Monday, December 28, 2009

Not a creature was stirring - not even a mouse, well maybe a mouse

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

Notice that I highlighted the word "mouse". Yeah. It appears that my sister, Linda, has a mouse in the house. She said it walked right in the front door when she left it open a few weeks ago. Imagine that. She temporarily stored some bird seed in the front closet because she didn't want to leave it on the front porch for fear that it would attract mice. Instead she left her door open and invited them in to dine. She found piles of empty shells from the sunflower seeds in the closet on the floor - evidence that she had visitors.

Linda's daughter, Kelly, first saw the mouse about a week or so ago run into the closet. So Linda set up a row of boxes leading from the closet to the door, thinking that once they opened the closet door the mouse would run out, and run alongside the boxes and out the door. Wha-lah! She opened the door and....waited 35 minutes and nothing happened.

Another day they thought they spotted the mouse running along the baseboard in the kitchen. So they put two sticky traps down on the floor. A little while later Kelly's daughter Arielle, who is 6, came down for school in her stocking feet and stepped on both traps.

"What the heck is this?" she asked as she lifted up each foot and the sticky traps were stuck to each sock good and tight. Kelly couldn't remove her socks from the traps. Linda said that they only thing they caught was a 6 year old.

They put the sticky traps back into the front closet.

Last week Linda had a party at her house with some of her good friends (thankfully). She asked Arielle to go into the front closet and get the package of paper plates. Arielle accidentally dropped the package and it stuck to the sticky traps. While the plates were falling, it knocked over the package of 100 plastic cups, which in turn ALSO stuck to the traps. So Arielle carried this whole contraption into the kitchen: paper plates stuck to the traps with the socks still stuck to them and the plastic cups stuck to the traps too. It was one big mess. Everyone had a good laugh about that!

The night before Christmas Eve, my sister slept on the couch in the living room with 3 of her grand children. Since my husband and I are staying at her house while we are in town, we're sleeping in her bed. Kelly and family live with Linda, also. It's a lively house to say the least. My sister, "Grandma", promised the kids that they could all sleep on the couches, drink hot chocolate before going to bed, and sing Christmas songs. (She's a wonderful Grandma.)

In the wee hours of the morning, my sister heard a scratching sound and thought it was the mouse. She woke up Kelly.

"Kelly! It's the mouse! Wake up!"

Kelly stumbled up the stairs and saw that Linda had lined up a long row of boxes. She thought that the mouse was under a tray that was sitting on the ground. She stood there with a broom and a mop.

"Okay," she said, "You lift up the tray! But what do I do with these?" Indicating the broom and mop.

Kelly quickly lifted up the tray but no mouse was stirring.

She shuffled back to bed.

Linda heard the noise again, only this time it sounded like it was coming from under the couch.

"Kelly! Wake up! It's the mouse again!"

Kelly stumbled up the stairs again. They woke Riley up.

"Riley, go on the other couch. There's a mouse under your couch." Well, his eyes just about bugged out of his face!

Kelly turned the couch over but no mouse. There WAS a small nut though.

The third time Linda heard the mouse and called Kelly, Kelly wanted no part of it.

"Mom, I'm TIRED."

So Mickey is alive and well and living in Bensenville.....

On another note....

We leave on Tuesday for Minnesota, the REAL Winter Wonderland, for a quick 3 day visit to see Jim's Dad, who will turn 99 in February. Don't think I'll have computer access.
Just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!


Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I had a mouse who dined on my sons high chair....I set up those sticky traps and caught him...did you know that those things can jump high when they are stuck on there??

Word Designer said...

Eeeeeeewwww! I hope you catch him soon. We've caught two since just before Christmas and I'm ready to be done with them.

Happy New Year!

Word Designer

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

So you are hightailing it out of the house with the mouse!

Sounds like you are having a great time Pat. Safe journeying.

Brian Miller said...

i hope you have safe travels and a great new year...your story sounds a bit like mouse trap...hope thy dont know the house down looking for the little guy...smiles.

Snowflake said...

Be sure and check your luggage before you leave the house...mice like to go on vacation once in a while too!!!
Happy New Year!! Hope you have safe travels to Minnesota and an uneventful trip back to Arizona!!!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Funny! We are currently trying to trap a family of bobcats here. Reminds me of Dwayne the Trapper.... He trapped that muskrat who was creating havoc in our pond. His services were free.... for the meat that his family ATE!

Drive safe, I hear they got quite a bit of snow in MN.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

O- M- G - I laughed and laughed! We had a mouse last year that must have come in through the garage, through the kitchen, and right into my bedroom. I opened my closet door to get something, stepped inside and startled the little devil. I don't know who jumped higher - me or it - but I do know he ran faster than I did.

I shut off the bedroom, went to the store and got two traps that don't snap down on the mouse, but snap shut instead. Placed one in the closet and one along the wall under the bed. Next morning, one of the traps was closed so I made a trip to the garbage can to dispose of the little visitor. Thankfully, we haven't seen one since then. I don't do mice or spiders very well. Or snakes...

On another note, why is your comment form so small? I can't enlarge it and it's about the size of a 4 x 6 index card. Hmmm... Any thoughts?

Rae said...

I would have moved to another place. I have a mouse phobia. I am terrified of the little critters. Something about them scurrying here and there gives me the heebie jeebies. Hope your sister gets rid of it soon or else the rest of her house is going to end up demolished if she uses anymore sticky traps.

SquirrelQueen said...

The whole time I was reading your post I, like others, kept thinking about the movie Mouse Trap. One of the advantages of having a cat is no mice (except the ones filled with catnip).

Have a safe trip to and from Minnesota. A big Happy Birthday to Jim's Dad.

Happy New Year!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Too late to wish you safe travels and a nice (and rodent-free) visit with Jim's dad. But the mouse story was very funny. We had some in our RV once when we were in Vermont in October! I wasn't as cool about it as your family was.

Just wanted to drop by to wish you a Happy 2010 and say thanks for your blog -- laughs, scenery, and travel ideas.

Nancy said...

LOL! Loved this mouse story. Remind me to tell the one we had in Minnesota - where even the mice are too smart to stay outside in the winter! Stay warm, stay safe and have a Happy New Year.

Barb said...

A fun Christmas adventure. We once had what we thought was a mouse in the basement. But when we caught it, it turned out to be a little shrew! That was interesting.
Happy New Year!

WhisperingWriter said...

Eeek about the mouse!

Have a safe trip and Happy New Year!