Monday Spark & an Ikea Hack

Last year, before Marv arrived and before Ninja, Kozmo and Jo Jo came to visit, Mom figured she better create a catio. The deck in the townhouse is a great place to spend the days and evenings in the summer. HOWEVER there is a major highway running past the front of the condo.

Cats is escape artists and trying to keep them on the deck could be almost impossible. First she hoped that she could makes one that went over the window. But buying the wood would has been too expensive. Mom was in Ikea and came home with a Hejne shelving unit for the kitchen when her gears in her brain started to churn.

Instead of building the unit for the kitchen, she went back to Ikea and bought 3 smaller shelves. The following Catio cost less than $100 to make!


It was the painting that tooked the longest! The wood really soaked up the paint.


First…she painted the the 4 corner posts and the wide shelves she was going to use for the top and bottom.


After putting on the 3 shelfs…Mom realized she needed a support that went top and bottom in the middle of one of the ends.Off she went to the hardware store for a 1/2″x2″x 8′ board, and then more waiting for paint to dry.

After screwing on the board to support each shelf, Mom stapled on the screening (she bought a sliding door kit).


Here it is (sans cats).

IkeaHack5It fits up against the sliding door. Yes there is room for a person to get out when they open the screen wide!

Fast forward to Friday…see the closest bottom corner…? Well Mom kind of did not think carefully about how she put on the screening and that whole side came up tight – she could not wrap it around the corner to staple it and figured that it would hold…WRONG…

Chasing one of the burds, Marv poked his paw through and then Marv pushed and clawed and ripped the screen and made a hole and he went for a walk about on the deck.

Mom caught him jumping up onto the divider between us and the next townhouse. Marv was banished to the inside!

Today, Mommy fixed it!!


Please excuse the dirty deck. Mom fixed the catio instead of scrubbing the deck today. I think that Marv is glad that she did!


Would Mom do anything differently? Well, she would have used a different color of paint. She painted it white to match the townhouse trim, but now she would have painted it brown. She varnished the shelves and they are stained from the mold/mildew that grow during the winter here. It does wash off though. She will get rid of that with vinegar when she scrubs the deck.

Sparks Badge

Now for my Spark! Marv really, really wanted to walk on the deck and he found a way.

When Mom read this quote by Mark Twain she and I just had to make it the Spark! Mes is walking on air!!!


We don’t know if McGuffy’s will be hosting the Sparks, but mes is going to keeps posting them anyway!  She says “I truly do believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. There is hope. Together, we can light up the entire world!


Mes is at Awe Mondays at Comedy Plus


Here is my Awww





Happy Mother’s Day!


Hey Mom! Who is calling us before 8 am on Sunday!

Don’t they know it’s OUR day to sleep in?


It’s Alex! He’s calling to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day!?!

He is in Halifax and it is lunch time…so that is why he called so early.


Mom…I did not know…I want to give you something furry special to me…because you are the MOST special to me…


Ratty!!! You can play with him ALL day!


Oh! I want to wish Happy Mother’s Day to all my Furrends Cat Moms!

And I made a card for them (and you Mom)


I’m participating in the Cat on My Head’s Selfie Sunday.

Click to go to their page to see the other participants!


Floods and Art! Oh! My!

About 3 years ago, Nellie and I moved to Vancouver.

Dave (the Dad) Kozmo, Jo Jo and Cinnamon still live in Midway BC, It is a teeny tiny very rural village of 680 people sitting right on the Canada-US border.


The Kettle River flows behind the house. Throughout most of the year it looks very much like the picture above. This year there has been a very large snow pack (200% over normal) and with warm weather and rain…yesterday the river rose to almost 2 feet above the record levels set in 1948 of 21.2 feet. It reached 23 feet (flood stage is 17 feet). Further, the whole of southern BC is flooding and with the heavy and deep snow pack…we will have high water levels for much longer than normal.

behind the house

The people across the Kettle River had been under evacuation order since yesterday morning. Our house sits on the high side of the river…but Dave said another foot of water could have seen it in our yard and 2 more feet in the basement. I don’t know yet how our friends across the river have fared. I am praying there is not a whole lot of damage.

I had my own business in Grand Forks, BC for years, and the city has been hit extremely hard. They sit on the confluence of 3 rivers…the Kettle, the Granby and the North Fork.


Above is a shot of the main street. I’ve posted a video of the main highway through town on my Facebook page. Several longtime businesses (particularly an Art Gallery and a Book Store) have been hit very hard and most likely will not reopen. The cleanup will be tougher than after the fires 3 summers ago especially for those who rebuilt after the fire to lose it in this flood.


Onto happier things!

For this week’s art, Marv wanted something special…something to commemorate Avengers the Infinity War...He wanted to be in a CARTOON!

We followed a Photoshop tutorial…we only had to start over once and it took about 2 hours to complete. I believe that doing it a second time would only take about an hour. There are a few things I would change on a second go round, but I will try it again, with a more colorful picture.


Please click on the button to go to Athena Cat Goddess’ blog to see all the other great art! There is a lot of fabulous art in the blogosphere and you can see some at the Caturday Art Blog Hop!!