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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!! AND...it 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 stuff...as 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 action...no 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 it...it 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!!
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