Friday, November 20, 2009

Be Here Now: Picking Up My Orders from Universal Supply

Expect less from other people;
expect more from universal supp
~ Marianne Williamson

On Wednesday I wrote about being in the right place at the r
ight time and introduced you to the quote above. I also stated:

"...you need to be paying attention to see the clues that lead you to ... universal supply. I think most of our discoveries are just moments when we happen to be paying attention to the "here and now." Which I guess makes living in the "here and now" always the "right place at the right time."
So I have been trying to follow my own advice and pay more attention to the things that the universe is offering me, something akin to "picking up my orders from universal supply."

One problem that I have been trying to solve is preventing the kitten from spilling his food and water everyday.

Here is the kitten, Sir Hiss. Isn't he cute?

Sir Hiss was born to a feral cat mom and Robert and I are attempting to tame him so we can invite him into the house to live with us. This is going to take some time. So in the meantime, Sir Hiss lives in a crate, complete with food, water and litter box, in the bonus room off our garage. In the picture above he is sitting on a tee pee cat bed, squashing the tee pee part.

It is a good thing he is so cute and I am programed to respond to cuteness, because this little guy is a lot of work! Everyday, I visit him several times. It seemed like every time I visited him, I kept finding dry food scattered all over the crate and water spilled onto his toys and the tee pee. Which meant more work for me as I was the one to clean up the crate and launder the wet toys and tee pee. Needless to say, I was getting tired of doing this every day, sometimes twice a day.

Then a light bulb came on and I realized I needed to weigh the bowls down so Sir Hiss couldn't overturn them. The obvious solution was a trip to the pet store, but I wanted to avoid the expense and the workout a trip to the store entails. Then I thought of this idea:

I put the bowls into Ziploc containers and filled the space between the bowls and the containers with rocks from my garden. So no trip to the store needed, I had all the materials at home already and kitten hasn't spilled food or drenched everything with water since I implemented my version of heavy pet bowls.
So thanks to "universal supply," I got an inspiration, used some items in an unusual way and solved this problem.

Now if only I could figure out how to prevent him from kicking litter all over the place...

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