Friday, July 31, 2009
Cartoon mice cute- real mice.... not so cute
You know the feeling. The phone rings at 3:50 and you hope the person in bed with you gets up and answers it.
A million thoughts run through your head. His mother, my mother one of the kids.
Then you remember you are the call number for the North Carolina Pottery Center, An alarm has gone off and they are dispatching a police car.
"Call me if anything is broken, I mumble....."
Then you hope to go quickly back to sleep.
It never happens.
The first few times the alarm went off I would dress, drive up there and go through the building with the police man. Now I realize it is usually mice.
We have had mice on many nights, or a real windy storm will set the alarm off.
I have lived in the country long enough to have enough mice stories to fill a book.
At times I think about writing one.
Me and the mouse, or mice as it happens to be.
There was the one who hit the mother load when he discovered the 50 kilo bag of dried garbanzo beans on the porch.
We found garbanzo's everywhere in the house he could stash them, in increments of three.
Three, six, nine and so forth.
We knew he had to go when we found them in the pocket of our jeans and our shoes.
That is just too friendly in my book.
There was another who decided to chow on the soap in my bathroom. Soap! Well, it was nice handmade soap. Must have been tasty because he kept coming back until one night when he fell into the toilet.
I woke to the splash and made Mark do the dirty deed of flushing him down.
Then there was the one who chewed up the fur on my winter coat to make a nest for her babies.
Cute you say... not so cute when little baby mice start darting out of the coat closet and you are thinking , "what the ...." then you find she has gotten into the tightly closed up garment bag and done in a winter coat several wool sweaters........again, not so cute.
Don't call PETA on me we did get rid of them.
So, Cartoon mice cute.
County mice, in my house.
Not so cute.
But wait !I have not even started on the snakes.......