3A The RV
July 4, 2007
As I’ve mentioned, we moved into the “country,” (actually exurbia on an island) because my wife does not want to see or hear her neighbors.
This falls into the category of “Be careful what you ask for, you might get it.”
Now our “neighbors” include: mice, (country) rats, chipmunks, squirrels, bunnies, deer, and coyotes. Last year, some rats moved into the engine of my wife’s truck and chewed some wires. The damage wasn’t “that bad” said the mechanic who fixed it.
This year, a couple of mice moved into my car and started building a nest. I keep a box of tissues in my car. The mice would get into the tissues, chew it up into little pieces, and make a cute little nest of tissues. They built a nest in the glove compartment.
I put a mouse trap in the glove compartment. They then started building their nests in the trunk. One day I opened the trunk and saw two mice. They ran out of the trunk and into the woods.
The next day I drove the five miles to the gym. When I opened the trunk at the gym, I saw the two mice. I left the trunk open, in the hope that the mice would run out and live near the gym.
The next day, there was another nest in the trunk. Evidently the two mice had decided the car was a RV and were traveling with my car.
I removed the nest and put a mouse trap in the trunk.
The next day after that, there was a new nest and a dead mouse in the trap. Evidently, the mouse got cocky after building the nest and got caught in the trap.
The mouse’s mate evidently decided that the RV is not that good a vehicle. I haven’t seen any mice or nests in my car. Wednesday, I took the car in for service (while Grandma was helping Random Granddaughter make cupcakes), and the mechanic found no damage to the wiring.
A couple days later we moved a roll of plastic lying in the yard, and two mice ran out. They had been living in the plastic. I don’t know if one of the mice was the survivor of the RV episode and had shacked up with a new mate. Life is short if you are a mouse, so you have to make time while you can.