November 14th, 2007

Mouse Hunt

Mouse Brains and the Hunt is On!

And no mouse zombies in sight to clean them up for us! (Not sure if mice get mad, so not letting the dogs eat the brains.)

Backing up a bit. Yes, not a humorous fictional entry.

It's mouse season again, but this year's mice seem smaller than they have in the past. Not sure what that means. I saw a tiny in the pantry the other, but the subject of this entry was upstairs last night. Critter was getting ready for bed last night, and when he entered the bathroom, as he swung the door closed behind him, a tiny mouse tried to ran out past him, at the hinge side of the door. In a very unfortunate coincidence of timing, the mouse was trapped between the door and the door jamb. Squished.

Flar and Tigger helped Critter clear away the tiny mouse corpse, but the corpse was not intact. There was a tiny blood spatter on the door, the linoleum inside the bathroom, and the carpet outside the bathroom. Critter cleaned the spatter and was saddened to find a tiny mouse brain lodged in the crevice between the carpet and the linoleum.

Critter was really rattled. He is just not cut out for killing. He draws the line at wasps, but anything larger really bothers him, whether welcome in the house, or not. We talked about it a bit, and he calmed down after a while enough to sleep.

We none of us dislike mice, really. They are cute creatures, with quivery whiskers and soft round ears. Often quite clever in evading traps and the like. But much to our distaste, they are destructive and leave behind messes. The scotties try to keep their incursions to a minimum, but there are occasionally egregious violations which call out for sterner methods. When a mouse ran over my hand one night in bed a few years ago, we banned bed-time snacking and instituted a hunt. When the pantry was overrun, we took action.

It seems that once again, the hunt is on.
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A color swap!

Yes, a color swap. I almost missed out on the LJ Idol cookie swap, and Spydie pointed out that I could organize my own. Much as I like cookies, even more so, I love my colors.

So I'm organizing a color swap, for LJ Idol folks and anyone else who expresses interest.

The swap itself:

I will be assigning partners from those who express interest. Once you have been assigned a partner, then get busy. Choose, aquire or create a color to send to your partner. Each of us has our own talents, preferences and strengths. Each of us has our own response to the idea of color. Let your gift express yours.

Let your imagination soar, but try to keep your pocket book in check. This is not about sending people expensive presents. This is about sharing artistic expressions.

Media of your choosing. What color do you want to share?

The logistics & rules: With thanks to gnomeangel

Signup by emailing me, minikin@livejournal.com, your lj userid, real name and postal address. I will only share this information with your partner.

Signups will be open for one week.

Next Thursday afternoon, I will pair up participants, post the list to the green room, and email partnering information.

Once you have received your partner, you have two weeks to decide on your color and send it winging off to your partner.

Once you have put your color in the mails, email me to let me know.

Once you receive your color, post about it in the green room. Pictures would be nice, but a good description will have to suffice if you don't have a camera.