Feeling rather frazzled as I write this. There are several reasons, but the main one is a mouse, in the house, which is never a welcome adventure. Now, I am quite good with animals in general, and I think that other than spiders, I could sensibly handle any animal, big or small, that I needed to – if it was contained. But there is something about rodents, especially mice and rats, which, when I encounter them running around freely, makes me scream like a girl. Not really sure why.
We still have the painter/decorator in the house (possibly another reason for feeling frazzled) and he had just started to prepare the recently emptied lounge, when he mentioned that a mouse had run the length of the hall and disappeared under the study door. Super news, just what I was hoping to hear.
I collected old incontinent cat from her new home in the garage (she can’t live in the utility room while the painter is here) and dumped her in the study. Felt she might need back-up, so went into the garden and whistled for the outside cats. They are very good at coming when I whistle. Unfortunately, so is the dog and all the chickens (note to self:learn how to do two different whistles). Separated the cats from the general group of random animals, and took them into the study.
By this time, old incontinent cat had managed to catch the mouse, whilst also leaping over all the stuff recently removed from other rooms ready for the painter, and managing to break an assortment of complicated lego models. (Do not ask me why, when we have no children in the house, it is necessary to keep aforementioned lego models, but apparently it is.) Old incontinent stupid cat had then put down mouse to play, and mouse had run into fireplace.
We could see it, sitting there, completely still. The cats, however, seemed completely blind to all things rodent, and were busy exploring the shelves and desk.
Tried waving various cats in general direction of mouse. Mouse remained still, cats disliked being waved and struggled to be free.
Decided we needed to catch mouse ourselves. Managed to trap mouse in a plastic cup, and slide coal shovel underneath to contain it. Not sure what to do next.
Mouse sat there, looking quite cute, with big round ears and beady eyes. I think it was a baby one. Did not feel I could kill it, nor did I trust the cats to do the job for me if I released it. Nor did I want it to breed a whole family of new mice in my house.
Sent Husband down the lane, with mouse in plastic cup with shovel underneath to contain it. He complained a bit, but I coped. Opened window so incompetent cats could join chickens and dog in garden.
Now, I do know, that the mouse will probably walk back to my house. Though it was injured, so it might not make it. Plus, I am assuming that should it return, it will be slightly more careful to not be seen again. I also know that a quick killing would’ve been the most sensible course of action. But sometimes, there are some things, which I simply cannot manage to do.
Hope you have a rodent free week. Thank you for reading.
Anne E. Thompson has written several novels and one non-fiction book. They are available from book shops and Amazon. She writes a weekly blog at: anneethompson.com
(To be read on a bleak Monday morning!)
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Thanks. Hope your Monday isn’t too bleak…
I downloaded a sample of ‘Clara’ from Amazon, and enjoyed reading that little snippet. Consequently I went online to purchase the kindle book, but was stopped by the price,£9.99. This seems very high for a kindle book, will the cost come down at a later date?
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Hi Angie, Thanks for your interest in Clara. This was a well timed question, as the price has now been reduced, but it takes a while for the Amazon site to issue the new price (have another look later today). The reason most books have a high Kindle price when first released, is simply because the cost of printing books is relatively high, so publishers prefer to recover some of those costs by making the paperback version more attractive than the ebook. As sales increase, prices can be reduced, though a product worth having should have a price that is appropriate – if something is free, I generally don’t value it. (There is, of course, also the cost of editing and typesetting to recover on both paper and Kindle books, and Amazon also takes an amount, so price setting is always tricky.)
I hope the new price will be acceptable, and you enjoy reading Clara. (I can’t write a review as the author, but this is the book I am most proud of!)
Have just seen that the new price is now in place. Amazon link below: