“A mouse never entrusts his life to only one hole”

I think the sun has appeared, a bit muted behind a cloudy sky, but I swear it’s sunlight, not very warm sunlight though as the day is cold and will be getting colder. A few inches of snow are still predicted for the Boston area next week. The Cape will be spared.

I have another mouse, a brazen mouse. It lives here in the den. The other day I thought I saw movement out of the corner of my eye, but when I looked, I saw nothing. That happened a couple of times then I caught sight of the grey mouse. It was around the room a lot that day scavenging stuff I must have dropped under the table when I was snacking. Today it has been all over the den, including on my foot a few times so I put my feet off the floor on the tops of the baskets under the table, but the mouse found my feet anyway. I think it’s the fur on my slippers attracting it. The mouse also joined me on the couch and was sitting on the arm. One cat noticed but the mouse disappeared under something, and the cat lost interest. My feet are now on the top of the table, and I’ve put a box on the floor hoping the mouse will get curious then I’ll zap on the lid and take the critter for a long ride before I let it loose. Somewhere in the cellar is my have-a-heart trap, and I’m determined to find it and capture that critter as the box is a long shot. I just jumped from what I thought was the mouse, but it was the wires from my laptop on my foot.

Yesterday was an out and about day. I actually made five stops during the day and went out to dinner last night with my nephew. Today is designated do nothing day or at least nothing constructive. Gracie and the two cats are asleep here in the den with me. They are my role models!

UPDATE: The Mouse has met its demise but I don’t know by whom as I had left the room for a while.

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  1. olof1 Says:

    I’ve been lucky for a couple of years now and have had no mice in the cottage. Not since Bertil and Teodor moved here. Before that I had a rat coming in through the ventilation in my bathroom. My dogs just greeted it wagging their tails 🙂 🙂 🙂

    But I can’t help liking those mice daring their lives getting in to my home 🙂 But I have a nice box trap and if I catch one I walk long distances before I let it out again 🙂

    We’ve had a rather nice, sunless day here but now the wind blows hard and the rain has started to fall. I’ve done very little useful things today and will keep on doing that until it’s bed time 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      The cats are good mousers but this one seems to elude them. I love that you take them far away as I usually drive them a mile or so away and then let them go.

      I’m with you on this being a day to do nothing. I’m even going to order pizza to be delivered for dinner. Yup, the height of laziness am I today!

  2. Hedley Says:

    As a Terrier, Maggie is paid the big bucks to deal with mice, which every now and again make the basement. She will bring up her trophy for all to see and receive the appropriate congratulations.

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I never get to give congratulations as I never know which cat dispatched the mouse. Gracie will chase a mouse if she spies one, (she chased this one) and she had one cornered outside which I had to go and save.

      • Hedley Says:

        Maggles shakes them as is her nature. Not surprisingly she is not very fond of dachshunds which is inside her job description.

        This year is the 25th Anniversary of “The Fairytale of New York”, a push perhaps for a Christmas number one for the wonderful and missed Kirsty and her chumsThe Pogues.


  3. Mouse’s demise: Delayed reaction to meeting your feet?!? 😀

  4. Bob Says:

    My two daschunds have not been tested on mice. A particular squirrel taunts them daily from atop the eight foot fence sorounding the back yard. Sherlock, the newer one, has figured out how to escape by burrowing under the smallest space between the wood and the ground. He doesn’t go far, he stands in the driveway and barks at the garage door or comes around to the front door. Our animals would never run away because we treat them so good. Hopefully, my son will eventually discover girls, graduate and move out when he finishes school.

    When I was a kid we had an invasion of mice and my mother bought the largest nastiest looking rat trap she could find. It took two hands to set the thing and she baited it with kosher salami. The next morning the trap had decapitaed a rather small mouse which we disposed of along with the trap. We come from a long line of anti-gun and anti-hunting people. All meat comes wrapped in celiphane from the grocery store, doesn’t it?

    I can’t use that kind of a trap today because it might catch one of the dogs. We can’t have cats because my wife is deathly allergic to cat dander. When we were looking for houses the realtor opened the front door of a house and my wife stopped just inside the door and turned around. Her entire body was attacked by the dander from the cat that once lived in that house.

    Tomorrow it’s back to work. I can’t wait!

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      My dog lives a life I’d love, and she takes off but usually just down the street. To her it is a game, and she’ll wait for you to catch up with her before she runs again. Drives me crazy!

      Most meat comes wrapped in cellophane unless, of course, you buy chickens in Ghana.

      My friend’s father put mouse traps in her food drawers because the mice were munching. One night I was at her house, and we heard the whack, whack whack of a mouse caught in the trap trying to get out. It was an awful sound, and we called her father who came down and disposed of mouse and trap. That is the reason I use a have-a-heart trap. I’ll never forget that horrible sound.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    In the days of Tegan and Monster the mice did not live long in my house. Monster the cat would catch them but would not kill them, being a cat. Tegan, the Jack Russell Terrier, would take them away from him and kill them very quickly. She would then carry the body to the door so that she could dispose of it outside in the tall grass.
    Rocky is not so good at mousing. I had a similar event as you. The mouse sat by my foot and washed his little face as I watched. I even poked him with my toe and he didn’t run. He wasn’t bold. He was just a newish young mouse out to seek his fortune in the world. Rocky watched this from the couch but had no interest in getting down there and letting his terrier nature express itself. He would not have made a good street mutt. Good thing someone rescued him. Anyway, I put a glass over the mouse and slid a piece of card underneath. It is indicative of how young he was that this did not upset him at all. I let him go in the back swamp and wished him well though he was probably too sweet a mouse to succeed. Never saw him again.
    It started sunny but turned cloudy later on. It’s also very windy and cold. Winter. Eh.
    Enjoy the day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I had the same experience with a baby mouse. Gracie chased in into a corner, and I used a box and captured it then released it outside. My guess is it probably found a way back in shortly after that.

      The recently deceased mice always look as if they’re sleeping not gone to their heavenly rewards. The cats don’t eat them but they do dispatch them without a mark on them.

      I never did go out at all today though I really do need a few groceries. I’m going to have pizza delivered for dinner then tomorrow will do a few errands. I did a little on-line shopping today, but I have to make a list of what I have bought already so I’ll know what else I need for presents.

      It’s really cold so I didn’t fill the feeders. I’m feeling a bit guilty about that.

  6. Kat Says:

    MDH,
    I’ll have to remember to post that song as I know I have it.

    • Hedley Says:

      I guess it’s a big issue as its the 25th anniversary.

      There was been a major reissue of Kirsty’s work which excludes Tropical Brainstorm. Amazingly Somerset Mall ( think high end) is using “in these shoes” by Kirsty as part of their Christmas advertising.
      Gaudete and Fairytale of New York, so much cool Christmas stuff to look forward to……when do we “step in to Christmas” ?.

      Yours from the “Mull of Kintyre”

  7. Birgit Says:

    Oooooooh, poor little mousie… 😉
    http://www.luckinlove.com/ratrecipe.htm

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      I try so many different foods when I travel, but I don’t think i could ever choke down mouse shepherd’s pie unless I hadn’t eaten in days and this was it for food.

    • Bob Says:

      Rat, mouse, dog and cat are a few of the things that I would never intentionally eat 🙁 That is unless I was stranded on a desert island and starving.

  8. Kat Says:

    MDH,
    The damn video wouldn’t open!

    I give kudos to the mall which chose Kirsty for its holiday advertising.

  9. Birgit Says:

    Btw, I’m just enjoying The Refugees:
    http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=1275
    You might like it too.

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      I’m listening to the first song now, and I do like it and them. I figure this is a good time to download the whole album.

      Thanks!


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