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Huskies and Cats + Back Patio Progress

One of my biggest worries before we brought Niva home was that she wouldn’t get along with Malcolm. I’ve heard that Siberian huskies and cats aren’t a good mix because huskies have a high prey drive for small animals. It was definitely a gamble to bring Niva home to a cat without knowing how she or Malcolm would react, but we had a few things going for us:

  • Niva is a very submissive dog
  • Niva is a puppy
  • Malcolm is a very friendly cat
  • Malcolm has been raised with dogs

Siberian Husky and cat sitting together

It’s totally true that Siberian huskies have a high prey drive. They are also pack-oriented dogs. I think Niva saw Malcolm as part of her pack when we brought her home, so she doesn’t hunt him. 

If you’re considering bringing a husky (or any breed of dog, really) home to a cat or vice versa, I would take into account each animal’s age and temperament before making any decisions. It’s definitely possible for cats and huskies to live together, and it’s amazing to watch them play and live in peace and harmony when they do!

Okay, onto our back patio renovation progress. I wish I had more before pictures, but I snuck into my archives and found this one below from a post I wrote in 2014(!). Our back patio area had wooden railing and a canopy with wooden beams and a ceiling made out of…. I don’t know?!

We eventually took the old canopy down and would put up the one below when we had gatherings at our house.

Lighted pop up canopy at night

Jimmy took down the old railing and posts and put up steel beams. 

Back porch with steel columns and porch swing

He then painted the beams, made and painted new railing, and added some landscaping.

Back porch with black steel columns and black steel mesh railingsBack porch with landscaping, rocks, and mulch and steel mesh railing

Then, it was onto the canopy! It looked like this on Saturday before the boys got to work.

Steel beams for canopy in backyard

It looked like this last night while we ate dinner outside for the first time in a long time!

Black steel canopy for yard that looks industrial and modernSteel canopy painted black

Next, we will be working on a little outdoor kitchen area. Can’t wait!

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Currently: May 2019

Yay for May! I am looking forward to so many exciting things this month. The start of the gardening season, welcoming two nieces, seeing my sister graduate from nursing school, and celebrating Jimmy’s birthday! I have a feeling it’s going to be a good month 🙂

Current book The Bible and the book I’ve been reading for the moms group I’m co-leading. Sadie has been enjoying this book a lot lately. She enjoys it so much that she always tries to eat the felt flaps, lol.

Current fun Spending time outside enjoying the spring weather in Pittsburgh.

Current app Our baby monitor app, Lollipop. Now that Sadie is sleeping in her crib more(!!), it’s fun to see what positions she falls asleep in. I felt bad she fell asleep with her leg poking out of the slats of her crib, but I also didn’t want to wake her up to move her. It was quite the conundrum.

Baby sleeping in crib with leg out of crib slat

Current tv show Anything real estate related. Jimmy and I often put Sadie to bed and watch an episode of Island Life, Buying Alaska, Hawaii Life, or pretty much any show where people tour and buy homes.

Current blessing Sadie. I love seeing the world through her eyes. She inspires me in so many ways.

Current obsession Buying matching outfits for Sadie, Remi (my brother and sister-in-law’s daughter), and Caroline (my sister and brother-in-law’s daughter) for when Remi and Caroline arrive this month!

Carters baby girl cat dresses with bloomers matching

Current goal Getting the garden ready for planting later this month. I have a lot of weeding ahead of me, lol.

Current joy Birds, birds, and more birds. The obsession is at an all time high! The other night Jimmy said “Allie… step away from the window… I saw you look out there like fifteen times in the past minute” haha.

Current food Jasmine rice! I’d never tried it until recently and now I’m hooked. Also having lots of salmon, wraps, chocolate pancakes, corn on the cob, and runny egg sandwiches lately.

Uncle Ben's Rady Rice Jasmine Rice

Current baked good I made an apple pie over the weekend! I need to pick up some yeast because I want to make soft pretzels with honey mustard dipping sauce. We ate at a restaurant in the Outer Banks with a pretzel appetizer like that, and I’ve been dreaming of recreating it ever since.

Current excitement Meeting my nieces this month. I’m constantly thinking about the moment I get to lay eyes on them and I cannot wait!

Current laugh Jimmy came home from work while I was feeding Sadie in her nursery. He wanted to hang out and talk with me, but there was no where comfortable to sit so this happened…

Guy inside of baby's crib

Current baby product Pacifier clips. Sadie doesn’t take a pacifier, but we’ve been using the clips to attach toys to her so she doesn’t drop them on the floor 🙂

Current pet product Friskies Lil’ Soups for Malcolm. I randomly bought one on a whim and he loved it!

Current project Jimmy is making steel edging for our back and side yard landscaping!

Steel edging around rock and mulch landscaping with corten steel

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