“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”

Last night I went to bed early for me, around 9:45. I had watched one exciting football game, the Ravens and the Broncos, and decided all that excitement had made me tired. About 11:30 I was woken up by banging sounds. My mouse trap had captured another victim, making the count three, one for each day. The mouse wasn’t at all happy and was banging from inside the plastic trap trying to get out. I figured I’d take it for a ride in the morning, but it was banging so hard the trap was actually sliding across the shelf. I got up, put on my sweatshirt and slippers, called for Gracie to get off the bed, got my keys and the three of us drove about four blocks away. I stopped the car and let the mouse loose, wishing it well on its continued journey through life. Gracie and I got home and went back to bed but not before I reset the trap. At 2:30 the banging started again, another mouse. This time I wasn’t getting up. Let it bang! Well, the mouse banged so hard it somehow got out of the trap. I had lost mouse number 4 so I got up, reset the trap and went back to bed. Not ten minutes later the idiot mouse was stuck in the trap again. This time I got up and did it all over again: I put on my sweatshirt and slippers, called for Gracie to get off the bed, got my keys and drove the three of us about four blocks away. I got out of the car and let the mouse loose. I hope it finds it friend, at least he’ll have a neighbor he knows. That’s 4 mice in 4 days.

It is 3:45, and I’m sitting at my computer wishing I were tired enough to go back to bed. It’s warm outside but it’s raining. Gracie is asleep on the couch curled in her afghan. She is no dumb animal. Nope, the dump animal is typing. Luckily, though, I can pass the time by watching the Earth self-destruct from volcanic eruptions.

Many years ago I’d often be getting home around 1:30 or 2 after a Saturday night of carousing with my friends. We’d start with dinner then hit a few bars. In those days not many bars were opened all winter, and we were a caravan of cars looking for oases of sorts. A few of my friends bartended at night, and we always stopped at their establishments for a drink or two and to say hello. We never stayed long anywhere. Part of the fun was the bar hopping. We didn’t care if there was music. We enjoyed each other’s company and laughing and talking together. Sometimes we ended our evenings with breakfast as Hyannis had a place which served all night. It was generally pretty rowdy by three or four in the morning.

I can’t even imagine having the stamina to do that again. Now my carousing starts by 5:30 or 6 and ends by ten or as late as eleven when I start yawning. I still have a good time, just a shorter good time.

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20 Comments on ““I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Gracie ain’t getting it done, I am pointing the car East and bringing the Mouse Mauler. She likes a good car ride, this is a bit further than normal.
    Crew arriving shortly for the first big game of the day – Man U and Liverpool, should be a good one

    • olof1 Says:

      I do hope Liverpool wins!

      • Hedley Says:

        Christer, not to be and a relatively poor performance in a 2-1 loss at Old Trafford. Meanwhile City are winning 2-0 at Arsenal in a rather spunky 10 on 10 event.
        A lot of potty mouth here for the match next Sunday between Tottenham and Manchester United at White Hart Lane – I will have a big group slugging down an early beer and drilling potato chips !

    • katry Says:

      My Dear hedley,
      Gracie is a Boxer whose talents lie in other areas. She does find them but capture is beyond her natural abilities.

      I too am going to watch the big game: New England and Houston. I’m going to watch with friends.

      • Hedley Says:

        All the kids are here, roast beef lunch with Yorkshire pudding. There is a Pats cap in the house

      • Kat Says:

        Yesterday my sister had all her kids over for food, drinks and the Broncos. It was a sad day for the Colorado part of the family. We are hoping for a joyful day for the New England part of the family!

        Do display that hat!

      • Hedley Says:

        The young man in my daughter’s life is a gigantic Brady fan and is wearing it. no one pulling for that Texas team here

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I was going to quote my friend Jim and say that it’s been decades since I got home at 2:30AM but it has only been less than 1 decade. Not bad.
    You need a Jack Russell Terrier from one of the JRTCA breeders. Those dogs will get all your mice, administer a quick and clean death and take them outside for you. More than a fair return for putting up with the insanity that they also bring to a household. 🙂
    Dismal, damp weather up here. It’s so dark that I have most of the downstairs lights on just to convince me that it is in fact daytime.
    Rocky is at doggy day care running off some excess energy. I am looking at the chaos that is my livingroom and wondering where I’m going to put it all. Might require more thought before I tackle it.
    Enjoy the day.

    • Hedley Says:

      The White West Highland Terrier is extremely efficient and will work for snacks and car rides

      • Caryn Says:

        And the Westies I know are not as insane as the many Jack Russells I have known.
        I loved my old JRT Tegan. She was crazy wild but she was a lot of fun. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Not bad! I can’t remember the least time I got home at that time. I know I’ve left for Logan at ungodly hours like that but no memory of my last night of mayhem.

      Gracie is crazy enough for me. I don’t want to add Jack Russellness to the mix. The cats would be most unhappy.

      Damp and grey here as well, but it is warm which excuses somewhat the dampness.

      Gracie plays with her friend Cody who comes up from his house down the street. They run around the yard, Gracie gets spit on her face from running with her mouth open and Cody has spit all over his neck. Gracie climbs on him to play and he is much, much taller.

      • Caryn Says:

        Rocky plays with the Boston Terrier next door sometimes but not so much in winter. She is smaller than he is but she jumps all over him. He gets spit all over his head because she is usually gnawing on it.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I can’t but laughing when reading this 🙂 I know I would do the same thing especially if the trap was made from plastic, those rodents chew through it in no time. You could borrow my Nova, she hunts mice like crazy and You wouldn’t even know there had been a mouse there, she eats them too 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Long time since I was up that late. It was easier when I lived in Gothenburg, there was always a bus or streetcar that could bring me closer to home even if it didn’t go all the way. If I should use the bus here I would have to go home at 8pm as latest, after that they don’t drive even close to here on a weekend 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I’d borrow Nova in a heartbeat. I just took number 5 for a ride and dropped it off in some wooded area. It was a really tiny one who just wouldn’t get out of the trap.It had its back to the opening for the longest time. Finally it noticed freedom and took off.

      No busses here except during the daytime, and it is only one which goes up and down the cape then back again.

      Enjoy your evening!

  4. Birgit Says:

    Of Mice and Monty Phython Men:

  5. Bob Says:

    The older we get we really need less sleep. I still recommend poison so that you don’t have to go out in the cold at night to save a mouse. Probably the next house they enter will have an owner who uses poison.

    I traveled to NJ today on Southwest Airlines. Because of a 30 year old congressional amentment Southwest can’t fly non stop from Dallas to anywhere other than the five contiguous states to Texas and Missouri. Southwest had the lowest fare without changing planes I just had to stop in St. Louis. The 30 minute layover turned into two hours because of low ceilings and low visibiliies in the New York area. There are too many people who want to go to New York than there are runways at the three airports.

    The weather here in NJ is actually warmer than it was this morning in Dallas or in St. Louis. We even had a spat of sleet early this morning but nothing stuck because of the warm weather the past couple of days.

    • katry Says:

      I just can’t think of the smell for days in my bedroom. It was a short trip, and it was warm, luckily!

      It’s okay whatever the next house does as long as I don’t kill them!!

      I was just talking about Southwest tonight. In the old days, it was only in secondary airports like Midway. I traveled from Providence to Santa Fe and we had three stops, but it was worth the savings. Now they travel out of Boston too.

      Really warm here still at 8.

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