One of our cats decided to make my power strip one of his – or her – territorial markers. Yeah, one of the perks of owning cats. Anyway, I decided to open it to hasten the drying process. To my surprise, it seems that it wasn’t just sprayed on but it was peed on!
The pee must have been sitting for quite some time (a day or two, in my opinion) as the contacts were already corroded when I checked them.
Still, I cleaned the power strip as best as I could and tried to salvage the damn thing. It then spent 3 days under the sun to make sure that it was completely dried off.
Tried it earlier today to see if it’s still usable but it isn’t. The power switch isn’t working properly and it’s making a hissing noise. Decided to throw it away instead of risking getting our house burned.
I’ve been using commercial dehumidifiers for quite some time now to keep my room and cabinets mold-free. But, in an effort to cut my spending this year, I decided to look for a cheaper alternative. So, naturally, I turned to Google for answers. My query “natural dehumidifiers for home” led me to several articles about charcoal and its dehumidifying power. Since charcoal is cheap, I promptly decided to check how effective it was.
So, I bought 5 packs of charcoal, filled several containers (all recycled!) with it, then left them in my room.
After a day, the air in my room seems fresher. I don’t know if my mind’s just playing tricks on me but the air in my room feels different. To double check if my DIY dehumidifiers were really working, I decided to place some charcoal in my sister’s less ventilated room. To my surprise, after a day, the air in her room not only felt fresher but smelled better too! CHARCOAL DOES WORK AS A DEHUMIDIFIER!
My cat, Ming, recently got rushed to the vet to get her ear fixed because she got feline aural hematoma. She’s really into Greco-Roman wrestling and MMA so I knew it was only a matter of time before this happened. “Small price to pay”, she told me before her surgery. Silly kitty.
But kidding aside, I must confess that taking care of a sick cat is hard. Well, taking care of a sick anything is hard but cats tend to turn, you know, murderous.
Right now, I’m having trouble giving Ming her antibiotic meds because she goes into this weird berserker mode (ala Wolverine) whenever she smells it. She’s all claws and fangs come medicine time. Yeah, the perks of owning a cat. I still love her, though.
But it’s not all bad. Ming with her cone of shame on is a sight to behold. Especially if you always wanted to see what a cat/lamp hybrid might look like.
While she does look silly with her cone on, she knows how to use it to her advantage. ALL YOUR FOODS BELONG TO MING!
We still have to wait several more days for her wounds to fully heal but the vet said her ear’s healing up nicely. Nice. =)
This year I’m keeping my resolutions simple because “be a better person” is too ambiguous a task and is really for those who don’t actually know what they want to do this year. Time to be proactive!
1. Go out more. So I can…
2. Blog more often. This is actually connected to my third new year’s resolution which is to…
3. Take more pictures. Which reminds me that I should…
4. Stop blowing into my lenses. Because getting one’s lens professionally cleaned is rather expensive and I need to…
5. Save money. So I can repeat resolution number 1 more often!
The stray cats that we also take care of:
Here are a few pictures I took from this year’s Lantern Parade. While they are all from the parade, they are more focused on the people rather than on the event itself; more of a behind-the-scenes look at the event than a parade coverage, really.
If you liked what you saw, there are a few more pics here.