A lazy Sunday at Peaceful Forest!
Since for the time being, my pantry is torn apart so my husband can remodel it, it is still storing our food. But as much as I HATE plastic, I have it all stored in the plastic containers like big boxes with tight fitting tops. It is an ongoing fight with me and the mice! So what I have to do is just wait till my husband can get on with that job. It took a backseat to the remodeling our kitchen, and the building of the battery room which is connected to our cellar.
So today, I carried all my home canned food jars upstairs, and put them on shelves that I was using for books I have for sale on Bonanza. I put all the books in boxes and made a list of what book is in which box. It is easier that way for the food to be on the shelves so I can see it. The reason I could not leave them in the pantry, even in the plastic containers, was because it gets really cold in there during the winter. You cannot allow your home canned food jars freeze. It will ruin the food in them. So I put them upstairs. It is cool in the area where I put them, as there is a window right there. The upstairs is heated by the chimneys that run through the ceilings and out the roof. But it doesn't get really hot.
Tawny getting up from her nap!
I love living in the country. But the one reality of country living is that the mice love it too! They will attack us every now and again. For weeks, sometimes for months. Then we get rid of them. And have gone as much as two years, without even one chewing on our house or sneaking into the pantry. This year though, has been like a war. Our cat, Hobo has gotten a good share of them. She has even managed to get more than one in a single day!
I keep two mousetraps in the pantry. Some nights we get one in each. That means there must be a lot of mice coming in. I know some people will read this and feel sorry for the mice. Well, unless you have them coming into your house and leaving their calling cards on your food, dishes, counter tops, sinks and anywhere else they can think of..................you don't understand what a big problem this can be. I love animals. And I even love snakes, frogs and some bugs, and have learned to appreciate spiders............which I used to be terrified of. But I will never appreciate flies, conifer bugs or mice. Sorry, but that's the way it is.
If you are thinking of moving to the country, just remember you have to get over your fear of mice, bats, snakes, frogs, bugs, etc. They are out here too. Stands to reason that they would rather be in the country too. So you have to learn to fight them, tolerate them, and not get stressed out over them. I used to. Over the mice. Now I just have learned to fight back. Soon my pantry will be as mouse proof as my husband can make it, and I can't ask for much more than that.
Copyright © 2010 Kathleen G. Lupole
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