Saturday, November 7, 2009

how my weekend turned into "not so good"

so our house is surrounded by fields.
lots and lots of fields.
and well in fields you commonly find field mice.
this is a story about just that...but with a baaaaad ending.
read on:


we found a cute little field mouse outside and caught it in a mason jar...
brought it in the house,
the kids all loved it.
yes, yet another stupid move by the big city people living in the country.

jake felt bad that it didn't have anything to drink, so he opened the mason jar and went to give it some water... the thing shot out of there like it was bitten by a radioactive spider.
i mean i've NEVER seen anything move THAT fast, and jump THAT high and PRECISE.
seriously.

and i would of never of guessed that i would of reacted like all the cartoons depict women who come head to head with a mouse do.
i.so.did.
*shudder*
we've tore up the house and have cleaned under every big appliance.
currently the mouse is winning 1 christenson's 0

...it's still in our house.
and it's not so cute OR little any more.

67 comments:

Brooke and Mike said...

So funny! I was the same way. Now I set out Decon at the entrances. Good luck!

Bart and Kellie said...

I'm a Vegas city girl, married to a Washington farm boy. We have had three run-ins with mice since moving to a house that backs up to a large undeveloped desert mesa. Three small grey mice living in my garage, and one HUGE field mouse (there might be more) living in our cinderblock wall. I too thought they were cute, until while putting my kids in car seats looked down and saw one next to my foot! I screamed and jumped (which my three boys still haven't let me live down.) Hope you catch your little country visitor soon - you're much braver than I, we've contemplated moving to the country but this city girl isn't sure she can hack it yet!

KaYLiN said...

Haahhaa! What possessed you to bring the thing INSIDE in the first place? LMAO!!

Elizabeth said...

Time to get a cat?

lisa said...

one of those "cute little critters" ate through the wires in my car...$226 plus one way towing ($65) later my car runs again. If another one, or if the same little guy does it again, $600+ in addition to what ever towing expenses I have then! UGHHH and I am in the middle of town!!
(if I posted this twice, i am sorry!)

Blue Is Bleu said...

I think I fainted whilst reading your post. I'm such a city girl I'd have been screaming if I saw it outside let alone in the house. Bleurghhhhh!

You can borrow my two cats to find the critter but they're lousy at being cats... they'd probably make friends with it and have a cuddle.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Yuck! MICE! Time for a trap baited with peanut butter.

angela said...

A couple of weeks ago we came across a mouse in out house - and I totally screamed and jumped on a chair. All I needed was a broom to whap around and a kerchief on my head. Talk about embarrassing! The new ortho traps that you can't see inside with a little peanutbutter did the trick here.

Sarah said...

I hate mice. LOL
I used to work in a research lab doing experiments on them! The ones in the cages I was fine with but every now and then, some feral mouse would scamper near-by and I would about jump on a chair! The skeeve me out!
I hope you find yours soon. You probably won't but make sure all your food is in mouse-proof containers, including your pet food and perhaps he'll pass away before he does too much damage.

Next time, leave those little yucky mice outside. Bleh. :)

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

I feel for you , I really do, so after reading this i went and did a search. There is a lot of home made stuff out there, but this is just to get you started
http://images.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://www.allsoeze.com/pic.php%3Fid%3D480&imgrefurl=http://www.allsoeze.com/category-135.html&usg=__Iq9sJygVOeeCQ7riTZ-BkOYPIws=&h=223&w=273&sz=32&hl=en&start=77&um=1&tbnid=IQB4veImkLMqKM:&tbnh=92&tbnw=113&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dhumane%2Bmouse%2Btraps%26ndsp%3D21%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26channel%3Ds%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN%26start%3D63%26um%3D1

Just for ideas. I hope you get it soon

KellyH said...

Ewww That sucks big time! Good Luck finding him!

me said...

oh, but he does look so cute and innocent inside that mason jar . . .

i understand how he baited you to let him in!

Rachel said...

Victor makes some traps that you can bait easily, and not have to worry about your fingers "getting it' while setting it...and letting mousey go into the trash can, is easy too--just squeeze the other end of the trap together, and the mousey is in the can.

We live in rural Oklahoma. Lots of fields. LOTS of fields. We have 8 acres of fields right around the house. We have bait constantly out, in hidden places (where the children cannot get it), and traps at night when we *know* we have a mouse about, in areas where we've seen them before.

Many food items (grains, cereals, and such) will be fine in a freezer or fridge if you have space.

((HUGS)) and I'm sorry. Best bet is to NEVER bring them into the house...and kill them when you find them (don't re-release, just kill them).

Janean said...

look at it like this 1. it made a good story 2. you learned your lesson. 3. your house is sparkling clean 4. that's why they make D-Con. LOL!!!!!!

Jen R. said...

EEEEEEEeeeeeewwwwwww!!!!!!

V and Co. said...

we have traps out.
and guess what:
WE HAVE A CAT TOO!
and the little booger of a mouse is so dang fast and good at hiding that the cat can't get it and the traps sit with peanut butter and no mouse.

we should of killed it when we first saw it outside.
leson learned!!!!

Miss Muggins said...

whoops!

Beautifully Inspired said...

Oh No!! It is a cute little rascal though! Im a country girl so I have had encounters with little rodents too! Not much fun!! I hope you find him soon.. Or he finds his way out.

Nicole

www.sobeautifullyinspired.blogspot.com

ww.ourcountrychic.blogspot.com

amylouwho said...

those little buggers are quick - we used to get them too as a kid.

Can't say I have any suggestions for you though - good luck!

picknstitch said...

Funny mouse story. When I was really small, I heard my teenage sister screaming at the top of her lungs from the basement laundry room. When I rushed down to see what was going on, I found her standing on top of a chair, hysterically pointing at a brown furry thing on the floor. Recognizing it as my pet gerbil, I calmly went over and picked it up and held it out to her. She stumbled off the chair and nearly fainted!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

This will be such a funny story for years to come...ONCE you get rid of him!!!
~Nancy

onlymehere said...

Oh my gosh, you have my deepest sympathy. I hope you catch that little critter soon!

Tiff said...

Hmmmmm...

I live in a big city on the east coast and saw one of these little things run across the sidewalk when I was walking my dog in a very busy area... I think they're everywhere!

Ruth B said...

Traps...sticky traps, live traps, old fashioned snapping traps. FYI, there is NOTHING cute about a mouse so alls fair when catching them. I cannot even laugh at this story...I'm too freaked out!! My daughter brings a barn cat in when she sees a mouse. Works like a charm. House cats are too well fed to really get busy with a mouse. A barn cat will knowingly smile at you as thanks for providing dinner.

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

ROTFLMBO !!!!

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

I know just how you feel. A couple weeks ago when I opened the pantry door a mouse ran out. I screamed. Then called my hubbie. I was sick with swine flu and to weak to do anything about the darn mouse. Luckily when he came home he set a trap and caught it within five minutes. Whewww!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Why do all the cartoons make mice seem cute? They definitely are not when they're eating up your food. I've heard peanut butter can lure them, but I'm not sure. Good luck - go team Christenson.

Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

Oh my gosh! What a story! I get chills just thinking about it.

I stopped by to let you know that I featured your cute turkey on Everything Etsy. Love it!

Have a great weekend!

Kim

Anonymous said...

We had a cat and a mouse once, the cat caught the mouse and brought it *live* into our bed. My husband never slept soundly again until the cat died!

Good luck!

Amanda said...

This is too funny!!

My latest mouse story was when my kids and I went to visit my husband when he was working in Canada. It was really late and everyone had gone to bed. I was laying on the couch watching TV and dozed off. I guess I opened my eyes a little and thought I saw my cat. Then I remembered that I wasn't home, and I started screaming. My husband and my kids thought I was imagining things until one night they stayed up late and saw the mouse, too. That is when they bought mouse traps.

Good luck in catching yours.

Parisienne Farmhouse Chic said...

oh my gosh.. your bitten by a radioactive spider.. haha.. sorry not funny but the way you wrote it was hilarious!! needed that laugh!

Laine said...

I have had field mice in my home twice. Not a good thing. They can crawl up water pipes and get through very small holes. We had them in my stove, cupboards, walls and Oh yes they really can do a number on your car if they get under the hood. Hope you catch that little bugger fast.

Mindy said...

Oh my gross. ;) I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. I'm praying that little mouse ran out the door and headed back to the fields, never to return again.

Sherri S said...

TOO FUNNY! Ok, seriously, he will probably find his way out. Or you scared him to death and expect to see him in a couple of days scampering across some floor. Giggles. I'm a country gal and field mice are just part of cooler temps. I have 2 cats (one totally indoors and one indoor/outdoor). I STILL see one or two almost every year when the season changes. They don't eat much. LOL I have opened the laundry room door and screamed. My son (now 22) laughs at me cause they are SOOOO tiny and he raised hamsters. LOL Good luck on the 'hunt'.

Kari @ Ucreate said...

HILARIOUS!!!
Thanks V I needed a good laugh tonight!

Deb said...

Oh that's funny! Do you think he will invite his girl friend and set up house and have such sweet cute little babies! Wouldn't that be nice??

hehe

2sisters said...

I'm sorry but I'm ROFL!!! We've had mice in a previous house, and your right, I screamed too!!! Traps and lots of them, that's all I have to say.
teri

Quilt Nut said...

ack!! i would pack up and move! and there is no way i would be able to sleep tonight *shudder*! good luck!

Kara said...

Oh man! That is funny!! We did that in Monterey ONCE. It was so CUTE! HA! Good luck to you. Hope it wasn't pregnant. he he he........

Julie said...

A chill just ran up my spine! Why hasn't Patience taken that mouse down? There is nothing cute about mice....creepy is more like it! I can't believe you guys brought it inside.

Kimberly said...

Wanna borrow my cat?

Karin said...

*grin* I completely see it in my head. So funny.

I know they can jump and run really high and fast. When I was in college we had cats. And one day a friend came over who had a little pet mouse. She carried the little creature everywhere, including to our house. It never ran away, she said. But this time, when my cats saw the little creature move around her arm, they wanted to take a look. They were silly cats, had no idea that they could catch and eat it. They were just curious. But the mouse.. oh my. It knew exactly what the dangers were. And as soon as it saw a cat approaching, it made a noise as high and loud as I never could have expected, jumped over our heads and ran away. We had to catch the cats to make sure they didn't go after it, when they would realize they were cats and that was a mouse (;-)) and had to look everywhere in the house to find the mouse again. We did, in the end, and my friend was very happy. But she never brought the little creature to our house again. :-)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I think it's time you got a cat or two! LOL Wow - who knew mice were that quick!!

the fireman's wife said...

This is sooo funny!!!!! I know, not for you - but for everyone else it is, so much so, that I shared it with my hubby and even he had a good giggle. Have you ever watched the movie Mouse Hunt.......maybe Jake should watch it, although probably a little bit too late. Perhaps you shouls start calling the mouse Stuart seeing as he is little (sorry but this is just too funny).
Good luck with it!!!!!

Molly & Bea & T., Tra-Lee said...

From someone who suffers from an extreme irrational phobia of rodents, I feel your pain!!!

QuiltingFitzy said...

Set a few traps; put each one in a separate brown lunch bag.

You *ahem* "catch" the mouse, and have sanitary/sightless disposal.

Jill said...

Sorry, that is really funny. We used to get an occasional mouse in our NYC apartment, and I hated it. They could dive through the most impossibly small spaces! It was unreal. My husband, being the animal lover that he is, always would release it outside when we caught one, and I know they always came running back inside. Once I chased a mouse through the lobby and out the front door. I do not miss mice. blah.

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Baaahhaaaaa! Just go on and consider him a pet now! LOL! Sorry, this is very funny! Hope the weekend gets better V.

~Misti

The Gosfam said...

we have found mice living in our garage which I am not happy about. Not to scare you :) but hopefully you will find that mouse before a colony starts.

Marie said...

haha, that is SUPER funny! Good luck, I hope you guys WIN.

MiaZagora said...

Get some food, put it in your bathtub at night, leave something beside the tub that the mouse can climb on. It will fall in the tub, but might not be able to get back out. That's how we caught an escaped hamster when I was a little girl.

Terri said...

Oh dear, now you will have a hard time not looking and listening for that mouse until you catch it! One time during Bible study, someone said to me, do you know you have a mouse crawling up your curtian, Bible study ended rather quickly! We didn't catch it that night, but my husband did while I was standing on a chair screaming and he had the broom and got it. So set a trap with peanut butter and good luck, hope you get it soon!

michele said...

awww! cute lil' guy! please don't kill him :(

funny story--i am such a huge animal lover....when i worked at a grocery store many years ago, they used glue traps (which i think are AWFUL). i found a mouse one day stuck on one of them, and spent a good amount of time trying to pry his little feet off.....decided i couldn't without hurting him, so i painstakingly cut around all his little feet and then released him into a field on my way home from work that day. am i crazy? maybe. LOL

kersten said...

Okay, so I am kind of laughing, but also feeling for you. I HATE mice in the house. Hope you can get rid of it! Set peanut butter baited mouse traps along the walls behind appliances or furniture. Good luck!

Rachel said...

Have you caught it yet? Go to Home Depot and buy them out of traps.

I'm all for kindness to animals. But there are animals, and then there are pestilence and vermin. And one usually brings the other.

We had one in our home a couple of weeks ago. YES. They can jump high--a few feet, even. You'll need to kill it, honestly. Otherwise, it will find something to eat...especially this time of year, it is already looking for a nice warm place to live out the winter..catch it, kill it, and dispose of it (I like the brown paper sack, idea, btw, to whoever posted it. I'll have to remember that for the next time).

GL!

Heleen said...

Oh so funny.. or not.. I can imagine the mouse has found a little secret nice place in your home!

dana said...

haha. EW. I hope you find it soon!

Cheryl said...

Okay V, firt off, I hate mice! I know strong word, but I do. So when I read your title and the pic that followed, I almost didn't read the rest just because mice give me the heebie geebies that much. I am hoping you catch that little booger soon. Aw man, I am getting the itchies just thinking about it.

Petit Elefant said...

Our backyard is a field full of alfalfa. And mice.

I react the same way: jump on the bed and scream for my children to make it go away.

Silver Scissor Quilts said...

We had mice last week! I did the exact same thing. I'm not afraid of mice outside my house, but I do not like them inside! The story is on my blog.

simplymodernmom.com said...

oh.my.gosh. i would freak! i wouldn't be able to stay in my house until that thing is caught and out the door. in that top picture of mr. speedy you could tell he was plotting his escape plan. good luck!

zippy said...

Well it certainly was a cute little mouse! I can see why it suckered you all into bringing it in from the chilly fall weather outside. : ) I'm a city gal too and haven't had any experiences with these little critters yet (I'm sure that since we now live in a farming community that it won't be long until the opportunity arises!) I have a friend who recently had a fun little encounter with one, you can read about her experience and what she did to get rid of hers here:

http://sommerjeremy.blogspot.com/2009/11/thief.html

Good luck! Hope you get some proof asap that this little mouse is gone for good!

Lorie said...

Very cute!!! And I love the material you used!!

Nori said...

omgoodness!!! i busted out laughing! i'm sorry... i don't mean to laugh at your frustration, it was just such a great description i could totally envision the whole thing.

good luck finding the little guy. hopefully he found a way to shoot out the door too.

shannon said...

I did a similar thing unknowingly. I brought a mouse home in the bag we had taken to a harvest festival to pick corn that we kept putting down to pick. The kids and I came into the door put the bag down grabed a drink and my husband came in and said I don't want to alarm you but there is a mouse sitting half in and out of the bag. Before any of us could move the mouse was across the floor and under the fridge. Three days later using those traps that say you don't have to bait them, I convinced my husband to put some peanut butter on them. An hour later he was gone.

Sam said...

HOpefully he has already found his way out and back to his home. :) We have had them before too...not fun!

JLL24 said...

Well, just to let you know, I'm a country girl. I don't like mice, either. Even as a kid they made me squeal. But, I have found that my son's badminton racket works good, really good. Just sayin', if you don't have a cat around.

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