Mudcat Café message #4060754 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4060754
Posted By: Charmion
22-Jun-20 - 10:52 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Our fire-pit has been installed, so we marked the solstice with supper outside and a nice fire to dispose of rather a lot of deadfall branches from our many maple trees. Now I'm just waiting on a local metal-worker who's making us a cooking grill long enough to reach across the 32-inch diameter.

We definitely have a mouse problem. Watson (large black tomcat) is enthusiastically efficient at catching them when they venture into the main spaces of the house, but I'd rather they avoided us entirely. Besides, Watson makes a lot of noise when he's on the hunt at zero dark thirty, thumping about and meowing on the other side of the bedroom. I know the mice roaming around in the kitchen cabinets under and on either side of the sink and dishwasher because I have found spoor, as it were, but they don't seem to have discovered the pantry, for which much thanks.

More than 40 years ago, when I was posted in Germany, I lived in a house that dated from the end of the 30 Years' War. The floor was stone with linoleum laid on it, and I could see daylight around the casement windows, so it was about as airtight as a lace curtain. That house was alive with mice and beetles, especially in the fall when the famers reaped the fields and the weather turned cold, and I very quickly learned to keep all foodstuffs in gnaw-proof containers. I still do that, thank God.

When we moved here, the packers complained bitterly about how much "kitchen stuff" we had. A lot of that kitchen stuff was then, and is now, my museum-quality collection of Mason jars, canisters and hard plastic bins and boxes, and I don't plan to dispose of a single damn one any time soon.