About this same time every year, we have evidence that mice are preparing for the winter by gathering food from our back yard. I stop filling the bird feeders with sunflower seeds around mid-August in an effort to discourage their presence. The reality is that I don’t mind if the little buggers are outside; I just don’t want them in my house.
For this reason, I have been very clear with the grandkids that they need to CLOSE THE SCREEN DOOR when they go in or out of the house. I have explained to them that there are mice outside who are preparing for the winter and that they would love to get into our nice, warm house. For the most part, the kids have complied.
Late morning of the first day that I explained this to Kaiya and Mylee, Mylee (who had been in the house playing with Legos) came outside to join the rest of us. As she stepped outside, carefully closing the door after her — she said at the top of her voice, “Nana, show me those rats that are in your backyard.” I could almost hear the neighbors gasp in unison.
By the way, probably only baby boomers will understand the reference in the title of this blog post. Remember Ben?
Have a great weekend.