About Jane

Jane Carroll, Life Coach, assists women in finding, owning, and living their truth. She is the bestselling author of Bertha-Size Your Life!, Becoming Bertha, and Where the Joys Are: Bertha's Guided Journal. Jane divides her time between coaching, writing, blogging, and working as a school nurse with a little social media thrown in for entertainment.

Much Ado About Houseplants

I’ve had this philodendron for at least ten years… and… I really like it… I’ve meditated with it… a story for another blog… it’s been through several moves with me… and it really is thriving in the light at the tiny house…

Enter… kittens…

Thelma and Louise… immediately decided that Philly was a giant green… wiggly… toy… and they went after her… unfortunately… philodendrons are toxic to cats…

But… they wouldn’t leave it alone… I tried moving it… but honestly… there’s essentially no place in this tiny space that I can move a plant… or anything else… that they can’t get to… so I did the practical thing… I went to Amazon… Amazon is a close tie with Google for being my favorite internet location

Of course, I found what I was looking for… a spray that was touted as being a cat repellent and trainer… perfect for keeping cats out of house plants… I ordered the smallest size they had… thinking that I could quickly get a larger size if I needed it for the other plants… Bertha… rolled her eyes… and mumbled something about a cold day…

Anyway…

The trick was to spray the plant three times a day… while the kitties were watching… and they would be repelled by the citrusy smell… which isn’t offensive to people… easy peasy… right…

Wrong…

Have you ever tried to get two cats to look at something at the same time… while you sprayed it… and… said… NO…

Let’s just say… it sounds easier than it is… usually they would be messing with the plant… and I could catch Louise but not Thelma… and… even holding her… did not guarantee that should would look at said plant… while I sprayed it… and Thelma was behind the couch… seeing nothing…

Of course… as soon as I released Louise… she dove right back into the citrusy smelling plant… and Thelma quickly joined her… I guess it wasn’t offensive to them either…

So… I Googled some more… supposedly… the philodendron will burn the cat’s mouth if they bite into the stems or leaves… the main problem would be diarrhea… and if they actually ate the whole plant… it could be serious…

After much internal drama… and I really don’t do drama anymore… I realized that if the kittens were really biting into the plant… they would do the Mexican Hat Dance like I do when I find a hidden jalapeño in my nachos … so… mostly they were just swatting… they haven’t had diarrhea… and I would know… because I clean the litterbox… so it’s unlikely they ingested any…

That’s when the plant went back to its spot and I quit spraying it… interestingly… they aren’t bothering it now… knock on wood

Although… Bertha… did enjoy seeing me chasing kittens and attempting to turn their heads toward the plant… as I sprayed… she reminded me… sometimes… I just make too much of things…

Well… maybe…

Jane

 

 

My Part

 

Last year… without consulting each other… my daughters and I began to find ways to reduce our use of plastic… now I have to say that none of us is perfect… least of all me… but I am making an effort…

So… I’m using glass storage containers instead of plastic… I got some really neat glass tea pictures with stopper lids… and… I armed myself with a trunk load of reusable grocery bags…

The only problem was… they stayed in the trunk most of the time… and I came home with groceries in plastic bags… oh… I did usually realize the folly of ways when I started through the checkout lane… but then it was too late to grab the bags… I have to say that I hit my forehead in that… I could have had a V-8 way… more than once…

Amazingly… Bertha was very supportive… telling me that every time I remembered… even if it was pretty much after the fact… that I was beginning to form a habit…

I decided to try harder… I started putting the bags on the front seat with my purse on top… and… yes… I still forgot them about half of the time… but that was better… my favorite grocery store has signs out front reminding you to reuse and recycle… so many times… I have turned around in the parking lot to get the bags out of the car…

And… then there are the times… that I have the bags in the cart… but forget to give them to the checker… Bertha does roll her eyes on those occasions

I’m probably at about 80% compliance… but I’m getting there… and as Bertha says… practice makes perfect… so I guess I need to shop a lot…

Or… not…

Jane

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