What is under my kitchen sink? And what might that tell you about me and my household? Now, let's see:
A gallon of white vinegar - I used to add it to my dishwasher cycle, so that it works better.
But since I love everything organic, I've tried many and found, that organic cleaners and detergents do much better job, AND are better for the environment, now I use an organic dishwasher detergent, and problems with dishes dissolve (pun intended, of course).
Big container is for recyclables. I'm a big believer in "do-it-now" and "clean / throw as you go" principle, so once I'm done with a jar or a can, I rinse it and put in that container.
Now, what's in that spray bottle? The Green one is my favorite brand of cleaning solution - organic of course as well. I actually prefer the pink one, but I'm out of it at the moment.
Smaller spray bottle has Plain water in it. It's a "scare the cat" bottle. Someone recommended that if your cat is not behaving properly, and wants to get into places he shouldn't get into, light spray of water might work wonders.
And our cat has always been very curious. He especially likes places, that even in a cat lover household should stay "cat free" - like dishes storage, dishwasher, dining table...
We use the spray bottle occasionally, and it seems to work. Our cat is overly curious, makes moderate trouble, and we love him dearly. Not only because we do love cats in general, but also because he is a perfect fit for our family. We have two small children, and were concerned, how they and new cat will interact, especially since he was just a kitten when we adopted him. Turns out - he is the sweetest cat of all. He never objected when kids would carry him around holding like an old rag doll... My youngest also pulled his tail, would pet him against the fur, and also use her toy doctors kit to check blood pressure, and if there is any heart beat...
He never scratches anyone, he actually plays with balloons, and has never ever popped one yet! He does use his scratch board quite a lot instead.
At the same time, he is not a "rag cat" without any spark of life. He loves to hunt any insect that comes into the house, as well as his tail, tiny piece of paper or just imaginary things. He jumps up high trying to get a little spider on the window. He runs around, and plays hide and seek with us. He's fun! And very cuddly.
So, I might repeat it again - he is a perfect fit for our family. And why? Because he was referred to us! Yep. I come from Russia, a country where you don't even try to start any worthwhile project without getting referrals for people to talk to and to hire. We use this approach here in the US. My husband had a student, who was a veterinarian and who also worked at Animal Rescue League. We told her, we are looking for a cat, or a kitten, and she said, there are 3 kittens at their shelter right now. They were too young for adoption at the moment, but if we wait, we can have one. She highly recommended that particular kitten named Kenny. He was the favorite of all personnel.
We took him, and couldn't be happier. We call him Kenny G (my husband is a musician, so that explains the name - our Kenny doesn't have any musical talents unfortunately).
So, referrals are the way to go. If we were going around asking for referrals for a CAT, doesn't it make even more sense to ask for referrals for a good real estate agent when you need one?
OK, that was it, my entry to this interesting contest. And now everybody will know what a cute cat I have!