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Monday, September 02, 2019

Discovery Monday

TBT:  I finally remembered what I was originally intending to mention on Thursday!

I love to re-purpose things in ways never intended by the manufacturer.  I scraped the litterboxes clean with a 6" wide plastic putty spreader for years, for example, before I realized the fireplace shovel was even better.   A clean litter scoop (for filling from a tub) in the pet department  cost $6 and I found the same scoop (for bulk nails) in a hardware for $4.  I fixed a floor hole in a roommate's old VW Bug with an old spark plug once.  You get the idea.

Well, I found the coolest litterbox-cleaning tool ever a couple weeks ago.  I was looking for something in a DIY store and walked past a shelf of "taping knives".  And stopped to stare at them.  They looked interesting.
Wal-Board Tools 10 in. Taping Knife

And it struck me!  Litterbox...  The blade is thin but strong metal and the handle is firmly attached.   The 10" size fits most litterboxes.

My memory may not be what it used to be.  I'm constantly moving around in the kitchen to grab something only to forget exactly what I was reaching for.  But my hand is within a foot of it, so I glance around quickly and see the right object (usually something like ice cube trays that have no specific place to be - I keep mine on top of the M/W).

As Mom often said, "Getting old isn't for sissies".  Speaking of which, I was in the grocery store the other day and kneeled down to look at something on the bottom shelf and complained a bit out loud as my knees objected.  An older lady next to me said "getting old is hell, isn't it"?  But in my case, kneeling is a relief.  It's standing back up that's hard.

I tend to stand almost all day long.  One of the best moments of my day is when I get my dinner on the TV tray and sink into the easy chair.  AAAHHHHH, it feels so good!

So anyway, I went to clean the litterboxes Friday and saw the taping knife and thought "AHA, Thankful Thursday"!  So I wrote "taping knife" on a napkin and set it by the computer so I woudn't forget again.  And just got to it today.

So give a taping knife a try; you'll like it...


Megan said...

Hey - what can I say? It happens to all of us, I'm afraid! LOL

Sydney, Australia

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

The trials of ageing! I leave myself post it notes all over the place. I used to have a small fire shovel too for litter box use which worked very well on hardened clay that was too much for the scoop, and also for the full clean and change.

Brian said...

That taping knife looks like it could be most useful, good thinking!

pilch92 said...

I will have to try that.

The Island Cats said...

We love a good DIY hack!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the tip.

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

How truly clever! Nothing wrong with your mind if you can do things like that!

Kitchen tools like those huge ladles with drain holes in them are good for minor scooping better on the rounded corners than a traditional litter scoop at least that is my opinion.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

That was a good idea. Mom says getting up is the hardest part of her day.