Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ode to the kitchen mouse

Just call me the sweet little mouse feeder. Five sticky traps along the kitchen floor baseboards and one on the counter, each one with a small piece of smelly extra sharp cheddar cheese in the middle because the monster has managed to avoid all the plain, out-of-the-box traps. One tiny little mouse that's beginning to drive me crazy. I just went into the kitchen for a glass of water and noticed the cheese from one of the traps is gone. Unless there are some huge flying bugs or something . . .and then the loathsome creature proceeded to race across the kitchen floor and disappear somewhere in the laundry room. I swear it had a sneer on its ugly face and the words, "ha, ha, gotcha" coming out its horrible little mouth. Tomorrow I'm buying some regular traps. This is getting ridiculous. But funny.

Robert Burns had another idea:
Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim'rous beastie,
O, what panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murd'ring pattle!

I'm truly sorry Man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle,
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
An' fellow-mortal!


cookingwithgas said...

they are smarter than us sometimes. I have had mice figure out the traps. You have to keep switching them up until you find one that works. But keep them all because after awhile you can bring back one of the older ones.
Good luck- had my share!

spiritualastronomer said...

I'd just about given up on catching the mouse, especially when it maneuvered itself into the living room, chewing on the inside of the couch. Couldn't see it, of course, but heard the crunching noises. I listlessly tossed a couple of baited traps under the couch, not expecting a thing.

Just got back from the store and heard squeaking in the kitchen. Could it be????? Ta -da! He got a little too greedy and stuck to the trap with his mouth around the hunk of cheese. Just in time, too. I had visions of it crawling all over me at night since I've been sleeping in the living room while it's hot.