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Celery Cat Nip

January 20th, 2015 at 06:10 am

**BM is doing a science experiment with celery plants.

So I come home the other day and our cat is completely and totally BONKERS. He can be a hyper and troublesome cat anyway but he has substantially mellowed after a couple of years with us.

All I could think was... EARTHQUAKE. My dh thinks I am totally insane but there is science to back that up. I will never forget in the Loma Prieta quake when all the birds outside started squawking right before the big quake. (We don't particularly live in earthquake territory though so this pre-earthquake like behavior was a little perplexing. Like holy crap WHAT is coming?? We can feel quakes far away if they are large enough).

Dh is always the smart one that figures these things out. He had noticed that the cat had been particularly enamored with the celery plants. I jumped on the computer hoping we didn't carelessly leave out poisonous plants! Thankfully, that was not it. But what I saw immediately was that some cats react to celery leaves like they are catnip. HA! Dh called it.

The cat has kept out of the plants since and has mellowed out again. I keep expecting to come home to find plants everywhere and the science experiment ruined. Will see... He seems to be staying away from them - maybe that celery high was a bit too much for him.

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One of my recent posts I mentioned a lack of things to buy or a lack of a material wish list at this point.

Of course, I Am well aware we have stuff to maintain and to eventually replace and yadda yadda. It just seems to me that maintaining seems to be a generally much cheaper phase of life than the "accumulation" phase.

So I am sitting back and seeing what has been very low on our priority list and what is floating up to the top now that we really have no purchase priorities?

I have a GAP sweatshirt that I bought in like high school (20 years ago?) that I wear at night. It doesn't need replacing in the slightest but I thought "more than one night sweatshirt" might be nice. It's been kind of "meh" since we have done so much laundry with the kids. Especially when they were in diapers. But you know, I can probably afford a second warm night shirt now and we aren't doing as much laundry as we had been. Going longer between washes... So, I bought a couple from Gap online. Didn't see the exact same thing but thought I'd gamble that they are still making half the quality they did in the 1990s. Who knows. Their stuff was on sale. I actually gambled on a large boys' sweatshirt (it actually fit and I really like it) and then just got a large mens' sweatshirt. I figured if the boys' one was too small I could just give it to the kids. It's what looked closest to what I Wanted and both were on clearance. Of course they had nothing like my incredible sweatshirt!

That's my January improvement, I suppose.

February? I am thinking toilet seat. Our toilet seat has gotten scratched up for whatever reason. I think we should buy one and see how we like it. If we find a nice seat then probably should just replace the other two. I don't know that the other two are messed up but they do have some stains. At the least, would be nice to have a new toilet seat in the guest bath. This will be a very nice but inexpensive improvement. I see all the toilet seats these days are "slow closing". That will be nice actually. Our weather is too mild to care about warm seats and stuff like that (though I saw a lot of those too).

7 Responses to “Celery Cat Nip”

  1. doingitallwrong Says:

    I love the old Gap sweatshirts, I have a couple I still rat around in but they're full of holes, paint, etc. these days. Still super-comfy, though!

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Your celery catnip story is hilarious! Glad it's sorted though.. And replacing toilet seats is a good idea, they do get worn after a while.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    That's funny about the celery.

    Unfortunately, toilet seats are another thing that "they just don't make 'em like they used to." You'd think there wouldn't be a lot of room for something so simple to go down in quality, but, well, they have. Look at more than one brand. Look at all price levels, and open the box rather than judging by display models alone. We found paint flaws, sharp edges (yikes!), warped products, both plastic and metal hardware put on crooked.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    I bought a toilet seat a few months ago. Basically, what I found at the big box stores was 2 types: wood (painted) or plastic. I bought plastic but found it too flimsy and exchanged it for wood.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is just too funny about the celery ... I ought to test it out with Kari - she's immune to cat nip.

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    Too funny about the celery.. Never heard of that, so it's good to know. Smile

  7. Looking Forward Says:

    PS. We bought nice, soft close, heavy plastic toilet seats from Amazon.. Not cheap I think they were about $45/each, but they've been really good.

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