8 Things Not to Do As a Guest In Someone’s House

It’s easy to think that everyone treats their home the same way you treat yours, but that’s not a safe assumption to make. It’s always best to err on the side of overly polite when you visit someone. There are things that you may do that drive the person you’re visiting crazy, but they’re too polite to mention it.

Here are some things to not do when visiting someone else’s home:

1. Do not go to the side door, back door or door from the garage to the house. Especially if it’s your first time at someone’s house. Go directly to the front door. This is the main entrance to the house and the place where you’ll typically find the doorbell and welcome mat. When you’ve reached the back/garage door entry point with a family, you’ll know. Also, the last thing you want to do is stand in the rain at someone’s back door because they’re upstairs and can’t hear you knock, but are listening for the doorbell.

2. Do not take more than 2 steps into someone’s home without asking if they’d like you to remove your shoes. I say two steps because that’s far enough to close the door behind you but doesn’t typically get you off the rug or tile at the door and onto carpet. This goes for any flooring choices. We have all solid flooring on our first floor and you still aren’t allowed to wear shoes in my house. If the hosts says not to worry about it, then don’t. But if they’re a shoes-off house like mine, they will truly appreciate it. Continue reading

Tales from the Shoe Box: Three Months in 600 Square Feet

Every time we bumped into each other, tripped over a cat or had nowhere to set something, Brad and I reminded each other: It’s temporary.

We moved from a 2-story, 3-bedroom house into a 600-square-foot apartment during the construction of our house. Brad started referring to it as a shoe box. It’s small and we got frustrated a lot, but it was temporary.

Maybe part of the problem was that we got what we got when it came to temporary housing. We are fortunate to have been able to take over the last 3 months of someone’s lease, while our house was being built. It worked out for him, because he could move out of state without buying out the rest of his own lease. Before we bought the Pelham house three years ago, we had a pretty big two-bed, two-bath apartment, with a balcony, quiet(ish) neighbors and a whole lot less stuff (including no cats), so we’ve been spoiled.

A shoe box with a view

I have to recognize the blessing of living close to work, close to our in-progress home and across the street from a good bar this summer. But there were definitely things I hated about our apartment, such as:

  1. Not enough room for everything and everyone who lives there.
  2. Paper-thin walls and less-than-sound proof doors let all noise from the hall inside and all inside noises into the hall.
  3. Limited, outdoor parking. I returned from a work trip about 12:30 am and there was one bad parking spot left… better than none I suppose.

But here are the tales from the shoe box that make me glad we’re out of there. Continue reading

Cat(s) Vs. Mouse: Vox Box Review

I felt very special the day that a bright yellow box showed up for me the cats. This whole pile of packages was addressed to me.

Influenster sent Holmes and Watson a pet-focused Temptations cat treat box with the Snack Mouse toy. You can see the unboxing video and a little about how my cats reacted to it on my YouTube channel here. Continue reading

Why is the cat wet? {Friday Five}

I feel like Brad and I have a lot of conversations that start with the question:

Why is the cat wet?

I feel like in the realm of domesticated animals, cats shouldn’t be wet nearly as often as ours are… and it’s only one at a time.

Every query has a different answer.

(1.) For example, the cat was wet because he knocked over the water bowl and we needed to clean up to floor. (2.) Another time, the cat was wet because he got stuck in the bath tub and figured his way out of it for the first time. Continue reading

Christmas-Hating Cats and Etsy Pick-ups by Santa

You know how I mentioned that my cats like to chew on the Christmas tree?

Well, they tried to kill it this week. While Brad and I were making dinner the other night, he noticed Watson was playing with something and went over to check it out. It was a Christmas light plug. So I went and checked the plugs by the outlet (tree was not plugged in yet) and they were fine. Which meant digging into our Christmas tree to locate the damaged string and to make sure that no other strings were chewed through as well.

Their disdain for Christmas has been noted. #catsofinstagram #occupytree

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If you think about it, everything that goes along with the holidays really does interrupt our pets’ daily lives. My cats have a very quiet existence and a pretty stable schedule, so the holidays kind of derail their little lives. All of a sudden there’s a giant tree in the living room, boxes appear, we are gone at different times, people come to visit and their humans try to wrap things in paper rather than pet them. Continue reading