Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ten Things of Thankful: We Stopped the Mouse from Zooming, Part 2

Last week, my post title referred to the fact that I figured out how to stop my computer from (seemingly) randomly zooming.  This week, John told me I could just recycle my title.  
I'm thankful:

1.  The unwelcomed furry critter has stopped zooming through our home.  Living next to an empty field, I'm a bit surprised we haven't had to deal with rodents before now.  We'll just say it was a supersized mouse.  Thanks, John, for taking care of it. 

2.  Last Sunday morning, I woke up to the pitter-patter of raindrops, and a beautiful sky. 


Photo:  A rainbow appears in a darkened sky

3.  Also last Sunday, I spent a relaxing day at home, watching General Conference on TV and enjoying a spiritual feast.

4.  This week, I've had more evenings free at home than normal. I didn't accomplish anything earth-shattering--I didn't even write a single blog post--but I took pleasure in the simple, routine tasks (like doing dishes) that all too often are merely rushed annoyances.

5.  John, youngest daughter, and I played Agricola one evening.  Though it's not a short game, it always seems to end too soon.  

6.  A local grocery store had stock-up prices on canned green beans and corn.  I bought some, then decided to go back the next day and buy some more.  The "use-by" date isn't until the end of 2018.  I love having my pantry shelves full.

7.  Youngest daughter wanted a "Mom and Me" date to Disneyland.  Luckily, I'm her mom!  We had fun together.




8.  Today was the Relief Society "Super Saturday."  We met at the church for a morning of crafts.  We made gifts, tied fleece blankets for foster children, ate lunch, and had fun visiting with each other. 

9.  Tomorrow my grandson will be blessed at church.  I'm looking forward to attending my daughter's ward and seeing my grandchildren.

10.  John continues to amaze me.  Work definitely still has been busy this week, and yet John remains cheerful.  


How was your week?  What are you thankful for?



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28 comments:

  1. A super sized rodent! I'm assuming you mean the real deal. What did you dog think of the critter? Glad John got it! Beautiful rainbow photo! I'll have to read about Agricola. With that title, it sounds like another getting control of land game. It sounds like you got a great buy on the canned goods. You've had a busy day. I hope the little one will be content while the blessing is given. What a special day.

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    1. Well, that's one thing about guide dogs, or even career-changed guide dogs--nothing really fazes them. If Drexel noticed, he didn't give any indication.
      I'll have to play Agricola with you sometime; I think you'd like it.
      The little guy sleeps pretty much all day long. I don't think I've heard him cry yet, so I will assume he will be content. :-)

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  2. You two look so happy in the photo... great shot! Im gonna assume took care of the rodent means he captured it and let it go... let me have my delusions... I have been looking at he conference ... I will send you an email soon!

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    1. I actually thought about you during the rodent incident. My lips are sealed as to what I meant by "take care of," but I hope you and I can still be friends.
      Looking forward to your e-mail. :-)

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  3. John is my hero for catching that rodent. Yuck, eek, save me. Funny, insects and spiders don't alarm me as much as rodents. (No, my kids never had a hamster). It's funny how mundane tasks like washing dishes are annoyances, but if you slow down and be present with the task, it is much more rewarding. (I'm going to try that when I'm cleaning the house during he week). Have a good week, Kristi. Disney days have to always be fun.

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    1. He's my hero, too. :-)
      Years ago, I was on bedrest for months, and it was amazing how attractive mundane tasks seemed when it was impossible for me to do them. I was so excited to be able to do them again. I need to remember that every now and then.
      It would be silly to have a Disney pass and not use it, right? :-)

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  4. I know exactly what you mean about taking pleasure in doing dishes. On the rare occasion I'm not rushing to get it done so I can cook another meal I really enjoy washing dishes - there is just something so soothing about having my hands in hot water.

    I occasionally have had mice in my home, and while I always have had a good mousing cat there isn't much that a mouser can do once they are in the house.

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    1. The thought did cross my mind, that maybe we needed a cat!

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  5. mice! We had a problem a couple of years ago… we have since stopped storing the birdseed that Phyllis buys just inside the garage… became sort of like a Sales Office for a newly constructed condominium project ("The Newest Standard of Fine Living in the Forest…free meals, warm house!") we finally got rid of them when it got to the point that you could hear them skittering across the ceiling at night.
    Nice rainbow photo!

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    1. John and I are chuckling about your comment. Hopefully our "NO VACANCY" sign can be seen now.

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  6. Mice belong outdoors, in my opinion, but they certainly like to find the tiniest opening and squeeze in. Can you believe they can get through an opening smaller than a dime!

    I've stocked up on green beans, too. I sometimes eat them for a snack.

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    1. I agree with that opinion. It is amazing how easily they can get inside, though.

      I might go back and get some more cans, if the sale is still going.

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  7. How would you play Agricola, Kristi? Sounds fascinating!

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    1. It's a board game. Each player has a small house and land to develop. The game is over after 14 (?) rounds, and whoever has the most points wins. Points are given for family size, house construction, crops and herds.

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  8. I am thankful for the Mom that brought an easy-up to school last Friday so we could have some shade while selling fruit pops after school. It was 103 here and is very warm this weekend, too.

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    1. I think it was warmer there than here last week--though it is hot here, too. I was at Disneyland on Friday, so I know it was hot then!

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  9. And now a REAL mouse?!?!? Oh MY!!!! I'm glad it's taken care of too. I do not know Agricola. Other than it's a Latin word.

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    1. I'm using "mouse" lately. I wish it had been a mouse. But at least it is gone now. :-)

      Agricola is a board game where the players develop a farm. It's more exciting than it sounds.

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  10. My son found a dead mouse in our attic when he brought my fall decorations down. It was a very dead mouse, but still. Three cats and STILL a mouse in the house? Glad John was able to take care of the removal for you. Yay for Disneyland with your daughter and time spent with grandchildren!

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    1. The thought crossed my mind that maybe we need a cat, but then I hear stories like yours and I think we'll just stick to puppies.

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  11. Ah...mother daughter days are the best...and sounds like we are both is So Cal ! Way too hot!

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    1. It is amazing how late it is staying so hot this year!

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  12. Glad the rodent is dealt with!
    Mother/daughter dates are wonderful, no matter where they happen.
    I also love having my pantry well-stocked. It makes me feel safe, secure, and comforted. And having the time to savor the simple daily tasks is indeed something I love. Too many days we have to rush through the motions of life by necessity (or at least the necessity we make for ourselves) and there is not time to truly enjoy.

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    1. Disneyland is not a requirement for a wonderful mother/daughter date, that's for sure.
      I'm a big believer in food storage/preparedness. It is a great feeling to know that dinner doesn't require a trip to the store.

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  13. What is General Conference? And I love that you did an impulsive Mommy and Daughter day and that Disney was involved. So much.

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    1. Thanks for asking; I should have at least put in a link.(https://www.lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2015/10?lang=eng) Twice a year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds a conference, where the leaders of the church speak to the worldwide church membership. The talks are translated into over 80 languages. Conference always seems to say just what I need to hear. (And, it's the only time I can go to church in my own living room, wearing pjs and eating cinnamon rolls!)

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  14. Oh no...Mickey! Lol. I didn't know if they train guide dogs to leave Mickey and his friends alone, but perhaps you know better than I do on that. My guide dog may have at least chased him.
    The house I grew up in always had mice. I could hear them scurrying around in the walls at night. It used to freak me out and I couldn't sleep. I would be sleeping in our basement and they would be up above my head, in the ceiling.
    Thankfully there aren't any in my house now, but now I have a cat, an indoor cat, who would probably enjoy the challenge and the disturbance.
    I used to find doing dishes highly soothing and meditative.
    Not quite so much now.
    Thanks for the description of that rainbow picture. I am loving those lately.

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    1. Yes, we train the puppies to leave all animals alone. We have a training day each year where we invite the puppy clubs from the surrounding area to come out and let the dogs see horses, chickens, and whatever else we can round up, so they can learn to ignore them.

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