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What Was I Thinking???
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KellyGa    Posted 11-05-2004 at 19:36:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dad had been finding tee tiny poops out near his work bench in the laundry room. He had a bag of grass seed laying on the floor next to his bench. He was telling me how he kept finding these little tiny grass seed hulls next to the bag, and couldn't find anything more than a pinhole in the bag. He asked me could it possibly be a mouse? I have only seen an actual "mouse" once. I remember it was nothing like the fat bottomed mice in the pet store. I remember it being very small, with a kangaroo like posture. So..I told him it probably was a mouse. I didn't give it any more thought after that.

Well, he went and got one of those humane traps for mice. Caught the little booger right away, the very first night he put out the trap. Now, my dad has caught a few rats, and I told him, and I have told y'al what happens to rats in my presence. They take a swim, a permanent swim.

I called over there the other day, don't remember exactly for what. Daddy says he caught him a little mouse.

Now whatever possessed me to say what I said next, I have no idea.

"Can I have him????" ( Done in my most girlish voice)

Daddy laughed, he said he had told Mama I would want him. So, I came over and picked him up. I brought a small aquarium to put him in til I could get him set up in one of our old hamster set ups. Daddy dumped him in there, and because he had been stuck in that trap all day, he was I immediately dubbed him "Stinky". Shelby said that was not a proper name for this mouse, she wanted to name him Speedy, as in Speedy Gonzales. Ian wanted to name him Ralph.

All the way home, Stinky/Speedy/Ralph seemed relatively unphased by all this attention. When we got home, I got him a tiny water bowl, some shredded tissue for bedding and some food. Having all types of animals already, I was bound to have something he liked. He seemed to like the pumpkin seeds out of the rabbits treats okay.

Now, I know I have a lid to this aquarium, where it was, I didn't have a clue. So, I put a styrofoam plate over the top of it, thinking, as calm as he had been ( I even petted him with a chopstick, lol) he was not going anywhere.

Well, I went on to bed. I woke up about 1 am, went into the kitchen to get something to drink. I didn't flip on the light, because I have hidden Christmas lighting that lays on top of the cabinets. It was light enough, light enough for me to see my naivity was showing, and I was not happy about it!

Stinky/Speedy/Ralph was GONE. Yes...gone. Not so much as a little parting poo to be seen. I immediately saw my errors...

WHY? Why did I leave him in the aquarium on the kitchen counter????

Why was the styrofoam plate knocked off? Why was the tissue drenched in water at the bottom of the aquarium from the water bowl, which was now empty?

Why did I bring a dam stupid mouse home???

What was I thinking???

So, now I have a mouse running loose in MY house.
I truck it down to Lowes next morning and get ME one of those humane traps.

That mouse is SO gone. He high tailed it out of here. Smart mouse...dumb human. What a soft hearted mushy mush head I am. Silly silly

I just thought it would be neat to have a real mouse instead of one of those pet store mice, gues this mouse didn't care what we named him, he hopped his buns right out and took off. Good thing, he would have been just a mouthful for the cats, and Tip would have sniffed him right up her nostril and not even have known it he was so tiny.

I have to say, he was pretty cute though. He had a tny body, and this HUGE head, lol. Kinda comical actually.

Mike Ga    Posted 11-05-2004 at 19:58:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Really funny. I doubt your new house guest has left yet. He's just in hiding. When you move to your country home you had better change your attitude toward those pest or you will be over run with them. I have seen wolf rats as big as cats and a cat would not go near them. They will kill baby chicks and destroy your food supply for your animals. I keep my animal feed in barrels with lids to keep the varmints out and sometimes they still get to it. We have about 10 cats to keep pest away too.

KellyGa    Posted 11-05-2004 at 20:05:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know, that was the firt thing that ran through my mind, that I had better not be doing crap like that when I get on that 31 acres. I had better get the same attitude with the mice as I do with the rats. I am hell on rats, lol.

I keep the chickens feed put up inside the house with all the rest of the animals food. I dont leave anything laying around to attract varmints. ;)

toolman    Posted 11-05-2004 at 19:45:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
gotta watch out for hantavirus from certain mice, get it from their droppings, had a mouse in the house here last week, i got out a trap added a tab of cheezwizz, set it out near the clothes washer and guess what, got him next moring there he was in all his glory, head right where the chesse was aand a big ole iror bar snapped right down over his neck, didn,t seem to mind it at all, didn,t even move , i hate mice they rank right up there with snakes for me,3 outsides cats go tripping across the lawn about three times daily with a big fat one in there mouth, and i

KellyGa    Posted 11-05-2004 at 19:56:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I knew we could never actually handle him. No telling what he could have had. Probably nothing, but I told Shelby we could never ever handle him. Probably just as well he is gone.

Daddy poked fun at me afterwards, asked me if he caught any more did I want them, lol, I said NO!!!

I have heard of that virus, in rats, their droppings, you can't disturb the poo or it releases the virus. :( YUCK

DD    Posted 11-05-2004 at 19:45:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dub thee "Critter Queen" LOL! Sorry Kelly, just couldnt resist that one. Yep, I know whatcha mean when we do something like that....What was I thinking? : )

KellyGa    Posted 11-05-2004 at 20:07:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats okay...I had it coming, lol.

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