Thursday, June 10, 2010

Another Freakin' Rodent - I Think

I'm telling you, they are following me around!

This morning at work, Mike and I were in his office discussing the upcoming day when all of a sudden . . . BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM!

Something was running across the tin roof of the building, right over our heads! To be honest, it sounded like the size of an elephant at least!

Mike and I went running outside to see what we could see. We went over to the corner of the building where the sound seemed to be going. I walked back towards the road, to get a far away look at that roof, afraid of getting to close to anything jumping off of the roof! Mike stayed closer to the building. I am not stupid! I'll see if he gets bitten first! Since he seemed safe, I finally walked closer to the building.

As we went around to the side of the building, suddenly again, BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM SCREECH BOOM BOOM SCREECH SCREECH BOOM BOOM BOOM. The critter was definitely inside the building, running across the eaves. You could see the eaves bouncing with every step that thing made. I'm not sure what the screeching was about but holy crap, someone was not having a good day.

A few months back we had a possum nesting up in the rafters or drop ceiling or whatever. I guess before the possum, there was a raccoon up there. My uneducated opinion is that it's a raccoon just because for as much as the eaves were bouncing from the weight of whatever running up there, it seemed to be a lot bigger than a squirrel.

I know one of the drop ceiling tiles in my office is missing. I already warned Mike that if some creature drops out of my ceiling and into my office, I'm outta there! I was not comforted when Mike said that it would be his dust I was eating on the way out of the office if that happened! I feel so safe now!

Stay tuned. I'm on my way to plethora for sure.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

A Plethora Of Dead Rodents

Ok, I don't know if two dead rodents really qualify for a "plethora" but when it's my blog, I reserve the right to some poetic license!

About a week ago, I left the house in the morning to head to work. The garage is detached from the house, and the area to the left of the garage, which is behind the house, is the parking pad for the guys.

As I was walking back to the garage to get into my car, I looked to my left and on the parking pad behind where the guys park, I saw something. I honestly said to myself, "self, that leaf over there looks like a mouse. You better go look!"

That's the last time I listen to my self.

Sure enough, I walked up to what I thought was the leaf and yes, it was a dead mouse. UGH! Without going into too much detail, this damn mouse did not die of natural causes. There was definitely evidence of cat intervention. Or maybe werewolf. Something like that.

I did what I do best: As soon as I got in the car, I called Ron who was in the house and told him about my latest nightmare. As always, he told me to not worry about it, he'd take care of it. And, that's exactly what he did. I don't need to know any more about this!

Thank you, honey!

Although, Ron did mention that since I used to feed the neighborhood cats in front of my garage, perhaps this was a "gift" from one of the local cats, hinting that they would like me to open up the feed bag again. I kinda slacked off once the cold weather went away. My bad, sorry.

Now we come to Monday morning, going to work. I am just down the road from work. I am driving, minding my own business, when what do I see out of my left eye? A kamikaze squirrel! Holy crap, he was headed straight for ME!

I did what I could, but I hit him any way. Ugh, I can't believe that a little one pound squirrel could be felt going under the wheel of a Honda Accord. Who knew? Not only did I feel the bump, but I could hear his little bones. Eww, I can still hear it in my head!

Before you think that maybe I just winged him, I did look behind me and trust me, that squirrel was done cracking nuts. Not a good way to start any day, let alone a Monday.

So I hope this is the end of my dead rodent streak. Alive or dead - I'd prefer they just stay far, far away from me.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Holiday Weekend

Hi! Remember me? I know, I know. I've sucked at blogging lately. But the good news/bad news is that I've kept notes on what I wanted to blog about! I just couldn't get my butt in gear and sit here to do the writing!

So, let's just start and get one out of the way. This is the recap of our holiday weekend over Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 29th, was Phil's birthday. When it's your birthday, you should be able to get what you want for dinner. That's always been the policy in our family. Phil chose his favorite dinner, meatloaf! Ok, as a big fan of my meatloaf myself, I was happy to oblige.

We ate our fill of some awesome meatloaf and even brother Mike was able to make it for dinner. We had a nice dinner, nice family time. Happy Birthday, Phil!

Ron and I finally got back into bocce on Sunday! We hadn't played at all last year so it was a beautiful morning and the bocce balls were dying to get a little action.

We started a game in our back yard but the grass was too high to play. That dang little white ball gets lost so easily in tall grass! So we picked up our balls and headed down to Lakeview Park. They have an honest to goodness bocce court at the park! I've always said I wanted to go down there to play but we've never done it before.

It's so much different playing on the artificial turf at the park instead of our very VERY uneven back yard. For example, when I take my turn, it takes almost everything in me to get the ball to roll across my yard. Between the ups and downs and the high grass etc. it makes it interesting to aim the bocce balls. On the artificial turf, one good roll and the ball went off of the court! Who knew I had that kind of strength! A different way to play but I'm telling you, I was in my element. I actually beat Ron (kicked his butt!) for the second time only since we've been playing. It was a darn good day and as you can tell, I'm still bragging about it.

Our Monday was quiet. I filled my day doing seven loads of laundry and a bunch of crocheting. Neither activity came out exactly like I wanted. The crocheting was disappointing. I was having a major brain fart and ended up ripping out a row, then doing the row over plus three more rows. It was then that I noticed that I picked up the wrong color EXACTLY where I had started. Aargh! All of that work for nothing! That seems to be the way I crochet though. One step forward, two steps back. I am so the champ at ripping out.

I tore apart our bed and did all the bedding while I was doing laundry. Nothing better than a nice fresh bed! If I'd have only had the oomph to wash the windows in the bedroom I would have been complete! Maybe next weekend.

So, there is the update on our Memorial Day weekend. I know, that probably wasn't worth waiting for! But again, I have my notes so I should be able to get y'all caught up pretty quickly on our exciting life! Hey, it's my story, I can spin it any way I want to!

Before I go, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BROTHER JIM!!! Sorry I couldn't celebrate with you today, but you were in the thoughts. I hope you had a great birthday!!