The Clawed Paw of Doom and Other Challenges

photo of catI was thinking just last evening that it’s odd, but the biggest obstacle, the greatest challenge to completing any projects in my home (especially ones involving sticky substances like glue or paint) is in fact my cat.

Yes. A tiny tortoiseshell domestic American Shorthair is my Nemesis.

Meet Elemauzer the Terribly Inquisitive.

General Mauzursky the Crafty Strategist and Destroyer of Projects.

Mauzer the Beloved But Often Annoying.

Wherever there is activity she’ll be there and right in the middle of it. Is it crucial that a drying piece not be disturbed? She’ll find it and knock it askew.

cat hiding in wrapping paperIf I’m working on something, she’s there, walking all over the gold leaf, brushing up against the wet paint to smear it, shedding into everything. She’s like a kid that wants to scrawl her name in wet concrete.

If I lock her out of a room to work, well. There is a reason the word caterwaul exists, isn’t there?

Other challenges to getting things done include:

  1. Fear of failing.
    I’m always worried that I won’t be able to complete the project correctly and will waste money and time. I always have to remind myself that this will indeed happen with some things, but that there will also be fun successes along the way.
  2. Dislike of shopping.
    I really dislike shopping, hate going to stores, and I find that in order to do projects, well, there’s a lot of shopping needed. I need to really gear up to go in search of any needed supplies.
  3. Lack of patience.
    I always want to skip a step or hurry things along. Waiting for the drying, the sanding, the curing, the application of many thin layers is a challenge, because I like to work fast and have things done, but, of course, there are almost never any effective shortcuts.
  4. Laziness.
    I used to be a Type A person, and was always doing something. But after years of that nonsense, I really feel quite lazy and tired. Once I start a project and get absorbed into it, there is that lovely sense of time slipping away and being totally present in the job at hand, but getting started is the tough bit.

It’s a good thing that I generally enjoy myself once I’ve gotten past these hurdles, or I’d never get any stuff finished. And it’s a good thing the cat can still manage to look dignified, even after rubbing against wet paint and coming away with half her whiskers purple.

2 Comments on The Clawed Paw of Doom and Other Challenges

  1. Char
    February 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm (3 years ago)

    what a cute picture of your kitten.

    • mrsjones
      February 4, 2014 at 5:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks! She’s a sweetie, but pesky too.


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