Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Deer and Mice

I almost went skiing today. Almost.... I planned to go for a half-day afternoon, there's less ice on Hwy 50 later in the day. I invited Jerry along but he is working on some big transformer deal. I put my chains in the car, checked my oil, filled my windshield washer reservoir, filled up with gas, and then headed to my storage unit where the majority of my material goods are, and have been for almost a year now. I was confident that I would find everything I needed for a day on the slopes. I found my bag of gloves, hats and goggles; I found my bag of ski pants and coats; I found my skiis and poles....I found hiking boots, mud boots, cowboy boots and shoes... NO SKI BOOTS though. They are probably in a box at the bottom of a stack of stuff in the far corner I can't get to. I was bummed, I looked long enough that I didn't have time to just go up and rent boots, the ski resort closes at 4 p.m. I loaded up a few assorted boxes of kitchen goods and headed home.

The rest of the day was spent scrubbing the huge pantry that came with this place. I love a big pantry. I washed walls, disinfected shelves, cut and laid shelf paper. Looks good. After dinner I went back to admire the clean pantry and found little mouse deposits on my clean shelves. I haven't had mice in a few years. I hate mouse poop, alot. The mice will have to go. Everything not in a can or glass jar will be put in tupperware. I still have not finished cleaning all of the cupboards and drawers in the kitchen, it is overwhelming. So far no mouse droppings in the kitchen.

I made a yummy pot of chili today. I am enjoying this big open kitchen. The painter is almost done with the bedrooms. Then we will clean carpets and start moving in our furniture. We are still sleeping on the floor in front of the wood stove. Rustic and primitive... I want a bed!

So, as I am scrubbing in the pantry, Jerry is at the kitchen table working, wheeling-dealing, with 2 computers and his phone going. I catch him turned around watching out the window an awful lot! We live in a deer playground! He calls me into the kitchen as he takes a picture of this little guy who just walked up to the window and peeked in.

He is just peeking in, checking out his new 2-legged neighbors.


Little Buck-A-Roo and his mama decided to skip out to the pasture and since I'd had my fill of scrubbing shelves for the day, I followed. Our upper pasture is wooded and there were deer all over the place, I played hide & seek with them until late dusk when they scattered. Several of the deer are a bit lame, I wonder if they are snagging where we are repairing fences they've torn down, I hope not.

So that's my day here in the country, where deer play in the woods and mice play in the pantry.


Courtney said...

That is so neat and how great you got a picture!

Anonymous said...

That is really cool a deer coming up and looking in your window! Your new home seems like quite the find, just perfect in every way...except the mouse poopoos!

amy said...

Bummer that you didn't get to ski. And I sat around watching the Sierra web cams all day hoping to see you there!
LoL, not really, but wouldn't that be kinda nifty to see you waving at me on there?

Anonymous said...

Oh Where Oh Where are your Boots!!!
what a bummer, i planned on calling tonight to see how your leg held out! oh well!
U need a kitten!! to eat mice that is!

Anonymous said...

How nice to have fawns looking in windows and deers playing in yard.

To bad about no boots so no skiing. We got lots of snow today, all schools and doings shot down.

Yes, get two kittys and a dog, to take care of mice. Isn't it peppermint that will keep mice away also? I forget!

Kathy said...

Courtney, I think it's neat too, but wonder how neat I'll think they are when they start eating garden plants and flowers!
Hi Darlene! It is! 'cept for the mice.
Amy, I'm waving at you now ...
Diane, I'll get a kitty one day soon. Remember my Blackie and mouse story?
Mom, Keep warm! Peppermint ....hhmmm I don't know about that one.