Tuesday, March 7, 2017

When the Cat's Away

You all know the saying 'when the cat's away, the mice will play?' Well this was the case while we were in Florida for the month of February. We have a dog though, not a cat, and he was away with us.
 Every year, even with the traps set the mice get into my cutlery drawer and everything has to be sanitized. However, this year they were really naughty and climbed in the top drawer of a dresser to open my microwave neck warmers and eat the seeds. Fortunately the lavender one on top was barely damaged as it was full of something they didn't like but another one must have filled little tummies for days. I washed the lavender casing in bleach and had to give it a few drops of essential oil again.
In my craft studio things were knocked over and my spools of ribbon rolled every which way. Luckily nothing was damaged and no sign of chewing anywhere. I think these little rodents are smarter than we give them credit for. 
We came back to almost no snow on the ground but two days of the white stuff coming down like the dickens remedied that. Ah well, it will soon be spring and the sun rising through the trees is a pretty sight. Not to mention I've seen a few robins in the dwarf crab apple tree.
My neighbour welcomed me back with a bouquet of tulips for my birthday in a lovely shade of purple. Thank you for all the nice comments on my last post when I had bragging rights about becoming a senior. And as Forrest Gump said, "and that's all I'm going to say about that."
Murchie's released a Canada 150 blend of tea in honour of Canada's 150th anniversary this year and I tried it yesterday afternoon. Here's their description: A mosaic of black, green and oolong teas, blended with a hint of maple to celebrate our nation’s history and diversity. Doesn't it sound good? It did make a pleasant pot of tea.
The clocks move ahead this Sunday, the days are getting warmer and I have been reading an awesome updated gardening book to share for a review. It got me itching to get outside and get my hands dirty. 
I plan to get around and visit everyone in the next few days, have a good week!
Take time for tea.

30 comments:

  1. Welcome home! Those little mousie rascals! We're dealing with them all the time. I hate seeing them caught in traps but the damage they can do is remarkable.
    That does sound like a lovely tea. Enjoy!
    Andrea

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  2. Perhaps it is time for a cat! Nasty little buggers those mice are!

    Welcome home...glad that you made the escape in February and perhaps next year it can be both February and March. March, as a month, really stinks!

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  3. Oh dear, are you sure these were just mice?! What a mess! Occasionally we get some really tiny mice in the early winter, but a few sticky traps clear them up. I wouldn't even keep things that they have chewed as they can harbour diseases. Blech!

    The 150 tea sounds delicious! I tried maple tea last spring, but it didn't have enough flavour for me, and I ended up pouring some real maple syrup into the cup ;) Time to get out to the maple sugar bushes this coming week to top up my supply! Welcome home Judith and hopefully that snow will be gone lickety split.
    Wendy xox

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  4. A good time to be away from home and into warmer weather. What a lovely blend of tea to celebrate 150 years of Canada. It has been a most unusual winter this year on coastal BC (near the US border), we are still getting snow as well as hail and rain and sometimes sunshine.
    Joy

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  5. Oh dear! Sounds like you should hire a neighbour cat to be "on patrol" in your absence! Glad you made it home safely, and sorry you had a "mousey welcome." Spring is not quite here yet, but I'm sure its not far off...

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  6. Welcome home Judith! Your post made me laugh when I saw "When the cat's away",since we have two fluffy Himalayan kitties. I am sorry to hear about your little visitors. At least you came home to warmer weather. Spring is definitely trying to make a comeback here with some days in the 50's and 60's, but it has been a roller coaster ride!

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  7. Welcome home just in time for spring! The sun is on its way! Yay!

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  8. I'm sure that we'll get more snow before it's all over for the season too, but it wasn't a nice way to welcome you home! And those mice! We'll have to try to think of them as characters in a Beatrix Potter story instead of the pesky little critters they are! :-)

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  9. Oh dear what a mess!

    That tea sounds lovely. I spent several hours looking online at photos of Prince Charles' garden at Highbury. I don't agree with him on some things, but he has lovely gardens. Very inspiring!

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  10. Oh my goodness, Judith, what a mess from those mice!!! I'll be that was not the welcome home that you wanted. Your tulips were a beautiful surprise, though, and the new Murchies blend sounds heavenly. I know you'll be happy to work in your garden soon.

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  11. Oh dear, they really were at play. So sorry. I suppose they aren't as busy at your house when the warmer weather comes. I like Judy's idea !

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  12. Oh, those naughty mice! I hope they stay away for a long while now. We're still experiencing winter out here - snow, rain, rain, sleet, snow. This is the winter without end, it seems.
    Your Murchie's tea sounds lovely. If I ever get downtown, I'll pick some up for myself. Stay cozy.

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  13. I'm glad you got back home safe and sound. Now I think you NEED to get a cat! And purple tulips? Be still my heart! Hugs Sis!

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  14. Wow, I guess they were "house sitting" for you. ha, ha. That's crazy! ...I'm so excited that we change the clocks! I think it's my favorite day of the year. I am so over this cold, dark, yuck. Here's to longer days! :)

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  15. Love the tulips esp purple! Beautiful. As for the cat...oops!

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  16. Why can't our mice be more like Cinderella's mice? Hee! Murchie's Canada 150 tea blend sounds wonderful! But no new tea purchases for me since I'm back on the tea wagon. HA!

    The first couple of days after jumping 1 hour forward is rough for me, but it's totally worth it to have the longer days.

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  17. Welcome home!
    My what a mess!! Those must be some large mice to do that kind of damage. I'm not sure I would want to keep anything that they came in contact with.
    When I helped my parents with their estate sale we had to clear out the garages and barns and I was quite infected from just the droppings from the mice, my body was full of toxins.
    Your tulips are gorgeous!
    Happy belated Birthday. ♡

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  18. Welcome home!
    My what a mess!! Those must be some large mice to do that kind of damage. I'm not sure I would want to keep anything that they came in contact with.
    When I helped my parents with their estate sale we had to clear out the garages and barns and I was quite infected from just the droppings from the mice, my body was full of toxins.
    Your tulips are gorgeous!
    Happy belated Birthday. ♡

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  19. I expect you are wishing you were still in Florida with snow on the ground and mice too. Happy Birthday.

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  20. Goodness, Judith, that looks awful! I have always considered myself a friend of animals, but I just adore the new plastic mousetraps that I place near the house walls (covered well not to have birds entering) to capture them before they get into the house.
    The tea sounds lovely. I am looking forward to seeing the red-and-white celebrations. We try to organize something blue-and-white this year. :)
    Have a happy day! xx

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  21. Hello,Judith,
    Welcome home! I see your little visitors were such naughty in your absence, and sounds difficult to deal with!I think you need to get a cat???Your tulips are beautiful! You have a lovely neighbor friend.Stay warm.

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  22. Welcome home, lovely Judith! By my oh my, what a welcome you received {in your home} I agree with Tomoko, maybe you need a cat {{smiles}}

    Your neighbor was ever so sweet to give you such lovely tulips - what a blessing!

    Have a beautiful day, dear friend. Hugs!

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  23. Welcome back to our changeable weather, wind warnings today with really strong winds. Those darn mice getting into all your things.

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  24. How unpleasant it must have been to come home to such a mess. Hoping you'll not get too much snow on your return! My very best!

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  25. Wow... what a mess to return to after being gone, they surely did make a mess... yes you may need a cat indeed! A good female mouser :) Toms are much too lazy, lol! We are having winter weather here too... snow, and more snow on the way... but I know spring is coming, as you said, the days are getting longer! Yeah :)

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  26. It's always nice to go away, but what a nasty surprise and mess you came home to. Yes, perhaps a cat may help!

    I do like your tulips, what a lovely colour.

    Enjoy the weekend

    All the best Jan

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  27. My goodness what a mess! I'd offer my Katie to help run the mice away, but I am afraid she would just stare at them.

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  28. I cannot believe the work of those little intruders! They should be arrested! (On the other hand, wow, they are industrious little fellas, aren't they?)

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  29. What a mess the mice made, what a terrible thing to come home to. We had mice here throughout all of our lower kitchen cabinets and of course as soon as you cleaned everything, they were back. I had my husband stuff steel wool around the holes where the pipes are, he stuffed it in quite hard. I also had him block the entrance between cupboards as there was a gap at the top. That way if they did manage to get in through the pipe entrance, they couldn't go any further. It worked! The cupboards have been mouse free for about 2 years now.

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