Monthly Archives: June 2016

Book Review & Giveaway ~ Once and Future Wife by David Burnett

Book Review from Tracy Helps You

Book Review from Tracy Helps You

~ My Thoughts and Review ~

Jennie has a good life … now, but not always. She leads a content life as a third grade teacher. She spends her free time with friends and her grown daughters. She has overcome many things over the last decade or so, including learning to manage her Bi-Polar Disorder diagnosis. Continue reading

Reminiscing About My Very First Blog Post

Reminiscing About My Very First Blog Post

For some reason, I’ve been feeling kind of nostalgic this week. I’ve been looking through old photo albums and reading stuff from my old journals and day planners. I’ve found that reminiscing can be a double edged sword; you get the happy with the sad. Continue reading

Maiden Voyage Camping Trip

First Camping Trip of the Year

My husband and I love to go camping 🙂

As you know from a previous blog post, we purchased a used travel trailer last month. That post detailed all that happened, but to sum it up, we were deceived and bought a camper that had several issues. We spent the month of May and many $$ to get it ready for safe travels … everything isn’t perfect, but we repaired what we felt were the most important items.

This weekend we are embarking on our Maiden Voyage with it 🙂

We picked it up from the RV repair place on Thursday, and I have been getting all our camping gear transferred from our old pop-up camper to the new one. It’s been a lot of work, but also a lot of fun setting up house in our new (to us) home away from home.

We have been watching lots of You Tube videos to learn how everything works. We’ve (well I have) read the owners manual cover to cover. We have camped for many years, but never in a camper.

We have to learn how to:

  • level the camper at the campsite
  • hook up the electric and water
  • operate the awning
  • make sure the propane is on and the frig & stove work
  • take care of all the bathroom chemical stuff
  • emptying the holding tanks (you know what I’m talking about)
  • and stuff we haven’t even thought of 🙂

I’m hoping for a wonderful weekend filled with fun memories of this first camping trip in our new camper. And I’m hoping that these new fun memories will replace my first disappointing ones & help me to regain the excitement I had when we first decided we were going to buy a camper with a bathroom – a definite upgrade from our pop-up.

Let the fun begin 🙂

Raising A Friendly Cat

My Top Tips for Raising a Friendly Cat

 June 4th is “Hug Your Cat Day”, according to the Days of the Year website (https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/hugyourcatday/). So what better day to write about cats 🙂

I love animals … cats, dogs, birds, hamsters … animals of all kinds. Well mostly, snakes and spiders are kinda creepy. Pets are wonderful, they can be a true companion.

I’ve had many people comment that my cats are so friendly when
they visit my home. They have said that they thought cats were
aloof and stand-offish ~ I think most people believe this 🙁
While many cats might behave this way, I think my cats prove
this idea isn’t totally true. I think it has a lot to do with how they
were raised and depends on what they experienced during their
kittenhood.
Here are my tips:
  • Try to not leave them home alone a lot when they are young kittens. I believe this is the most important time for them in learning to be social. If they a alone a lot they will learn to be happy being off by themselves and seem aloof.
  • Be affectionate with your kitten. Hold them gently like you would a baby (cause they are).
  • Hug and cuddle with them. Pet them, rub their belly or behind their ears – they will start to purr.
  • When they are sitting on your lap, gently push on the pads on their paws, making their claws come out … this motion will become familiar for them and will help them to trust you when you trim their nails.
    Talk to them and use their name frequently, they will learn
    to answer and come when you call them. They are very
    intelligent.
    A firm “no” with a slight clap of your hands will usually stop
    any unwanted behavior. I don’t think you should ever hit or
    swat your cat. Some people use a spray bottle filled with
    water to spritz the cat to stop a behavior (I’ve not tried it).
    Play with them, teach them tricks, give them treats … make
    them part of the family.
    Our fur babies have the run of the house. We treat them as
    beloved members of our family. They each have their favorites
    napping spots. They are well trained, friendly cats who know they
    are loved <3

    If you ever need someone to take care of your fur babies while

    you are out of town, please give me a call. I’ll love on them for

    you while you are away from home <3