Trickling down…

My daughter left for Sun Valley yesterday. All the others decided to go to town. I get it, Elko is a small town and Boise has a bigger selection of things. I helped my daughter load up, then she decided to stay and chat a while.

While loading, we decided to run my trap line. I finally caught up with the little bastard that’s invaded my home.


We’ve lived here for 20 years and never had a mouse. My wife decided to pick up some newfangled Bloomingdales traps. I must have caught thousands of them with the old fashioned Victor Mouse Traps. These new ones went off multiple times, without catching the little bugger. I don’t think it would have taken this long with better equipment.

I kind of thought I’d sneak some reading or writing time in, but my daughter stayed two hours. I really don’t mind. One-on-one with my daughter for a couple hours was kind of a treat.

The in-laws left about two hours ago, with their two small dogs. We had a good visit, and even tried a new restaurant last night. It made for a wonderful evening.

Funny how people with a refrigerator overflowing with leftovers will go to a restaurant. We wouldn’t have, but it was a family visit kind of thing. We likely don’t have to do any shopping this week.

Opie, the dog, is the only one left. My son and his family got home about 2:00 AM. They said they’d come get him first thing this morning. It’s 11:30 already, so they kind of missed that appointment.

I don’t mind. Opie is a good boy and my dogs had a lot of fun with him.

I paid the bills this morning, and it’s about time to dig in for the remainder of the weekend.

I started reading a novel yesterday. My visit limited me to one chapter, but I started it. I may work on that sometime this afternoon.

If you had a holiday, I hope you had a wonderful one. If not, I hope you had a great weekend.


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33 responses to “Trickling down…

  1. Nice to get some time with your family, Craig. You need a cat, then no traps would be required 🙂

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  2. Glad you had a good time. I can always be assured of an interesting time when I visit. The mouse in the trap was very special.

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  3. Sounds like a nice time with family! That mouse creeps me out.

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  4. I think the restaurant is because people want a break from cooking and repetition of meals. Part of it is because the good stuff is always eaten and never left over. So, what are the differences between the traps?

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  5. Sounds like you had a wonderful family visit. So did we. Ty and Emily left late this morning. The family meal was relaxed this year and everyone was in a good mood. Tomorrow, we’re helping my sister take my other sister and cousin to the Festival of Trees exhibit. Patty needs a wheel chair and Jenny needs a walker. It’s too much for one person to manage. We haven’t gone to see the trees for a while, though, so it will be fun.

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  6. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author & Book Blogger and commented:
    Sounds like a nice get-together.

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  7. D.L. Finn, Author

    Sounds like a great holiday, even caught the mouse:) Good one here, too with a birthday celebration thrown in. I’m ready for some routine now.

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  8. Every day of my four-day weekend, I woke up thinking, “Is this Saturday?”

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  9. Glad you enjoyed your holiday family time.

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  10. Twas nice holiday. We had some people and Moo went to her bf’s family’s event and by the time she returned it was time for our dinner. We ate out on Saturday after turkey and had two birthdays the following week, and ate out again. I literally just cleaned out the leftovers TODAY. (I had to put fresh, edible food in there!)
    We seem to get mice every winter, for a very short time, cause Cletus, Clara, and the hound. Pretty sure there’s some now, Sadie’s been sniffing & barking at the registers in the living room while we heard one in our bedroom register the other night. I don’t know how they’re doing that — I’d think it would be far too hot, metal hot.

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    • They certainly get everywhere. I think I must have only had the one, and I dealt with him. Sounds like everything went well at your place. Enjoy your rum and cookies.

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      • My daddy always said no one has one mouse. I dunno if he’s right, but I’ve been taught to think that way. I can’t do traps. One time when I was a teen, I had to listen to a trapped one cry until my parents came home. It was miserable, inhumane. I’d rather be eaten by a lion and I’m sure they would too.

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      • I find the traps the most humane. Poison is bad and if you knew how it works you would feel the same way. I used a glue trap once and swore I’d never do that again. They’re downright cruel. I wouldn’t be surprised to find another one, but haven’t in a couple of weeks. If I had a small terrier, that the most efficient.

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      • Glue trap is what my parents had used 😦
        I wouldn’t do poison, as you may recall, it’s best I not handle anything toxic. Or sticky. Or really hot. LOL

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