A minty mischief of rats

Benny and I are having our seasonal rat problem right now, and the current group of rats is driving me more insane than normal. The other night I found a fat one eating an apple in our fruit bowl in the kitchen, so (after screaming) I took all the apples and put them on the trash can lid for later disposal in the compost bin. Not an hour later, I found that one of the other apples had been knocked off the trash can lid and chewed upon. I don’t know how this creepy rat made it up the side of the metal trash can to do that, and I really didn’t like thinking about it.

Because I had read online that peppermint oil was a good rodent deterrent, the next day I soaked a number of cotton balls in peppermint oil and left the balls in the kitchen corners and near points of ingress/egress. After using up my current vial I went out to buy more peppermint oil, and when I got back the whole house was overpowered by the peppermint smell. A nauseating level of peppermint. When Benny got home his eyes started watering, and the dinner I made that night was terrible because I couldn’t taste or smell anything correctly. Of course later that night when I went to get a drink of water, I came across my fat rat friend running from one cottonball to a different cottonball with nary a care in the world.

So I threw the cottonballs away, Benny set a ton of traps, and I think we executed the main jerk by the next morning. Here’s hoping his minions got the message and will stop bothering us now.

Anyway, all of this was a rather long-winded way of saying that Peppermint Land is not the delight that it seems to be in this cartoon.

Keeping the doctor away

I’m starting to find some really good things on my afternoon walks. First the killer satin pumps, and now this animal which I had previously thought to be extinct:

Should I send this photo in to the What Is It? blog, or should I make one of those corny “You know you were a child of the (insert decade here) if you recognize this!!!!!!!” email forwards I always get from my mom?

Published in: on March 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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America’s Next Top Bottle backwash

The news wires have picked up a story about a Seattle-area stabbing that occurred Wednesday night during an America’s Next Top Model viewing/drinking party. Apparently someone was talking too loud, the other girls told her to shut up, there was some hair-pulling, then a knife was pulled out of a “nearby apple” and used to stab the loudmouth in the neck. Let this be a warning to anybody serving apples at an ANTM drinking party.

Photo by bryankennedy on flickr; caption is somewhat amusing

Published in: on April 25, 2008 at 12:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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