The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

Grizzy’s big adventure

This morning I looked outside onto the patio and saw a stray cat. I thought “Oh, cool, we have another feral friend! Who happens to be black! …who also happens to be MY black cat!” Cue freakout.

Yes, it was Grizzy standing out there on the patio. I looked down at the screen door, which was closed, and saw that the screen had pulled away from the bottom. Not much, but he’s a slim G. He must have slipped outside when I wasn’t looking.

Thankfully I was able to get him back inside but ugh. That was scary. I kept the door open only a crack today, and on my way home from work I stopped by the hardware store to get some tools to fix the screen. I don’t know what I’d do if he got lost!

You're staying on this side of the screen from now on, buster G.

You’re staying on this side of the screen from now on, buster G.


The water fountain, part two

I wanted to do a follow up post about the cats’ new drinking fountain. It’s wonderful! I love how it looks and sounds. It was so easy to set up, and I think cleaning will be very easy, too. There was the option to buy carbon to filter the water, but seeing as I already use a water filter, I passed on that. Still, it’s a nice option to have.

Some time back I saw a similar fountain at a pet supplies store and thought it was so cool. A friend suggested I look at Etsy, which is where I found this one. I thought they were so pretty, but I was also looking for something better for the cats. Sophie and Grizzy didn’t seem to like the water bowl by their food dishes. When I had a piano, I would sit on the couch and put a glass of water there when I watched tv. I began to notice that every time I did, the cats would try and drink out of it. Eventually I put a little bowl there, which they loved. However, they’d often splash (it was a tiny bowl), and I’ve since moved some things around.

They seemed to miss the water bowl in that spot, so I looked into options. I found this fountain and thought “Maybe that’s the way to go.” One thing I really liked about it was it’s not so large as far as height goes. Some of the ones I’ve seen at stores are pretty high, kind of shaped like pagodas. I like the shape of this one–it’s so zen-like, something I need, hehe.

I was pleased it came so quickly and set-up was a snap. Within seconds the cats were at it and drinking from it. Win! Originally I had the pump running a little faster, so the water bubbled higher, but I’ve since lowered it. I think Grizzy prefers this. When it was high, he kept trying to bite the water! Now they are both drinking from it instead of biting. 😉

As expected, there were a couple more litter balls than usual this morning. And they were bigger, too. All this is fine by me. I’m glad the cats are drinking and I’m so happy I found a fountain we all like. 🙂

Sophie had to get in the shot.

Sophie had to get in the shot.

...and then she had to have a drink.

…and then she had to have a drink.

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My 100th Post!

Took forever, I know. But here is something special to commemorate the event: a kitty water fountain!

I purchased it via Etsy from Thirsty Cat Fountains. Shipping was speedy, communication was clear, and the fountain is wonderful! Grizzy was a little suspicious at first (I love how he tried to “bite” the water), but Sophie dove right in. Based on how much she drank, I have a feeling the litter box will be quite full tomorrow morning. 🙂

I’m really pleased with how it looks, but also how quiet it is and how easy it was to set up. You can also adjust the water speed/height, so now the bubbling is a little more subdued. A wonderful product. Next up, cat shelves!


Sophie and the shoes

Sophie sure seems to have a thing for my shoes. (She’s such a girl.) When we play with her strings-on-a-stick toys, she always seems to retreat to my shoes. She’ll hide behind them, on them, or in them, like they are a little fortress. It’s so cute.

Miss Sophie seems to like my shoes.

Miss Sophie seems to like my shoes.

Shoe love.

Shoe love.

In other news, Happy September! I am always excited about new months, and this one is no different. I’m looking forward to many things:

  • Cooler weather
  • Training for my 10K next month
  • Focusing on some new goals I’ve set

    I so cannot wait for this humidity to go away. For one, I have a few items I want to paint and painting in this humidity ain’t happening. Also, I recently got my hair hacked cut and it’s a little shorter than I’d like. This is usually not a big deal (after all, it’ll grow); but it’s curly. And curly hair + 100% humidity = shrinkage. I suppose given some of the un-fun life things going on, this is relatively trivial, but eh. It’s still a pain.

    Still, it’s September, and that is a good thing. 🙂

    Do you get excited about new months? Got anything exciting planned for this month?