The mouse wars
I finally cracked, and bought a humane mousetrap. I couldn't stand setting those old-fashioned traditional snap traps, and having to deal with a corpse in the morning. I only caught 4 mice that way - well, one escaped minus his tail, as I already described, but I still CAUGHT him. I just didn't want to do it anymore. So we now have a Ketch-all trap, which I know works very well, because we had one once, long ago, when we lived downtown. I set it up last night, and we caught 3 mice. BUT...one got his TAIL jammed in the mechanism! We must have the stupidest mice in the world; how could 2 of them manage to get into tail trouble? I thought we'd caught 2 live ones and a dead one, but it turned out the third one was just passed out. When we took them down to the river to release them, I noticed the protruding tail, which started to thrash, and then I had to figure out how to get the silly thing out of the trap. I finally got a stick and advanced the spring mechanism by another turn, and it somehow slipped out, and dropped out onto the ground. The other 2 sprang away, but I thought this one was dead, until Emma, with great excitement, noticed it twitching. So maybe it will recover from the shock and survive - I just want them out of my house, what they do after that is their business. We'll set the trap again this evening.