Saturday, March 8, 2014

I Ain't Scared of No... Oh Wait...



We live in the country, and every year, in the winter, we get a mouse. Two days ago, hubby told me there was one in the house.  He stopped at the store on the way home from work & picked up traps.  On Night #1, the mouse took the cheese, without snapping the trap.

That meant serious business for hubs last night, as far as setting the traps.

This morning making hubs' lunch for work, I realized something, we were OUT OF BREAD! That meant I had to go to the  basement (where the traps were set) to get a loaf out of the freezer (on my own).  I was petrified thinking about it. So much so, that I waited hours until hubby got up, to ask him to get it. Even when asking, I knew there was a big chance he'd say no. When he told me, 'there's a mouse here once a year, what's the big deal,' and hopped in the shower, I knew he wasn't getting that bread.

I had to go get it (cue the scary music here).  Hubby works in a rural area, and he's outside all day, so to not pack him lunch would be ridiculous.


If you saw me creeping down the stairs though, jumping at every shadow that's always there, and almost running to the freezer, you'd have laughed at how silly it was.  No idea why I'm so scared of those d.a.r.n. things (dead or alive), but thankfully all is well that ends well, and there was no mouse in a trap for me to see.

Sandwiches are made, lunch is packed, life goes on.

My husband wasn't being mean. He just thinks it's ridiculous that I'm scared of a mouse in a trap (and he could have a very valid point there, but it doesn't change that I am).  He really just has, and has always had, a zero tolerance level for things he deems nonsense.

While that's not changing for me, there could be hope for you!!  SO, the moral of my story is: If your wife (or husband) is scared to do something that doesn't phase you (even if you think it's the epitome of ridiculous), for the love of gravy do it. The heart you save could be your spouse's. :)

What unreasonable thing gets you going?  I can add frogs to my list. And when we lived in Florida, the big flying cockroaches that lived in trees and sometimes made their way into your house (shudders).

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  1. We also have had a mouse in our house and pretty much know how it is getting in and have the trap set, but still I get queasy just thinking of it too and seriously not much scares me, but so not a fan of mice at all either. So, totally feel your pain on this one and just happy that you got that bread and never did come across a mouse in the process.

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    1. Yeah, I was pretty happy not to have to see him wiggling around or dead too. I'm such a wimp about it, it's silly.

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  2. Yes, it happens. It will be good if you start facing the fear and get rid off it.

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    1. I considered that... yet, I think I'll be leaving the trap for hubby to get rid of once that mouse is caught. ;)

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  3. We all have things we are afraid of that other people would think why... I don't like the mouse thing at all, I had some years ago and it was traumatizing, I got my cat around that time and now I don't have to worry about mice :)

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  4. I'm mostly scared of heights. Like as in roller coasters, and rides like that. I do like alpine slides, and water slides. Glass elevators don't bother me. I think as long as I feel enclosed I'm ok.

    When I lived in Savannah, Georgia there were mice, rats, roaches as big as them and spiders as big as my hands. I used to kill the roaches for my roommate. The spiders really freaked me out because they A) Ran so fast B) Were so big C) I had no health insurance at the time, I was worried I'd get bit and my skin would start rotting like scary internet searching showed me! Spiders in Nebraska I'm not afraid of. We haven't had mice, or rat problems yet.

    My older sister got a bat in her house from their fire place. She was screaming, and ran outside. She called my dad to come over. Her husband is a firefighter, so he was working over night. It just so happened that my niece had gotten up, and went in the kitchen. There was the bat fluttering on the floor. It caused a freak out moment!

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    1. We had a bat in our place one time ever, when we first moved to this state. It was pretty much the same thing... a freak out factor, and of course my husband was out of town at a hockey game leaving me and my daughter to cope, hahaha. That's was ridiculous too. ;)

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  5. My son thinks we've got something in the attic! He set a live trap up there. I'm hoping it was just ice or something he was hearing. He hasn't checked it yet. As long as it's not a raccoon! I've got a friend who had one and it caused major damage to their roof. IDK if a mouse would bother me or not. We have gerbils so I think I could handle it. A bat on the other had...no way!

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    1. We have had squirrels in our attic. They think they own our house and my car. They're not always wrong. ;)

      Good luck w/your attic critter.

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  6. I completely understand your feelings, Rosey! I'm scared to death of spiders -- a genuine, certified arachnaphobe. When I unintentionally walk through a big spider web, I almost flip out. I've gotten them in my hair before and down my shirt, and it's not a pretty sight. :) I'm also not fond of mice, especially in the house, and I can't stand bats. I hate those big flying cockroaches too. :) We call them water bugs here. Thankfully, my husband is pretty understanding about my fear of spiders; I've learned to kill them myself (most of the time), but I still hate them.

    I enjoyed your post, Rosey, and you made a good point about being tolerant of others' fears.

    Hugs to you,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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    1. I just saw the post you put up on the gardens you toured, and those are some really nice pictures!!

      And big phooey to unreasonably, scary things. May they learn to keep their rightful places out of our houses (and in the case of spiderwebs...our hair!). :)

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  7. Cockroaches! And big ugly rats! I am okay with little white mice. I failed my biology paper in high school 'cos I just could bring myself to touch a HUGE field mouse I was supposed to dissect!

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    1. I couldn't dissect in high school either. Thankfully it was an elective to take the course that made us do so, and I elected not to take the elective. ;)

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  8. Oh my gosh those flying cockroaches - I hate them. And don't think much of lizards in the house!

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    1. That's the one critter that never bothered me much, not sure why but lizards didn't freak me out. I don't miss them, but they didn't freak me out. ;)

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  9. ha but what happens if he does it for you all the time and he is not around....you have to face your fears....but i hear you...its nice to have someone to help you through it....smiles.

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    1. I'll cross that bridge if I ever come to it (knock on wood for many reasons that I won't). ;)

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  10. haha making you do it on your own, how dare he lol See you need to get a cat, then no traps needed, it will eat the mouse and you'll never know it was there, unless you have a fear of scooping a litterbox lol or cat hair

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    1. I did the dirty diapers (99.9% of them), him doing an annual mouse is equivalent. :)

      I like cats. :)

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  11. I agree with you...I do..not..like..Mice! ( dead or alive )

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    1. My daughter loves them... and frogs too. NO idea where she got that trait from, ick.

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  12. My husband is my number one spider killer. Years ago, my son lived in an old college apartment that had two rats in the walls; so they named them: Ricardo and Rapheal.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. lol, naming them would have been the last thing on my mind. ;)

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  13. Yikes. For me probably snakes. I'd never get the bread out of the freezer if there was a snake down there. You're not having lunch until the snake is gone. I'm just saying.

    Have a fabulous mouse free weekend. :)

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    1. We get some big snakes outside in the summer, probably explains why we get no mice in the house that time of year. ;)

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  14. I understand some men are like that....
    Maybe one day he'll surprise you? :)

    But you already know, so it helps not to have the expectation, even though, you can still ask.

    I giggled.
    I would take a pot and hammer to make lots of noise while going downstairs and turn off all the lights :)

    Bread in the freezer? why?

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    1. Ahhh, I should have thought to make noises, hahaha
      I was being quiet, as a mouse (sorry, couldn't resist). ;)

      I buy everything bi-weekly on our grocery store trips. The bread would go stale if I left it out so we freeze it. It defrosts nicely...you can't even tell it was once frozen.

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  15. I am so thankful hubs coddles me. I actually stepped on a dead mouse in our garage on day and ran it screaming there was a dead Mickey in the garage. He had no prob picking it up for me. I found another dead one in our basement last year and called him at work to tell him not to be a minute late because there was another dead Mickey and laundry was not getting done until he got it removed.

    Now, if I were single, I probably could manage disposal of dead critters on my own. But I know hubs will do it, so I will wiggle my way out of it every time lol

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    1. I could probably manage too, if I had to... eyes closed sweeping a dead mouse trap and all into a garbage bag covered dust pan, hahahaha

      My daughter loves critters (mice and frogs included) so she couldn't do a dead one for me. The older boys are grown and on their own (neither would have a problem getting rid of the mouse though, if they still lived at home). And I wouldn't ask little man!! That leaves hubs. Thank goodness he's here for mouse disposal. ;) Nasty little house invaders. >:/

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  16. My husband saved me from a bat in the toilet once! He is usually good about doing ridiculous to him things for me. I tell him I need to be validated for how I feel! Visiting from Sincerely Paula's weekend party!

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    1. Paula's got a rocking holiday weekend party!! I'm so glad to have you visit, and I'm headed over to your place. :)

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  17. I totally understand!! I am PETRIFIED of things like this! I hope you never see him/her!! xxxx

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    1. Thanks, Monica. Me too. I hope I don't see it, or hear it either. I'm not doing any laundry today (that's downstairs too). ;) It'll keep.

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  18. I am amazed that we don't have mice here, but my hubs thinks that's because the way our split level house was built, that they can't get in. I remember growing up, we had a mouse in my bedroom and yeah, there is something about seeing it tearing through my bedroom that I found freaky! So, I can certainly understand your fear. Some guys just can't relate I guess. You know what I heard on the radio a week or so ago? That if you have a pet rat(s) in your house, mice will stay away. I kid you not! But I'm not thinking that is a road you want to go down. ;) Good luck!

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    1. I'll pass on the rat, that's even worse. ;) You did make me laugh though. :)

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  19. Fear isn't rational. Way too often. And those fears are often the worst. I really, really don't like snakes... Himself feels the same way about spiders. If there is a spider in the house it is my job to take it outside. Luckily there hasn't been a snake in the house. Though in one of our houses a red-bellied black snake lived under the front veranda. I only used the back door for about nine months of the year.

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    1. That's nice that you're the one to remove the spiders. We had little frogs come in once and my daughter took them outside. :)

      I can relate to not using the front door. I'm not doing laundry today until hubby gets home. I know once he walks in he'll go downstairs and check the traps. ;)

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  20. Wow Rosey you poor girl! I HATE mice too and I would be just as afraid and never mind if my daughter knew! You were brave to get the bread. I hope you find the mouse! Good luck and have a nice weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Since it's March, I thought we were going to miss our annual visit from a mouse, but no... ;)

      Happy weekend to you too, Julie!

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  21. Definitely not fun having mice in your basement. I see a few ladies suggested getting a cat, but that may not be all that great either. You see, cats don't always eat the entire mouse. This was the case two years ago when three mice made their way up the drain pipe into my basement. I came downstairs one morning and found a mouse leg on the floor with the tail still attached. That was even worse than finding a live one.

    Hope you're able to clear out the basement soon.

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    1. I've heard stories like that too, and you're right finding pieces and parts would be way worse.

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  22. My parents house was built in 1910 and I grew up with mice - and I am still scared to death of them, but not as scared of them as I am of spiders. It's totally irrational, but I don't see how to get past it LOL.

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    1. My daughter doesn't like spiders. She's touch creepy crawlies, frogs, and even mice...but not spiders. ;)

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  23. I am afraid of spiders and have been known to kill them if I have to but I would really prefer my husband do it.

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    1. I hate the big flying cockroaches that live in places where it's warm, but recruiting someone else to kill them (or a big can of bug spray, to spray and run) is a given. Even w/the latter I would cringe sweeping up the dead bug, lol.

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  24. Mice are my thing too and ants, I hate the Germy things in the house and I have had to deal with infestations of both and thy make me crazy. I can handle spiders but ants give me a panic attack.

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    1. We get a trail of ants every Spring (though I think we combatted them great last year because only a few got in), and lady bugs...slews of lady bugs.

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  25. Well you know what they say about mice. For every one of them you see, you probably have a dozen. We didn't see any this year thank goodness, but usually they come into the basement to get warm.

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    1. buwahahaha, this does NOTHING to alleviate my skitteries. *sigh* Hubby still didn't catch a thing, but another trap had the treat (peanut butter this time) gone. Making me a nervous wreck. My husband squeaked when I was at the dryer yesterday and made me jump a mile.

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  26. I'm probably just the opposite of you...I'd rather it be dead than alive-lol! We have them in our attic and hear them scurrying around-especially when we have warmer winter days. They moved in when we got rid of the bats...can't win....*sigh*

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  27. I love killing spiders for the Missus. Maybe tell your hubby he'll be your knight in shining armor if he goes to the basement. Works in my house!

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  28. I have a huge fear of worms. Won't touch them or get near them. Thankfully, my hubby is understandable (although he laughs about it) and baits my fishing poles for me so I don't have to touch them.

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  29. We had a mouse in our house when I was in highschool - I FREAKED OUT... as did my mom- but my cousin was in town (she lived in the COUNTRY) and all she could do was laugh at us

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