Saturday, September 11, 2010

Peppermint Pantry

I have been working on operation Mice Stink * this week.   I am bound and determined that we will not have any furry friends visiting Casa Fuller this winter.  So I have been researching the best ways to prevent mice.  One thing they suggest is putting peppermint oil in your pantry and in any areas you have seen mice in the past.  My pantry now smells like a Bob's Peppermint stick.  It really is quite lovely.  Another thing I did was put EVERYTHING in plastic containers.

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Then they suggested putting poison bait in your garage because they often come in through there.  I really don't know why the mice picked last winter to visit us but I have my suspicions they heard about the large quantity of sunflower seeds I had bought at Costco.  Sunflower seeds are only allowed in Brian's car now.  I also have gotten three more cans of Great Stuff.  I am being very careful with the gloves this time.  I still have a scar from my last encounter with the Great Stuff.  I really love looking for crevices to fill with the expanding foam.

Tracey and I went to this really cool place in Gardendale today.  It was the Flea Market that is advertised on a billboard on 65.  It had over 300 vendors.  It was like a mix of antique mall and flea market.  When you walk in the door they give you a cart which we wheeled through booths of furniture, tools, baseball cards etc.  It was so odd, there was one booth that had clothing items for $1.50.  There were cute shirts too.

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One was actually priced $1.80.  Why not just go for $2.00?  I also got Rob some baseball cards.  They were packaged in stacks of 25 and meticulously shrink wrapped.  They were only $1.00.  I got 6 stacks.  Can you imagine going to all that trouble to package those cards for a buck?  This store had a great software system and gave me a printout of the items I purchased.  It was a neat place, definitely a fun field trip.

Rob had his first Boy/Girl teenaged birthday party tonight.  It was a tailgate party.  I think he had fun.  Clara and I finally watched Twilight  tonight, we weren't missing much.  Weird movie, I think some books are way better in your imagination, at least my imagination.

Lewis has started imitating Charlie Brown all the time. "Good Grief" and" UGHHH" are his favorite words.  He is a good reader but only wants to read comic strip books and Charlie Brown is one of his favorite.  I got him a magical expanding washcloth at Dollar Tree with a picture of Lucy screaming "Hurry up and pitch, You Blockhead."  He played with it for almost an hour today.  He suggested I take a picture of it and use it was my wallpaper on my Iphone.  He cleaned the walls with it and threw it up in the air, who knew a washcloth could be so interesting.

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Lewis has a wonderful teacher this year and one thing they are doing this year is a trip to China.  They will be building a plane and operating an airport with each person having an assigned job.  Lewis thinking he is really going to China, he asked me "Are you really going to let me go to China with Mrs. Thomas?"  I told him I trusted her to take good care of him.  He told me the other night "Clara says we are not REALLY going to China, but I know we are...."  That is Lewis in a nutshell, love that boy!

* to find out more about my mouse adventures see previous Mice Stink post


  1. No mouse problems here, but we do sometimes have squirrels in our attic. Our boys finally bought LBeau an air rifle for Christmas last year. That's helping to control the population.

    I once had a can of Great Stuff explode under the driver's seat of my truck. Never did get it all out.

  2. We do have some air soft guns, but mice are so darn fast!!!

  3. Hey Meg! Welcome to Alabama Bloggers! I fixed your link for you on the link-up - sorry, I would have emailed you but I didn't see an email address.

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