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I need to clear away the stuff that's in the way of the stuff I want to clear away.

I knew I wasn't actually going to get any mini painting done tonight, but I kinda wanted to get an area set up so that I could paint minis there tonight.

Unfortunately, the presence of Buddha changes things. I can't leave that stuff out, particularly the scenery pieces or small bits, because he might chew on them and get sick, get stuff caught in his throat, who-knows-what. We already have to keep shooing him away from power cables.

So if I want to have my mini-painting stuff set up in a feasible work area, it needs to not be Buddha-accessible, which would mean either the Bowflex room (except then where would I put the Bowflex?), the library (which would make it much more crowded than we'd like it to be, or possibly the garage (which would suck bigtime if I wanted to paint minis in, say, August or February). So I shifted a bunch of boxes around, thought in circles for a while, then shifted the boxes back in a frustrated sulk.

Meanwhile, it's worth mentioning that I am severely disappointed in the design of this Bowflex. I haven't even used the thing yet because I've been running all over the whole of creation for the past two months. But now that I've assembled it and seen how it works, I want my money back. -.- You change the resistance by adding or removing these "resistance cartridges," which are about the size and weight of -- you guessed it -- the weight you would add to a barbell. Which kinda negates the whole friggin' point. Hooking or unhooking resistance rods was the height of convenience compared to this, and now I feel like a complete sucker for not having simply bought a regular Bowflex.

Le sigh.

-The Gneech


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 23rd, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
for the minis, could you get some kind of cover for your working surface? You can probably get/make some kind of 6" tall "hat" for an area out of wood or plastic or something. Make a few holes for ventilation, and when you're finished working, you put the cover on things, let 'em dry, free from the inspection of kitty.
May. 23rd, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
We've been considering something similar. Basically a box with one side missing that John could invert over the working surface.
May. 23rd, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
If you can't find exactly what you need at the usual hobby or office-supply shops, you'd be amazed at what you can cobble together with a few sheets of foamcore, an Xacto knife, and a hot-melt glue gun. :)

However, I fear you guys may be proceeding under a false premise -- i.e. there isn't any such thing as a place that's not cat-accessible. :)
May. 23rd, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
I used to use my couch, a food stand, and a big piece of cardboard to paint on. *patpats*
May. 23rd, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
re: the Bowflex...
I would go ahead and see if they'd take it back. If you're not going to like using it--get something you're going to be apt to use...

May. 23rd, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
Well, if Buddha is anything like Maggie, he will inspect for a bit then leave things alone. Right now he is exploring his "territory".

When I got my first cat, Katrina, people said I would have to "cat-proof" the house. I said, "No. She will learn what is hers and what is not." That worked, as it has with Maggie.

You saw how cluttered things are in the house, and that Maggie doesn't touch anything. In fact, both cats learned that food preparation/eating areas are verbotten from them. That's right, no jumping up on counters or dining room table.

Cats are intelligent beings. Praise them when they do things right, and a sharp "No" and a gentle shove, when they are doing something they shouldn't, will teach them what is right and wrong.
May. 23rd, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
LK's right. Cat's will learn what it is theirs and what isn't. I work on my crocheting or cross stitching with Maggie in my lap and she doesn't bother it at all. I can leave a project out without worry. You and Lythandra both saw the puzzle sitting in the bar area - one has been pretty much been sitting out since we moved in.

Be patient with Buddha and he will learn and you will feel comfortable leaving your mini's out and other projects out. The house is as new to him as it is to both of you. He needs to establish his place in the home as well.
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