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My friends B&J came over for dinner last night, bringing with them their teenage dog, Lucy. I made a fancy version of what my mum called "cheese pudding" and the magazines call a "strata" and seem to think is only for brunch. I like eggy cheesy things at any time of day, and B&J are vegetarians, so it seemed like a nice light supper dish. I soaked bread in milk and lemon zest and tarragon, then added beaten eggs, mushrooms, (ETA gruyere cheese, of course) and chopped asparagus and baked it. I made a salad with leaves and chopped red pepper and sliced baby carrots and grapes and nutty sprinkles from Thrifties, dressed with lime infused olive oil and good balsamic vinegar. We finished off my shortbread and also had some of lidocafe's almond cookies with our coffee. It was all very good. Oh, and we also had a lovely Australian Chardonnay, the name of which I must endeavour to remember so that I can get it again.

This morning I woke with a sore throat and scratchy eyes and a bit of a headache - cold looming? I hope not. I made turkey soup which is just now simmering on the stove, and I shall have some for my lunch. While cutting up the carcass for soup I packed up two more meals of turkey in gravy for weeks to come and a bag with half the carcass so that I can make soup again in a couple of weeks.

Otherwise just puttering and doing the usual domestic things. Clearing Clio's toilette area has become more pleasant lately (this may be TMI except for cat lovers... be warned). She used to go outside mostly, but recently has decided that being an indoor cat is where the action is. This has meant heavier use of litter box, and we were having trouble finding litter that she would use. She seemed to be okay peeing in what I gave her, but she was persistently pooping on the floor, which was tiresome. I decided in the end, partly on kp's advice, to make her another litter box to poop in, and situate it (as a hint) on the patch of floor that she used to poop on, but although she always had liked the plain clay litter, you don't seem to be able to get it any more, and she didn't seem to like the clumping kind to poop in and in any case it's almost impossible to get it without scent, and it's apparently deadly for the environment. So I decided to try one of those environmentally friendly cedar ones, this made by the same company that makes the enzymatic cleaner I use. Success!! Now she's using that both for peeing and pooping: no more poop on the floor, it scoops fairly well, so works for both functions, it smells nice in a natural way, no more horrible scented environmentally unfriendly other stuff... Yay. Domestic happiness turns on such things as pleasant-to-maintain cat litter and a satisfied cat.

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lidocafe
Dec. 30th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
Maybe I'll try that. We use the scoop right now, but as you said, it's not the best. Ruby has, thank god, never pooped on the floor. Hope you don't get a cold.
brinian
Dec. 30th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
Eggy-cheesy...my fave :-)

We have three cats who mostly go outside but the previous kitty was an indoor cat box user. I can totally identify with finding the right litter. I will try SWheat or Feline Pine if any of them ever want to use the box again. I check it once a week or so to make sure none of them are using it. I can't quite figure out why, if I'm not the cat person in the household and they aren't MY cats, I'm the one doing the cat potty maintenance as well as the dog potty maintenance (pick up), but that's how it goes...
intertext
Dec. 30th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
So often, unpleasant chores devolve on the person who cares the most about doing them, or doing them at a certain time :) The litter I'm using is called "Nature's Miracle": I tried her on a wheaty one before and she wouldn't use it, but this, she seems thrilled with.
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