Wordless Wednesday: Find Crepes

I’ve cleverly hidden myself in this photo. Find me. The prize is validation that you can see me, which really is prize enough.

I Hide. Find me.

I Hide. Find me.

Love,

Crepes.

PS. The peeps over at PAWsome cats did this neat interview with me and MomFOD. Come read us arguing discussing my IQ of 198 and my ability to teach Italian.

 

Tuesday Haikusday: The Great Shed For Earth Day

You guys!

It’s that time again, the time of the year when all of us, as a unit, begin our great purge, our great cleansing, our spring cleaning where we donate our unnecessary coats to the world and coat our houses in homemade love glitter. It is time for The Great Shed. I will now wax poetic about this most important time of the year and then discuss some ways you can use The Great Shed to promote a better world for Earth Day. Eh hem…

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Tumbleweeds of fur

Scurry across wooden floors

in eddies of air.

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Oh! Cat explosion

during dinner, lunch, and snacks.

Fur is all around.

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Groom, lick, hairball. Ack!

Sorry ’bout your magazine.

And your left shoe, too.

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Since today is Earth day, I would like to offer some suggestions on how to combine it with The Great Shed.

Here are some thoughts on how you can use your unneeded fur:

  • Give it to birds to make nests. Groom it off and throw it out into the wind!
  • Collect it and make small effigies of the pets it came from.
  • Stuff it into pillows (or blankets if you have a giant dog)
  • Take it camping and use it for insulation and kindling
  • Make mustaches and sell them to costume shops and under-employed actors/musicians

What other ideas do you have for Earth Day?

Love,

Crepes.

PS. Alana here. Please don’t do any of those things Crepes suggested with fur. It’s very silly and I don’t know any actors or musicians who would wear those mustaches, not even me. The birds are probably the only ones who might appreciate some fur for their nests.

In all seriousness, Earth Day is important! Please take a moment today to consider what you can do to make our Earth a better place to live. In an overcrowded world, we all need to pitch in because the little things will add up. Some things I would like to suggest are:

Our newest Fig tree next to our three year old potted evergreen.

Our newest Fig tree next to our three-year-old potted evergreen.

  • Cut up your six-pack rings so animals don’t get caught in them. A few snips can save lives (sort of like neutering your pets!)
  • Turn the water off while you soap up your dishes and only let it run while you rinse.
  • Refuse bags at the grocery store if you can; use the ones you do take to clean litter boxes and walk your dog instead of buying specially-made ones
  • Don’t fertilize your lawns, ESPECIALLY if you live near a pond or other water source. The excess nitrogen gets into the water and causes all sorts of issues that require more chemicals to stabilize.
  • Plant a tree, even if it’s a small one! We just planted a small fig tree in a pot, and we have a little evergreen and a maple in pots on the balcony. Every bit helps.
  • Experiment with gardening, even if it’s only in a container. Grow some food for yourself to help ease the burden on the food system.
  • Use bio-degradable cat litter, like the kind you can flush down the toilet. It’s better for your kitties and the world!

What will you do to support Earth day? Let us know in the comments!

Thank you to Ann from Zoolatry for the Earth day Graphic!

Thank you to Ann from Zoolatry for the Earth day Graphic!

 

Saturday Special: Ukrainian Easter Basket Day!

You guys!

I don’t normally post on Saturday, as you know, but I wanted to share with you a bit of culture. You see, today is Ukrainian Easter basket day! If you happen to live within the vicinity of a Ukrainian church, you may notice people walking around with covered baskets. That’s because, each Saturday before Easter, Ukrainians make a special basket to carry to church to bless the foods that will be eaten in the next morning’s meal.

This year's pysanky! MomFOD decorated a few traditionally in the two colors, and then skipped a few days worth of work and shrink wrapped the rest.

This year’s pysanky! MomFOD decorated a few traditionally in the two colors, and then skipped a few days worth of work and shrink wrapped the rest. There’s still a bit of wax left on that blue one in front.

There are a few parts that make up the basket:

The babka or paska: a special Easter bread that’s delicious!

The pysanky decorated eggs. These eggs are usually decorated with geometric shapes, many of which represent designs from ancient pagan times, before Christianity came to the area that is now Ukraine. The eggs are usually designed with a kistka and beeswax and then dyed, although to save time we sometimes use Ukrainian shrink wrap. A modern convenience!

We also include salt, sausage, ham, horseradish, and butter, and adorn the basket with vines like the barvinok (periwinkle). Some people tuck in other things they want blessed like rosaries or other personal items. A candle is placed within the basket and lit during the blessing.

Another important part that we include is the rushnyk, a special type of ritual cloth. In our house, MomFOD has a very special one that was hand-stitched by her Baba (grandma) and was one of the last pieces of embroidery she made before she passed away.

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Baba’s hand-stitched rushnyk

Of course, every year in our family SOMETHING gets set on fire by the basket candle, and one year it was gramFOD’s sleeve! Haha.

Our Easter basket with a special rose-shaped butter made by Baba.

Our Easter basket with a special rose-shaped butter made by Baba.

Baba with her basket in 2010.

Baba with her basket in 2010.

We hope you enjoyed this small peek into our culture and don’t mind our sharing it with you. We’re very proud of our traditions and do our best to keep them up. Happy Basket Day, everyone!

Love,

Alana and Crepes.

MomFOD and Baba, Easter 2010.

MomFOD and Baba, Easter 2010.