@Kidsandliz Thanks! I’m at the end of the 10-day isolation and still testing positive, but the covid itself wasn’t that bad. I was devastated when I lost my senses of taste and smell (worried they might be gone for good), but everything seems to be trickling back.
On Monday morning, I will drive four hours each way to spend one hour being interviewed by a professional who will (presumably) then hand me a letter certifying my fitness and need for something that will likely take three to four months for me to get. During the rest of the week, I’ll be hauling out of bed early to print T-shirts for my wholesale customers. By Noon, it’s intolerably hot in the shop.
Gonna try to get the automated chicken door up and get them acclimated to it so I don’t have to sweat going out at dusk to make sure the wild critters don’t eat their ass…
Also gotta also see WTF is wrong with some of the pool equip after several close lightning strikes. Will most likely have to box up the pool vac robot to get it fixed since I think the control box got toasted. And I need to replace the 220v timer for the pump and figure out why it was ‘squealing’ (according to SWMBO) tonight while I was at work.
And I need to mow, pick figs, do routine pool maintenance and go to an appointment for pre-op on a total hip later in the month.
Oh and finally get my STAR certified state DL for upcoming travels.
So basically… just the same ole shit…
@brainmist@yakkoTDI they are and they are very prolific. They started as two 3" pots and in 3 months grew so much I had to split them in to six pots, the two original and the four shown. I’m going to give them as Christmas presents. All in all, I highly recommend them.
@yakkoTDI its a long thin strip of soil infront of where lots of different flowers are planted. I saw these little ones at the local Home Depot and Supposedly they are perennial in my area, so fingers crossed. And hope they spread because they were very expensive
@brainmist@kjady@Kyeh@Star2236@yakkoTDI yours are very pretty and clearly you have a green thumb!! I am not great, so I have to find plants that I can plant and just mulch and weed on the regular. I have a drip irrigation system that is set on a timer to water everything, otherwise I would forget!!
@Kyeh LOL, unfortunately, this is rather a bit past the PastaBox capacity (I already had to throw out my precious cheeses!) and plus, PastaBox is serving very effectively to keep mice out of my dry goods. I’m in a semi-urban area and have dogs, and yet field mice are a perpetual issue. sigh Made much, much worse by a friend who meant to help but re-organized my pantry with the most mouse-tempting things at the bottom.
@brainmist@Kyeh I had a big field mouse invasion about 2 years ago. also it was after my cat died so no mouse patrol on the job anymore. But most of all when I was away for the Winter, they discovered a huge trove of food items in boxes and bags. even things I assumed were sealed and secure. yes, including at least some of the large PastaDrop loot. I found little troves of pasta in my garage, yet I never stored the pasta in my garage! but they relocated it.
so I got only rugged fully sealed hard plastic or glass containers. obviously not having so much stuff in the first place is also advisable.
and I don’t like using poisons or traps. maybe it’s my inner Buddhist. I did try the little plastic ‘live’ traps where you have to take them on a nice drive in the countryside, and they do work but haven’t done those lately. because this year it’s much better but I did find evidence that a few are still around. mostly taking away their food source was the key.
I am in need of a new cat or two. my last cat even in his older days still had a little bit of mouser in him. (and occasionally a little bit of mouse too)
@pmarin@brainmist Could you add another dog? Aren’t terriers supposed to be fierce mousers?
I resorted to death traps one year when the mice were seriously out of control - running across the room in plain sight, etc. I put one by a spot behind my stove and caught 10 in one day! Not pleasant but I felt I really had to do it.
@macromeh Mice don’t like strong smells because they stop the mice from locating food sources or smelling other mouse trails. Peppermint is the usual choice for a repellant because it smells good to resident humans, but any very strong-smelling oil (like clove) works the same way. It will repel mice from coming in but it won’t make the ones already there leave.
Mice have two reasons for finding a way in: a source of food or a safe/warm place to nest and produce more mice. I’ve done my best to keep all food sources safely stashed in airtight containers, but one loose lid on a storage box is enough for a major invasion. I’ve also cleaned a closet and found a big stash of birdseed - which was only in a sealed metal can in the garage and in a birdfeeder about 20 feet from the house. A food stash meant a nest somewhere nearby, so I had to go look for that.
I will not use poisons. Poisoned mice will either go outside looking for water and be eaten by wildlife or they will find a secluded spot (usually inside a wall) to die. When my main bathroom was gutted for renovation we found two dead mice and the remains of a poison packet, apparently used by the previous owners. I don’t use “humane” traps either because released too close they come back. Released further out they have no way to find food, so they either get eaten or slowly starve. I use good-quality snap traps. Properly set and positioned, they kill instantly, which seems a lot more humane to me, but others may see it differently.
I know that I can never really seal all of the possible entrances, but when I do find one, I try to stuff it with fine steel wool before covering it over. Steel wool or copper mesh stops rodents. Of course, they will just look for another way in. It’s a neverending battle.
@macromeh@rockblossom Bobcat urine works because they are natural predators, not because of the strong smell. It wouldn’t keep them from finding other sources of food or anything else. It would be like they smell a new ‘cat’ in the neighborhood, and they all leave…even the ones in the house.
Also, if you’re trying to find out where they are, sprinkle a bit of flour around, then in a day or so use a blacklight and see their tracks. (not too much flour, they will eat it)
Just a thought…
Hopefully, I’ll be getting a kitchen floor this week! I had a water leak that rotted out the floor and part of the foundation, got all of that fixed, now I need a floor. It’s been horrible trying to find someone to do it at a reasonable price!
If you’re in the Dallas area and need a good plumber and foundation company, let me know!
@Kidsandliz I would think that there are better ways to get exercise that don’t include the neighbors showing up at your house with torches and pitchforks. OTOH, running from a crowd that is out for your blood is also good aerobic exercise.
On the other other hand, for the three-handed folk, maybe Amazon delivery drones flying overhead can be treated as skeet. A good shot even comes with a prize!
My wife and her sister are taking their mom on a 2 week road trip (from NW Oregon) to South Dakota starting Tuesday. Mom is 88 now and her health is declining, so this is probably her last trip to visit family.
So I will be adding my wife’s chores to my own, which mostly involves laundry, some garden/house plant tending and dealing with the chickens. And I really hate the chicken chores - (damn feathered lizards ).
And just to make it even more fun, we are forecast for triple digit temps this week.
I’m 6 weeks post-op from rotator cuff surgery, so I’m enjoying doctor-ordered laziness. I don’t have to wear the sling/cushion combo any more, but I still have 6 more weeks of PT to get my range of motion and strength back.