Whiskers and worries

I apologize for being so silent lately! The past couple of weeks have been some of the most terrifying in my life as a Cat Mom as Sugar, my sweet kitty, nearly swallowed string. I want to start by saying everything is now completely fine with Sugar and this is a happy post written in celebration! I wanted to share my journey as I think it’s important we share and learn from others’ experiences to keep our furry babies safe and happy.

I’m not a veterinary expert so these are just my experiences. I found reading these types of stories while I was going through this to be triggering so this is just a warning that if pet sickness bothers you, please don’t read any further.

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What’s been blooming with me in May!

Hard to believe a whole month has passed in just a BLINK! Here’s one of my monthly catchup posts to see what I was up to, and some of my favourites for the month!

I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up on my 2020 mood blanket! As a recap, it WAS to be knit a square a day to match my mood for last year. Life got a bit loopy naturally, and I dropped the project for a bit. It’s over 3/4 done now, and I should be able to ACTUALLY finish it in a few weeks!!

I have SO many other projects I really want to get to (need to get back on track with the craft everyday thing!), but I’m focused on getting my rainbow on and done first.

Celebrated Mother’s day virtually again! My parents live out of province anyways, but we’re under really tight lockdown restrictions in Manitoba at the moment so no in person hugs. YET!

Came across this picture of me and mom many, many years ago. 🙂 Her hair is a perm here which is funny because it’s my exact real hair. Who would’ve known?!

Made delicious cinnamon rolls for World Baking Day on May 16th! I used the Easy Cinnamon Rolls recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, but swapped out the dairy and eggs for vegan equivalents and dumped in a pile of sprinkles. They were absolutely FABULOUS!!

The weather is really heating up outside and the cherry blossom and deer friends have come to play! Trying to sneak out every chance I get and capture moments like THESE:

Sugar the kitty had a big scare in the middle of the month and nearly ate string from box packaging. I was able to pull it out of her mouth (in consultation with a vet) and she’s 100% okay and happy as can be. But they were some of the most terrifying days of my life. Will be doing a post to share the scary “tail”!

Hug and love your sweet pets constantly! <3

And lastly, the biggest moment of the month – well year! – I got VACCINATED! I am looking forward to getting my second shot in the next few weeks, and then plenty of hugs and happiness to come!

If you haven’t yet, please get your shot to help others. It takes only a couple of minutes and then we’ll soon be back to doing what we love with the people we love.

By the way, these super kawaii masks are from Blippo Kawaii Shop! :3

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Now for some favourite things this month:

What I’ve been watching: I’ve been on a Star Trek kick! Every couple of years I started from THE BEGINNING with The Original Series (the one with good ol’ Captain Kirk for all of the non-Trekkies) and attempting to do a full walkthrough of the series while I’m still working from home. I am, in fact, a gigantic geek. 🙂

Eating: Two Rivers Flavoured Coffee Pods for Keurig from Amazon & homemade Cinnamon Buns

Video Games: New Pokemon Snap for Switch! The original Pokemon Snap for N64 was one of my favourites as a kid, and this is a modernized take. The graphic are absolutely stunning, and has many hours of gameplay. It’s a good game to pick up for just a couple of minutes a day to focus and relax. If you enjoy Pokemon games and collecting, it’s incredibly fun.

That’s all for now! I’m off to enjoy the great outdoors. xox

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My Adventures in April!

HAPPY SPRINGTIME! This is my favourite time of year as everything is fresh and pretty, and all of the sweet little animals come out to play.

I am still working from home and cooped up most of the day, so there is nothing I look more forward to than escaping to outside and exploring my neighbourhood.

I’m very fortunate to live almost next to the river, and to a couple of small lakes and love to watch the sunrises next to them!

The snow finally disappeared…and then reappeared!

Then my sweet little deer friends came out to play.

Back at home, I started painting the interior of the Dollhouse (it’s been over two years since I finished the outside~ better late than never I guess!) The Tuxedo Cat family decorated some cakes to celebrate their new residence.

And celebrated 3 years with Sugar!

For Easter, I made a tasty bunny parfait with vegan banana bread!

Bunny Day returned to Animal Crossing so Sugar and I snuggled up to try and snag as many eggs as we could.

It was a fantastic month full of new springy adventures. Can’t wait for May!!

<3 Erika and Sugar

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Happy 3rd Gotcha Day, Sugar!

I adopted Sugar THREE years ago this afternoon! Every moment of the past few years with her has been the best, and she has been the one thing that kept me going strong throughout the pandemic (and the one thing that has kept me from sleeping past 3:30 am :’).

I remember every moment of the day she came home. The day started of with me spotting her on PetFinder and falling in love with the tiny calico, racing down to the Winnipeg Humane Society, then having my heartbroken when I found out she was already adopted but I was on the waitlist if something changed, going for a long run, and then receiving a phone call… I was completely out of breath (probably at the shock, and a bit of not being very fit!) that there was a mistake and she was MINE if I wanted to adopt her still. OF COURSE I DID!

I started this blog the day I got her intending on sharing life as a kooky cat lady. I didn’t actually post anything here until many months later though!

Just some favourite moments over the past couple of years! Amazing to see a shy little cat turn into a silly little cuddle monster, and me turn head over heels into a cat lady~!

The morning after she came home!
A couple of weeks after she got home she climbed to the top of the cabinets (bonus look at before they were painted pink – eek!!) Can’t believe this ever SHOCKED me considering she lives up here now! LOL!

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The Super Sweet World of Hello Kitty Appliances!

If you’ve followed me for a while, you might have seen I have a kitchen stuffed full of super cute Hello Kitty appliances!


I started collecting Hello Kitty seriously in 2016, and when I found out you could get kitchen appliances with Kitty’s face on them, there was no other option! Here are my thoughts on her world of kitchen cute-ture:

Coffee Maker

I only started drinking coffee last summer, so I didn’t really see the use of having a proper coffee maker… But now that I’m a caffeine aficionado, Kitty helps me out doing the brew! This coffee maker is small ~ which is perfect for just one coffee drinker like me!

Toaster

I make toast or a bagel every single day in the toaster, and it does its job! You do have to crank the dial to the max to see Kitty’s face appear on the bread, but it makes your day when she does pop up on your toast!

Waffle Maker

I’ve only used the waffle maker a couple times, because honestly it’s HORRENDOUS to clean. It needs to be done by hand, because obviously electrical appliances cannot be placed in the water. But the waffles are ADORABLE!

There is a similar Pancake Maker which I’ll pick up if I can find it at a super reasonable price, but it’s probably a bit redundant to have a waffle and pancake maker since they are pretty much the same thing (EEK! This seems like it could be controversial ;))

Chocolate Maker

I was fortunate to thrift the Chocolate Maker because it’s $30 to buy new! In my opinion, not really worth the price tag. I pretty much just use the container as storage, but the chocolate moulds are great.

Water Dispenser

I’ll admit that I have only filled this up with water a handful of times, as it’s a bit of a pain. There isn’t a plug at the bottom so you need to carefully fill it up and maneuver it to flip it upside down which is far more trouble than it’s worth for ~8 cups of water. Additionally, I typically drink soda water (or iced coffee lately!) so it’s not really something very practical to me. But the dispenser looks cute!

On my wishlist:

Microwave

I’ve had my eye on the microwave for a few years, but have had trouble finding one that will ship to Canada at a reasonable price. The microwave is TINY and has very small wattage (700 watts), but perfect if you are living in a small apartment with size restraints and only heat things up occasionally (which is not me… I freeze and defrost literally everything!)

Rice Cooker

Hand Mixer

Popcorn Maker

And there are mini fridges, toaster ovens, vacuums, sandwich makers… She has a whole culinary empire!!

If you cook on any serious basis, these definitely aren’t appropriate tools. But as statement pieces, they make your kitchen experiences super kawaii!

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