Sunday, December 13, 2009

For One Brief Shining Moment

I was galloping around the house doing housework the other day. I was galloping because if I'm working at breakneck speed, I can get quite a bit of housework done before it occurs to me that I'm not having fun doing housework. Anyways, so while I'm rushing around, it occurs to me to throw a load of laundry in, so I thunder down the stairs, snatch up the small pile of laundry from beneath the laundry chute, and head for the washer. I felt movement, and froze. A mouse sprang from the pile of laundry.

For one brief shining moment, I held a field mouse in my hand. Ack. Shudder. Know what? I didn't even scream. I think that I was too shocked to. I guess that I can count my blessings. Somebody in Oz was pulling her whites out of the washer, and discovered the carcass of a frog mixed in. The only thing worse that a live mouse in the dirty laundry would be a dead one in the clean laundry.

For the umpteenth time, I said to Tim, "We need a cat."

13 comments:

A Novel Woman said...

My little brother had a really big rubber snake and he liked to tease everyone with this thing. One day my mom went down to the basement, opened the washer to add fabric softener, and found the black rubber snake floating in the water along with her whites. Cursing my brother's sick sense of humour, she snatched the rubber snake out of the machine only to discover it wasn't my brother's rubber snake, but a very dead, very bloated, drowned garter snake. Her screams still echo....

WhiteStone said...

Ewww, Novel Woman, Ugh! I once lived in a house with a shower in the unfinished basement. It was a small house with only half a bath. No tub. Just a shower. In the basement. One day, while showering, a garter snake appeared in the wall at the top of the shower. Crreeeeeepyyyyyy!

But I was going to address Debby's cat idea. Definitely need a cat. Cat's are good company. And if you find a good one, perhaps it will chase snakes as well as mice. Or neither for that matter.

BUSH BABE said...

I went "aaarghhh" when I read your mouse story... then "AAARRGGHHH" when I read Pam's snake story. I've had snakes in the laundry but never picked one up accidentally.

I understand the cat dilemma (said she pushing her black cat's tail from her face and said feline demands food). You have an old dog. And it would upset him, no? Set a trap.

Oh, and thanks for the oblique mention. Making people the world over dry retch with my dead frog story. Heh.
:-)
BB

Debby said...

Can I borrow Middy, BB. I did not realize that it was you who found the dead frog. I cannot ever figure out who's saying what on Twitter. I have to say, when I read that, I said, "AAAAAAAARGHHHHH!" I also yowled a bit at Pam's story. Yaaaaaaaah! I also screamed a little at the thought of being starkers with a garter snake looking in. A friend of ours told about the milk snake that used to live in their hall above the door frame. I said, "ACK! What did you do with him?" and Rae said, "What? Milk snakes won't hurt you." (Like that was the issue...)

Bill of Wasilla said...

You do need a cat. Mice or no mice - life without a cat... the thought is unbearable.

PaintedPromise said...

well it wasn't a snake or a mouse, but as i was sitting there one day, gave the roll of toilet paper a yank and a HUGE sewer roach came flying out and landed on my bare lap. talk about AARRGGHH! i was glad to hear these stories, at least i know i don't AARRGGHH alone!!!

Kelly said...

A dead mouse in the clean laundry? Well, in that case the laundry would no longer be considered clean and would have to go back for another round of wash!! (maybe with an extra rinse!)

Cara said...

We do need a cat. Very badly. I'm sure that I would come home more if there was cat to greet me at the door.

WhiteStone said...

Having read all the comments (including mine) all I can add now is AAARRRRGGGHHHHH!

jeanie said...

I don't know Deb - our cat brings snakes INTO our house...

jeanie said...

Oh - and BTW - another blog friend of mine is doing something that this post reminded me of (being about laundry and knowing how pro-hope you are) - http://www.blognosh.com/2009/12/loads-of-hope-for-the-holidays/ - I think you should.

Redlefty said...

Rodents in the laundry... RedWifey would take years to recover.

Two weeks ago I took the kids to the movies, and we were the first ones in the theater. As we walked in, a huge rat scuttled out from the first rows of seats and hid under the curtain where the screen is. The kids didn't see it, and I didn't tell them.

PaintedPromise said...

Cara - LOL!!!!!!! i can just hear my girls saying the same thing... {shaking head}