Friday, March 02, 2007

Taking a Break

I haven't posted for the past couple of days mostly due to a big flare-up that I have had. I was minding my own business, shopping at Target, when all of a sudden the muscles and nerves in my lower back and left leg literally seized up - making it very hard to move.
Two days of muscle relaxants, pain meds, and nerve pain meds have started to set things right again. Of course, with that kind of "cocktail" as soon as I sit down anywhere, I fall asleep! :) I don't know if it's the drugs that are helping or the sleeping! Either way, I'm on the mend. But I still made sure that either Ralph is home or I have a cell phone with me at the barn. My chickens bear a resemblance to the "Chinaman's" pigs on HBO's "Deadwood" - if I fall, they will make sure I leave no trace behind.

Mouse Count: Kathy - 30+, Mice - 1 (Past 10 days) The one mouse was caught, but it and the trap are no where to be found.

Tomorrow friends of ours are bringing their two Jack Russel terriers over to aid me in the elimination of mice in the barn. Yes, I've put a contract out and called in a "Hit Squad"! One of the terriers, named Iley, loves to hunt mice. She's really a sweet dog, too. We have tracked down the mice to underneath the nest boxes for the chickens. Under the barn is probably an old tunnel dug by the ground squirrels we have around here. We're all of one mind in that mice have probably used this tunnel as home for the winter, hence my mouse count.
Our barn has cinderblock and frame walls, but a ground floor. The floor can be both good and bad as most things are in life. It dries up well and fast but I have had various ground-dwellers coming up in the stalls or feed room at times. Someday, when I'm rich, I will have a cement floor put in the feed room, at the least.

And I promise I will take pictures of the dog(s) at work. I'm hoping that once we move the nest boxes, the mice will scatter or try to go to ground and Iley will do her best. She owes me. I bring her, and her "big brother" Seamus (who is all muscle) dog cookies every time I see them. Let's hope Iley and Seamus will put an end to the mouse problem.

But, I'm making sure of two things: The first is that I don't have any loose pant legs for mice to run up. The second is that both Iley and Seamus don't give me kisses afterwards! Keep your fingers crossed!

4 comments:

melanie said...

I am getting chills just thinking about 30 dead mice...I mean, dead is good, but THIRTY??? Yech...

And, good call on the pants - my business partner was sitting at her desk in a downtown building and one ran up her pant leg while she worked. No one believed her at first, and then the thing came back a second time and was seen running along the baseboards. Double yech...

Tina T-P said...

Hey lady - sounds like you could use some of John's good drugs...
Sorry to hear you are under the weather. He was getting better, but had a very bad night last night - so, I'm upping his drugs a little.
Have a good time mouse hunting tomorrow - Our shearer will be here at 11:00 or so - I'll take pictures. Later - T.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

EEWWW -- pant legs??? EEWWW!!!

I assume you'll pen the chickens up? Terriers in a feeding frenzy might take a chicken...but surely not a sheep. :-)

Kathy L. said...

Both dogs were raised with chickens and never touch them. They are only trained for hunting specific things. Iley is specifically trained for hunting mice, so she was the big huntress of the day!