But first, we will start with something a little more "gentle".
Love to paint roses.
They are my most favoite thing to paint.
Every now and then I have to revert to them.
They don't always sell well.
Still love to do them.
Finished the rug, also.
If you crochet or knit,
these are great rugs.
They wear really well and wash up perfectly.
Made from old t-shirts.
Here is the link.
I just single crochet them with a big hook.
For the mouse migration.
This is an actual picture of our pantry.
No touch-ups, airbrushing or filtered lenses.
This is it, folks.
I didn't straighten or move anything.
(please believe me, I am not a crazy hoarder despite what JWS says)
So, this story would not be complete without a brief synopsis of the
First Great Mouse Migration.
July of 2004
Jennifer, the first born of the group (and the one with the messiest bedroom)
She says that she will move her stuff out little by little.
JWS, through no prompting from me,
tells her that it will all go with her...NOW.
We had no idea that would spur on the migration.
Just like the elk come down from the Rocky Mountains
when the food source is gone from higher elevations...
so the mice moved down from her bedroom.
After the wedding,
the hunting, trapping and killing began.
Seven mice in one week.
We knew they were there.
She knew they were there.
There was no denying the panicked phone call we received on vacation shortly before that.
"AAAAAHHHHHH, THERE IS A MOUSE CARRYING A
BLUE M&M ACROSS MY BEDROOM FLOOR!!!!"
That was when we still paid roam charges.
We shut the phone off.
And now on to the
Second Great Mouse Migration.
Cleaning the kitchen counter, I found mouse dirt!!!
Really, it is JULY!
You see, I do get mice.
But other months..
I have people tell me that they never get mice.
Never have had mice.
How does this happen?
I understand if you live smack dab in the city.
My Mom never had a mouse.
But then there is not a field within ten miles of her house.
Every house I have ever lived in as an adult,
I have had mice in.
So anyway, back to this issue.
See that mouse trap down in the bottom left hand corner?
That is one of three.
Mouse hunting has now become JWS's new hobby.
The first trap was set in the kitchen,
Within minutes it went off.
That was Tuesday night.
Since then we (well not me)
have trapped nine...no wait
You see there is another one in there right now to greet JWS when he awakes.
And with the mice,
the black ants are back!
So we analyze.
Do the neighbors have mice?
JWS has mowed everything in sight this year.
Has he disturbed their habitat?
His mom who lives behind us had a mouse a few weeks ago.
The nieghbor down the road would never notice if she had mice.
And the neighbor next door?
Well it is none other than the cause of the
First Mouse Migration!
Wonder if she is missing any blue M&M's?