If you make your trip up here around the end of August I should be able to send you home with some great tomatoes-organic, of course. I'm even growing an heirloom stripy orange one this year. Should be good.
- Obey My Authority
You have been most kind with our visit last time, feeding us ice-cold sodas and cakes.
Not to mention all the goodies too.
I don't have any surviving orchids to bring you though, not even ... one.
Since we had to cancel last year to a lats minute injury, we have a 1 year rain check to return, and pay a difference of $45.
I am very much looking forward to this trip.
Putting Buji,.. who can't swim,... on a plastic raft,... down a whitewater rapids.
I have finally gutted out our kitchen, so I can show you with pictures of how our kitchens in the 2 cages are set up.
Lissie was the one who first started testing out this system and I soon followed. Again, this works perfectly for us,
but some might find it unbearable. Once we got the hang of it, we can do a complete weekly cleaning under an hour.
Both of our kitchens are made of coroplast.
Line the entire kitchen area with old newspaper.
Followed by a layer of puppy pads. I cut puppy pads into halves when needed to fit better.
There is a whole pad, and 3 halves in the our 2*2 kitchen.
Then , a layer of Carefresh.
We store our Carefresh in a storage bin under our cage. Our bin can hold 2 bags of Carefresh at once,
and I use a bucket to scoop up and move the Carefresh.
Tiles. You might need to trim your tiles to size, and since momo and craft knives do not go together,
Lissie was kind enough to measure and trim outs for us.
Tada, you are done! How simple was that?
Poopies, stray hay and food particles will stay on top of the mats. All you have to do is sweep them up daily,
and your kitchen would look just as new!
So now, a week has gone by… gee, how time flies!
All you need is a few things to make your day faster, easier.
A kitchen trash bag, a mini-sweeper, a spray bottle of water with a cap of bleachand paper towels.
Start by removing your hay bin, sweep up as much as yuckies on the mats, and remove the mats.
Throw the mats into the sink. They fit nicely into our kitchen sink so I do it over there
Very important, WEAR GLOVES.
Now, start scrubbing, and let the tiles rest for a few minutes.
Roughly rinse the tiles off with running water, then grab all your food bowls, water bottles and their what nots into the kitchen.
Refill the sink up with warm water, and add ½ cup of bleach.
Throw everything in, and yes, I mean everything.
RINSE everything thoroughly, starting with their cage accessories.
Go over the inner lips of your waterbottles with Q-tips to get rid of the gunk.
While you wait for everything to dry, go back to the cage and gut out the entire kitchen area.
Start by rolling up the layer of puppy pads underneath the Carefresh. Then roll up the newspaper.
This is the absolutely latest you need to remove your piggies from the cage.
Give the coroplast frame a good spray of the diluted bleach, and follow to dry it with paper towels.
While designing our latest cage, I made Emma’s kitchen as a sliding kitchen where I can slide the entire compartment
out to clean, so I won’t have to bend so much.
Since it is arranged in the same system as the main kitchen, it is cleaned following identical steps too.
Let me list the reason why I love this kitchen method
Hello, did I mention it only takes you an hour a week to completely clean, wash and reset?
The tiles keep the bedding down where the pigs can’t eat, digest or kick up. I use Carefresh/Yesterday news,
whichever I have at home, and with them undisturbed, you get a much better mileage out of them as odor control.
For the same reason, it cuts down on dust, so much so it shows up on our weekly air purifier cleaning! Saves me lots of wheezies!
Cleaning is tedious work, but I always find out piggies happy to play when you are cleaning. :)
And when it is all done, your piggies will thank you for a comfy home,..
And a clean kitchen area to munch hay in. :)
Geesh, the is the longest I ever spent working on a story...
Someone get me some cheetoes and a Pepsi! :)
Ooops, and before I forgot..!!! *which i did*
It is Cavyslave8's birthday today! :)
By the way, do you ever have problems with puppy pad chewing?
- Obey My Authority
I think Lissie got the tiles at http://www.kiwitile.com/products/
I hope she will soon log on and fill in the details, she was the one who started experimenting and introduced me to these tiles.
She will shortly post instructions on trimming those tiles.
With this system, I clean my kitchen only once a week, and a 50qt bag of Carefresh can last me 3 weeks, really stretches our budget.
The puppy pads are buried under the tiles so they can;t chew on it in the kitchen. But I do use it in our cages too, and so far, nobody has found them to be yumyums! :)
I wish I could do puppy pads as part of the main cage, but I have three coro chewers so I think puppy pads would not be a good idea.
Okay.. here's the details on how to cut the tiles.I hope she will soon log on and fill in the details
** IF YOU HAVE KIDS, DO THIS WHEN THEY'RE ASLEEP, OR FAR FAR AWAY FROM THE ROOM YOU'RE CUTTING THE TILES **
Step 1: Measure where you want to cut the tile.
Step 2: Heat up your utility knife. This is how I do it. Put the utility knife on the stove on high for 1 minute.
Step 3: Hold the tile vertically, then put the tip of the knife in one of the holes, then make the cut. If the knife is hot enough, it will be very easy to cut. *feels like cutting butter*. If it's not hot enough, repeat step 2.
The hot knife idea came from this page: http://www.instructables.com/id/Hot-Knife-for-Plastic-Cutting!/
Yes, 2 tiles are about the size of 1x2 kitchen. You'll probably need to cut off the holes where it connect to the other tile.So 2 tiles equals a 1x2 kitchen?
Here's the product specs.