Sunday, August 9, 2015

Of Cat Piss and Leather Boots...

"It wasn't me!"

Cats. I love them. I have three of them. However, when I was rooting through my shoe closet recently (admittedly a horrible, disorganized mess), I reached for my favorite pair of knee high leather boots and noticed that they were...wet. WTF? I thought, confusedly.

Then the smell hit. Greeaaaat. Someone, and I am 99 percent sure it wasn't my hubs, had peed on my favorite leather boots. I took several deep breaths, my eyes closed, struggling for calm. Could the feline culprit have peed on one of my pairs of Converse, easily laundered? Sure, they could  have, but they didn't. They peed on one of the few pairs of leather footwear that I bought at full price and have treasured over the years. Cats.

After I regained my senses, I combed the internet for remedies and emailed a friend. And this is what I ended up doing:  I mixed together about a cup of hydrogen peroxide with a few tablespoons of  baking soda and sponged the mix onto the boots. I left it for about an hour, then, with a little water, sponged the mixture off again. After drying the boots I buried them in a big bag of cat litter and left them for three days. I used Feline Pine.

Did it work? Well, the boots will never be the same---they got a little stiff from the hydrogen peroxide/water treatments, but I rubbed them with neatsfoot oil and they regained most of their suppleness. As for the smell, I am pretty sure that it is mostly gone. I've been sniffing them periodically and that terrible cat piss smell is gone. There is a hint of something but that could be from wet leather. So, while not a complete cure-all, the remedy got the boots back to wearability.
I. of course, have to insert a disclaimer here: if you try this, I cannot guarantee that it will work for you or that your shoes won't be ruined somehow. Results may vary, as they say. But, if your cat peed on your leather shoes, well, you are at the end of your rope anyways, no? It's worth a try.

What did I learn from this? That cats are jerks. No, no, they are wonderful animals, I love my cats very much :)   However, boots are now stored up on a high shelf in the closet.  And, this incident helped me to completely clean out my closet and organize everything in there. So there is your silver, furry lining!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Global Drying

This is a repost of one of my posts from a couple of years ago---since we have been having 100 degree days again, and I have been doing all of my laundry drying outside, I thought I'd republish this collection of global laundry drying pics :)



Global Drying......
voxtheory  Chinatown, San Francisco
My last post on drying laundry led me to have a look around at some of the ways people who don't have yards dry their laundry without a dryer. In many cases, people don't have a choice about whether or not to use their dryers----they simply don't have one. So have a look at this global dry-fest!

flyingsuitcase  Venice, Italy
                                                                
 runran  Rajasthan,  India
gurms   Hong Kong

austinevan     Paris, in the winter!
Wonderlane  Guadalajara, Mexico
Lyndi&Jason  Singapore


nerdcoregirl   Vietnam
fletcherjcm  Tokyo, Japan
 
jgmarcelino   Korea


 edkohler  Croatia
Rachel Strohm  Ghana

Saturday, July 18, 2015

I Lost My Mind When I Fell To Earth...

No, I haven't been in outer space lately (though I dearly wish I could see Pluto's ice mountains in person!)---but I have been in another dimension....The Oregon Country Fair.


I spotted this critter on the path, what a wacky costume!


This gnome couple were very charming :)


My favorites by far this year were the Shiva-people:



This is one of the main things I love about the Fair---the random, artistic processions. I also love the larger-scale public art. There was a lot of that in the new area they opened up this year:

A giant humming bird made with recycled plastic bottles filled with colored water---and it glows at night!

Temple Borealis---so lovely, and I saw a wedding in it during the Fair!

The roof of Temple Borealis---stained glass constellations.

This wild sculpture seemed to be made of packing tape. It glowed different colors at night.






The "NU" area contained many of these Buddhist prayer cylinders that seem to have been fashioned out of recycled steel drums:





These fabric chakra posters were beautiful in the day, but at night they were even more spectacular as different lights shone on them to highlight different parts:






There was a stage in the Nu Area where they were putting on fairy tale plays---I missed it this year, maybe next year I'll get to see some:





These charming sailboats lit up during the evening:





Another beautiful Fair, come and gone :)


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