Wordless Wednesday — Mouse Alert!

by Dagmar Bleasdale on May 13, 2015

bumble bee on window

This little guy surprised me this morning. Well, he wasn’t little — this bumble bee was huge!

And this little guy surprised me in the living room a few days ago. I saw something walk around the sofa out of the corner of my eye, and when I looked at it, he was just sitting there, looking at me with his big eyes.

A baby mouse!

mouse

Mouse Alert

I knew immediately how he had gotten into the house: we have mice in the attic that I don’t have the heart to kill.

I did buy a box that catches mice so I can release them, but I haven’t put it into the attic yet.

Pulling down the attic ladder and checking on the box every day is a whole production I’m avoiding.

So when I left the attic ladder down the other day while I was taking down boxes of stuff for our tag sale, he must have walked down.

I called for Don and Landon so they could see him and help me catch him.

“Don, there’s a mouse in the living room.” I didn’t want to yell too loud or move because I was afraid he’d run away.

Don: “There’s a what?”

“There is a mouse in the living room, come down!”

They came down and he was still sitting there.

Don: “Hey, buddy!”

Me: “Isn’t he cute?!”

Landon, with the biggest smile: “Aw!”

There was a lot of yelling for flashlights and “Keep and eye on him, Landon!” while I put on rubber gloves so I could grab him.

Don: “He’s not going to bite, you don’t need gloves.”

Me: “He’s a wild animal — if I grab him, the only thing he knows to do is bite.”

He wasn’t really fast and kept showing up, so we knew where he had run.

For some reason L wanted to catch him in a shoe and kept throwing his shoe in his direction, and I kept throwing it out of the way to make space for a box I wanted him to run into.

It was hilarious.

After rearranging some furniture — he was under this for a while —

cottage decor living room

…we finally cornered him in the fireplace, and I was able to get him into the box.

mouse in box

We took him outside, fed him some cheese, and after L played with him a bit (with my gloves on), he ran under the porch.

I hope he found his family or knows how to fend for himself.

What have you been up to? What would you have done seeing a mouse in your living room?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

TwoPlusCute May 14, 2015 at 1:35 PM

This little guy is actually, cute. Very nice of you to carefully remove him/her.
I would have taken more drastic measures I’m afraid.

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Brenda Kula-Pruitt May 14, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Well, I live in a patio apartment, so I would have called Volare, the Russian maintenance guy! I hate the thought of mice, but that one is actually kind of a cute little fella. Maybe get a cat?
Brenda

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Dagmar Bleasdale May 14, 2015 at 2:38 PM

I’d love a cat, but my husband is allergic :) Nice to have someone who would take care of a mouse :)

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Rita C at Panoply May 13, 2015 at 6:54 AM

Oh dear…I think I would’ve set traps. Where’s there’s 1, there’s more. :( I opened my attic steps door (in my bath) the other night to get stored t. paper, and there was a HUGE hornet (!), thankfully lying on its back, already distressed (but not as much as I was to see it). That sucker looked as big as a hummingbird. I gave him a bubble bath in Raid. :/

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TwoPlusCute May 14, 2015 at 1:36 PM

Lol Rita! You made me laugh with your descriptions. :D
(I’d be as distressed as you were).

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