Saturday, November 24, 2007

Busy Time of Year

The last several days have been quite busy. We have eaten three Thanksgiving meals, spent around 17 hours on the road for a quick trip to North Carolina, gone rat hunting (more on that in a moment), and done other miscellaneous important and not so important things. At the moment we are caring for a very sick baby. Devin came down with something; he was running a fever of up to 103, and earlier this afternoon he had the chills really bad and then threw up. We are planning to head out tomorrow to Missy's brother's place, where we will be hunting. Those plans may change, depending on what happens with Devin.

I set a rat trap out a couple of days ago but have not caught our critter. However, there are plenty of signs that he is still very active. Since nothing else has worked, Missy's two brothers and dad came over last night and we went rat hunting. First we snuck around outside with .22s and a shotgun. Then we tore some skirting off of our trailer and shined our flashlights all around underneath it, but we didn't see anything. Then we went inside, set some bait out, and waited with a .22 and birdshot, but nothing happened. Although we weren't successful, but we had fun in the process.

My brother-in-law brought a 4-wheeler with him from Ohio. Can you believe that my dear mother-in-law refused to let me take her for a ride? I don't know why in the world she wouldn't; I was just trying to be nice.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Critter Problems

I am sad to announce that we have a critter in our trailor! That's right, some creature has been sneaking into our kitchen at night and devouring anything that it finds in its path. I'm not sure what kind of a creature we are dealing with, but it is pretty big. The first night it came out it left a set of tracks across our stove (I know that is disgusting), and they sure weren't mouse tracks. My guess is that our critter is either a rat or a squirrel. To date it has eaten half a bag of chocolate chips, a pack of wheat thins, half of a bag of those noodle things that you put on salads, a good bit of bread, a biscuit, an undetermined portion of our flour, and chunks out of six potatoes. It has climbed up into our cabinet drawers, into our trash can which has a swinging lid, and onto our sink. We know it was on our sink because it carried off a sponge that Missy uses to do dishes. Now, it has started gnawing on a corner of our cabinets, leaving a nice little pile of wood chips on the floor in the morning. Needless to say, I am quite fed up with whatever it is!

Shortly after after it attacked the first time, I put out some rat poison. The crazy thing didn't even touch the poison for about five days. Now it has eaten poison on at least four different occasions, and still nothing is happening. I have looked at four different places for rat traps but haven't found any yet (they must not make rat traps in China, because Wal-Mart doesn't even have them). As soon as I find one, hopefully our creature will be history. I had been waiting on getting a trap because I kept thinking that the poison would do it's job, but it hasn't seemed to be working. So, I will let you know when this conflict is resolved.

I think this is it's entrance hole. I haven't covered it because I have been putting the poison by it. Notice the potato it drug into the corner.

I thought that this poison would work; it was expensive enough.

Ten days later, and it is still eating poison.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Hawaii, Here I Come!

Devin says that the weather is getting entirely too cold. He says that he misses being able to play outside like he could a couple of weeks ago, and that if this weather keeps up he is going to Hawaii.

Monday, November 5, 2007

A Comment on Comments

I have been rather discouraged over the fact that I have not received any comments to any of my posts for a long, long time. Granted, I don't know whether I would comment on my blog if I were someone else (if that makes any sense), but that is beside the point. Today a fellow blogger informed me that he had tried to leave comments on my blog a couple of times and couldn't. Sure enough, for some reason my "allow comments" option was turned off. So for all of you frustrated fans out there who have been dying to leave a comment on my blog, like my dear mother-in-law for instance, I have fixed the problem and you may now feel free to do so. And just for your information, I know that my mother-in-law is one of my greatest fans, although I am sure that she would never admit it.

Saturday, November 3, 2007


We don't celebrate Halloween, but I think that this little Tigger would have been given lots of candy.