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CitiKitty week 8:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 02-03-2011

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*sigh* Well, we are at a standstill. Knyckles is still holding and not going as regularly as she used to. When she does go she pees in the pot and poohs on the floor. Remember when I joked about it taking 10 week to train her? I think that might have been too optimistic. Perhaps I’m not being as diligent as I was with her. There was a woman who wrote on the CitiKitty website that it took her 5 months to train her cat, can I last that long? I thought about going back a step but I’m not 100% sure if we should or not. I’m thinking when she gets comfortable peeing in it she’ll start using it for numero two. We’ll see. *sigh*

CitiKitty available at their website: http://www.citikitty.com/.

Kuwaiti Kites:Even amid the almost barren desert, there is childlike wonder.


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 01-03-2011

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Can I just say awesome?! As I was riding down the road I saw these amazing kites! Where do you buy kites this big? I’ve seen a couple of massive kites along Gulf Road before but never this many. I couldn’t even get them all in the frame. Sometimes Kuwait surprises me in such good ways! J

My Dad and I once went and flew kites at Oak Grove Elementary with loads of other children. It was so long ago but I still remember being excited about it. For a moment, kites makes the world seems like a magical place where it is only normal for brightly colored shapes to sit stagnant in the air.

Miriam Rowe Jewelry Giveaway:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 28-02-2011

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I bought two of Miriam’s pieces when we went on our awesome cruise this summer that I’ve yet to write about: one for myself and one for my sister. We both love our pieces and get great comments every time we wear them. Right now this is my favorite of her pieces available on Miriam’s website, however this one is not part of the contest: William Morris Necklace.

It’s absolutely amazing! I love the metal work and the colors of this piece. It makes me happy.

I’m not here to tell about my favorite pieces, rather I here to inform you on ways you can WIN A PIECE OF YOUR OWN! To be honest, I’m posting to get 3 extra points to help ME WIN, but that’s neither here nor there! If you want to try your odds against me, here are the details from her webpage:

How to enter:

1 Entry: Become a fan of Miriam Rowe Jewellery on Facebook (Leave a comment on the page to claim your entry: if you are already a Facebook Fan, just post on the page’s wall to claim your entry)

1 Entry for each friend you invite who becomes a fan of Miriam Rowe Jewellery on Facebook (To claim your entries leave a wall post on the page with the names of your friends who join)

3 Entries: Blog about this contest and link back to this post (To claim your 3 entries comment on this post with a link to your blog post)

5 Entries: Complete a 5 minute survey about Miriam Rowe’s website (Filling in your details at the end of the survey will register your 5 entries)


Contest runs from today, February 22nd, through March 2nd. Last chance to enter is March 2nd at 11:59pm GMT (6:59pm EST). Entries will be assigned a number as they are received, and the winning entry will be chosen using Random.org . The winner will be announced on Friday March 4th. Must be 18 or older to enter.

I could wish you luck, but I’m not going to!

CitiKitty Week 7:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 23-02-2011

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Another accident, nuff said.

CitiKitty available at their website: http://www.citikitty.com/.

CitiKitty Week 6:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 17-02-2011

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This phase was worse than last week. I had to sit on the floor after 1 and ½ days of no potty usage and encourage her. She finally went but still won’t take her paws out of the litter. I think she’s going to pitch a huge fit when it gets even smaller. She’s also using the edge of it rather than the middle, which I think is going to cause problems for her in weeks to come.

I hadn’t planned on removing another portion this week because of her hesitation to use it at first. I’m glad I didn’t have my heart set on it because on Monday night we had an accident so I wouldn’t have been removing it anyway. I’m monitoring her, but she’s been resisting and crying a bunch this week. Hopefully she won’t have any more accidents and we’ll be downgrading the CitiKitty next week.

To get your own CitiKitty visit their website: http://www.citikitty.com/.

CitiKitty Week 5:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 09-02-2011

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Even though the hole looked huge to me in week 4, Knyckles wasn’t fazed by it a bit. We had zero problems this week – praise God – but now the hole seriously looks huge! It’s intimidating to look at even for me…

I guess we’ll see! 🙂

To get your own CitiKitty visit their website: http://www.citikitty.com/.

CitiKitty Week 4:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 02-02-2011

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This is for the patient at heart. Luckily I’m very patient with small things like animals and children; it’s the large things I am impatient with like myself and appliances. After applauding myself on Knyckles using the potty without a step, we had a turn to the dark side. One day with no usage, two days with not a drop, three days without even venturing into the bathroom and in a few hours it would be four days. I was starting to panic imagining her little innards backing up and eventually exploding from her bullheadedness. I had replaced her box after the first day worried that perhaps she didn’t like jumping onto the toilet but that obviously didn’t help. As we hit the evening of the third day, I took my post next to her bathroom and encouraged away. She came and sat with me then lay on her box and thirty minutes later she was up there peeing, and peeing, and peeing, and peeing. She peed so much that it filled over half of the CitiKitty covering her back feet before leaking into the toilet. Aha! Perhaps this is why she didn’t want to go. I cleaned the CitiKitty and then followed her around from room to room until she gave up, trudged back to the toilet and finished her business. Since then she’s been going like a champ. I think she’s learned to go often so she doesn’t get her feet messed. She still won’t put her feet on the seat. We scraped by this week with no accidents, but I know for certain that if I wasn’t home and encouraging her we would’ve had one. Last night I removed the second portion and the hole looks huge! Wish us luck this next week.

To get your own CitiKitty visit their website: http://www.citikitty.com/

CitiKitty Week 3:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 27-01-2011

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Week 2 went well considering the task at hand. Knyckles didn’t seem to mind the removal of her walkway and readily used the box to get onto the toilet, however she had some technical problems with – how shall I say this – body placement (?). She still wants to have all four feet in the litter during the more serious potty business resulting in a couple of misses. I consulted a few highly unknowledgeable sources on the subject and we agreed that although she was missing, she was on the toilet and trying therefore the process shouldn’t be postponed. I’m assuming that as the CitiKitty itself becomes less and less she’ll readjust her footing and the problem will be solved. As long as she continues to get on the toilet to go to the bathroom, I’m happy.

My sources and I also decided to remove the box while the hole in the CitiKitty is still small so that she can figure out jumping and balancing without the threat of falling in, which I think would result in NEVER using the toilet again. While she had no problem using the toilet without the box, I am glad I started with the walkway. The walkway made it so much easier for her to adjust to the new litter box. Once she was familiar with using the CitiKitty, replacing the walkway with a small box and then removing that didn’t seem to hinder her in anyway.

However, there will be no photo since our week 3 will look exactly like week 2. Knyckles did famously until I didn’t clean it before she went number two leading her to do the doo on the floor – fail. She has started using the CitiKitty only at night while I’m sleeping. Why, I’m not sure. Could it seem humiliating to her? Perhaps. Would she rather have the comfort of knowing that the whole house is asleep? Apparently. Whatever the reason behind her now nightly ritual, I’m usually awakened by the constant scratching on the toilet lid, but not always. The CitiKitty directions say to wait a full week after an accident to remove the next portion; I guess that means human accident resulting in feline accident as well (?). To be safe and not rush my sweet cat, we’ll wait a week to take out the next section.

Because there is not enough litter for Knyckles to cover her nasty, it’s imperative that I clean it immediately for several reasons: the smell that not only wafts through the house but will drive her crazy if left uncovered and in case she has more business to do. It’s relatively easy to clean since the litter is flushable but in no way is enjoyable.

To get your own CitiKitty visit their website: http://www.citikitty.com/

Brenda Noble is in remission!


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 25-01-2011

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God works in mysterious ways and I know that on this Earth I will not understand many – if any – of them. What I do understand is that he is capable of performing miracles on any given day. Brenda Noble is the sweet mother of a dear friend. She was diagnosed with brain cancer (GBM – glioblastoma multiforme) on January 11, 2010 and given 2 months to live without treatment or 6 months with treatment. God has been present throughout her entire journey and is rejoicing with us now. I sobbed when Shawna told me her mom had cancer but I had tears of joy when she told me she was in remission – by golly I’ve got tears in my eyes now! My prayers are for continued good news pertaining to this battle. Congratulation Mrs. Noble! Praise God!

CitiKitty Week 2:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 20-01-2011

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Hooray for successes! Knyckles must have been ashamed of her accident being posted online for the world to see because she has yet to have another one! We removed the middle portion of the CitiKitty yesterday and a several days ago degraded her walkway to a small step/box. In a few days that will be removed entirely –yay! She’s already used the new version of the CitiKitty and I’m very proud and hopeful that in 3 more weeks we will have a toilet trained cat; I knew she could do it! KNYCKLES, YOU GO GIRL! This is what the CitiKitty looks like in week two:

To get your own CitiKitty visit their website: http://www.citikitty.com/