Well, it looks like we survived the week! And what a week it has been! I can't believe what a huge project this recarpeting project has turned into! It turned into a whole snowball thing where if you're going to carpet you should probably repaint and if you're going to repaint you need new curtains and if you get new curtains you need new wall decor and if you're going to buy it for one room you might as well buy it for another room and if you're going to do that.....and that's pretty much how our week has gone.
I'm LOVING the updates. We still don't have everything all back together but we've made a lot of great updates in the process and got a lot of projects off our list that have been in the back of our minds for a while.
Last nights project involved the cat. We have a cat named Max, who we love, but occasionally in the past Max would sharpen his claws on the carpet. I know that about Max and in the past we have made a half hearted effort to get him to stop it but that old carpet was just so trashed anyway there wasn't a whole lot he could do to it to make it any worse. But the new carpet has to be cat claw free. It just has to be. So last night we went to the pet store and bought assorted scratching posts and scratching mats and anything we could come up with in our desperate attempt to stop the scratching. Scratching posts are phase one. If that doesn't work we're going to have to attempt Soft Paw claw covers, which look super cute but are a pain and I don't want to go that route.
We tried a scratching post with our old cat many years ago and it was not successful. She never touched that thing once, so I was skeptical. The lady at the pet store said to put catnip on it and we have also tried catnip with our other cat (that cat died a few years ago) and she was never impressed with that either, but I was desperate enough last night to give it all a try with this cat.
We brought the scratching post and scratching pad home and I sat it down where our cat sometimes claws and I sprinkled catnip on it and waited. The cat came over to it, sniffed it for a minute...and then went NUTS! Apparently Max is a huge fan of catnip. He was rubbing all over that thing, he couldn't get enough of it. We finally got bored of watching him freak out over his new toy and left him to enjoy it on his own and much later I looked in that room and he was still sitting on it. He may never move from that spot again.
So I think the carpet scratching problem has been solved. I'm hoping that he spends a lot of time sharpening his claws to his hearts content on his scratching post and scratching mat and leaves the floor alone. We'll see.
We also went to Target last night to buy lamps. Josh's new room needed a new lamp and our bedroom needed a new lamp. Two more items of my list of things to update. Nice.
Shawn is home today and our goal is to have everyone sleeping in their own rooms tonight. Our room is completely done, Josh's room is mostly done but Matthew and Clarissa's room are still a pile of furniture parts. By tonight their rooms should hopefully be back in working order.
Tomorrow our plan is to put the den back together and clean the parts of the house that didn't get recarpeted but are a huge mess because we have focused on the carpet all week and by Sunday I hope to be relaxing in a sparkling clean house that is project free. That sounds awesome.
And on a different topic, there are only three days left to vote for Josh in the video contest! Please please pleeeease go vote for him! :)