Spring Tease & The Mouse.
We have a mouse in our house! This has never happened before here.
It came in the dryer vent hole, stole my collection of saved garden seeds, and made a nice nest behind the dryer in the corner. I saw no signs of it and had no idea it was there until our dryer broke and we got it repaired the other day. When we pulled out the dryer, there was the evidence!
I wondered why my cats had taken to sleeping in the laundry closet area. I thought they just liked the pile of blankets and sheets on the floor I’d put off washing, warm and cozy by the dryer.
I’d found some fairly good sized blood splatters on my kitchen floor several different mornings over the past few weeks. I thought maybe it was from Abby’s tail. (My lab mix, the tip of her tail was missing when we rescued her as a puppy and she thocks her big tail into things and busts the tip open sometimes.) Except Abby’s tail usually leaves bloody swooshes on the wall at her height, not splatters in the floor, and not quite so much blood. Her tail drives me insane. It was horrible before we repainted with washable paint. At least now it wipes right off.
I guess the cats have been catching and killing the mice every time they tried to venture beyond the laundry closet area. Earning their keep!
We blocked off the dryer vent hole temporarily, but I think we must have blocked another mouse inside. Last night Willow, my long haired tortoiseshell maincoone-ish kitty, had her head stuffed behind the set of small plastic drawers next to the washing machine. I said to Tyler, “Quick, look, it’s the mouse!” Willow was completely still except for a tiny tick at the tip of her tail.
He rolled his eyes and claimed he wouldn’t fall for that. (I’m always trying to scare him, it’s so easy!)
I waited until he was standing nearby and then I quickly flung the bottom drawer open.
The mouse shot out jack-in-the-box style and Tyler screamed and screamed while Willow chased it behind the dryer.
Unfortunately the mouse hid somewhere back there and I don’t think Willow caught it. When I got up in the middle of the night to get a drink three of my cats were sitting in there staring.
I’m debating whether to set a trap. Willow will probably get her long fur caught in the trap! I can close her out of the laundry closet, but she’s sneaky and I’m sure one of the kids or Tyler will leave the door slightly cracked and she’ll get in. The last thing I need is my cat stuck in a mouse trap behind the dryer where I can’t reach her with my pregnant belly.
I’m going to give the cats a few more days to kill it before I try anything else.
The stupid mouse got in my drawer of cleaning rags in that plastic set of drawers! At least it hasn’t been able to get to the cabinets or anywhere else, there’s no mouse poop anywhere but right behind the drawers, washing machine, and dryer. Mouse knows it will be swiftly murdered as soon as it ventures into the open!
It’s only a matter of time, rodent. Only a matter of time…you chose the wrong domicile to inhabit. Four cats live here.
Tyler and I both have the cold Ada and Rosie had a few days ago. Ada is FINALLY getting better from it. Rosie is, of course, fine. This feels like the exact same cold I had a few weeks ago. On its way to sinus infection, pounding cheeks that nothing helps. Low grade fever, gritty throat, horrible feeling head. General misery.
I just cannot take being sick any longer. I haven’t felt like a regular human being since November. That’s way too long.
It seems like spring is never going to come. It’s usually somewhat warm here by now.
It was 70 degrees and sunny yesterday. Bliss! But it was just a fluke. Today it’s 35 degrees with rain/snow. The entire ten day forecast is between 30-50 degrees, mostly in the low 40’s. Crappy.
I NEED warm weather and good health for my sanity. Totally losing it over here. I could use a beach vacation right about now, but I feel to sick to travel. (Not to mention lack of time and money, hahahaha.)
Where is spring?
Here are a few pictures from our random spring tease yesterday. They’re watermarked now because I have found the stolen on the internet randomly, not to mention that entire fake Facebook account someone made once. People are messed up. I decided to set the gallery to watermark them all automatically.
Speaking of Facebook, I get a lot of friend requests. I’ve had to start only adding people I know in real life for the most part because I cannot keep track of who all these people are. I look at my feed and I can’t find my actual real life friends on it. It’s too much to handle. People take it personally, but it’s nothing personal. I just can’t add everyone in the world to my account and still actually use Facebook. That’s what the blog and this diary are for–to share with more people.
It looks a tiny bit like spring. Buds on trees exploded yesterday! Too bad they’re getting frozen today, and all week.
Something was thinking about actually blooming.
The runny nose and chapped face, and breakfast on her shirt. Keeping it real again.
I could edit all that out, but it would be way too much effort.
Very tiny snail in my palm.
We dug up little earth worms.
I think you can see its intestines full of worm poop!
Ada enjoyed holding worms. Rosie isn’t afraid, but wasn’t that interested.
Don’t ask me what my marker covered child is wearing. She wanted to leave on her baby legs and wear shorts.