Some months back a friend I met through the blog introduced me to a Maori phrase:
It became somewhat of a mantra to me and my partner – whenever I was struggling I would say it to myself, and if both of us were struggling we would say it to each other. It wasn’t until I wrote it on my hand a few times, so I could see it as a visual reminder, that I had a thought – why not get it tattooed there?
I had it tattooed a week ago. It took less than two minutes and is now virtually fully healed. Every time I see it I can’t help but smile, it is perfect and a fantastic reminder to keep on truckin’!
So thank you Maureen for introducing me to such an inspirational phrase 🙂
We’ve done yet more tidying today. Hours and hours of tidying. I spent a while researching pet-safe ways to clean the carpet (birds have sensitive respiratory systems so I worry about the quail); we recently used Shake ‘n’ Vac in our porch to get rid of some really tough mud stains, and it worked well but I wouldn’t use it in a room where my dogs would frequently be, never mind the smaller pets!
I discovered baking powder.
Not only is it supposed to neutralise odours when you sprinkle it on the floor, but you can also mix it with water (or water and vinegar) and scrub at stains too.
I tried both. I used water, vinegar and baking powder to scrub at some stains, and I sprinkled the powder liberally in the dirtiest places. You then have to leave the powder for a few hours before vacuuming it up, or until the scrubbed patch is dry.
The water mix removed the stains really well – surprisingly well. As for getting rid of any smell, I don’t know. I feel like I’ve smelt a musty-carpet smell more since doing it bwahaha! Then again I didn’t do the whole room because we ran out of powder 😀
I’ve also been on the lookout for a quail poop scoop for quite some time. We bought a kitty litter scoop in, but the gaps are too big – the tiny quail poo just falls through! Today I spotted a fly swatter whilst out in town, and what d’ya know? It works great!
And we also spent some hours emptying some shelves out. I organised this within the past year but my partner (who is asleep with a really bad headache, so I won’t be mean 😛 ) has a habit of shoving things everywhere, so the shelves were a real mess.
I emptied every shelf, sorted the bits into related piles, washed the things down that needed it, and stacked everything again. We found all sorts of pet stuff we’d forgotten we had, including two bundles of apple & willow chew sticks which are quite expensive for what they are 🙂
Now there is an order, phew!
AND it was delivery day!
We got a Zooplus order (new Quest for Raiden, two bottles of salmon oil, and a XXL 42 inch crate) plus our new curtains arrived! They’re very grown up and adult-like btw haha 😉
The 42 inch crate is to be used as an extra sleeping area for the pups, and it’s also helpful for Kasper. If he gets over-excited, or if someone turns up unexpectedly, he can take himself to his crate…it works as both a cool down area and his safe place 🙂
Me and Kasper had a wonderful training and play session about an hour ago, it was so much fun! I haven’t played like that with him in forever 🙂
It was also the first time we’ve had a proper training session in a long time (have I mentioned I love having energy again?!) and I’m amazed at how well he did. He was doing tricks we haven’t done in 12+ months, tricks we’ve only done a few times, he’s started responding to the verbal cue “beg” instead of “can you do it again“, and his impulse control was as outstanding as ever. Woohoo!
Hey look, his first attempts:
He can hold it for up to 30 seconds too 🙂