April 12, 2022

Transformation Tuesday #66

Well, Phoebe feels very loved! Thank you so much for the kind comments on yesterday's post. She cracks me up--the morning I was planning to take her to the vet to be euthanized (why does that word sound so terrible?!) she decided she might eat again. Last night, she ate a few tablespoons of tuna and some cat treats (none of this is her special kidney diet food--right now, I'm just trying to get her to eat anything at all!). And today, she's been eating cat treats and she ate about 1/4 of a can of her kidney diet food.

If she didn't look like a cat skeleton with greasy fur, I would think she's the same old Phoebe. Only now she's a bit more pesty because I took her outside a few times, thinking it was her last day with us; now she meows at the back door, wanting to go outside all day.

Phoebe has been at death's door several times over in her lifetime, but she takes full advantage of her nine lives. I'll have to write a post about all of her "adventures" ;)

Anyway, I just have a couple of Transformation Tuesday posts to share today, but they're good ones! Here goes...

We moved into our house March 14, 2020 and California shut down March 16. We have a little two bedroom house and we immediately turned our guest room into an office for my remote job and a play room for our cats and kept all of their fun stuff in there, plus my sewing stuff and random overflow. We eloped Fall 2020 and over Christmas really went wild with the cat toys--we gave all of the wrapping paper and boxes to our kitties (Amelia and Linus) to play with! The before pictures are a disaster but the cats LOVED it. The red string you see is hanging down from the overhead fan!

In 2021 we found out we were expecting our first baby and turned the cat paradise into a nursery! Here is my daughter Eleanor’s completed nursery. She was born October 2021! The cats are still getting over the loss of their play room and sometimes sleep in the crib, swing, bouncy seat or car seat to express their feelings! 

To do the room, I used peel and stick wallpaper, which was super easy to install! That took an hour at most. Then I cut some pieces of wood to make a faux board and batten. I used finishing nails to attach it to the wall, filled the gaps with spackle and painted the bottom white. We found the crib on Marketplace, and there is an Eleanor Roosevelt quote above the crib! “You gain strength, courage and confidence in every experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do!” 


Emily, it looks beautiful! I love everything about it. A huge congrats on the marriage and the baby, too! You've had quite a busy couple of years. My cats would LOVE that room in the "before" state, haha. -Katie

After I painted and stenciled the floor of my three season room black and white, I wasn’t happy with how the color of my furniture didn’t coordinate… so I bought grey covers! Super easy fix! 

- Sarah

Sarah, while I love the retro look from before, I definitely think the gray matches the room better. The teal throw pillows make a great accent color, too! And I have to say, I love your floors--I'm so impressed with people that do that and have it look so nice. I would be afraid to even attempt it!  -Katie

Thanks so much for sharing your transformations! I always love seeing what you all come up with :)  Please keep them coming so I can keep on sharing for Transformation Tuesday. If you have one you'd like to share, just send a before photo and an after photo to me at: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. Include your name and a description of your transformation. ('Tis the time for spring cleaning, so make sure you take before pictures of things that you clean so you can inspire me to clean as well. Thanks!)


  1. I wanted to share my experience with my dog last year in hopes it may help your Phoebe! I was in a similar situation, my dog's kidneys suddenly started failing. She wasn't eating, was drinking excessively, she was so frail and weak. I spent every day from May to October administering fluids and trying to get her to eat her Science Diet kidney formula. She was drinking so much water she was wetting herself every night without even realizing it. I had to start getting her up and outside every 2 hours, we were both exhausted and my husband and I were considering euthanizing. I started doing lots of research in one last attempt to save her. As it turns out, Science Diet is trash and kibble in general just dehydrates our pets horribly. I removed all kibble and Science Diet and instead gave only high-quality canned food, rehydrated freeze-dried food and a balanced raw diet. Within two weeks she no longer needed the sub-q fluids and the vet was amazed that her lab results were totally back to normal. She will be 12 this year and for a 100 lb dog that is quite uncommon! She is doing fantastic, back to drinking and urinating normally and is just thriving. I hope none of this sounds preachy, that isn't my intention, just wanted to share my experience in hopes it may help!

  2. It's such good news about Phoebe. That fresh spring air must have helped so much.

  3. These are all fabulous transformations, but I love the Phoebe transformation the best. I would also echo what was said about normal kibble and Science Diet. We're currently feeding Scarlet (a yellow Lab) Fromm, but supplement with canned shredded chicken and frozen kale. All our dogs love kale stems but we're too lazy to cook chop it so we buy bags of frozen kale to use for smoothies. When either of us makes a smoothie, we fill Scarlet's bowl with frozen kale. She thinks it's a great treat and it's so good for her. Sending more good vibes to you and your gang.


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