our old dryer, our new dryer, and Johnny

I need to start this post off by expressing gratitude to Johnny for retrieving the cap to the OxiClean that I dropped behind our old dryer and was unable to reach.  Earlier today I heard her playing with something that didn’t sound like one of her usual toys. It turned out to be the missing cap.  I never thought of using that as a toy for her but since she seemed to be enjoying it, once that OxiClean is empty, I’ll wash the cap off thoroughly and add it to her growing collection of kitty toys.

In gratitude to Johnny for retrieving the OxiClean cap when it fell behind the dryer, I'll wash it out and give it back to her as her newest toy.
In gratitude to Johnny for retrieving the OxiClean cap when it fell behind the dryer, I’ll wash it out and give it back to her as her newest toy.

Johnny is such a helpful kitty at times.  I had thought I would have to wait until Jamey moved our old dryer in order to install our new one tonight before I could reach the cap.

That leads to another gratitude.  We ordered the new dryer from ebay as none of the local places had an apartment sized dryer.   Apparently we need one with a 110 hookup and their dryers all needed 220.  The ebay seller sent it via FedEx. They delivered it to the office for our apartment complex instead of to our apartment. The dryer weighs 46 pounds (53 while still in the box).  At 30 inches high, it is also more than half my size of 54 inches (4’6″) tall. There is no way that I could have picked it up and brought it down to our apartment and Jamey certainly couldn’t do so in his wheelchair.    

Our new 110 volt dryer is compact but still too large for me to carry as I am only 4'6" tall.
Our new 110 volt dryer is compact but still too large for me to carry as I am only 4’6″ tall.

Thankfully, our apartment manager went over and above the call of duty and brought it over for us.   I am very grateful to her for doing so.  Thank you, Kuni.   You are the best.

A great deal of gratitude goes to Jamey for all that he did to set our new dryer up and Johnny who watched carefully as he worked.   Let it never be said that she does not take her catly Snoopervisor duties seriously.

Johnny is a smart cat. She is close enough to watch but far enough away that she won't be under his wheels if Jamey backs up suddenly.
Johnny is a smart cat. She is close enough to watch but far enough away that she won’t be under his wheels if Jamey backs up suddenly.

 

I am extremely grateful to everyone who helped with it as it is much easier for me to do our laundry at home then to have to walk across to the apartment laundromat to dry the clothes or ask Jamey to drive me to the town laundromat to do the special care clothing.

 

 

Johnny’s creativity

10 month old kitten plays among laundry bins
10 month old Johnny turns anything that catches her fancy into a toy

Having come so close to losing Johnny when she was barely a month old kitten and knowing that her adult life will be cut short because of her Feline Leukemia, we have spoiled her.

10 month old Johnny takes this as her due and believes that

Thus when I recently picked up a 3 bin hamper from Dollar General to make it easier to sort our laundry, it took very little time for Johnny to decide “this is also mine.”

Thankfully, I had my cell phone handy and was able to capture her exploration of her newest “toy.”

Night and Johnny have turned one of the litter mats I discussed in Our Snoopervisor Cats into a toy for joint play.   That is one of the reasons I am still sweeping up litter several times a day.  I’ll post pictures and / or videos of what they do with it on another day.  

In the meantime, I have my eye on a play rug on Amazon for the cats.  I am hoping they will choose to use that as their toy instead of the litter mats.    I will post a report (complete with pictures and / or videos) of how that works out.

I still plan to eventually upload video of the cats to YouTube but I don’t have an ETA for that yet.

Do you have a spoiled cat who knows that he or she is King / Queen of the household?

 

 

our mini laundry room

Our apartment sized laundry room
Our apartment sized laundry room

Our laundry room is one of the things in our apartment that I am personally most grateful for as when we first moved into our previous apartment, we had to carry our laundry to the apartment complex laundry room.   This was before Jamey was in a wheelchair and he carried the bulk of it.    Since that is no longer an option, I would have to carry it all myself and that would be very difficult for me given how much laundry I do each week and the condition of my back and hip.

We have the laundry area set up so that

(1) there is a large enough open area between the drying rack and the washer and dryer that Jamey can easily reach it.   Having this area wheelchair accessible came in very handy last week when I needed Jamey to look at the washing machine to figure out why it had suddenly stopped working.     (Thankfully, it was a very simple fix.)

(2) The cats can sit on their cat tree as they supervise the process while I do the laundry.

Both cats using Jamey's wheelchair as a bed
Our cats using Jamey’s wheelchair as one of their beds (picture taken at 4 AM).

While both of our cats take over our beds on a regular basis, I have also created cat beds for them in various places by adding towels for cushioning on the places they prefer to lay.    I wash their bedding at least once a week, more often when needed.   Between humans and cats, I usually do laundry 6 days a week which is why I am so grateful for our in apartment mini laundry.

I would also like to add an extra “Thank You” at this point to Peter for all of his attention to detail in setting up our laundry room, not only making sure we had the right hoses but even tying the dryer in place so that it does not vibrate as much.