Have you noticed that the field mice are coming inside for the winter –- again. I’ve caught several in traps baited with peanut butter. I am also planting little trays of D-Con pellets in the garage, attic and basement. I was talking about this subject with niece Elsie Aylward a few days ago, and she related this story, after explaining why she wasn’t sure she was going to park her car in her garage this winter.
It seems that she parked her car in the garage last winter, and Mike at Mighty Good Wrench found a couple mouse nests in her engine compartment when she took it in for him to service it. Not long after that, she noticed a foul odor in the car whenever she turned the windshield defroster on. She took the car back to Mike, and he removed a batch of those pesky D-Con pellets that the mice had stored under the hood. After this, Elsie noticed a strong fishy odor whenever the defroster got warmed up. She took the car back to Mike, and this time he removed the entire dash panel, and found it full of fish pellets that she feeds the fish in her pond in the summer. Apparently, the mice had been storing the pellets in her car for future use! This year, she is trying to make sure she gets rid of the garage mice before she parks her car in there! I haven’t checked lately to see how well she did.
As I was cutting pine logs last Saturday, I had another of those “eye opening” experiences one has now and then. Every now and then as I saw the limbs off trees, especially if they are under tension either under the trunk or against neighboring trees, they snap and pop the saw chain off the bar just as the saw teeth touch the limb, releasing the tension. Last Saturday it was a good size pine limb underneath the trunk that was obviously bent by the weight of the tree. Not unusual. Just as the spinning saw chain touched the under side of the limb, snap! The limb instantly broke and the chain jumped off the saw bar and hit my left kneecap a sharp, but not heavy blow. Nothing was broken, but I had to look and see if the knee was bleeding. Nope! Just a tiny black and blue spot and another tiny red spot about an inch apart. I think the ripstop fabric of my Labonville “logging pants” kept the chain from breaking the skin. Sometimes it pays to be properly defended! I enjoy the challenge of cutting wood.