While we build our boat

By Mir
December 30, 2015

How was your Christmas? Ours was lovely, just before the family scattered on their various journeys, and right now I am struggling to get back into “real life” mode while ALSO dealing with the fact that we’re under a flash flood warning and our yard has turned into a river (thanks, Obama!). This means that the dogs are all manner of freaked out—Duncan likes to bark to let me know he heard thunder, which is SUPER USEFUL—and also because they are delicate flowers, they don’t want to go outside in the rain and mud. And that’s fine, if they want to learn how to use a toilet, but apparently that’s not an option.

In short: it’s wet and dark and muddy and loud and I am running out of Nature’s Miracle. (If you don’t know what that is, consider yourself lucky. I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT.)

I wrote you a post over at Alpha Mom, though, and I had plenty of time to write it because I haven’t seen my kid in days. Well, that’s an exaggeration: she tends to surface for food and Netflix binging, but as we continue the Countdown To Launch, we just opened up a whole new world of freedom here. It’s all so weird. I mean, she’s like, I dunno, 10 years old, right? Yeah.


  1. StephLove

    Just got home from a 5-day trip and I need more Nature’s Miracle even though someone was coming in every day to clean the cat boxes. At least it’s in the basement.

  2. Kristin

    One of our poodle dogs is like “whatever” with weather-related outdoors…we just had an ice storm and he was just skating around the yard sniffing as if nothing was different. He’s also one-eyed and the other eye has cataracts AND he’s kind of not too bright, so take that as you will.

    The true pure poodle, on the other hand, barks at nothing…have you ever seen the kid book called “The Poodle Who Barked At Nothing”? That’s our dog. So if there’s any weather in the air or on the ground, she sticks her nose at the dog door and sniffs and ONLY goes outside if I’m standing right behind her and I block the entrance back in til she goes.

    Of course, then she defiantly comes in, stares me down and craps right in front of me. Or if I am not paying attention, she gets away with NOT going outside at all, so yes, I know what Nature’s Miracle is and no, it’s not a miracle. It’s a temporary fix. I’m about to rip all the carpet out because you can bleach concrete :-)

  3. Mary K. in Rockport

    Um, what does your flood have to do with the President?

    • Mir

      Nothing. Dumb joke. 😉

      • Susie

        Internet memes will Internet!

  4. Karen R

    Nature’s Miracle was the product of two partners. They split up. One got to keep the name, the other got to keep the formula. The really effective stuff is now at Earth Friendly Products, which Amazon carries. It became Petastic before the latest name. I have far too much experience with a cat who does not like to use a litter box, and buy this stuff by the gallon. Why no, we don’t have any rugs anymore. Why do you ask?

    My sympathies.

  5. Karen

    What Karen R said. You have my sympathies.

  6. Linnae

    I really liked your Alpha Mom article! I think my parents and you must be on the same wavelength. We each got a suitcase and some deodorant for Christmas our Senior year of High School. Ha!

    Also, they have each of our senior photos on the wall. They always said, “Once your picture goes up, you can only come back for a visit!” They were…mostly joking. :) And yes, we paid rent when we moved home from college for the summers (minimal rent, but still…)

    Good luck with the doggies.

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