I’ve had a bit of a hectic few weeks since the start of September and I realized I haven’t update you, my Internet Friends, on everything that’s happening. And I haven’t gotten updates from you either! How are Emily and Angie and Genevieve’s kids doing with the start of school? Are FilmiKudhi and Saira’s babies teething yet? Is Shelomit prepared for another horrible Boston winter? And so on and so forth!
Oh my, so much has happened! In a not-exciting-but-just-irritating kind of way.
I saw two mice in a row within 24 hours, which means I probably have like 20 living in my walls, yuck. That was 2 and a half weeks ago, since then I have had a campaign of trying to get ahead of them with hiding food in plastic containers, buying 3 different kinds of poison in an effort to entice them, clearing out all shadowy storage areas, etc. etc. Plus, it’s just gross to think about all the time, right? “here I am, sitting in my living room, and all around me are vermin”.
Also, the weather changed very suddenly which means I had to either kill or take inside all my outside plants, and that was kind of a mad rush. I bought a big compost bin mostly for this purpose, plus also now I can compost my kitchen scraps!
Oh, and we had to get the Boiler Man out to turn our heat on and he said there’s a part of the boiler we should probably replace, but then hasn’t gotten back to us with a quote so I am living on tenterhooks about that.
And as part of the Mice War, I needed to clear out my back porch area so I could store more things in plastic containers back there instead of having them sitting out on counters, which meant I needed to move my dollhouse from the back porch to inside, which meant I had to find someone to take away my elliptical from the guest room so I could put the dollhouse there. Finally accomplished that on Monday, but it was another stressor.
Oh right, and also my chest of drawers died! So I had to take all my clothes out and have them piled about the bedroom, take the broken chest to the alley, go to the Habitat for Humanity resale shop and buy a new one, and then find someone to deliver the new one because MY DANG CAR IS 2 INCHES TOO NARROW. And I still haven’t fully finished that project, because it arrived without handles and I just got the new handles I ordered today and still need to put them in.
Plus my housemates were gone the first 3 weekends in a row, so I was on catsitting duty and also lonely. And my parents were gone 2 of those weekends as well, which is always a little weird feeling.
Oh, and I signed up for a new volunteer thing! Delivering food boxes from the local food pantry on Saturdays. I love it, let’s me see the neighborhood and do something very basic and necessary, but it’s also physically exhausting. Why do so many low income seniors live on the top floor of walk up buildings??? It’s very difficult for the poor food delivery volunteers, will no one think of us???
But mostly, mice. It’s the kind of thing that takes up a remarkable amount of brain space for no useful purpose. I’m sitting here trying to focus on typing this and just thinking “mice mice mice”.