting on the patio and I had this brainwave of an idea. Get the cat and put a lead on it and bring it outside.
Hubby did, but the car wriggled out of it, and took off never to be seen again.
Can you imagine how I felt, we only had a couple of days to try and find it before SIL was back. Searched high and low, put ads on shop windows and in the paper.
Well I don't have to tell you the reception we got when SIL came around to pick up the cat, we still are not the best of friends.
Luckily, years on she and BIL separated and so I don't see her much at all now. hope it wasn't over the cat LOL!!!!!
BTW Mary Mary is a beautiful kit.....thanks for sharing

Mac's Wifey said...

Oh what a story!!! This is probably why DH will not let me have a cat LOL.

And sorry, I think I better not share the hubby. I don't think I would be lucky enough to find another one like him again :D

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Kit(s) post on May. 13, 2009. Thanks again.

suruha said...

There isn't much that smells worse than cat 'stuff'. That's funny! Only, if the cat normally stays outside, um, what did she expect would happen? LOL Litter box, or not, cats like to dig to go.

The kit is so pretty. Thank you!

ccynden said...

Totally hilarious, as I wipe the tears away. I am trying to manage a thank you for Mary Mary but I keep laughing so hard and making typos.

Michele said...

Too funny....yes of course YOU would end up with something like that!!! lol You might have to sew your mouth shut when someone asks a favor of you! lol

Thanks for part two! I think it is so cute!!

Anonymous said...

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cindiaskew said...

cant wait for more. ty

Amberpony Creates said...

Thanks for another cute kit.
BTW you might want to check the file name on this one. I believe there is an error

Glynis said...

Oh June! I can feel the glow of your cheeks from here! LOL that was amusing for us, but not for you :)

Anonymous said...

Here Kitty, cute Kitty!! I love it...
Just love reading your blog and receiving your newsletter. Thanks so much for all of your downloads!!
Erika, SA

Ruth said...

June, Thank you so much for sharing that story. That makes twice this week that you have brightened my morning when I REALLY needed it.
Thank goodness you can lok back on it all with a little bit of a giggle now. I bet that, at the time, you couldn't imagine the day coming when you thought this was the tiniest bit funny.
Thanks - just for being you.

Keryn said...

Thank you for todays present June. I really love the colours you have used.

Hehe - still laughing at today's postings. Can you imagine my sister's house - she breeds Abyssinians and has a tom and up to 20 queens and kittens at any one time including 6 or 7 in the house which she is socialising before they head for new homes ..... not for me I think.

Sharon aka Scrapcat4914 said...

Good morning June!!!!!!!!
Your to much!!!!!!!!! LOL
I had a cat like that years ago who was to lazy to go down to the laundry room so he'd go in my plants!!!!!!!!!!!
The only time he'd use it was when he was down eating or drinking!!!!!!! LOL
TY so very much for stopping by & for the MARVELOUS 2nd DL!!!!!!!!!!
HUGE HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

John_n_Tascha_Piatt said...

Thanks for more Mary - very cute!!
my DH is almost deathly allergic to cats - so we just don't go near them as much as possible!! :) glad you could get all to rights before your friend got home!!!

Yvette said...

Love the story. You are so good at writing and tells about your adventures. Thank you for sharing that wonderful story and thank you for the wonderful kit Mary Mary. I so enjoy reading your blog. You have a great day.

Leaonna said...

Cute kit hun thanks so much...and thanks for the story have you ever thought of writing a book of your experiences? they are quite amusing...LOL

Pauline (Newcastle) said...

I can totally understand the whole cat thing - my Dad laid some really nice pea shingle around the edges of my conservatory - he only discovered what the cat had done in it when he put his hand in!!!!YUCK! I love reading your mishaps, and I love the new kit!

喃熙(Nancy) said...

Cute and sweet,love your work.
Thanks for your sharing.:)

Jude said...

That was quite a story and I'm still laughing. Darned if I would have corrected that danged cats bad behavior your too good June, next time suggest a kennel that was way above the call of duty..

Chichiboulie said...

That was a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing... red faced moments usually make for the best stories!

Anonymous said...

A very pretty kit. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

smiekeltje said...

You gave me a good laugh with this story!I can imagine how it is, having to watch over some pets sometimes for my friend and having them myself! LOL. You were BRAVE!!!!
So hop to my blog to pick up an award whenever you have time. Hugs

Ann said...

Nice save with the plant. I had a cat that did that to one of my plants. Unfortunatley the plant did not survive the ordeal.

TragedyScrapinAnne said...

U rawk women, many many thank for the awesome shout out!!! Also email me some photos so I can make you a bragbook!!!!!

Oh this kit is so cute, many many thanks for your talent and time, big hugs