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Old 08-09-2016, 12:56 PM   #1661
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Today is one of those days that makes me wonder how I ever had time to w*rk.

After morning walk and breakfast, washed the dog, unloaded the dishwasher, showered, caught up online, recycled newspapers, exchanged propane for the grill, planned meals for the rest of the week, and grocery shopped. Just finished inventorying my herbs and spices and placed a replenishment order (unfortunately, Penzeys closed their Austin store without notice recently). Time for lunch, then since I got a lot done this morning, I'll watch some Olympics and knit. Also need to finish up a letter for our church's prison ministry. This evening, dog and I go to training class - 9 more weeks and he should be ready to be certified as a therapy dog.
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Old 08-09-2016, 04:30 PM   #1662
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Went to the gym, then to the farmer's market to get the spare grill propane tank refilled and couldn't help but buy 1/2 peck of the HUGE peaches they had for sale there. Lunch was peaches and some fresh corn I also bought there.
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This morning consisted of taking care of a few chores in the house. Later, I vacuumed the patio rug and did some general cleaning until the heat was a bit much. This afternoon, I enjoyed a little pecan crackin'. My thoughts went from one place to another. Remembering my childhood days, the food my momma used to cook (she was the best), friends I've made during my lifetime, the realization I am in love for the last time, and amazed how quickly the years have gone by.

After the last pecan was cracked, I heard this song on the radio...



Couldn't stay still...had to get up and boogie on down, don't ya know.
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Old 08-09-2016, 06:32 PM   #1664
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Not today, but here's a summary of my encounters with critters since Saturday:

- a mouse in my car, eventually caught in a trap sometime Sunday night

- a rattlesnake swimming in the river, amongst the boats on our commercial trip

- two rattlesnakes at our lunch spot

- a baby rattlesnake on the beach where we finish our river trip

- a copperhead sitting near where the guides' boats were stacked

- a dead eel that I almost stepped on while helping the truck crew put away the boats

I have had it up to "here" with snakes and creepy wiggly things!
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Old 08-12-2016, 02:59 PM   #1665
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Packed up the car and was ready to go up to our high-country home, when I saw that the tenacious roof rat/rats has/have chewed another hole in the ceiling of the garage to go up to the attic. So, postpone the trip until the battle comes to the conclusion, hopefully in my favor.

I have set the electronic rat zapper in the attic, and got a small young rat, and a teenage one. The presumably big daddy/mommy rat is just too smart, and left a lot of rat droppings around the trap, but would not enter it. Attempts to plug up the entrance hole seemed to work, until I saw the new hole this morning in a different corner of the garage.

So, if it refuses the clean and humane dispatch by the electronic zapper, out come the traditional spring traps. If that fails, I will buy some glue traps.

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It's been almost 2 weeks. I guess I need to provide the interested readers with a follow up.

So, the rats chewed a new ceiling hole to go to/from the garage to the attic. The rat zapper trap set on the garage floor was shunned, although I did get two juvenile rats earlier in the attic.

I mounted 3 snap traps on a pole, and erected it up so that the rats would hit them as they traveled down from the hole in the garage ceiling at night. Roof rats are nocturnal. They hide during the day, and venture out for food at night.

The next morning, found all traps set off, but no rats! Darn, these traps were meant for mice, and I would need beefy ones for rats. Bought 2 rat-sized traps, and repeated the set up.

Next day, traps were not set off. So, they did get down, but how? Found a 3rd hole yet. The rats were smart, and abandoned the old hole, and chewed themselves a new one in the ceiling, near the wall.

Set new traps near that 3rd hole. Next day, found no trap was set off. Wow! How did they evade it? They did get down, because the hole chewed off the garage door bottom seal was enlarged!

Changed the arrangement to make it more difficult for them to get past the traps at the ceiling hole. Also, bought more traps, and set new traps at the hole chewed through the garage door bottom seal, with multiple traps inside as well as outside the door.

The next morning, found out that they still managed to tiptoe through the traps at the ceiling hole. However, the traps set at the garage door bottom seal were impossible to bypass and stayed intact. They knew not to crawl through that hole. But how did they get out?

A check around the garage found that they chewed through a metal wire mesh at a ventilation hole. My garage wall is of block construction, with 4 ventilation holes covered with a wire mesh. The mesh is fine and similar to that used on screen doors. The rats chewed a 2" diameter hole through that metal mesh. Holly Molly!

So, I rearranged the traps at the ceiling hole once more, and also set a trap outside the hole in the wire mesh.

The next day, found that they managed to push a trap out of the way at the ceiling hole, but set off the trap at the wire mesh. The trap was dragged about 2 feet from where it was, but no rats! Wow, must be a big rat that could extricate itself from the snap trap! Holly Molly!

So, I fixed up the set up at the ceiling hole once more, and set up the trap at the wire mesh again. After a couple of days, saw no sign that there was traffic, so I covered up the holes and removed the traps. Apparently, the big rat was not killed, but hurt by the trap that it ran away for good.

So, is it a happy ending? No, not really.

I continued to set the electric rat zapper up in the attic. The thinking is that while the big daddy or mommy rat escaped, there might still be smaller rats stuck up in the attic. Surely, I have gotten two more rats. Judging by their size, one was a juvenile and the other one a young adult.

The last rat caught was on the night before yesterday. This morning, there's no rat. I guess I don't really know for a while.

By the way, I lured them first with a bit of blue cheese set on a piece of aluminum foil. They liked the cheese so much that they tore up the foil, trying to get every bit of that cheese stuck on the foil. After that, I moved the cheese to inside the trap, and that's how I got the recent two.
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I flew a young mother and her 4 year old son from Santa (UCLA Medical) to their home In San Diego. The boy just had a liver transplant recently, and his mom lifted his shirt to show me the scar.
As we got closer to San Diego, the cloud started dropping, but we could see the airport and landed safely.
Coming home, however, we had to climb through a 700 foot cloud deck to get on top. The rest of the flight was uneventful.
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Just spent 2 days on the beach and 2 nights getting my Crab habit under control in Ocean City, MD. We then drove to Philadelphia for some cheese steak hero's, had both Pats and Geno's (Pat's gets my vote) after lunch drove to Atlantic City to gamble away our children's inheritance. Fun 4 days.
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Old 08-12-2016, 04:08 PM   #1668
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Down at my vacation home in Florida and had the local tennis pro kick my butt on the court with the ball machine until I burned off almost 1200 cal. Then I did some errands including Home Depot etc. before jumping into the pool with a good new book for couple of hours.
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I'm not a real tidy person, small delicate tasks are difficult for me. Today my index fingernail is trying to peel off from where I whacked it with a chef's knife. DW gives me some superglue to attach it with. Now I've learned what NOT to do with superglue.
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I am thrilled! I just got my robocall from the IRS! Everyone else has been getting them and I felt so left out
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I am thrilled! I just got my robocall from the IRS! Everyone else has been getting them and I felt so left out
I apologize as I have apparently been taking more than my fair share. They called me twice yesterday.
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Drove with DW about four hours drive time to Chesapeake, VA for a layover pending an early AM departure for Corolla, NC where family has rented a beach house. We stopped for about an hour on the way for lunch and had a nice steak dinner after check-in at the hotel.
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Walked the dog, went to the store and got some lobster tails for supper, unpacked my southern boiled peanuts that arrived and now I'm going out to work on my little "plumbing project"



Then I'll warm up some of those peanuts and munch with cocktails and consider how I'm gonna cook those lobster tails.
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Never had Southern boiled peanuts, so I had to look it up. A frugal guy like me would make it himself than to buy it on line and have it shipped. I may try it some time.
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I've made some myself and they are good. You need raw peanuts in the shell, water and salt. Add whatever spice you desire.

But I'm an affluent spendthrift and order online -
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It's good that you are spreading your wealth.

I have done my share of "wealth spreading" via other ways, so have to cook my own meal, which I like to do anyway. My frugal wife would also have a heart attack if I buy boiled peanuts on line.
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I apologize as I have apparently been taking more than my fair share. They called me twice yesterday.
You should apologize. That's just being plain greedy.
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OK. I removed a portion and heated in water as advised. They Rock! I thought I was back at an SC roadside stand -
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I may be very late to the party on this but a couple hours ago I discovered an extremely interesting web site. It is www.flightradar24.com. Really fun to check out where airplanes are going. Also has a 3D display where you can follow planes right to landing.
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It's been almost 2 weeks. I guess I need to provide the interested readers with a follow up.

The last rat caught was on the night before yesterday. This morning, there's no rat. I guess I don't really know for a while.

By the way, I lured them first with a bit of blue cheese set on a piece of aluminum foil.
Following this saga with interest. Your persistence is paying off.

I cleared out all of the snap traps and debaited them of the stale bait. Decided to try one thing at a time. Pieced together some bait ideas and tried a wooden ramp to the rim of a tall bucket with a small piece of sponge at the bottom soaked with bacon grease. There were droppings in the bucket in the morning but they could jump out.

Last night put a few inches of water in the bucket and a cardboard tube with the bait, peanut butter AND bacon grease, at the end of the ramp. Tube is positioned so half of it is on the ramp and half is hanging over the bucket. In the YouTube videos the mouse flips the tube over, falls in the bucket and can't jump out b/c of the water. This morning it was untouched. Maybe the tube is too small. Ugh, maybe that means they are not mice.

This is starting to resemble the MouseTrap game of the 60's.
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