I love when the weather starts to turn cold, because we always manage to get a small visitor......a mouse! Since I am not brain dead yet, one mouse usually constitutes a "family" of meeces!
My 12 year old cat Isis, is just about worthless as a mouser. The dog is the first one to scurry throughout the house, when she hears the little rodent! I hear nothing, but the animals and their keen senses do! The only location so far, is under my kitchen sink. After I pulled the toaster out, I noticed the shelf liner had a huge hole - and there was the quite noticeable MOUSE DROPPINGS!!! Egads!!
I have tried the humane traps in the past - and I ended up laying traps continually. The little fuckers once outside, realize they are still alive and traipse back into the house again. So for all my friends out there, I really don't want to piss you off - but I am using the "killing" traps. Please don't rush out to call PETA or the local humane shelter...I just feel better with the rodent population annihilated.
This morning, I came into the kitchen and the cupboard door was open (under sink), and my FAT cat, is walking on the counters. This is a definite no-no in my house. The cat can sit on any piece of furniture, but never on kitchen counters or table. And, for twelve years this has never been a problem. After yelling at the cat and hearing the loud "thud" when her fat ass hit the floor - I discovered that the cat (i assume), had pulled some of the shelf liner outside of the cabinet area.
I am not one of those women who jumps on chairs and screams "eek" when she sees a mouse. But I am territorial. This is MY house - not the MOUSE HOUSE!! I would certainly be freaked out, if one were to run across my sleeping body or come anywhere near my bedroom - so this is why the drastic measures are called for.
These little whiskered rodents can be sneaky but I should hope I can win this battle. There are now two traps under the sink, baited with peanut butter. I have tried cheese in the past, but I have rodents with exquisite taste - thus the PB.
I will update on my success or.....failure. thegrandson wants me to catch the critter so he can have it as a pet. This is so not happening.
Thedaughter and thegrandson have both been home all week with the "flu." Thegrandson will be returning to school tomorrow, and thedaughter does not go back to work till Saturday. the frustrating part of all this sickness, is the ER's are not treating individuals, just sending everyone home and given the basics, i.e., rest, liquids and wait it out. Thedaughter's friend went to the ER last night, she has had a temp of 102+ degrees for two days and they would do nothing.
My question now...since there was not enough vaccine initially given our area, and one has already been through this sickness - does one still need to be vaccinated? I was originally told I was in the high-risk category for the vaccine - but then later told, I wouldn't be allowed. (8 heart attacks, triple bypass, pneumonia prone and I don't qualify!) Go figure.
Thedaughter's employer called the house, to inquire of her symptoms, as they are trying to form some kind of data base for the employees who have called off. But locally, no one even knows what strain of the flu they have, as no testing is being done now. Swab testing runs around $300+ each and apparently is cost prohibitive at this point. Because of the extreme body aches, that one symptom is allowing for an H1N1 diagnosis.
Oh well then!! I'm off to clean up the dinner dishes and await the mouse run!! Hate me now and then get over it!
I will leave you with this video....I think I have run into this girl at a fast food place before...
I shall return............later.................
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