Friday, September 22, 2017

Guest Room Aftermath

KATIE:  It's about time. Once again this blue chair is mine, all mine.

WAFFLES:  I kind of liked hanging out with Miss Laura in her bed. She smells nice. 

KATIE:  Seriously,'ll sleep with anyone. 

WAFFLES:  Not anyone, Boss. I still haven't slept with you.

KATIE:  In your dreams, Waffles. 

And my nightmares. 

About Today's Photos
We said goodbye to our friend Miss Laura, a.k.a Z-Girl from Squeedunk Cats this morning. When Glogirly got home from dropping her at the airport, both Katie and Waffles were sleeping peacefully in her room. Curled up in the blankets sheets. Pretty sure Katie was claiming her territory back, but Waffles was clearly wondering where his new sleeping pal had gone. 

A fabulous time was had by all! And though we don't have photographic proof, nor do we expect you to even believe us - Katie allowed Z-Girl three brief pets. This makes Z-Girl one of only two people other than immediate family to ever make physical contact with Katie. And one of those two was the vet, so that hardly counts!

WAFFLES:  Z-Girl! Where are you??? 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tail Envy #WafflesWednesday

WAFFLES:  Did you know my tail is almost TWICE as long as the Boss' tail? She calls me a nature freak.

KATIE:  Freak of Nature, Waffles. FREAK of NATURE.

WAFFLES:  Jeez, Boss. You don't have to freak out on me.

KATIE:  I'm not freaking out, Waffles. You're the–

WAFFLES:   Boss, if you like my tail so much, just say so and I'll borrow it to you.

KATIE:  A 15" striped orange tail? *shakes head* I don't know how you mancats walk around with those things.

About Today's Photos
Today's tail pics are from a number of our favorite posts. Waffles' ego may have grown over the years, but his magnificent, mancat-tail is holding strong at 15". That's right, ladies...15" of orange, striped hunka-hunka love.

Monday, September 18, 2017

That Cat Lady Magic

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, so what do you think of the new Cat Lady? Did you smell her yet?

KATIE:  Smell her? Are you kidding? She'll be lucky if I let her in the same room as me.

*24 hours later*

Wait, What???
Our dear friend Z-Girl from Squeedunk Cats is visiting us here in the mountains. It's a little R&R, hiking, sightseeing, wine and of course... cats.

Waffles isn't the only one who's been warming up to our latest houseguest. Many have tried but few have succeeded in making contact (amicable contact, that is) with Katie. We call that Cat Lady Magic.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Calm Before the Houseguest Storm

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, you sure have been napping a long time.

KATIE:  We're cats, Waffles. That's what we do. 

WAFFLES:  Yeah, but are you ever going to let me nap in Glogirly's chair by the window? 

KATIE:  Maybe when the next round of houseguests arrive. I'll be stationed in the walk-in closet. Threat level orange.

WAFFLES:  Orange? Our houseguest is orange?

KATIE:  Of course not, Waffles. *Yawn* But she's a cat lady, so expect lots of smells and a layer of foreign fur on her clothes. 

WAFFLES:  You mean like from France?

We've got a surprise guest arriving for a mountain visit tomorrow, all the way from Jersey City. She's a dear friend of Glogirly and an admirer of Katie and Waffles. In fact, she was admiring Katie before there even was a Waffles.

We call that Pre-Waffles, or as Katie refers to it, The Calm Before the Orange Cat Storm.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waffles On the Computer #WafflesWednesday

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss! I think I should start my own blog.

KATIE:  We already have a blog, Waffles.

WAFFLES:  Yeah but it's not really my blog. It's all pink and girly. I want mine.

KATIE:  There's a lot that goes into blogging, Waffles. Are you sure you're up to the task?

WAFFLES:  I think I'll name it "Waffles the Amazing-Handsome-Supercat."  Do you like it, Boss? It's got a ring, doesn't it?

KATIE:  It's got something alright. 

WAFFLES:  Cool. I'm all set. Now I just have to spend the day on the computer. 

KATIE:  Aren't you going to start writing? 

WAFFLES:  Writing? What writing? I'm busy. Can't you see I'm on the computer?

KATIE:  Waffles, blogging isn't about spending the whole day ON the computer.

WAFFLES:  What do you mean? That's what Glogirly does.

About Today's Photos
Rest assured, Waffles is most certainly not starting his own blog. Gloman was in town for 11 glow-rious days. Plenty of time some man-to-mancat bonding.

Of course, Glogirly and Katie were tickled to be with him too and are already counting the days until his next visit. If weather permits, Glogirly, Katie and Waffles just might squeeze in an October road trip back to Minneapolis. WooHoo!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Waffles and Katie's Neighborhood Watch

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, where'd the neighbors go? I haven't seen them in forever.

KATIE:  Waffles, it's not polite to watch the neighbors. Especially with binoculars.

WAFFLES:  But if they don't catch me looking at them, it's like I never looked. Right?

KATIE:  You mean like if you steal food from my dish but I don't catch you in the act, you never stole it?

WAFFLES:  There's food in your dish???

About Today's Photos
As the seasons start to shift and we head into fall, we're saying goodbye to some of our most favorite "neighbors." Our mountain home has been a hot spot for the local hummingbirds all summer long. Glogirly's homemade juice is top on our hummingbird's favorite menu and we've seen 100s of these fast-flying beauties. But September 1 marks their gradual migration south. There are still a couple of stragglers filling up on nectar before their long trip to warmer weather. We're sure going to miss them!

Paws crossed that our deer family and the little red fox stop by for a visit. Until then, Katie and Waffles will have to resort to Nat Geo and Netflix for their wildlife viewing pleasure.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Anniversary to the Kitty Loving Couple that put the GLO in GLOGIRLY

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, what's it like to be an old married couple? 

KATIE:  How would I know, Waffles?

WAFFLES:  Because you're old and we're a couple?

KATIE:  Waffles, you're on thin ice. 

WAFFLES:  Ice? But it's not even winter. 

KATIE:  Waffles, today is Glogirly and Gloman's wedding anniversary. THEY'RE the only couple around here. You and I are not a couple. Understand?

WAFFLES:  Are you sure? Maybe we could elope or something.

KATIE:  Waffles, we can't elope.

WAFFLES:  You mean like melons?

KATIE:  *sigh*

WAFFLES:  Is a wedding anniversary the same as a Gotcha Day? Did they gotcha each other? Like from the shelter?

KATIE:  I'm pretty sure they didn't get each other at the shelter. That's not usually how it works.

WAFFLES:  They got YOU at the shelter though, right? Isn't it your Gotcha Day too? Will you tell me the story again, Boss? Will you?

KATIE:  Fine, Waffles. If you promise to behave. No food stealing, no fur sniffing and no meowing back.

WAFFLES:  Got it, Boss. Food, fur, meow.

Once upon a time...
KATIE:  I bet you didn't know that this is the photo that started it all. It was the picture we used on our very first blog header way back when I started every blog post with, "Hi Everyone, Katie here."

I was an anniversary present. A nice man with kind brown eyes and a deep voice adopted me for someone he said was very, very special. This special someone had no idea what he was doing. It was going to be a HUGE surprise. He'd been hinting around ... telling her that he was working on her anniversary 'kit.'

She was thinking maybe a kit for washing her car, or a kit of accessories for her iPod or something.

Little did she know, 'kit' was short for kitten.

It was love at first sight.

Gloman's given Glogirly some very special anniversary gifts over the years. He's always really creative and silly about how he gives her presents. Sometimes he'll hide cards by her toothbrush or tucked inside her makeup bag. One year he hid a beautiful watch in the refrigerator next to the milk and butter.

But the most special gift of all was a little black and white kitten with a purple bow around her neck and a tiny little tag that read, "Happy Anniversary."  

The Story Behind the Story
Over the years we've shared the hopelessly romantic story of how Glogirly and Gloman met. ...and how they came to be Glogirly and Gloman. If you're new to the blog and like a sappy love story, turn off the Lifetime channel and click the story link below. If you already know the story and want to read it again, well that's your problem. 

It's proof that love is everywhere. 
And when you least expect it, love might just tap you on the shoulder.

Prayers ♥︎
Our hearts are heavy with concern and fear for our friends in the paths of so many natural disasters hitting our beautiful country. We're praying for the people and pets of Texas east to Florida, for those that have been hit by Harvey and are in the path of Irma. 

There's a blanket of smoke hovering over our Colorado mountains that is a constant reminder to us of the terrifying and devastating wildfires raging from California and Oregon to Montana and Wyoming. The west is truly on fire. Be safe, our friends. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Waffles' Smells are Ringing Bells GIVEAWAY - Win Tidy Cats® New LightWeight Ammonia Blocker and $1,000 Container Store Gift Card

This blog post is sponsored by Tidy Cats®.

WAFFLES:  Do, Do-Do.  Do, Do-Do.

KATIE:  Seriously, Waffles. Enough already with the Do Do-Do. I know what's going on and that smell rings a bell.

WAFFLES:  You mean like a doorbell? Or Christmas bells? It's not even Halloween yet, Boss.

KATIE:  Waffles, just Do, Do-Do your business and move on. You're not the only one who has to use the litter box, you know. The quicker we make this, the less I have to smell–

WAFFLES:  But Boss, Glogirly says our new litter blocks the smelly stuff. Something about ammonia, whatever that is.

KATIE:  If only they could make a litter that would block you from my peace and quiet.

WAFFLES:  *raspberry*


WAFFLES:  Wow, someone woke up on the wrong side of the litter box.

No Ammonia Smell? Really.
One of the fringe benefits of Katie and Waffles' whole food diet is a greatly diminished litter box smell when it comes to #2. But there's been little we could do about the ammonia smell that often lingers behind when it comes to #1. We've been very pleased with how the new Tidy Cats LightWeight with Ammonia Blocker has performed. When they say it blocks ammonia odor for two weeks, they really do mean it. 

We have three litter boxes, each located in different areas of our home. We tried out Tidy's new litter in two of them and even left one unscooped for a few days more than our normal scooping schedule. Both of the Tidy boxes remained odor free...even the one with more clumps hanging around than normal. 

With just two cats, we don't go through nearly as much litter each month as some of our friends. But even still, the weight can really add up. With a standard-weight litter, we go through about 40 pounds every 3-4 weeks. And we order it online, 120 pounds at a time! (Apologies to our UPS man.) Tidy's lightweight litters cut that amount in half. 

Dust, Tracking & Scent
Many lightweight litters can tend to be a little dustier than their standard-weight counterparts. We were thrilled to discover this is not the case with this new formula. The dust was very minimal, even when pouring the litter into an empty box. 

Tracking was on par with virtually all the litters we've tried out. There's always going to be some just outside the box, but it's not excessive and in our experience, doesn't track outside the bathroom into the other rooms at all.

We'll be honest, we're not fans of scented litters and that's something we've shared with Tidy Cats before. We would LOVE it if they were to offer a fragrance-free formula, lightweight or not. So when Glogirly went to the store to pick out our litter for this test and review, she opened up all of the new Ammonia-Blocker jugs so she could compare the various scents. One, in particular was very subtle, with a mild, clean and fresh scent. It's the Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions, 'Clear Springs'. It's just as mild at home as it was in the store and we've been pleasantly surprised at how much we don't even notice the scent at all. 

If you're sensitive to fragrance like we are, we highly recommend this particular formula, though we also understand if you suffer from asthma or allergies, you may need to stick to a strictly fragrance-free litter. 

Available Now and $2 Off
We picked up the new Tidy Cats LightWeight with Ammonia Blocker at our local grocery store, but it's also available in pet supply stores and at plenty of online retailers. Tidy Cats has a spiffy retailer locater to help you find it HERE

Click HERE to download a $2 coupon so you can give it a try too.

An INCREDIBLE Giveaway Opportunity!
Tidy Cats LightWeight with Ammonia Blocker has helped us improve our litter boxes, litter rooms,  even our whole house. Think of it as a mini-home improvement project. So we're tickled to be able to offer our friends and readers an opportunity to do a little home improvement of their own. 

*Drum Roll* ...are you ready?

We're giving away five product coupons for Tidy Cats® LightWeight AND a $1,000.00 gift card to The Container Store! (One of Glogirly's favorite home improvement and lets-get-organized places to shop.)
WAFFLES:  Wait, what?

GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCER VOICE: Yes, a $1,000.00 gift card to The Container Store. 

WAFFLES:  A store with nothing but containers? You mean like boxes? Me-WOW. 

One winner will be randomly selected to receive five free product coupons for Tidy Cats® Lightweight Litter with Ammonia Blocker and one $1,000.00 gift card for The Container Store. Though prizes can only ship to a US address, readers worldwide are invited to enter. Should the winner reside outside the US, they may gift their prize to a US friend or shelter. Winner will receive an email notifying them of their win and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, their prize will be forfeited and another winner will be randomly selected. Deadline to enter is September 12, 2017 @ 11:59pm EST. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Void where prohibited. Giveaway is sponsored by TidyCats®. 

FTC Disclosure: This post and giveaway is sponsored by Tidy Cats®, which means that we were paid to create and feature this content. Regardless of the payment received, we only feature products and services we use and/or feel would be relevant to our readers.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Waffles and the Stud Finder

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss! Glogirly's stud finder really works. Look! She's pointing it at me and it's beeping like crazy! 

KATIE:  Clearly this thing is defective if it thinks you're a stud, Waffles. It's supposed to find studs in the wall

WAFFLES:  You mean we there are other handsome mancats in our wall???

WAFFLES:  I don't have to share my breakfast with them, do I?

About Today's Photos
Gloman is back in the mountains with us to celebrate his and Glogirly's 15th wedding anniversary later this week. (YAY!) He drove this time and arrived at about 2:00am on Saturday. 

And he arrived with a very special gift. 

Our new home has some pretty incredible walls for showcasing his photography. The main entry has been patiently waiting for the perfect photo and that's exactly what Gloman had hidden in the back of his SUV. They spent most of yesterday afternoon finding studs in the wall to support the weight of it, measuring, centering, leveling and then doing it all again when Glogirly realized her measuring and math was WAY off. But it's up now and looking fabulous! Even Waffles approves.

Glogirly is absolutely in love with it and he's pretty proud of it too. He shot it in Antelope Canyon on a trip they took together six years ago. Antelope Canyon is in Page, Arizona and is famous for its beautiful "slot" canyons located on private Navajo land. The photo is particularly special because Glogirly was right by Gloman's side when he captured it, holding his tripod and extra camera. They had a guide bring them (and about 30+ other people) into the small canyon at exactly noon, when the light shines perfectly overhead through the "slots". That is what's creating the gorgeous beam of light. 

The inside of the canyon is surprisingly small. In fact, some of the passageways are so narrow that only one person can fit through it at a time.  

What you can't see in the photo are those 30+ other people standing shoulder to shoulder while the guide is making sure none of them are in Gloman's shot.

When she closes her eyes, Glogirly can still feel the cold sandstone walls on her fingertips and the warmth of the sunbeams on her back. It's every bit as magical as it appears in the photo. 
This is just one of the reasons Gloman loves photography so much. His images are like living memories of special places and experiences with the people he loves. 

(Perhaps that's also why he takes so many photos of Katie and Waffles!)

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