Yesterday I paid the new maintenance man to paint the upper walls of the living and dining rooms after hours. You may remember that I painted the lower part of the walls and then my ankle wouldn’t allow me to keep getting up on the step stool to finish.

For 13 months, the top 4-5 inches of wall by the ceiling were not painted.

When Nathan came to work here recently, I knew I had the best person to pay to finish painting it.  It wasn’t all that hard for him. Because he’s 6 foot 6 inches tall. He can easily touch the ceiling. He’s well over a foot taller than I am.

It didn’t take him long because he never had to stop and get up and down on a step stool. He had it all done in about an hour. And I’m so relieved to have the painting finished!

Blue hutch with white dishes

It’s been a busy morning. A guy from the energy company that was hired is in here now, and has been for hours, sealing up air pockets in preparation to insulating the attic.

Apparently the owner has to adhere to the energy company’s rules of compliance in order to get the rebate from the electric company.

I’ve been up since 5 a.m., when Miss Ivy Lou decided to find a way to get on top of the red cupboard on the dresser next to my bed. I had a platter up there with a candle and some little faux plants in it.

I heard her get one plant and realized the next thing I’d probably hear would be Ivy pulling down the white platter and breaking it. So I got up and put those things in the closet to get them away from her.

Candles in muffin tins

When Nathan came in to paint he put a roll of paper towels on the table. Well, you know Ivy and paper towels. I don’t know how she figured out that that roll that had yet to be opened was the same as the paper towels she swipes from under my coffee cup, but she did.

I kept telling her to get down off the table, but I finally gave up. Those paper towels were just too enticing to her. He had moved the furniture away from the walls, so I didn’t want to go around it to get her down. So I just sat and watched what she would do.

She managed to turn the paper towel roll over on its side and begin to unroll it. She went backward with it in her teeth as she unrolled it. Nathan looked up and couldn’t stop laughing.

She then managed to get the roll stuck in front of one of the chairs, which was basically her own form of a paper towel holder.

Ivy on the coffee table

We watched as she jumped to the floor and pulled the end with her teeth till she had about 8 feet of it unrolled. Then she began to rip it across until she had strips, which she then likes to play with.

I wish I had a photo of her doing that. But it happened kind of fast and I was so surprised at her being able to do that that I was kind of stunned.

This cat is scary smart and curious and busy as a bee till she wears out and takes a nap. It’s amazing to watch her.

She wakes up early in the morning and is full of energy and mischief.

Charlie on the couch

I gave Charlie a second diuretic pill yesterday afternoon, but I still haven’t noticed that he’s urinating more. But his cough has calmed down thank goodness.

I hope this gets the fluid off his lungs.

Ivy on the coffee table

Then a bit ago the manager came through with some insurance people. She asked me yesterday if I minded that they came through. She was supposed to choose 4 units and she wanted mine to be one of them.

The maintenance guy had to take one of the electrical covers off so they could take photos and also in other areas in my apartment. This afternoon an inspector is supposed to be coming through.

Thursday the energy company is sending someone in to seal something around the ceiling vents before they schedule the blowing in of the insulation.

So that’s why I’m a bit behind today.

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  1. I am so glad you are getting an energy audit! Now maybe your electric bills will be lower & you will be toastier this winter. And glad to hear Charlies is doing better!

  2. I’m so glad you were able to get your walls finished. That would have driven me to distraction. With my OCD, I would have obsessed about it non-stop! LOL

    That Miss Ivy is a mess, but I’m so glad you enjoy her antics…I suppose you don’t have a choice. 🙂 That is so interesting about her fascination with the paper towels! Hope Charlie gets to feeling better and am glad his coughing is subsiding! Love and hugs!

  3. Brenda, I think your kitty might have some Turkish van in her. I’ve had two of those kind and I are always very smart and Lively. I wanted to let you know that I’ve been to your site now for two days in a row, and every time I get hijacked by one of those ads that takes over and says I’ve won some sort of grand prize. It’s on my Android phone. It’s happening as a pop-up ad, and I believe it’s Walmart at 1st and then it changes over to something else when it takes over. I have to close the entire tab to get away from it and then come back to your site later.

  4. What a busy and productive day! Our cat Calvin is so lazy that we’ve been talking about getting a younger cat to get him moving. But I’m not sure I could take as much moving as Ivy manages to fit into her day! She is one amazingly resourceful little gal. I’m glad that Charlie isn’t coughing as much. I hope your walls look good. You showed a lot of patience waiting for them to be finished.

  5. Wow it was a busy day. I am so happy for you things are being done. Sounds like you’ve got a pretty nice maintenance man once again. I bet the walls not being painted was very annoying. It’s pretty cool Ivy doesn’t seem to be afraid of people in the apt. My little sixmrh old kitty is being spade tomorrow. Found a clinic that does it for $40 vs the $400 my vet quoted me. And they came highly recommended.

  6. Sounds like today was a three-ring circus today, all in a good way. You’ll be all set for winter. Good for you and the little ones!

  7. “So that’s why I’m a bit behind today”.

    The way I see it, Brenda, is that you are way ahead of the game

    You got the walls painted, the air leaks and gaps were sealed and the insulation comes next. You and Nathan had an entertaining time and had a good laugh. Charlie’s cough is lessening. Ivy hasn’t destroyed too much more than paper towels. Repairs are finally being made around your home. Sounds like a winning day to me.

    You, Charlie and Ivy are going to be so comfortable in your home from now on.

    Yes, I think you are definitely ahead.

  8. Wow, you have been busy today. I am excited that you have your walls painted and that you are getting a more energy efficient apartment. That should save some money.

    Have a great night!

  9. Happy for you about the extras for the apartment the reason she wanted your apartment to be one shown is because you have it so pretty ,clean ,and nice .
    Hugs to u and yours !
    We have a beautiful day today in Tennessee!

  10. Ivy cracks me up; what a smart little girl! I’m glad management is getting your unit all toasty warm for winter as I’m sure it will be cold. I hope Charlie continues to improve, he’s such an adorable little guy.

    Carol and Molly

  11. I’m so glad your getting everything done b4 winter Brenda! Then you can sit and relax…well that’s if Ivy is asleep! ?
    I’m sure they went through your apt with a fine tooth comb, esp when the insurance people will be checking it after. ?

    You will be cozy warm this winter and your pet babies too!

  12. How great that you are getting so much done! You will be all set for winter. It must feel good to get that darned painting done too.

  13. It is nice to hear that your landlord is doing some things around there. You will be cozy warm this winter. It sounds like your Ivy has way to much energy. She sure seems to give you some good laughs though. Take care…..

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