Subourbon Mom


Dear House Sitter (Actual Instructions I Left Last Week)
July 19, 2017, 8:00 pm
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Thanks for taking care of the babies and the house!  Here’s what you need to know:

The Cats:   

We have 3 cats (because we’re stupid), but usually only 2 of them hang out at the house:

Izzy is our 14 yr. old weird orange tabby. She’s very vocal, so don’t be surprised if you find her nagging you to feed, water or be her personal slave in every way. This is usually indicated by a bitchy-sounding meow or by her repeatedly slipping her head under your hand as you try to work on your computer.

Kiwi is the long-haired, gray tabby. She’s the in-house terrorist, taking swipes at you as you walk by and plotting your death.  She truly believes that when she stares at you she is stealing a portion of your soul and selling it to the Devil – it might be true. The vet is scared of her – just feed her and back away.

Holly and EscobarEscobar is the black male. He’s super friendly to people and loves to lay around on his back and show you his junk.  He’s also an asshole to Izzy, especially when he’s hungry.  Escobar wanders the neighborhood looking for…c’mon, that’s too easy.   He occasionally graces us with his presence when none of the neighborhood cats are in heat. He’s our neighborhood’s version of Barney from How I Met Your Mother.  Don’t be surprised if you don’t see him at all.

Food and Water:  Izzy and Kiwi get one scoop of dry food 2x a day.  Escobar gets the same when he shows up, but it’s like going on a date – don’t put out unless you’re ready to use it.  The cats get fresh water in their bowl when I remember, but Izzy usually drinks out of Larry the Fish’s bowl anyway, and Escobar never really learned how to drink successfully out of a bowl – I can’t even explain how ridiculous he looks when he tries. Kiwi drinks out of the toilet – don’t ask. I think it was part of her ISIS training.

Meds:  Izzy gets a half Zyrtec in the morning.  She has allergies, so her lips get really fat like Angelina Jolie and it makes her scratch. That’s also why her stomach is completely bald.  There is something so sad (and hilarious) when she sits on the kitchen floor and her bald tummy rests on the tile like Jaba the Hut, or when she compulsively licks, muttering to herself, “So bald, so pretty!”

Cat Litter:  I’ll change it before we go. There are two boxes – one in the downstairs bathroom and one in the hallway upstairs.  I usually scoop the funk out every couple of days into plastic grocery bags (Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!).  If it’s really nasty, feel free to just dump the whole thing into a trash bag and put it in the outside bin. Just don’t be like me and forget to add more litter to the box – that doesn’t end well.

Larry the Fish:

There’s no reason Larry should still be alive, so don’t worry if anything happens (he’s like 5 years old and came in a Ziploc from Field Day of the Past).  He gets a small pinch of food every day.

 The Dogs:

Disclaimer: You said you wanted to do this!

We have 2 dogs.

Lily front PorchLily is the strange brown hound that is terrified of everyone.  We’re pretty sure she was Rufied when she was a puppy, and never had therapy to deal with it.  She won’t walk through any door except the one off the deck, and will lurk around the corner looking like she wants to come in until you open the door. Then she’ll disappear faster than America’s middle class.  But also like the middle class, she’s perfectly happy to ignore the world around her and snuggle on the couch watching Dancing with the Stars.

 

Holly and EscobarHolly is an attention whore and a klepto.  She loves people and cars – so much so that she will jump into moving cars through the open window. Then she’ll take your stuff as she exits the car, and all you’ll find are chewed up bits all over the yard.  She also eats packages delivered to the house, so please sure they are picked up immediately. So far, our running total of delivery destruction is around $700 – that includes two prom dresses we ordered for sizing purposes only. If you know anyone who might want them, they’re hanging in the laundry room. I’m told the kids are now wearing clothes with holes in them.

They can go outside during the day.  There is an electric fence (it was so cute that we thought that would keep them in). Our neighbors have taken pity on us and when the dogs escape, frequently leave our wayward girls in the driveway like a bad one night stand.

The Pool:  

Enjoy!  If you can clean out the skimmer basket every couple of days that would be great – usually there’s just frogs, spiders and beetles in there. Sometimes there’s a snake or two, but not to worry, they’re more scared of you then you are of them.  Ha! That’s such bullshit!  I’m hate them and call Hubby to come get them out.  You’re on your own there.  I dump the skimmer critters out in the grass over the fence. The dogs LOVE that.

Oh yeah – I threw in enough chlorine in there to give your face a chemical peel. Enjoy your week of being wrinkle-free.

Other:

Plants:   Good luck.  They’ve sucked all summer.

TV:  We have Xfinity for cable purposes. Turn the TV on using the large remotes (either one will do).  Ignore the other remotes sitting around – I’m pretty sure they’re just dog toys at this point and that they don’t work any of the electronics in the house anymore, but SOME PEOPLE won’t throw anything away.  All other TV questions – ask Hubby. I have no idea how any of that shit works.

Internet:  We live in the country. It’s often slow or doesn’t work at all. Read a book.

So there you have it – feel free to call us if you have any questions and have a great week!


7 Comments so far
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Loved this… so relatable…. Jen Fox

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Comment by Jennifer Fox

Glad you liked it! Sorry it took me so long to respond – been crazy overwhelmed ta the actual job.

Comment by subourbonmom

That is hysterical! Loved it!

Comment by Sue ann

Yep, that about sums it up. Still laughing!

Comment by Debra

My crazy life!

Comment by subourbonmom

OMG now I know why you drink bourbon in the evening as we catch up on the phone 😉

Comment by Kristin Payne Puryear

Every damn day…oh and she has recently decided using the bathroom outside is no longer desirable. 😦

Comment by subourbonmom




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