Thursday, January 9, 2020

Thursday Thoughts

I had good blog intentions. And then, I didn't. As I said to SP last night, I don't want to quit the blog, but I don't really want to keep doing it.

Since December 30 we've been engaged in a Mouse Battle. When we put the holiday decor away, SP discovered chew marks on some cardboard shirt gift boxes that were stored in a basement closet. The boxes had not shown signs of chewing just two days earlier. Further investigation revealed mouse mess. I had almost forgotten about Mouse Danger because we haven't had any since the first year we moved in and back then, we had cats so the cats handled them. Eleven years later the mice are back. There is much mouse rage.

  • We emptied out the closet & the furnace room/closet and bleached/Lysol-ed the heck out of them.
  • Many large, plastic storage bins were purchased and all holiday decor transferred from Bankers Boxes to plastic bins.
  • Anything not in a plastic storage bin was tossed out. Sleeping bag, air mattress, leftover carpet from when the basement was re-carpeted. Gone.
  • Fresh traps baited with peanut butter were set up. 
  • Critter man came, investigated, and said the little monsters chewed/clawed through the rubber seal/weather stripping around the garage door - which we just replaced 15 months ago. They had access from the garage to the house through some gaps in a wall. He sealed all the gaps he could find.
  • We have the garage door people coming tomorrow to replace the chewed/clawed stuff.
  • So to recap, we critter proofed our home but the monsters chewed through the proofing and invaded. The invasion will cost us $400+ not to mention hours of cleaning & disinfecting.  
  • No ideas on how to keep them from chewing/clawing through in the future.

So that sums up 2020 so far.

What We're Eating:

  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Dessert: Marbled Blueberry Bundt Cake

What We're Watching:

  • Silicon Valley, Season 6, HBO. The last season was as funny and cringe-worthy as the previous ones and the series had a good ending.
  • Catherine the Great on HBO. We've watched three of the four episodes and it's been interesting.
  • The Irishman on Netflix. So long - 3.5 hours. We watched it over 2 nights. It was good, if familiar. 
  • Manifest is back. The first episode was pretty good. I hope it can tell a story and not end up a drawn out, meandering mess while NBC tries to figure out if/how long to renew it.
  • A new season of Worst Cooks in America with Anne Burrell & Alton Brown. Where do they find these people?! I cannot imagine being as clueless as they are in the kitchen. 

What I'm Reading:
Galway Girl from Ken Bruen. This is my first Jack Taylor novel and maybe I should have started with the first, not fifteenth. I liked it, and yet something made me not like it. The writing style, maybe? It's very clipped - ? I can't come up with the right words, so here's this description of Bruen's writing:

The bluntly poetic cadence of his writing, his self-destructive characters, the unsparing violence,
and, of course,
writing everything
in stanza like lists,
and short, muscular
declarative sentences. 


Source: Why The F*ck Aren't You Reading Ken Bruen?

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