I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family. Matthew and I surprised his Mother and family by showing up for dinner a few minutes beforehand. Only his brother knew we were coming back so it was organized well. Thankfully someone recorded a video of Matthew walking in the front door and it’s the sweetest reaction his mom could make – crying and yelling. It was really special coming back to Cleveland for a few days to see his (my) family.
We had such a ordeal getting to Cleveland though. This is how the schedule went:
Wednesday 12:00PM – Say goodbye to our kitties and make them all kiss me. 4 times.
Wednesday- got to airport with plenty of time to spare as everyone says the busiest day at the airport is the day before Thanksgiving. There were no lines. Spent 2 hours waiting watching Tudors.
Wednesday 2:30PM – supposed to start boarding plane right now.
Wednesday 3:00PM – started to board the plane.
Wednesday 4:00PM – still sitting on the runway. Pilot comes on and tells us the plane is having mechanical issues.
Wednesday 4:30PM – we’re back sitting inside the airport now. They say they are bring in parts from another airport. This doesn’t seem good. But they say don’t panic, we’ll be fine.
Wednesday 5:00PM – Don’t panic, you’ll be fine, American Airlines says.
Wednesday 6:00PM – Don’t panic, you’ll be fine, American Airlines says.
Wednesday 7:00PM – Don’t panic, you’ll be fine, American Airlines says.
Wednesday 8:30PM – Panic, the flight is cancelled.
Wednesday 8:31PM – Passengers are either angry or crying because they can’t find any other flights for Thursday morning.
Wednesday 9:00PM – America Airlines tells us that they found Matthew and I a flight with another carrier in the morning, we should be ok. They pay for a cab to go back home to sleep for the night. Cats are confused why we’re back because their party was just beginning.
Wednesday 11:00PM – Call American Airlines because the flight they said we are now on is actually booked and it’s stating online that we are wait-listed. Other airline confirms the flight is booked. American Airlines is confused. They have no idea what to do with us.
Wednesday 11:30PM – After 4 calls back and forth, they get us a flight for the morning. We have to fly New York to Chicago to Cleveland with a 2 hour layover, but whatever, we’ll take it!
Thursday 3:00PM – Finally get to Cleveland!
Whew, that was a bit stressful.. but we made it!
When I know we’re leaving for a few days I try to lay on the love extra thick the few days prior. I know the cats miss us because when we leave they follow us to the door crying. Ok, maybe that’s just me crying but I still know they will miss us!
A few days prior I gave Bofinkles a few extra dance parties.
And when I wake up and see Brother, Goblin and Xanadu sprawled out on the couch keeping each other warm, I just melt into happiness again. Goblin and Brother are turning into best brother buddies. Brother might not admit to it but I saw him resting his head on Goblin a few days and accepting a kiss from him.
We have a sitter who stops by every day while we’re gone. While there, they write me up a full email with photos and stories of them all. He told me that Xanadu runs under the bed every time he arrives to get away from him. This is funny because Xanadu is Miss Popularity and the leader of the house. Hearing that she does this means she really doesn’t like this guy. She’s the best.
(Picture he took)
And because we really really really miss them all the time, we have a live camera (this is the one we have!) that runs all the time. That means we can watch them live, or go back in time and watch clips of them as it records any clips that are motion activated or sound activated. That means I can hear you Xanadu when you fight that Bofinkles. I can also see you Goblin when you steal that stuffed snowman and drag him away. I just logged in and this is what I saw when zoomed in. Goblin, sitting close to the camera, cleaning himself. Thanks Goblin, I appreciate it. Oh also the camera has sound both ways, which means I can talk to them and drive them crazy.
While we’re chit chatting about my beloved kitties, I wanted to show you one of my favorite cat finds of the year, the best litter mat ever. This is totally not sponsored, I am just sharing something that might change cat owners lives. Forever.
Do you have cats that love to track litter? Yeah, me too. Goblin is really bad at it. He loves playing in the litter, including rolling around in it. He basically puts his paws in the box and shovels litter outside to play with it. It creates a mess, which means multiple times during the day I have to vacuum it up.
(He looks guilty, doesn’t he?)
Then after many hours, days and months of searching online for the best way to keep the litter clean, I came across the Blackhole Cat Litter Mat. It had amazing reviews on Amazon and it said it was guaranteed to grab litter and prevent it from going outside of the mat. At first I didn’t believe it.
So I took the plunge and got one. I wanted to give it a few days of use before I could say if it worked or not. I let the mat collect the litter and immediately saw the amazing results. Every morning I would wake up and there would be NO (!) litter on the floor at all. It all collected inside the mat.
Did you remember seeing the messy litter tracking photo up above?
This is 5 days after I put the mat in.. do you even see one piece? I’m telling you, it’s amazing. Goblin is also wondering where all his litter is to play with!
If you are looking for a litter solution, please check these out. Life changing cat friends!
Now tell me… how do you keep in touch with your cats, dogs, rabbits, etc while you’re away on a trip?
I’m heading back on Monday and I can’t wait to hug my babies!