Since I was determined to make this Christmas a reasonably good one, I thought it would be nice to have a tree. Not only did Dan agree, but he thought it would be ever so nice to have a REAL tree. It was ever so nice. 😁
We got our tree, Dan found the stand, and set it up. Together we strung the lights and I added tinsel and ornaments before Dan moved it to the corner table of the livingroom.
A couple of days later, I happened to spy a little critter slowly jog past Kat. Kat seemed more confused than shocked or upset. I was rather baffled myself . It seemed the size of a mouse but did not seem particularly mouse like – and it was black.
For a day or so there was no further critter activity – no mouse, no poo, no sign of mouse activity in our cupboards. We all agreed to believe that Kat and I had imagined the entire mouse episode. Thank God, because I am terrified of mice. (A story for another day).
Dan went back to work for a couple of night shifts. On night one, I started working on my jigsaw puzzle, and our elusive guest jogged past me. I decided to move into the livingroom. I sent a string of texts to Dan – “we definitely have a mouse in the house… it is in the kitchen… it came into the livingroom… omg it is in the Christmas tree!” Meanwhile Kat dozed on the couch and amazingly I remained rather calm and coherent. Dan was definitely concerned but moreso about my sanity than the actual possibility of my cartoonish mouse.
The second night was much the same – with the guest appearance of a fuzzy grey walnut that peaked out from under the fridge and ducked back just as quickly.
FYI.. as I sit in the livingroom writing this, guest #1 just jogged past my chair. 😳
Last night, Dan was home and he finally saw Guest #1 and… Guest #3 with his own eyes. Guest #3 is a miniature version of Guest #1. Dan agreed that these were no normal mice. I searched the internet and I am somewhat convinced that we are entertaining a family of small shrews who travelled into our house via our REAL NICE Christmas tree.
FUN FACT – Shrews are not rodents but a type of the Eulipotyphla mammal. Apparently rodents are also a form of mammal too – but not a form I choose to relate to. 🥴
Bottom line – Dan is out looking to purchase some mushrooms, bread, and critter catchers – since these little beggars do not seem interested in our regular mouse traps. For the time being, I am at home and “The creatures are definitely stirring!”
That is it for today. Take care and have a great day! 💞