Monday, November 24, 2008

Enough excitement for one day, thanks

I know I haven't updated in a while, but I've been trying like a maniac to finish Little Sis' room before Thanksgiving. Actually, I wanted to finish it today, so that I could have tomorrow to start cooking and getting the house back in order for the holiday. But noooooo. I have to be a world class procrastinator and put off till today what I should've done two weeks ago. Grrr!

Today I did manage to get the last coat of paint on the walls, and two coats on the trim, and then I touched up the ceiling, only to realize that the paint doesn't quite match what was already on the ceiling. (What do you mean there are over a dozen shades of WHITE!?) So now I think I need to paint the ceiling. Grrr! again!

I hope to get her flooring down tomorrow, and her room put back together, because I absolutely HAVE to start cooking Wednesday.

Remember I started on her room to search for the Dead Thing? Turns out Dead Thing was somewhere in the wall, accompanied by Scrambly, Scratchy, Living Thing. A dozen glue traps were deposited in various locations, and last night, in the wee hours, we caught Living Thing: a teensy field mouse. I'm hoping it was the only one. I still have traps out just in case.

A few minutes ago I was out in the garage and heard more scrambly scratching. "Great," I thought, "more house guests." I did some digging around and found... a little brown bat! He had gotten stuck in a box of toys I had sorted out of Little Sis' room. I managed to get him into a coffee can and outside. I was worried that he was injured since he only seemed to be crawling, and then WHOOSH!! off he went, right onto my shirtfront. I screamed. Like. A. Little. Girl. How embarrassing! I'm not even afraid (usually) of bats, mice, etc, but he startled the ever lovin' pee out of me (not literally, thanks), and then I thought maybe he was scared enough to bite, and I screamed louder. I am SUCH a wuss! I guess he just wanted to give me a 'thank you' hug, and off he went, with the cat bounding in his wake. The girls thought it was hysterical, and Little Sis announced she had never heard me scream before. I'm sure I've lost major "mom can kick anything's butt" points.

In other news:
I've been tagged by Preston over at Me and the Blue Skies. You should definitely check him out. He's awesome. But take a snack because his food blogs will make your tummy rumble.

The meme is a bookworm meme. The rules are:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next two to five sentences.
5. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book or the intellectual one. Pick the Closest.
6. Tag five people to do the same

I closed my eyes and grabbed the TSC catalog and Slavic Myth and Mankind, Forests of the Vampire. I didn't mean to grab two, they just came out of the shelf together. Since TSC is just boring, I'll go with the Vampire book.

"And her presence survived even in Communist Russia: for she provided the sickle of Soviet imagery, the instrument of the bountiful harvest which nourished industry and fed the people who drove it."

That's actually the last sentence for that page. The rest is just identification of page images. Just in case you are wondering, the page is titled The Eternal Face of Mother Russia and is about prehistoric female fertility idols.

Since I was nearly lynched after tagging people last time, I'll just go with an Open Tag. That means everyone can participate, but no one has to feel obligated. Just leave a link to your post.

I'm off to work on that room a bit, and then to bed. Hopefully, not to be woken by more scrambly scratching.


Chance said...

OMG, I think I would have dropped dead if a bat flew into me. I don't know what it is, I like bats, I think they are really cute, I like that they eat bugs, but bats are the only animal that I have something bordering on a phobia of...I lose major Mama Raptor Kick Butt points whenever there is a bat in the house, I act like a cartoon lady and a mouse, squealing, and then locking myself in the bathroom until someone else makes it go away...not my finest moment.

Country Wife said...

Thanks for the comment! I'm so glad to know I'm not the only tough mom to freak out over the bat! lol The girls heard me and said there was a little "eek", that was when the bat flew up and startled me, then a bigger "AEEEIIII!", that was when I realized that it was hanging from my shirt, and if the darn thing bit me, I'd have to go to the ER, get shots, etc. Give me bats over hospitals any day. lol

I'd actually love to have a pet bat, if I could find one fully vaccinated.

Nicole said...

i hope you get Sis' room finished before Thanksgiving, its great to get things knocked off the to do list. lov to see pics when its finished.
your bat story made me smile, i think i would be the same.
i did your 6 things tag well sort of :o)

Country Wife said...

Nicole, if I'd have had one of those big fruit bats that you guys have (in Australia) land on me, I'd have had a heart attack on the spot! lol We have tiny brown bats here, that would fit in the palm of your hand. They are so cute, but rumored to carry rabies. I don't even know if that's true, actually, so I need to look it up. But at the moment it landed on me, all I could think of was a trip to the hospital and dozens of shots to the stomach. ack!