K is for Kitty Litter


KI am on a quest for the perfect kitty litter. Clumps, but doesn’t smell. Is organic but doesn’t track all over.

It’s harder than you would think.

We’ve tried several brands since acquiring our kitties last September. Such as “WORLD’S BEST KITTY LITTER” for kittens. How can you go wrong with that? But it turns out that the world’s best still wasn’t that impressive. It was chemical-free and it had a pretty look to it (like aquarium gravel), it also had a tendency to crumble and get dusty. And “WORLD’S BEST KITTY LITTER” multi-cat version wasn’t much better. We tried a kind that was completely compostable but it didn’t clump. Not-clumping is code for “super-gross and mushy” and it looked like goat pellets.

Fresh Step was good at odor control, had excellent clumping power but is basically just a chem-fest (that’s clever-speak for “full of chemicals.”) And our current litter clumps well, but it’s still stinky.

I think I’ve jumped the shark in this A-Z challenge, but if you’re out there and you know of a good, natural litter that smells like daisies, I’m all ears.

C is for Cover


CThe good thing about working in a group is that if you suck at something like, say, graphic design, chances are there are other people in your group who don’t suck [at graphic design]. And then if you need something like, say, a book cover you can go to those other people and ask them to do it.

For last year’s A-Z challenge, I took a bunch of pictures of letters. I have small kids, so naturally our house is littered with alphabets. There are letters on blocks and bath toys and benches. So I’ll take out my camera and take some pictures of letters, what’s the big deal?

If you actually go to our writing group’s page you will see gorgeous photos of letters made from flower petals and dripped cappuccino on the back deck. The colors are vibrant. Each letter is like its own little masterpiece.

There are not my photos. They are Allison Tierney’s photos. My photos are blurry and lousy and I won’t waste more thought trying to describe my incompetence in a thoughtful and witty way. Just know that I suck at it. (That’s why my “photos” for this year’s challenge are just letters in different fonts.)

Which is why I had nothing to do with our cover. Although I did threaten to put something together (which, I found, is a powerful motivator in getting someone else to do it.)

Didn’t Allison do a beautiful job?


photo credit: Mary Allison Tierney