Get your Clawfoot Tub here…
What is a bath tub? To make things simple let me just state that it is a container. It would contain its contents. In most homes, it is used to wash yourself. Most homes have a tub with a shower spigot over it. People often forgo the tub to soak in and just stand in the tub and take a shower. Some homes even have more than one bathroom.
I even have more than one bathroom. I have two, as a matter of fact. The one I use to shower in has a shower stall. It is right off my bedroom and it is an easy and convenient place to take my daily shower. My second bathroom is off the hall near the living room. I don’t use that bathtub to shower in. It is less convenient in the morning and I certainly don’t need to use two bathrooms for the purposes of a daily shower, thank you very much. I also happen to live alone and for the most part, neighbors aren’t knocking on my door every day to ask if they can use my tub. Their Condos all came equipped with their own bathrooms.
Irena Shulz and I starting a batch of Chop. (Photo courtesy of Janet Hilton)
As you know, I make Chop. I make a LOT of Chop. And due to the amount I make all at once, I use the tub to mix it in. That would be the tub I don’t take a shower in. So for all practical purposes, this tub is used as a container in which to mix Chop. Period.
I don’t use it to wash car parts. I don’t use it to make bathtub gin.
Keeping a tub clean is very simple. I’m sure everyone knows how to do it. Most tubs are made with a nonporous surface like porcelain that is simple to keep clean. Lots of soapy, hot water with a cleaning brush and a thorough rinsing with very hot water usually does the trick. My tub even has a drain and running water in it that makes both scrubbing and rinsing easy and convenient. I’m fairly certain most tubs these days come with these features.
Now, I don’t know what other people’s tubs look like, but I like a clean tub. I don’t have sweaty, grimy little kids who just came off the soccer field showering in it. I don’t have a husband who spent the day working at a construction site cleaning up in it. I use it to make Chop.
Some of the comments I have seen about using the tub to make Chop absolutely astound me. If this grosses them out, I really wonder what their tubs look like. Don’t they keep their tubs clean? Don’t they wash it out? Seriously, when I see comments like “Yuk!” I am sitting there scratching my head and thinking, “Honey, if you are saying that about your own tub, I don’t even want to know…”
Irena Mixes a batch of Chop. Photo: courtesy of Janet Hilton
Seriously, what difference does it make? A clean container is a clean container. I don’t care if you make Chop in a bowl. If that bowl is not clean, it’s not clean. And if they can’t keep their tub clean enough to mix Chop in it, why in the hell would anyone want to use it as a bath tub? Yuk!
I really believe this is one of those online “Holier than thou” approaches people take to make themselves feel better. You can post something like, “I took my vitamins today.” and some kook will get on there and beat it to death giving you warnings about Vitamin A overdoses, or how taking vitamins is killing the people in China. Gloom and Doom! Death and Destruction! Hell in a Handcart! “The Sky is Falling!”
Spare me from those posts. Everyone’s a critic. And, as a friend of mine has stated, “People are very brave when they are hiding behind a keyboard.”
It’s real simple. I keep my tub very clean. I use it to make Chop. I’m not performing surgery in there, I’m mixing vegetables for parrots. If you don’t want to use your tub to make Chop, that’s your business. Make it in any container you prefer that works for you.
But in the meantime, stay out of my tub.
April 11, 2012 at 10:14 am
I wouldn’t do it but I’m not a great cleaner and I live in a rental (the people who lived here before me were pigs). Don’t you always keep the chop in the back end, away from the drain? Everyone is a judgey-judge when you can’t see their situations to judge them back.
April 11, 2012 at 10:16 am
Yup, Tonya I do!
I don’t want to judge people. I simply want them to quit playing Monday morning quarterback and stay the hell out of my tub.
April 11, 2012 at 10:29 am
Some tubs are cleaner than some people’s kitchens! And there was once a Seinfeld episode where Kramer decided to save time by doing food prep in the shower. Whatever works is fine.
April 11, 2012 at 10:58 am
Doesn’t matter where you make your chop – as long as you make it!!! When I make mine I use a large rubbermade container as I don’t have a tub 😦 Keep up the Greyt work Patricia – enjoy reading your blogs!!
April 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm
I had no idea making chop was such a controversial subject! First folks are up in arms because they think you are too proprietory about the concept and now the whole tub controversy. I thought it was all about feeding a good healthy, nutritious diet to my parrots in a maximally convenient fashion. I for one, appreciate the fact that you have blogged about the concept and brought it to my attention. Who cares what it gets mixed in as long as its clean? I use a large metal tub since I make relatively small batches…
April 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm
I feel that the latest controversies about Chop are, in a lack of a better word, silly and unnecessary! “Chop is just grains” and yet, I buy 50$ worth of veggies to put in it. “Mixing it in a tub is unhygienic”…seriously? Where, exactly, do these people wash them selves in? A pile of mud? I don’t own a bath tub, I have a shower, so I bought a large plastic container I use to mix chop.
I, for one, am grateful I stumbled across your Chop concept. I simply, do not have the time to chop veggies every single day. I live alone, have pets, work on my masters degree and my day lasts only 24 hours. I watched your videos 2 or 3 times until I got the idea, went shopping, watched them again and tried it. Nothing in your videos yelled “hazard, be aware” so I gave your Chop concept a go and not only did it save me money, but it gave me time to do the things I love, like spend time with my parrots, read and I don’t know, not wonder how clean someone’s tub is. My mother used to say that what people criticize the most is what bothers them on them selves.
April 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm
Wow, whoduthunk all this could have become so controversial.
I’m convinced that there are just some folks who are constantly laying in wait ready to pounce on any topic at any given time for any given reason. Like they were put on this Earth to stir the trouble pot. What’s this you say? There is no trouble pot? Fear not as they got the recipe memorized.
Think these same folks would stand up in front of you & say the same blasphemous statements? bwhahaha
Doubtful as they can’t leave their home due to (fill in debilitating illness of the month that’s why they can’t work & need disability & you just don’t understand the heartache & agony of being so woe is they but since they got the free time – might as well be bitter & take it out on someone who’s life is way more cooler than theirs).
The best thing is all us cool cats who make chop for our birds are doing just fine thankyouverymuch & our birds are better off for it! I am indebted to your advice & chop instructions as I was quite green when I became a parrot parent. Between my awesome avian vet & his staff, Barbara H, tons & tons of books I’ve read AND you – do my 2 parrots stand a better chance of a long healthy life. If they’re happy – then I’m happy.
Personally I mix my chop in a giant busboy tub I bought at a local restaurant supply shop here in town. I think you using your tub is pretty damn creative & makes perfect sense seeing how much chop you make at a time.
Funny thing – the husband & I have lived in this house for going on 10 yrs now & no one has yet to use the 2nd bathroom tub ever. We turn the faucet on once or twice a year to see if it works & that’s it.
Anyways Patricia, keep on keeping on & don’t slow down to look at the haters. Again I say, never ever argue with an idiot – they will bring you down to their level & beat you with experience.
Wish I could have met you when you were last here in Charleston! Come back soon!
April 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm
Haters gonna hate…
But we love ya! and your (cleaner then mine will ever be I’m sure) tub.
April 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm
April 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm
People are funny. Don’t sweat it. Just laugh at their ignorance. Isn’t a bathtub just a large sink? They are made of the same materials! People bathe their babies in the kitchen sink every day. I sure did. 🙂 I can’t see a difference!
April 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm
Honey just keep on doing what you do so well. Don’t worry about folks who can’t read and don’t clean their bathtubs.
April 12, 2012 at 12:59 am
I like you, Patricia.
April 12, 2012 at 5:04 am
It’s easy to like Patricia. I think that is why so many people get “over heated” about what she says and does! You obviously are a good judge of people!
April 12, 2012 at 4:58 am
Feel the love my friend as well as their appreciation for what you do. Most people are just too durn lazy to go to the lengths you do to care for their birds! My tub stands clean and ready for you any day you like!!! Rock on sister!!!
April 12, 2012 at 5:01 am
Oh, and you can always say “that’s nice” to those critics !
April 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm
JHH wrote: “Oh, and you can always say ‘that’s nice’ to those critics !”
Or maybe “Bless their hearts”? (There’s an official southern send-off for ya!)
Many people seem to go from list to group to page to blog, spreading calamity wherever they post. Those people are called trolls. They disappear when ignored, so I’ll share some valuable advice that was given to me:
Keep on doin’ whatcher doin’ – you accomplish more good than you know… just “DON’T FEED THE TROLLS.”
July 31, 2012 at 8:53 pm
Ha Patricia, I really need to stop by here more often. All day I had Parker on the brain, as the news was on all day, and all about that Mittens fellow! I am now going to giggle every time I see the “tub”. I like you from one Patricia to another, you make me smile!
March 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm
….ummmm, I have drug induced liver disease from taking prenatal vitamins…..too much A. Yep. Happened. hehe. I thought the tub was a great idea…..and the thought that it wasn’t ‘disenfected’ and clean never crossed my mind. I’d do it.