“If one mouse is a spark…then ten thousand are a conflagration.”

The morning has already been a busy one. I let Gracie out then heard a bang. I turned and saw the gate had flown open. I looked for Gracie hoping she hadn’t escaped and then I saw her still in the yard, close to the gate. I yelled stay as if that had any meaning for Gracie then ran down the stairs and shut the gate. Catastrophe was averted.

The second problem started last night when I went to do laundry. I was about to stuff the clothes in the washer when I noticed a baby mouse in the tub of the washing machine. I used my sweatshirt, captured the tiny thing and just threw him over the fence. I imagine he’ll be back. Figuring there were more, I went looking and found my have-a-heart trap. I tried to set it but one end wouldn’t work. The mouse would have eaten the goodies then left on the side which didn’t close. I decided to use the weird trap I’d bought a while back. It is small, a circular wire cage on a piece of wood. The top has a hole but when the mouse enters the hole it can’t get out because of wire prongs circling the bottom of that hole. In the front is a small escape hatch with a wire hook which I have to open to free the beast. I decided to give it try, threw in some bread and put it in the cellar in a spot I can see from the stairs. This morning I looked and lo and behold I had my first mouse. Gracie and I went for a ride. I stopped to free the beastie, but I couldn’t get it to leave the trap. He held on no matter what I did, including a bit of tail tugging. Finally I banged the wood with the trap door facing the ground and out the mouse fell. He was gone to his new neighborhood in a heartbeat. At least he’d been well fed before the trip.

I changed my bed, finished my book, emptied the litter boxes, cleaned out the fridge, did two loads of laundry, caught mice and watered the plants. I need a vacation.

Yesterday it rained all day. At times we had thunder and even some hail. Today is sunny but still a bit chilly. Gracie and I have a leftover errand postponed from yesterday, and that’s it for the day. I’m done in!

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18 Comments on ““If one mouse is a spark…then ten thousand are a conflagration.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Maggie the Westie has blown out her front right leg – She needs to go to the doggie doctor. We have just got over recovery of her back right leg and now this. She is not a happy terrier, but the vet can look to me for a new Audi.

    Yesterday was incredibly busy in the morning as we celebrated St George’s Day by doing in dragons, certainly easier than listening to a Lennie album.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I am so sorry for poor Maggie, and I do understand about buying that Audi. Maggie, my last Boxer, had a $10,000 bill which I paid with the last of my savings.

      Lennie just can’t win even over slaying dragons!! I was thinning his Halleluia would be a celebratory song after the slaying.

  2. olof1 Says:

    You’ve had a busy time 🙂 I guess that mouse thought it would get a chance to come back home again if it didn’t let go 🙂 I need a new have a heart trap because I still have a mouse that visits my pantry regularily. It doesn’t eat anything since everything now is in metal boxes but it seems to use the space as a toilet.

    Yes why do we shout those things 🙂 I shout every time Nova chase a hare, as if she cared 🙂 🙂 🙂 I coulöd just as well hit myself in the head with a hammer, perhaps the smell of blood would bring her back faster 🙂 🙂

    Sunny and warm here still but last night was on the chilly side, the roof of my car was covered in ice but thankfully not any windows.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I think I’ll get another conventional trap though this new one worked well. (http://www.garrettwade.com/humane-house-mouse-catcher/p/45A03.01/)

      It’s true. I yelled at Grace as if she’d obey what I said, but she was really too far away to take off before I got the gate closed. I laughed at your smell of blood comment.

      The wind is brisk here making the day colder. It is 53˚.

      Have a great evening!

      • olof1 Says:

        That was a smart trap! I’ve never seen one looking like that over here and our have a heart traps cost a small fortune. I’ll see if I can find anything like this one over here.

      • katry Says:

        Christer,
        I figured you’d like to see a picture of it. As long as it catches mice, I’m happy!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Stay means nothing to Rocky once his terrier brain cell has taken over. I think it shuts down all incoming communications and focuses solely on getting whatever has evoked it. Fortunately that only happens in certain rare circumstances.

    So far there are no mice in my house. There’s been a trap set in the pantry for most of the winter. I forgot about it. No one’s in it. The door is still open and the peanut butter has hardened.

    It’s sunny but very windy up here today. The wind is cold as well. Rocky and I have been for a couple of walks but it’s not pleasant. All the grit from the street is blowing around as well as dead leaves and the odd piece of aluminum downspout.

    Enjoy the rest of the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Gracie never heeds. If she escapes, it’s a game to stay away fro me. She’ll stop and visit a stranger but not me. My neighbors have all caught her for me.

      Leandro who cleans has had no poop sightings in the house itself: no mice upstairs, even the eaves where herds of mice used to live. My cellar has always had a mouse or two. I’ll see how many I get.

      The wind is mighty here and making the day chilly. I just shut the front door and turned the heat up as I was getting cold.

      We went to the dump, the local gulag because the wind whips so hard and is so cold. Gracie is napping and is inspiring me!

      Have a great evening!

  4. Birgit Says:

    My computer barks and has nice mouse, but that’s slightly off-topic 😉
    Great music today.
    Yesterday I saw Eugene Chadbourne with a Jazz quartet. He’s a crazy guitar/banjo wizard and I went to his concerts in the 1980’s whenever he was around. He is older and tamer now, but it was fun again. No appropriate video, try to imagine free-bluegrass-jazz.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Thanks for the music comment. It is a bit different today, but I was hoping for a nice reception, especially for the Elsa Lancaster.

      I have my head working on the free-bluegrass-jazz.

      • Birgit Says:

        The Elsa Lancaster song is funny, though everyone is dead in the end. But who can be sad when the “Bride of Frankenstein” sings?

      • katry Says:

        Birgit,
        She is the queen of bawdy songs.

        I would have loved to have been around when there were all those music halls.

  5. flyboybob Says:

    Our dog Sherlock will try to chase the rabbits that are hiding in the woods when I walk him at night. I’m glad that he stays on the leash. Some nearby neighbors have seen coyotes in those woods and if there’s a coyote that comes out of the woods I will sacrifice Sherlock and run like hell 🙂 Supposedly a family dog was carried off by a coyote, but I don’t believe it.

    Today was clear and warm. From now until Memorial Day the weather here in North Texas is beautiful. From June until late September the outdoor furnace gets cranked up. Thank goodness for Willis Carrier for inventing air conditioning.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      My friend saved her sheltie from being carried off by a coyote. The dog was being dragged away and was screeching. My friend went out and screamed and the coyote dropped the dog. Her dog had teeth marks on both its hind quarters. Another person had her dog attached to an overhead line. It was grabbed by a coyote who ran like hell with the dog in its mouth. When the coyote got to the end of the rope line, the dog was pulled from his mouth by the line. Believe it! But they were both small dogs.

      We won’t get warm weather until May. One year it wasn’t until July. The only hot month is August.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Were these coyotes vs dogs in Massachusetts? I guess as we encroach on the wild environment the wild life can’t find their natural prey and will go for anything.

        We call the folks from up north who come south for the winter snowbirds. I would rather have the heat than the cold and snow.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        They were coyotes right here on the cape. Eastern coyotes are larger than western coyotes, and they look like big dogs. I used to have one which cut through my yard but now the yard is fenced.

        I prefer the cold to the heat. It is easier to get warm than it is to get cool.

  6. John Mullin Says:

    Eugene Chadbourne on Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7jYAq6l9Ig


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