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YES! YES! Say it! He vas my BOYFRIEND! - Diary of a Necromancer
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YES! YES! Say it! He vas my BOYFRIEND!
Still collecting new data:

  • New Thing Learned for 7 January: The call letters of the Chicago tv station WFLD do indeed indicate a past association with Those Fields. However, the Eugene Field for whom the park is named was not one of Those Fields, being instead a local poet chiefly noted for having written "Wynken, Blynken and Nod". [Source: wikipedia.]

  • New Thing Learned for 8 January: The shaded-detail bits of a stained-glass window, such as flowing draperies, are drawn by applying a dark paint and brushing it away from the areas intended to be highlights. I knew that this grisaille technique is used in enameling, but the application to stained-glass hadn't occurred to me. [Source: Discovery Channel, "How It's Made"]

  • New Thing Learned for 9 January: It's Nixon's birthday. Hey, they can't all be winners, in trivia or in the Oval Office... [Source: Countdown with Keith Olbermann.]

  • New Thing Learned for 10 January: The superscript number in an exponential power of ten indicates the number of zeroes after the 1 -- IE, 106 = 1,000,000 or 1 million. Chronically math-impaired as I am, I had to have this spelled out to me by a game show, dammit. [Source: Who Wants to be a Millionaire.]

The polterfunk turned up again, this time in the living room. After tearing most of the area near the tv apart, getting more and more annoyed and mystified by the phantom odor of cat pee, I decided to open a window to see if the smell would at least clear off so I could have some peace to contemplate my possible brain tumor.

And that's when we discovered one of the graver drawbacks of having a garden apartment.

Somewhere along the line, Snip appears to have pissed off a neighborhood cat. Literally. There on her favorite window, at cat-rump-height relative to the outside ground, was a dried blotch with drips running down from it. Opening the window confirmed the worst. Fortunately the windows open inward for cleaning, so a good scrubbing chased off the human-spectrum portion of the stink, but just to be sure we got some enzyme stuff the next day and hit the general area from the outside as well. Further inspections the next night, after the "polterfunk" suddenly remanifested in the workroom, showed two identical stains on the outside of one of those windows as well, which I enzymed but haven't yet had the opportunity to scrub. The workroom does have a line-of-sight from that particular window through some french doors to the area of the flat that the cats live in, despite their being barred from the workroom proper for safety reasons, so I think we can now say that our mysterious wandering smell is visiting us from the other side of the windows in the form of either a tomcat who considers my large black cat a threat or rival, or possibly the female I heard the other morning advertising for sex, who in the absence of (most) scent-cues through the glass may have gotten the wrong idea about my large black cat. Either way, it's annoying, and I'm open to suggestions for prevention of future incidents...

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atlanticat From: atlanticat Date: January 10th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
You could try (after enzyme cleaning) mixing up some home-made brew that felines would find offensive. Some garlic cloves and hot chiles pureed in a blender with some water should work. Dunk some cotton balls in the mixture (use gloves) and poke them into cracks near the windows.

This assumes you mind neither the smell of garlic nor having your neighbors concerned that you're expecting an assault by Mexican vampires.

If all else fails, you can try picking up some fox or coyote urine and putting that out around the edges of the yard as a general deterrent. They make sponges that go in little plastic containers with clips for this purpose. Or rent a dog.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: January 10th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
{prints out} Yeah, my shopping list for the weekend is gonna be kind of weird... :)
ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: January 10th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Citrus oil is displeasing to many cats, and could be left in the relevant areas in the same ways described above. Meanwhile, open dishes of baking soda are a good way to absorb and minimize any remaining odors.

*sigh* We have all too much experience with this type of problem.
febrile From: febrile Date: January 12th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Erm, I don't suppose you could buy or have someone make for you a cat piano?
robling_t From: robling_t Date: January 12th, 2007 10:32 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
My cat's already looking for an excuse to shop me to Child Protective Services, thanks... :)
febrile From: febrile Date: January 12th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I don't s'pose Snip looks like this fella, does he?
robling_t From: robling_t Date: January 12th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Not yet, though if she had her way she'd make a try for it (I've had to cut off the evening serving of gooshyfood for a while, since the little bully was ending up eating most of two cans a day and the other cat's too timid to stop her)...
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