The Story – In a Nutshell

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After returning home from a two-month vacation, I noticed peanut shells on the floor by the television cabinet. On the opposite side of the living room, I found shells on the fireplace hearth.

“What’s all this?” I asked Hubby.

“Hmmm, that’s odd. Your grandkids?”

Yeah, sure, blame my grandkids. My daughter had been watering the plants and collecting the mail, but I was quite certain she wouldn’t let her kids run around our house, discarding peanut shells.

“No, it wasn’t them,” I replied.

“Well, ask her, you never know.”

Later that day, Hubby slipped into a pair of shoes he’d left in the kitchen and found a small, round chocolate in one of them. Yep, you guessed it: my grandkids again—according to him!

I suppose they could have dropped a chocolate, even on purpose, into his shoe. More probable a candy in a shoe versus peanut shells in the living room. But I doubted it.

That evening, Hubby opened the door of the cabinet to turn on the television. What! A pile of peanut shells on top of the receiver.

“Okay, THAT wasn’t my grandchildren,” I said. “They’d never open the door and throw shells in there.”

I asked my daughter if the kids had nuts while in the house. Nope. She was in and out as quickly as she could. “But thanks for blaming us,” she said.

Hubby and I discussed the situation that evening. We’d had mice in the past but hadn’t seen any for a couple of years, so I thought we were done with them. But do mice hoard nuts?

Squirrels? Had squirrels invaded our house? THAT was a horrid thought. Squirrels cause way more damage than mice. And how would we get rid of them?

The last time we had bought peanuts was in November or December, and we went away early in January. The peanuts were on the kitchen counter, in a basket, and they were all gone when we left. This meant that critters had scoffed the nuts while we were home! I remembered how Hubby had accused me of eating all his peanuts. I did have a few, yes, but not as many as he had accused me of—at least, I hadn’t thought so. I tried not to eat many as I was trying to lose weight, but when food is in plain sight, it’s hard to ignore. Hubby had taken a bowl every evening and disappeared to his man cave, but I remembered thinking at the time how they disappeared, and I did wonder if I had eaten more than I had thought. Gah, the guilt! But suddenly, everything made sense! It was mice! Or squirrels! It wasn’t me! How dare Hubby blame me.

After we ate dinner, Hubby set three traps: two by the television and one on the hearth. He sat in the living room, watching TV.

Low and behold, a few minutes later a mouse sauntered from behind the TV, heading straight for the peanut butter in the trap. Right by Hubby’s feet. With the TV full blast.

SMACK!

After we went to bed, a trap snapped. We discovered the next morning the dratted critter managed to evade it but had a good feed. I also made another discovery.

The chocolate in Hubby’s shoe? It was an M&M. I had given Hubby a bag of M&Ms for Christmas. When he showed me the chocolate in his shoe the previous day, immediately I thought of the M&Ms, but it was still on the kitchen desk.

But that morning, something made me pick up the bag of M&Ms. Yep: empty! They had shredded the end of the bag. All gone.

I was sick to my stomach. Critters on the counter. Critters on the desk. Critters in the TV cabinet. Critters on our fireplace. And those were places where we found evidence. Where else had they been roaming? Where were they hiding? And still hiding!

These dratted rodents had a field day for the two months we were gone. While the cats are away, the mice will play.

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6 responses to “The Story – In a Nutshell

  1. You mean I read all that and still don’t know what did it? If it had been mice, there would have been tracks everywhere. Nope. Not mice.

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  2. Deborah, you must have skimmed over the line that said something like “the mouse came from behind the TV by Hubby’s feet”!!!! We’ve caught two thus far…so I guess it’s mice. When I put on my glasses, I saw little turds by the shells. Oh, so gross. Yesterday “they” sprung the traps six times. This morning, one trap is MISSING! They must be huge mice after having the run of our house for two months…hoarding the nuts and gorging on M&Ms. Oh, so disgusting I want to puke….

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  3. You are so right. So much for the accuracy of speed reading! Well, I have an unpleasant question. Are you sure you’re seeing mouse tracks? Could they be rat tracks? They look the same, but bigger. Just a thought. That is one explanation for how the trap disappeared. Hmm… you need a good cat – although most cats won’t fight a rat. Good luck, girlfriend!

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  4. oh gross! Rats!????!!!???@@@@@@@@***** Well, caught 2 mice, so I think it’s mice. But still, there was one this morning playing with the trap all morning long that we still haven’t caught. And NO…I never looked to see WHAT was playing with the trap, but I could hear the trap being scraped across the floor. I’ve never even looked at the caught mice. Would grosssssss me out too much. Hubby knows mice from rats, so I’m okay there. So we have at least ONE left. Hubby got some different traps at noon today…but now it’s 6 p.m. and nothing. And he found the missing trap; it was under the TV cabinet, empty of food and a mouse! They’re smart mice/critters/whatever, that’s for sure. I’ll update tomorrow. For any interested parties….in the meantime, I jump at every shadow. Nothing is WORSE than mice and spiders (in my book!)….

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  5. I’ll take mice over spiders any day. Here’s a funny story for you. We were on vacation in the desert in a pop-up camper in the 90’s and a mouse got in. The howling coyotes and blackness of night made it spooky enough, but the mouse made it worse. I could envision that thing cuddled up in my sleeping bag with me. No way could I sleep, so I found a plank and made a ramp from the door to the ground and placed a trail of cheese on it. The idea was to lead the mouse out. An hour later, another mouse came UP the ramp, following the cheese and then we had TWO. How can anyone be so stupid?
    LOL Live and learn. Happy day.

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  6. Judi Risser

    Oh My! Poor you! Exterminators are next I guess…

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