There is a war being waged in our little household. There are no clear rules of engagement, just the relentless battle between the cats and the dogs, to see who can cause the most damage. Innocent nick nacks, furniture and apparel have been caught in the crossfire. Pillows have been mended, wiring replaced, shoes forfeited, plants relocated and floors continually swept to counter the endless barrage of pet hair. As yet no victor has been declared in the epic battle of Dogzillas vs Cat Monsters. It is, however, apparent that the humans have lost. :-)
Not quite ready to wave the white flag I am fighting back with an unlikely arsenal of pickle juice, gelatin and twine. You can find the actual glue recipe here. If you missed last weeks capers you can read about the Cat Monsters first strike against the living room chair and how pickle juice saved the day. In this weeks episode the sage continues as the Dogzillas make their counter strike against the living room torchiere. Resulting in the official tally of 1 to 1 with a slight edge given to the cats, as the chair took quite a bit longer to repair.
The lamp was originally all one piece, the shade attached with some plastic braces. But after several of the Dogzillas skirmishes in the living room, the touchier having been repeatedly banged against the wall via the pickle juice chair, (formerly the cat clawed vinyl chair) had its plastic brackets broken causing the lamp shade to tumble off and threaten to fall apart completely.
This is the condition of the lamp after the clash of the Dogzillas.
The shade, after it's brutal amputation, is not in much better shape.
They were both rushed to the triage unit where a skilled team of EMT's, physicians and nurses (me, myself and I) did their best to patch up the wounded patient. After a brief consultation on the best course of treatment it was determined that the once unified touchier could be saved but would have to remain divided into two pieces.
A gifted cosmetic surgeon was enlisted to apply new outside braces for each corner of the shade, using the leftover black twine and glue technique from the pickle juice chair face lift.
While doctors worked feverishly with E6000 glue to make splints for the broken lamp.
Cheerful nurses skillfully wrapped the splints with twine dressing and used pickle juice and E6000 glue to secure the bandaging.
After an overnight recovery (ie: time for the glue to dry / harden) the patient was reunited with it's cosmetically enhanced shade and released back onto the battlefield.