Who knows where it came from, for all we know we might have packed it in from the crag as there was one roaming around the day before.
It started while I was cooking some breakfast, frying some eggs as usual. It had happened to me before so I knew I didn’t imagine it. From the corner of my eye I saw something move across the narrow floor between the couch and the cupboards. There is no way around it, we have a mouse in the van!.
As you can imagine, every corner of the van is packed with things. Whether it’s underneath the couch, on top or inside or around the cupboards, there is stuff everywhere. So having a mouse sharing your living quarters is bad for every reasons. It could poop on your plate or in your drinking cup, it could chew on your climbing rope to build a nest or it could come and crawl on you while you’re sleeping. We had an emergency to deal with.
At first we got as much stuff out of the van so that we could hopefully send it on it’s way. We opened all the doors with the intent of simply push it out with a stick if we found it. I did find it, under the coach, with my face a short distance away from it. It might have been 2 feet away from me but however small this thing is, it felt like it was much closer. I may have screamed a little after spotting it behind a biking helmet I had just moved. These things move fast, much faster than I could ever move if it had made a jump for my hand or my nose.
So Elaine got a broom stick and started pushing it towards the back of the van which had a fully open door. Unfortunately, the mouse didn’t jump out as hoped for. It sneaked behind the wall where there was no more hope to get to it. It had found a small opening and although we banged everywhere to get it to come out, that was the end of the first battle. The mouse might be our new permanent roommate. Ewwww!
Next step, getting some traps. We bought four sticky mouse traps and two regular ones that squishes their neck. Having dealt with mice before, I swore to never use the sticky ones again as they aren’t very humane. It doesn’t kill them and therefore you have to handle a live mouse if it gets stuck to it. This time, time was of essence and we didn’t feel like there was much clearance to set the regular traps where we though we might catch it. We set up the regular traps in the hallway while we went climbing. Combined with the sticky ones, we were hopeful to catch while we were out having fun. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. The mouse is still alive. Or is it gone?
One thing I know from my previous battles with mice, don’t ever think the mouse is gone. Don’t assume there’s only one mouse too. We made our way towards our sleeping spot and turned on the heat from the furnace as usual. That did it, it got the mouse moving. We could hear it walk around. After a while it clicked that perhaps it wasn’t walking around but potentially stuck to the thing and fighting for its life. We looked around and bingo, The mouse was trapped!
Of course it got trapped to the sticky trap. I am a big wuss when it comes to mice and I’m very thankful that Elaine was there to deal with it. She stepped up to the plate and engaged in the last step, the removal of the mouse. With her work gloves on, she used a pair of vice grip to pinch the trap while I assisted the best way that I could by doing nothing 🙂
Actually I did contribute. Elaine put the trap in the garbage can and I had to walk the thing (as it’s still fighting and moving to get itself off the glue) to the garbage bin. I apologized for doing what I was doing and ended it by disposing of a living thing in the garbage bin. 😦
Besides that, we took many days off this week, three in total. Not sure if we felt tired or lazy, and Elaine also has a bit of a cold but in any case, we have been watching a lot of the show The Walking Dead. I think we are at Episode 35 now.
Dumpster diving is going well too. Still eating lots of breads and eggs from the bin. Yesterday we got 5 lbs of shredded cabbage so if you have recipes we welcome them 🙂
We hit Wild Willys hot spring on our day off. We forgot to take pictures of it so you’ll have to click on the previous link if you want to see what it looks like. We spent two days there and so far it may be the best hot spring we have been to. It’s fairly large and the water temperature is just perfect. The only disadvantage is that you have to walk 4-5 minutes to go from the car to the pool.
Weather is getting nice with highs in the low 20 Celsius. No need for long johns underneath the pants today. The holds might have been a little greasier but it was nice to feel the heat again.
Our budget for this week is now $195.02 CAD for food & fun.
Fuel: $80.31 / $3534.35
Food: $51.26 / $1674.85
Fun: $16.76 / $3230.74
Total for the week without fuel: $68.02
Total with fuel: $148.33
Total spent since the beginning: $8439.94
Total budget: $15756.21
Budget left: $7316.27
E & M