Saturday, 1 May 2021

A Mouse Tale

Several days ago I had settled down to write a post about happiness. I'd been listening to a radio programme that discussed the power of our minds and the way we have the choice to think happy thoughts rather than sad or anxious ones. 

As you can see, that post never materialised. I was thrown into a panic of negativity that began with this blog. Everything I typed showed up in machine code. It was baffling until some Twitter and blog friends came to my rescue - with special thanks to Joanne Faries of Word Splash who I messaged but forgot about the time difference! (Hope I didn't wake you up, Joanne.) There is a button top left that restored my screen and my sanity - well not quite my sanity because my blog was, as it turned out, the least of my worries.

I settled onto the sofa to start my blog post once more when a mouse ran across the floor and into the corner behind the TV. I've had cats all my life until my lovely little Mabel died last December. I still miss her very much but I never appreciated her mousing skills until now. I managed more by luck than skill to usher the mouse into the kitchen and out through the open door to the back garden. Goodbye mousey!

We searched for signs of mouse habitation and found, under the kitchen sink, mouse droppings, piles of them. We set to removing the bottles of cleaning fluid that we keep there but the mouse had nibbled corners. Liquids of all colour and smell poured out down our clothes, over our shoes and across the kitchen floor. After considerable cleaning, order was restored and that was that - or so we thought.

Yesterday morning I was walking into the kitchen when I almost tripped over a cheeky mouse scuttling across the floor. I grabbed a towel (if you throw a towel over them they stop running) but the mouse was considerably faster than me and it slid behind the fridge/freezer. It took nigh on an hour to move the fridge/freezer out far enough so that I could scoop the mouse up in the towel and release it into the garden. That release was quite a moving moment. I opened my hands and it looked up at me. 'What? You mean I'm free to go?' it seemed to say. 'Yes,' I said. 'Go on. Run.' And it did - they would be quite cute if they weren't vermin. 

We doubted that there would be any other mice in the house but just in case we went out and bought two humane mouse catchers. You put food in them and when the mouse goes in to get the food the lid drops down and you can carry them out and set them free. I baited them and set them up in the kitchen for the evening. At bedtime the lids were still propped open but - I did say they were cheeky - the food was gone.

It looks as if we will be getting another cat. Well, as I said, I've always had cats, always rescue cats, and I do miss having a cat around. I've already contacted some local catteries so watch this space. 


6 comments:

  1. Not keen on mice. My dad has the problem in his basement in PA. He uses peanut butter to lure them to the traps - quite a sticky wicket. And mice are fast - just the quick view out of the corner of your eye and they scurry. Good luck my friend.
    And - I don't keep my phone in the bedroom so you can send messages all you want - I won't see them until morning when I get on a computer. (Smile!)

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    1. They certainly are fast and I'm glad I didn't wake you up!

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  2. You are so brave. I would be standing on the kitchen table shouting for help.

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    1. Brave nothing. You should see me if a spider appears in the room!!

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  3. This made me chuckle, Ros. I'm so pleased you used a humane trap. We get mice visiting in the autumn and sometimes in the spring too. I also use a humane trap and last autumn we caught two teeny mice in the same trap! Poor little things were just babies. I've been told you need to take them at least 500 yards from where you caught them or they'll come back, so I take ours down to the banks of the canal about a kilometre away. I always feel guilty, though. They are, as you say, quite cute with their huge eyes. I'm glad you sorted out your blog problems and I'll look forward to seeing photos of the new furry friend when you get one!

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    1. Oh! 500 yards! I'm beginning to think it's been just the one mouse all along. Sigh!

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