Christmas Eve I wound up setting four snap traps with peanut butter around my kitchen and going out to see the New Mary Poppins movie. It turns out that this is not a great movie for someone recovering from a recent loss, though in all other respects it will certainly become a new classic in short order. When I came home the traps were untouched. I went to bed that night, sort of. I was up and about, I believe I caught about 3 hours of sleep between midnight and 3 am. When I got up at 3 all four of the traps had been emptied of their peanut butter, but not set off.
I was furious. I decided that I would reset the traps, Christmas Day, go to Mass and head to the local casino where I knew they were having a buffet. I did so, the food was good, and came home to untouched traps again. I spoke to the carpenter who is acting as an exterminator for me, and he said that he set the traps a bit differently so he would be up the next day to do so and hopefully that would help. I, for the life of me, could not figure out how you could set a snap trap differently, so I decided to experiment. Since I was essentially feeding the mice at this point, I smeared the peanut butter further up the triggering mechanism to try and force them to knock against the pin to get the peanut butter. This worked, and I had to have someone get rid of the mouse that day. The traps were reset, and my home organizers were due the next day, so I did not get much sleep that night either. So out of the six days I had off I did not sleep much for four of them. I did get two mice killed and I have had three days without any detritus anywhere else so I believe that they are all dead. Now I just have to run everything I own through the dishwasher and scrub the entire kitchen before I cook in it.
On the other hand the home organization went extremely well. I cannot believe how much they managed to get done in the 8 hours they were in my home. No other animal byproducts were found anywhere in the house, not even flies. I know that there are some people thinking that because I had a couple of mice, I live in the country, I have a dirty household. Now that I am finished with my major destash I can finally focus on what I need and love in the house and making sure that I am surrounded by what I need and love. The final note for 2018 is that I went to a buffet for New Year’s Eve Dinner and must have gotten food poisoning. I will have to get the car detailed within a week so that I can comfortably drive it. Needless to say I have not gotten much crafting done in the past 2 weeks, so sad. What a way to end 2018, hopefully 2019 will be better.
Happy New Year!