The Age of Ma’am

Article first published as The Age of Ma'am on Blogcritics. Women enter “The Age of Ma’am” at different times because The Age is not tied to a specific birthday. Instead, The Ma’am Age is similar to The Ice Age, in that it describes both an era and an environment. … [Read more...]

What I Miss About Being A Seller

Selling your home in a buyer's market causes physical exhaustion, inflicts financial stress and delivers an emotional beating.  Sellers who enjoy these circumstances are as rare as cats with insomnia. We sold our place in 2010 after being on the market for what seemed like an eternity.  The next time we sell, it better be because we're moving to a tropical island.   … [Read more...]

Agents Are From Mars, Consumers Are From Venezuela

It is human nature to view oneself in terms of value, and others in terms of cost. This paradox is never more evident than in a business setting. No exception to the rule, Real Estate agents and consumers must coexist in an arena of disparate interests and subjective truths. In the search for common ground, … [Read more...]

Pearl and Saber Learn How to Gift-Wrap a Cat

Pearl and Saber are earning their Masters of Catness degrees through home-schooling. They decided to earn extra credits during the Christmas break in the hopes of graduating early. Saber enrolled them in a "Holiday Wrapping" course because he thought it was about hip-hop caroling.  They found out too late that it wasn't that kind of rapping. … [Read more...]

The Cat’s Guide to Preventing a House Sale

Listen up, fellow felines!  Your peeps are trying to sell your home out from underneath you.  And they haven't even asked permission, have they?   Everyone knows that we cats hate, hate, hate change.  Not like those silly dogs, so eager to explore new places.  We like things just the way they are.   If you have never had the trauma of being forcibly moved, let me tell you it's a nightmare.  The locations of your  food bowl and litter box - totally changed!  You have to fend off who knows what to claim the new place as your territory.  You must cultivate new napping spots.   You will have … [Read more...]

“Desperate Housecats” TV Show Rejected

Like all cats, Pearl and Saber believe the world revolves around them and that there is nothing humans find more fascinating than cat-watching.  Recently, they hit upon the idea of starring in a new reality TV series called “Desperate Housecats.”  They contacted every major TV producer and network executive, pitching this new show.  To their utter shock and disappointment, everyone rejected the idea.  Top 5 Reasons Why "Desperate Housecats" TV Series Rejected Pearl and Saber are not allowed to go outside.  Nor are other animals allowed inside.  This severely restricts the cast and … [Read more...]

Cat Dogma

Pearl and Saber have lived with their new humans in Minnetonka, MN for almost three months now.  They worked hard on putting the house in order, but much remains to be done.  Humans can be very stubborn about accepting new routines, so constant supervision has been necessary.  To assist other cats with their human training, Pearl and Saber share some household philosophies below.    It is mandatory to use the litterbox immediately after a human scoops it clean, even if kitty just "performed."  This act serves as a gentle reminder to humans that their work is never done. The recommended … [Read more...]

Pearl and Saber’s Story

Pearl and Saber are siblings born July, 2009  in Cannon Falls, MN.  No one knows their mother's fate, but the two-week-old kittens were found in a hollow tree stump, frightened and hungry.  Nor do we know anything about the other half of the gene pool, but it’s rumored that the father was a one-night-stand kind of guy.  Jackie, the kind soul who discovered these babies, rushed them to the local veterinary clinic.  Vet assistants Laura, Caroline and Dannette saved Pearl and Saber’s lives by providing 24/7 care, all on their own dime.   The kittens thrived and lived with Laura and hubby … [Read more...]

Showing Prep for the Truly Clueless

OK, most of you can skip this post.  You already know this stuff.  But some people don't and they also don't know just how clueless they are.   So here are some of the most basic rules to prepare for a showing: A pile of dirty dishes is not a "domestic sculpture" that will be appreciated by others.  If there's no time to wash and put them away before a showing, at least hide them in the dishwasher.  Better yet, put the dirty dishes in a plastic bin and take them with you.  Ditto for that basket of dirty laundry.   Sinks.  Clean.  No hair, toothpaste residue or soap scum allowed.  And use … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Put a Lid on It

Everyone has a few pet peeves - things about everyday life we find especially annoying, but that other people wouldn't notice.  Sometimes we know exactly why that thing irritates us.  Other times, we just know that it irritates, and that's all we care to know.  One of my pet peeves is the commode lid left in the "up" position.  I wasn't always that way.  Growing up, no one in my family … [Read more...]

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