Merry Catmas – How to have a cat friendly Christmas this year?

We all remember, when Simon’s cat completely destroyed the tree, don’t we? Well, here is a quick reminder:

Not all cats are Christmas tree fetishists, but we can settle for the commonly accepted: most are.

The funny thing is, you don’t usually see dozens of cats hanging out on a pine tree, even so, that most cats hate those. They strongly dislike rosin as it sticks to their fur, very hard to clean and tastes really bad. It makes their tummy flip… They are not huge fans of pine-needles either. It nettles their paws and claws.

The Mighty Christmas Tree

In most cases, cats will avoid pine trees at all costs in their natural habitat. A Christmas tree, on the other hand, brings in a whole new scenario.

For cats constantly being kept inside greens are well-needed patches of nature. You brought something in from the outside. It smells like outside! It smells like nature! Way to make a cat excited. You just grabbed a piece of wild and inserted it in your cat’s mind.

Just by the time the „nature excitement” wears out, you start hanging shiny toys on the tree and illuminate those with sparkly lights. You just created cat heaven. Yes, the tree still smells bad for a kitty nose, it sticks and stings, but you created an experience out of it: a joypark for a feline who lived in a not very stimulating environment all year.

How To Make The Chrismas Tree Cat Safe

First of all: stabilize and tie down any tree! Speaking of experience, have a real tree. A living tree is even better, as it stands firmly on the ground with its roots in a huge pot. Any plastic tree will be destroyed. My cats even go off for the sound of the plastic tree touching its box. A real tree has the tree feeling to it, it is heavier and the pine needles will put your cats off a little. I only use my plastic tree as a distraction: place it in the middle of the room while decorating the tree, so they leave me to the real tree without „helping” with the decoration.

If you have a cut tree with a stand that is filled with water, make sure to have it covered well so your cats don’t start drinking out of it. Water mixed with the juice coming out of the tree can be poisonous in bigger quantities!

Ornaments?

Your favorite ornaments inherited from your great gran? Forget those, put them away, sealed. They are most likely to be made out of glass. They will break, slash your heart and your kitty’s paw open. You really don’t want that to happen, even so, that your local vet is surely closed during the Holidays. There are ornaments made out of plastic that look just like glass ones. They only bounce back when fallen. Colored metallic bulbs and natural (mainly wooden) ornaments are your true friends. If you are up for doing some Christmas crafts, you can buy some Styrofoam or Durafoam Balls and cover them in glitter, color them or add some ribbons.

foam christmas ornament

Garlands and ribbons should only be placed on the top section of tree without leaving loose ends. Try to avoid flickering lights, and have still ones. Candles or anything with open fire is a strict no go! Make sure to unplug the tree when you leave home, and close the tree away if you can.

If you follow these precautions, you will survive Christmas with a few fallen ornaments and some glitter on your pillow. Oh, have a second set of lights, just in case! 🙂

christmas cat

Merry Catmas from Anita, Strawberry, Xenomorph and Blacket! xoxoxoxo

Is Success Encoded In Us Or Are We Making It Happen? – The Secret, Access Bars and the Universe

There’s a saying I keep bumping into nowadays:  „put this out to the Universe”, and it finally inspired a blog post. I am a spiritual child, they say it has something to do with the fact that I was born on the 21st of December. If I was born in a wrong era I could have already been burned for witchcraft 🙂 For those who don’t know, it is the winter solstice and last year the world ended on that day.. 😀 It surely is a date with a meaning so I blame my extreme acceptance of the „not-likely” on that.

Regarding my true beliefs, I am stuck in the „oh I don’t even know” phase. I was raised by religious grandparents for the half of my life, and spent the other half as a lost teen guided by a very young dad and „moms” would come and go. I have not been searching the meaning of life all these years, but I was pretty curious to find out the rules of it. And by that, I don’t mean gravity.

Almost everyone at least once had the thought of: why are there people who are extremely successful and why do others do worse or just stay average? If you are here to find this out, I have to disappoint you: I have no idea whatsoever..

As far as theories go, it could be God, for believers. They say they prayed for success and they got it. Some say they asked the universe or worshipped a leader the has no physical appearence. I really don’t think any of these matter. It could have – might as well –  been an angel, a spirit or the devil.

The Secret for example, teaches you how to ask for success, money and well-being. Some people swear the book changed their lives. It speaks about the Law of Attraction and how visualizing our goals paired with the right attitude can give us anything. Some people of course have it debunked, state it never worked and these things do not exist. I am not taking sides, but every succes story has a common point: an identity, entity or a theory behind them.

People who are very materialistic call that luck (how controversial), for others it can be God, the Universe or a sacred animal.

Access Consciousness states it is all in you. To define it a little deeper: „Consciousness is the ability to be present in your life in every moment, without judgment of you or anyone else. It is the ability to receive everything, reject nothing, and create everything you desire in life – greater than what you currently have, and more than what you can imagine.”

Okay, it does sound like a sales pitch, but it teaches you to ask questions when you are not able to decide, and that decisions cannot be wrong or right, and you can, in fact, choose again anytime. Wise rules to live by.

If we come down to it, as I can see there are 2 ways of success:

  1. You ask for it, and you are given – from an entity, may that be God, the Universe or the law of attraction.
  2. It is already in you, but you have to learn to use your abilities.

If you think about it, our mental power is always the key, this is what we use to send out info to the Universe, this is the voice God hears, and this is what Access Bars helps to free up.

I personally think success is an attitude. An attitude of belief.

For some, it is believing in something.  For others it is the believing itself. Some people are convinced that they can only believe in themselves, but the belief is there. Religion is not far off, we are given the one to worship.

I am a believer… of all of these. I think everything I need is in me, but I also believe that being me is really small and I hope for a bigger power for guidance and help. I think we all need that, regardless of what we name it.

I think success is belief. You just have to start believing.

You can choose the entity. You can choose your own God.

And you need some inspiration. The interviews in this video inspired me greatly, may the same happen to you.

Frozen Yogurt – Bliss All Year Round!

I decided to share one of my all time favorites with you all.

I am well aware, that it is now wintertime and cold outside. This time of the year, most people are craving hot desserts, brownies and steam sponges, but I am an ice cream girl, I can’t help it. I can crave ice cream even on the coldest days of January.

Most ice creams you can buy in your local store are not very healthy (usually full of sugar and fat) and most of the ingredients I don’t even recognize… I love fruit ice creams and sorbets, however many of those never seen real fruit.. or any… 😀

So I have my own little recipe, that is full of fruits, flavours, colors and is always fresh. Never failed to make me smile.

Here is how to make awesome frozen yogurt:

1. get some frozen fruit (any really, your taste determines it all) and some plain yogurt (try to aim for low fat organic if you can, I sinned this time)

frozen yogurt ingredients
Ingredients

2. put them all in a mixing bowl (or anything you can mix it in)

frozen yogurt ingredients
All set

3. get a blender (hand-held is perfect) and blend the frozen fruit with the yogurt, if you have a sweet tooth, add a teaspoon of honey and syrup

mixing frozen yogurt
mixing

4. serve and enjoy!

strawberry frozen yogurt
TADA!

 

 

A Trip to Berlin

I have been neglecting this blog for a while now, and for that I am sorry. I am. Really. So dramatic… 🙂

BUT WE VISITED BERLIN!

How awesome is that?? Okay, maybe I am bit overreacting, but hey, it is still awesome. We only went there for the weekend and did not see as much as I wanted to, but here are a few things to sum it up.

 

Berlin is huge.

Anyone who says othervise is lying. 😀 Buildings are emormous, solid and..very concrete. Building styles are mixed (my significant other disliked this a lot) and very distant eras are represented next to each other making it look like patchwork city. One example of this is the American Embassy and the Brandenburger Tor next to each other, so different still almost built together.

The TV Tower is a LOT bigger than you would expect (I had an epiphany similar to this when visiting England for the first time: I realized Stonehenge is not that big) and a lot more expensive to get in than I would have ever thought.

Berlin TV Tower
Berlin TV Tower

 

But Berlin is cheap.

Not everything, but most things are. The TV Tower, as I mentioned before was a slightly less pleasant surprise with costing 25 EUR for two. It is a lot, considering that for this same price we booked a super nice double room in Steglitz for a night, Haribo included.

hotel room in Berlin, Steglitz
Hotel Room

Food is really cheap, we could fill up for  5 EUR each, we even had some overlefts that later ended up donated to a homeless guy. Lidl is cheaper than it is in Hungary, and compared to the wages in Berlin, you can live off on basically close to nothing.

 

Berlin is well-organized.

Especially public transport. We could basically visit everything via taking the U-bahn or the S-bahn. Everything connects, the rail and bus system works perfectly. Day tickets worth their price and you actually get nice and clean service for the amount of money paid. Bicycles are everywhere (no, I mean literally everywhere) and bicycle roads can be found all throughout the city.

 

And the people?

Strange. I am not ready to decide just yet. The people off the street seemed very helpful, calm but distant. Customer service in the shops however seemed a bit off. First, we met the not very helpful lady in the mobile shop, who finally sold us four (yes, 4) SIM cards for the price of one. I still can not believe how we ended up with this many, but if you need a German a SIM card, you are welcome to contact me 😀

The hotel receptionist was preoccupied with her personal to-do-s and had an attitude when we needed help, but she might just had a bad day. Or PMS.

The tourist info guy literally kicked us out from the kiosk, to get real money or a real debit card. ***Useful info: Mastercards are not commonly accepted in Germany, only Maestros *** Which makes me wonder why Mastercards are advertised as the world’s card, and perfect for travelling? 😀 But it is not really about the cards, it is about the tone, gestures and face expressions we got for not owning a Meastro.

If you read this, Kiosk guy, we are truly sorry.

We also found out, that waiting at the reception of a company is not possible, as the receptionist sometimes has to leave the reception desk (don’t even go there, no logic behind this, maybe we could have stolen her computer?) and that travel expense reimbursements are not the first priorities if you are not selected for a job, even though they asked you to travel there for an interview and promised to pay for the journey. (Yes, this happened to one of us.)

Apart from that, the city is nice, organised, fairly clean and has really good vibes. I wish our public transport could be half as good as theirs and that Dounkin’ Doughnuts could be bought here, too.

I am really happy we had the chance to visit Berlin (I have however been travelling through a few instances, but had no times for sightseeing), and could spend some quality time together with my boyfriend.

 

To sum it up!

Life with the cats in Berlin

Compared to London it is less touristy and the people are a lot colder. The English charm is completely missing (probably becouse it is not England, duh). Compared to Vienna, it is huge. Compared to Hamburg, it looks poor (especially the east side) but more lively and artistic. Is is a lot more organised and a lot cleaner than Budapest, but it does not have the bridges and the sights by the Danube. It is unique, but I am still not sure how much I actually like it. Needs more visits I guess…and hopefully we will be there again, soon. I am ready to go tomorrow again. 🙂

All in all, it was one of the best weekends away for us, and the one of the worst weekends for the cats! Oh yeah, this blog is called life WITH the cats, but this was out first weekend without them.

They survived, but were not talking to us for about 48 hours. Málna still thinks that we will compensate her loss with food, and now started randomly shouting at us… it is only fun with cats, isn’t it?

 

Xoxo