Outsmarting Cats & My Parents Were Cool
I have 3 bottles of spray in my pet cupboard—No Mark, No Scratch, and No Stress. I'd drink the last one if I weren't afraid that I'd grow a fluffy tail and start meowing in my sleep. If the first two actually worked, I would have no need for the third. But, none of them work, so I'm constantly looking for ways to out wit, out play, and definitely out last my darling felines.
It's been a battle, to say the least. At first, I tried plastic storage covers, the flimsy, clear kind that are sold in hardware stores for moving or long-term furniture storage. They are like giant dry cleaner bags and could potentially suffocate a mischievious cat. Plus, they're really hard to sit on without sliding off the sofa.
Then, I tried a $60 fitted, canvas loveseat cover from Target. It was so loose and poorly fitted that it slid out of place all the time and exposed tempting leather corners to the cat-sharks who regularly patrol my living room looking for fresh furniture prey.
We ordered ours online from good ol' trusty True Value Hardware, $25.65 (plus tax & shipping) to fit our loveseat (58"L x 35"H x 35"D). It arrived without a hitch: http://bit.ly/ihk5Xi
Amazon carries the entire line of other sizes & configurations, as well as the one we purchased ($30.20 + tax, free shipping): http://amzn.to/hF7kf8
The cover has velcro closures on the inside of each corner that attach to the legs if you want to secure it in place. We pull ours off all the time and leave it on only when we're not around to guard the loveseat from the little bastards...I mean, the furry dears. Seriously, if this cover prevents four determined cats from clawing a leather sofa, it's a good product.
Now, for something fun!
My Parents Were Cool http://myparentswereawesome.tumblr.com/
I found out about this entertaining website when my husband's co-worker, Gary, posted the link on facebook. You can submit a photo of your parents directly through Tumblr or use their gmail addie (both links are available in the sidebar on the website). My parents were cool—that's my mom in the sizzlin' hot shorts next to my dad looking like Darrin Stephens, Lake Mead, Summer of '68—and I'll bet yours were, too!
Also pictured: My aunt, Beverley Jones Fisher; her husband, Chuck Fisher; my sisters, Brooke & Heidi Jones