Thursday, October 25, 2012

Just Great!! We Have Mice

   When Tim was rototilling the garden in, he noticed he went over a few mouse nests. Wouldn't you know it, they have moved into the house. We haven't found where they have come in, just the signs of them.
   The first place they were noticed were in Tim's spare room. Next it was the drawer under the oven where I keep my cookie sheets. Then it was the pantry and in the bathroom cabinet, under the sinks in our bathroom. Today, it was under the cabinet under the kitchen sink where we keep the trash can.
   Tim put sticky mouse traps where the mice signs were, but no mice on the traps. Maybe we need to put some peanut butter in the middle of them. He did notice last night that there were little foot prints in a trap and it was a few feet away from where he put it. I think they are little field mice instead of your usual house mouse. More traps will be put out.
   The pantry was taken apart and everything taken out of boxes. It's a good thing I like glass jars and collect decorative cans. When we lived in California, we had a mouse that ate a chunk of the concrete floor in the pantry trying to make a hole.
   We don't want to put poison out because of Michaela and pets. I can't convince Tim we need a cat. I have been trying to repel the little critters with peppermint oil in containers where the mice have been. I read that peppermint oil and lavender are suppose to repel mice. I have some lavender potpourri I'll put under our sink.
   I know most people get mice in the house at one time or another, but I'd be really happy if they skipped us. Since we live in the country and have been here for 4 years, I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later, but I really wish it hadn't.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Daniel Amy, Amy Daniel, So Very Confusing

   A few weeks ago our son Daniel, and his girlfriend Amy, came for a visit. It can get pretty confusing when there are 2 Daniels and 2 Amys in the same house (our daughter Amy and her fiance Daniel are still living with us).
   We had a really nice, but short, visit, only 3 1/2 days. We did a lot in those 3 1/2 days, but we never did go in search of moose for them to see. I don't think Daniel having a deer pop out of nowhere while he was driving counts. At least the rental car's breaks worked.
   We went to see Daniel's grandmother and then off to Walmart. Yes, everyone needs to check out Walmarts where ever they are. Actually, we went to get one day fishing licenses for Daniel and Amy so we could go fishing the next day. That night we played with the Wii. Us old folks had sore arms after playing. My arm wouldn't have been so sore if my boxing opponent, Steve, would have just stay down.

   Wednesday, not as bright and early as Tim would have liked it, we were off to go out for breakfast and a day of fishing. Wouldn't you know it, we didn't get Amy's fishing license because we were off getting munchies. Stopped at Bi-Mart for her license and then to Subway. We got to Fan Lake and ate. Since it was a week day, it was practically deserted.
   Daniel and Tim went in the canoe first and Amy and I stood on the boat loading ramp. Amy doesn't touch worms, so her hook was baited before the guys left. Wouldn't you know it, as soon as the guys left, Amy caught a fish. It was HUGE!! I didn't know how I'd hold onto it to take it off of the hook. Luckily, the huge fish feel off of the worm and hook as I reeled it in. The huge fish might have been a whole 3 inches, if that big. Me, I just had fish eat my worms and caught seaweed. I was really good at catching seaweed.
   We left Fan Lake and stopped by Eloika Lake on the way home. I still only caught seaweed, while everyone else caught fish. Boy, was it smokey from all the fires. We finally left because of all the smoke and because Amy and I were tired of standing up. We did see a freshwater otter in all the water plants. It was either that, or a lake monster. We know it wasn't a beaver. That evening, it was more Wii. Yes, we do really exciting things at our house.
   Thursday, we went to see the new Resident Evil movie. Tim and I must be getting old because the movie was sooo loud. There were only 7 people in the theater, did they really need it so loud? We had dinner at Five Guys hamburgers. They were really good. Dessert at Baskin Robbins, which is always good. We were going to go bowling after the movie, but it was about time for the leagues to play, so we were out of luck. We eventually bowled at the bowling alley in Deer Park. It was a fun night, and we stayed out way past our bedtime.
   Before Daniel and Amy left, Daniel wanted to try riding Tim's motorcycle because he's thinking of getting one. As he was riding, I thought too bad he's on our rough driveway to practice on, but he did fine.
   Amy gave me one of her big, adult size hula hoops because I have decided this winter, I'm really going to work on getting in shape and losing a lot of weight. I was looking at hula hoop exercise on youtube and once I get the hang of keeping the hoop up, I should be able to do the exercise, plus they are low impact so I should be OK. It was so much easier hula hooping when I was a kid than it is now. I was really good at it as a kid. I will get the hang of it though. If kids can do it, how hard can it be?