Sunday, June 26, 2011

Last Weekend Caturday Saturday-Basement Grand Re-Opening Party!

A little 'backstory' on this basement, aka Cat TV Rumpus Room, Grand Re-Opening...

Back in 2008, Wishnwhiskers Sir Spoticus (aka Spot) had an error in judgement and while Teri was away on vacation, he was lounging in his favorite spot (hahameow), the bathroom sink.

While this is only conjecture and circumstantial evidence, we believe as he was exiting the sink, he grabbed on to the faucet handle and turned the water on. Unfortunately, because he was also a large cat, he had pushed down the plunger in the sink...So the water only had one place to go...over the edge like a waterfall!

Our petsitter came in at 5:00pm as she did every day when she was watching us then, and heard water running. It was raining outside and she thought it was the rain she heard, until she looked up and saw the ceiling sagging!!

She ran outside and got her husband and they proceeded upstairs to find the catastrophe! They went above and beyond the 'call of duty' and secured all the cats in one room, sucked up all the water they could, pulled soggy jute rugs out onto the deck and filled up a huge garbage can with wet drywall chunks, and mopped and vacuumed as well as they could.

But it could have been worse, really! The cats were safe and hadn't crawled into the ceiling or anything. And the insurance company was great, putting me up in a Residence Inn for a week. Our petsitter took both momcats and kittens, Brighton and Spot stayed with Teri in the hotel, and the rest of the crew boarded at t he cat hospital where she works.

But after all the repairs were done, Teri just couldn't get the initiative to get the basement back in order. The flood had damaged all 3 floors and the basement turned into a catch all, storage area while the repairs were being done and it kinda just stayed that way...for 3 years!

It was a place that Teri and Mike and us cats spent a lot of time together in, too...he playing World of Warcraft or watching TV...Teri on her computer, corresponding with cat friends and learning more about cat health and she hadn't even started blogging way back then! And we watching 'Cat TV'...

Depression affects everyone differently, but keeping the basement a mess was one way of Teri keeping herself from 'moving on' and making a life for herself...We kitties tried hard to help, but well, we don't have thumbs, so we can only do so much.

But with the help of her therapist, and putting one paw in front of the other, it is with great fanfare that we opened up our house for a party and celebrated our basement aka bird n squirrel watching station with our furrends!

There weren't any Niptinis, but there were Mojitos with mint, Sangria, Chili Dogs and a kitty litter cake, hahameow!

Oh, yeah...and Teri finished staining the deck too, MeWowZa!

For our CB furrends who couldn't be here to help us celebrate, here's our 'Home Movie' of us cats showing off our Cat TV Room, from the inside and the outside!


  1. CONCATULATIONS! We are 13 tails up!
    Mommy says well done, Teri. You are a wonderful purrson and we're glad you conquered the Basement--in style! It looks great and the deck is lookin' good too.

  2. Big Concatulations to you! Such a huge positive milestone. It looks wonderful!

  3. Yow! Pawsome! Teri did a great job! We really had to mol at the litterbox cake - so, er, realistic :-D

    Thanks for the tour!
    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

  4. Great job and well done, Teri! I couldn't help laughing at what happened with Socks and the water damage. I'm just glad no cat or human were hurt.
    Wonderful post and the basement looks fantastic. I think I'll pass on the litterbox cake too..

  5. That basement room is REALLY nice! Paws up on getting it done! It's PAWSOME!!!

  6. Concatulations. What a saga. Hope everything goes well from now on.

  7. Wonderful Disco has the most amazing meow ever!! What a meow! Awww it's brilliant to hear him!! Aww to see Brighton too and all your amazing kitties!! Awwww how lovely!!

    Yay for your basement!! It's such a sanctuary - it's brilliant!! Well done you!!!!!!! Yay for sangria! LOL! Hugs to your fab therapist. You did it!!! Yay! Take care

  8. Heeheehee! What a lovely story you guys tell!
    I've only ever known one other Cornish Rex fellow, and he was an irishcat called Seamus - and he was also full of blarney ;). Does it run in the family, perchance?
    Glad your human housemate is feeling like she's moving on.

  9. Congratulations on completing the basement - it looks great and we think you should proud of yourself for achieving so much.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  10. How exciting gang! See, good things do come to those who wait!!!

  11. Everything looks great! We are so glad Teri found the courage to move forward and you guys got your Bird TV station back!!!

  12. Teri I'm so proud to bursting for you! ConCATulations indeed! My eyes were all leaky when watching you go thru the tour. Ms. Stella is completely fascinated listening to Mr. Disco and I myself am so enamoured with him & his narrative of the whole tour. Thank you so much for showing the vids. It was really fun looking around!

    Ms. Stella's Woman
    & Ms. Stella herself is recouperating after being overcome with 'the hots' after hearing her beloved sending her secret messages!

  13. Your basement looks fantastic!! You've done such a wonderful work!
    Kitty litter cake sounds interesting :-)

  14. Wow. what a messy room..
    But cute cat you have

  15. CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!!!!!!! it looks SUPER AWESOME! you did such a great job. :))

    and lol @Disco following you around and talking up a storm. is he normally like that? :)

  16. YAY! We loves the basement. We loves seeing all the kitties too. Congrats on the grand re-opening!
    Love, TK and Squashies

    PeeEss we is all going to Blog Paws. We can't waits to meet you!

  17. OMG teri!!! You did it!! I'm so proud of you. Now that you've taken the first step in moving on I think you'll enjoy rediscovering more of the world again.
    Big big congrats to you!

    Thanks for spending time catching up on my blog. It was nice to "see" you!♥

  18. Wow, and all because of a tired kitty napping in the sink!

  19. Congrats on your Basement Grand Re-Opening! Good for you Teri. Your deck looks wonderful, too! Now, this is the first time we've seen a kitty litter cake, uh...were there any takers?

  20. Thanks for the tour, Disco! That looks like a comfy, cozy and great place to hang out!

  21. It looks just great - what a huge achievement. Many concats!!!!

  22. Love the rumpus room!! How fun for the kitties! And now I want a mojito and kitty litter cake :)

  23. Concatulations on putting dat ole depression monster in its place. Can you send your therapist up here to work on our biped? We might even get our porch painted.


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