“I have a very bad relationship with mice.”

When I went out with the dog, the air smelled of wood burning. It was morning in Ghana. All that was missing was the rooster crowing.

The day is again remarkable. The doors and a few windows are open. The sunlight made me squint. I felt like a mole emerging from my underground burrow. It is a day in October wearing the best of a summer’s day.

I slept in this morning, waking up at 10:30. It was close to one when I went to sleep so I was surprised by how long I’d slept. My mother would have said I must have needed it.

Yesterday, Leandro, one half of my cleaning couple, went into two lower cabinets to clean them. I suggested he might want a mask as those cabinets are where the mice used to live. He actually had one with him as well as gloves. He started pulling out everything: the pots and pans, paper goods, Tupperware, baking supplies and dishes. He vacuumed the bottom of the cabinet as he uncovered it. He mentioned my mice must have been diabetic given the number of empty Equal packets he found, each chewed at the top. He checked the expiration date of the food he found: all had expired years ago. I didn’t even remember food was there protected by Tupperware. I was hoping he would find two of my favorite missing kitchen tools: my apple peeler corer and my old double loaf pan, the one I always used for my date nut bread. He didn’t find the pan. I was disappointed and perplexed. I can’t imagine where else I could have put it. Lee found a good size mouse nest made of paper towels, dust and pieces of cardboard. It might have been the home of the three dead mice he found, all mummified. One clogged his vacuumed. That was the only one I saw. I had him throw away some worse for wear pots and pans I never use, didn’t even remember they were there far back in the cabinet. They are as old as the house and were gifts from my aunt when I moved in. I filled the dishwasher twice.

It rained last night just after I’d turned out the lights. The window beside me was open, and I could hear drops hitting the leaves though it took me a minute or two to figure what I was hearing. That was the sound which lulled me to sleep.

This will be a quiet weekend.

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18 Comments on ““I have a very bad relationship with mice.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    And today is a celebration of im6 as somewhere in the Lone Star state he celebrates his birthday

    • katry Says:

      MDH,
      Thanks for reminding me!!

    • Birgit Says:

      Happy Birthday, im6! (Thanks, Hedley!)
      Different language but may recognize this song:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW06fScJSjM
      Have a great day!

      • katry Says:

        Beautiful in all languages!

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit – shameless pandering…a Bette choir ?? NO !!!!!

        Germany and England have moved along to the World Cup, tonight we have a critical qualifying game for the United States against those rascals from Panama..kicks off shortly

        Kat, how about that Justin Verlander ?????

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, 🙂
        Go USA! We also need Ghana for the KTCC World Cup 2018.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I’m in pain! Both games were awful for the home team.

      • katry Says:

        Birgit,
        I remember the year Ghana beat the US. I couldn’t cheer or my family would have skewered me.

        We do need Ghana!!

      • Birgit Says:

        Kat,
        it looks like Ghana still has to win a game or two.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification_(CAF)
        Uganda-Ghana tomorrow. Go Ghana!

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, Birgit

        I’m with you in go Ghana!!

        The whole country will be tuned to that game. They take their soccer quite seriously in Ghana.

      • im6 Says:

        Thanks all for the birthday wishes. Unfortunately, my wish to shave about 25 years off my age didn’t happen and I’m still just a mean old fart. Oh well. Is that the choir you’re in, Birgit? It’s a lovely version of the song and nice to hear a different take on it as I’ve kind of grown weary of it over the years. But then, I’ve just grown weary in general! I guess that’s what happens when the candles begin piling up. Seriously, thanks for the good thoughts from both sides of the Atlantic. They brought a smile to my face and heart. im6

      • Birgit Says:

        im6, it’s not my choir. We occasionally sing this song in English as encore but it’s not online.

  2. Bob Says:

    Move is a four letter word. 🙂 One must move at least every few years to completely clean out their closets, pantry and especially under sinks. My next move will be to the cemetery and I won’t care what my spouse does with any of my collected stuff, (junk).

    When we moved out of our house after nearly 20 years we had collected a huge pile of stuff. Most of it was in our garage or in various other cubby holes such as under the sinks. We didn’t find any mice or other vermin but the amount of stuff we discovered was amazing since we never used that stuff.

    Obviously, the self storage business is booming. I occasionally watch the TV show, “Storage Wars” and I’m amazed at the stuff people are keeping in storage. I had an uncle that made a living as a junk man. He would travel around in a pickup truck and clean out people’s cellars and attics. He would keep anything of value and sell it on the scrap market. I laughed when he retired to Florida and had his garage stuffed with all kind of scraps. “he told me that he started collecting all that stuff on his morning walks. I guess you can take the man out of the junk business, but you can’t take out his desire for junk. 🙂

    Nice hot day again. Maybe a high in the mid ninties.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      My mother used to say the same thing. She’d tell us we’d find all sorts of stuff when she went toes up. She was right.

      I knew there were mice there as I had found stuff eaten. The exterminator put his eat this and die stuff in that cabinet at my request.

      I have lived here forty years so just imagine what is around. I do have stuff worth a bit of money so I put together a list for my sisters so they would know. They could not know some of the African stuff is worth money as they are antiques and a couple of rarities.

      Great day here too!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I emptied out cabinets like that in my house about 8 years ago and did not put anything back into them. They are really just space enclosed by rails, stiles, doors, and a counter top. There are no shelves. About 1/3 of the space extends past the side of the sink and can’t be easily gotten at. My mother just sort of threw things in there. It was the black hole of kitchen gadgets and bowls. I kept the old potato salad bowl and the old turkey stuffing mixing bowl because of memories. Everything else went.

    It was a warm, humid, cloudy day here. Later in the day it dripped a few rain drops.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Both cabinets do have shelves but most of the stuff is stored on the bottoms of the cabinets. Mostly the pots and pans were put there and are now easily accessible. Both are big cabinets, and I need the spaces.

      It wasn’t as humid here during the day, but I can feel it now. We got the rain last night, not much either.

      Have a great evening!!

  4. olof1 Says:

    My small cottage has no big storage spaces so I can’t save that much from the beginning. That’s a very good thing since I am a bit of a hamster 🙂 🙂

    I think all mice here have their nests in the walls because I’ve never found any myself. I have however found some almost complete mouse skeletons and I have been thinking of saving them by pouring see through plastic over them. Still haven’t bought that plastic though and I can’t remember the name on it 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The small house rage would do me no good. I’d be looking for places to store stuff. I even have a plastic bin out on the deck with kitchen items like baking pans and such. I call it my pantry.

      My brother used to say all houses on Cape Cod have mice. My friend told me hers didn’t until she found mouse poop.

      What would you do with the mouse skeletons?

      Have good rest of the day, and I hope you weren’t called!


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