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Vermin and Mud Puddles

Friday, January 13, 2006

The Vermin Man arrived this morning and it turns out we have mice in our attic. After nights on end watching the cats stare at the ceiling, we knew without a doubt that there was something alive up there. And so there is. $143.00 to be told we have mice. Shut up, I know.

The weather is obscene. Too warm if you can believe it. It's supposed to be over 10 degrees all weekend and if this keeps up the flowers will be blooming soon. I hate it because it messes with my seasonal cycle of temperatures and I hate it even moreso because it is indicative of a climate that is in turmoil.

We didn't even need to bundle up to go out for a walk today. Which leads me to our next issue; because the weather has been rising and falling, the dirt road has been heaving up and down, and become very bumpy and mucky. It is out of control, and the road fixing crews don't start their work until late April. By the time April comes, we'll need a Hummer just to leave the house!

Have a great weekend, friends!

  1. Blogger Lois Lane said:

    Our weather is goofy too. Good luck with the vermin troubles.
    Have a great weekend!
    Lois Lane

  1. Blogger Dirk the Feeble said:

    Quit complaining! That's what my street has looked like almost the entire time I've lived there!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    You too!

    It's probably remained like that because you never bothered to complain to someone ;)

  1. Blogger Foxy said:

    wow- look at those potholes! reminds me of the streets of washington dc..hehe. your son is so adorable. hope those nasty pests don't come back after this. have a great weekend. :)

  1. Blogger Tee/Tracy said:

    AWWH! Great pictures! The children are beautiful. Whoa - look at those potholes!

    That's a chunk of change to say you have mice! :p - Didn't you see the lovely little droppings they leave? Or things with chewed holes? ... If your paying money for this type of thing, call me next time. LOL.... You should just let the cats loose in the attic :)

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    So...for the $143.00 they didn't take the mice with them????

    Yesterday I only had to wear a heavy sweater outside...today it is freezing cold and it is beginning to snow. Crazy!

    One question...your little boy is standing so good in that puddle. After the picture did you let him jump and make a splash?


  1. Blogger Dr. Deb said:

    Hey Cathy,
    I answered your question where you posted it. I didn't want to leave it here for you.

    We also have mice....it's that time of year. I have two cats and they are the best mousers ever but I prefer not having them enter the house at all. I'm love all animals, but wish for these critters to find warmth elsewhere.


  1. Blogger Alysa said:

    our weather has been insane as well, earlier this week it was 90 one day then 40 the next.

    to answer the question you asked on your last posts comments. My first step is asking my father to help with the money situation, and if he denies..government asisstance.

    I hope the weather levels out and that you don't need that hummer :)

  1. Blogger Skye said:

    No, you can't have mice as pets! I saw this in Ziggy one day, his cat wanted to keep one.

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    It been in the high 50's in NYC. Not remotely normal for January. I went out and got a pedicure because I could comfortably wear flip-flops.

    At first when I saw "Vermin Man" I was confused. I thought perhaps it was his job to deliver you mice. Like the milkman delivers milk or the mailman brings your mail. Glad that's not the case.

    But is he going to get rid of them? Or is his job mererly to state the obvious?

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Growing up in NH, we had signs all over the place warning of "Frost Heaves." It never occured to me until I brought people home with me who were not from this sort of climate that this does not happen everywhere.

  1. Blogger Scholiast said:

    Did you know I have a thing about Hummers...

    Mice aren't that bad, though, when I grew up we had lots in the basement. Sometimes they'd come climbing up the tapestry on the wall behind our tv. My sister would scream her head off, I found them rather cute...

    Why not send in the cats?

  1. Blogger Y said:

    You have cute kids:) As for the road it likes better the the drive way where I grow up.

  1. Blogger Y said:

    I meant looks

  1. Blogger fb said:

    Baby needs Ray Bans or Oakleys!


  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    It drives me crazy too. We have pot holes just like yours. The council morons come along and fill them.....next load of rain we get the same pot holes back! I suppose replacing a whole stretch of road is too difficult to think of. Oh well, at least i know where all the pot holes will be when it does rain!

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Crazy weather indeed! It was like Spring today and the pot holes are huge as ever! Driving around those suckers is tricky.

    Sorry about your mouse problems..Hopefully they won't be around anymore.

    Have a great weekend.

  1. Blogger Jase said:

    Couldn't you have put the cats in the attic and pocketed the $143? you could have made an additional cat food saving. 8^)

    Please no knocking the good weather. I'll be back in CR at the end of Feb for a while, if only it can hold out until then.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    The arifare alone would cost more than that! :)

    Updated photo post, just for you (as proof;)

    Money in hand, then what is the next step?

    Oh, they're not staying!

    Flip-flops!? You're crazy; you will have to vlog those toes.
    I posted a reference to a Moxy Fruvous song you have to check out.

    We are in the same climate zone; hard to belive there is any other...

    I am not the shrieking girl screeming at mice type, I also think they're cute; but it's down to a pure health concern; they're not potty trained.

    Hello there; thank and yes, I knew what you meant:)

    I agree; we have no stylish baby shades for him; he'd likely flip them off and try and eat them anyway; poor babe will have to squint.

    What's up with Canadian and Australian road crews?! Sounds like our exact problem.

    Montreal warm as well, huh; this is so rare! Have a great weekend as well.

    The thing is, we didn't know it was mice; we thought we had squirrels again, and they can be a real problem, with chewing through wires and so on. After the feces being determined of the mice variety, we had to pay the expert (if I knew how to differentiate mice shit from squirrel shit, I could have saved myself the pain, but alas I am an expert in other areas, of the non-poo variety, unless, of course, it involves baby poo, now that I know quite a lot about...but now I am ranting...)
    Have a peaceful weekend (but not too peaceful, you should be living it up in Beantown enjoying the balmy weather and fine cuisine!)

  1. Blogger Berlinbound said:

    Cold, Cold, Cold ...


  1. Blogger Mise en Place said:

    Man, those roads are a mess but it sure makes for a great place to play, huh?

    The baby is sooo adorable, look at that face.

    Good luck with getting rid of Mickey and his friends, lol.

  1. Blogger Jase said:

    Doesn't squirrel shit have a nuttier flavour?

  1. Blogger riskybiz said:

    Shove the cats in the attic.
    Weather is warm here as well.

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Enjoy that weekend! And thanks for making me learn a new expression: TGIF, I had no idea :)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    So you've got the cold weather, then?!
    I suppose I'll be needing the hat again by the end of the week...

    The only thing the road is good for is splashing :)

    One of the main ingredients in "Nutella"...hmmmm, yes you may be correct. ;)

    Our cats are wimps, unfortunately.

    Devil Mood;
    Yeah; for learning new acronyms :)

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Your road looks like my driveway!

    The boys are sweet and playing in puddles is a must for any respectable child.

  1. Blogger Eric said:

    I look upon your road and laugh!

    Where I used to live in VT, most of the roads were unpaved, and the spring would also be the "mud season." Imagine foot-deep ruts and potholes that destroy your alignment.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Nothing more fun than getting intentional soakers in mud puddles!

    Mud season shouldn't be January in Canada! :)

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