“Humans want crumbs removed; mice are anxious to remove them.  It ought never to have been a cause of war.” ~ C. S. Lewis

Part of owning an old farm house is unexpected guests. This one made himself at home in the enclosed vestibule located on the east side on the house.

Sitting Mouse Climbing Mouse
‘Puter, here kitty, kitty, kitty.

Crowned Siamese 'Puter

"Do you seriously think I would risk getting rodent germs on these pristine paws?"

Ahem, Mishka where are you?

Siamese Cat in Blanket Mishka

"It's past my nap time. I only got 22 hours of sleep yesterday--I'm exhausted."

Sic ’em Scout! Scout?

Rat Terrier Scout

"I'm a RAT terrier not a mousekateer."

The mouse was eventually caught in a no kill trap and set free outside. It’s been rumored he has big plans to move into the workshop (don’t tell Thomas).


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30 Responses to Mouseguest

  1. Anna Poole April 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    She speaks! Not the cat, the Deborah!

    Funny, this may go along with my post for Thursday. Let’s just say I have a nice, cozy place for your litte mouse-guest, ready and waiting.

  2. Michelle Hughes April 5, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    yikes! I am such a weenie when it comes to mice and spiders. Especially spiders!

  3. Maggie April 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    What a cute post! Your furkids are very cute! Love how Scout’s tongue is hanging out! I hope this means you are back and all is well with you my friend. I have greatly missed you!

  4. Dee April 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    I know its bad to say – but I just love those little mice. My cats bring them into the house quite alive and I have to thank them profusely so they drop them. Still stunned, I can collect them and bring them right back outside – to play”catch me if you can” one more day with Calvin & Hobbes. Your kitties (and pup) are just adorable, very photogenic.

  5. Marcia Wilwerding April 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    My beloved elderly step-father once told my mother he didn’t have the heart to kill the mice on the farm, so he caught them and let them go. Then with his mischievous smile, he added, “And they beat me back to the house.” 😉

  6. Parsley April 5, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    Your precious cat does look WAY to proper to chase mice but Scout…RAT Terrier! hahaha

    Love that you used a no kill trap. HUGS for that. I do understand the need to exterminate…I really do…but we love PET mice and since we’ve grown attached to our PETS we use no kill traps out of respect for that. 😉

  7. 1 Funky Woman April 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    Eek!!!! There is no way I could have been any where near that thing. I am terrified of mice. Hope he finds a new home far from yours! Funny how your pets couldn’t be bothered!


  8. Barb Boyack April 6, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    Hi Deborah, EEEK! My sis lives in the country and they get all kinds of furry visitors…mice, raccoons, possums, etc….glad you set him free outside and hope he doesn’t get back in!


  9. Jayme, The Coop Keeper April 6, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    She’s alive!!! Good to see a post from you. I love mice. It’s hard for me to kill them. We just caught one in a trap the other night, and our cat brought it in the bedrooom – trap and all, and was playing with it under the bed! I like to think of the little mice having a nice life here – in a little room with quilts and matchbox beds. Poor things.

  10. 'D' April 6, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    We had little, mouse visitors in our house every year, even our cat, Thelma, couldn’t keep them away. After she passed, I thought that our house might become invaded with the little pets, since we believe that they were somehow getting in from the crawl space under our house. Then my girlfriend, in Florida, sent me dried Lavender, which I placed in closets and drawers all around the house. We haven’t had a mouse since(knock on wood). :) Good luck with evicting your mouseguest for good.

  11. Terri April 6, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    So Good to hear from Fairfield House again!!!! Even with your UN-invited guests!!! But …. hey you had mercy on the little guys…. Hope they are thankful!!!!!! Terri

  12. ain't for city gals April 6, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    Girl, where have you been?? I knew you would be back when you were ready! Good to see you…

  13. Kathy Eykamp April 6, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    We once had a rat in our house, talk about creepy! It would come off the trees into the attic and make its way down to the kitchen (which had an open wall – aaahhh good times!). It would drag the box of rat poisoning all around the kitchen, it took about 2 weeks but he finally got his. Sorry, I’m ok with letting a mouse go but a rat is another story all together! It was as big as a small cat…

    Hope your little friend finds a good home with Thomas.

  14. Gwen April 6, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    At least you have a cat. We just lived through our own mousecapades. I would catch one, think it was over, put all of the no-kill traps and other things back where they belong and then wham, I would hear another one.
    It went on for weeks. We started texting the scoreboards to each other when we would catch one. That one must have had babies, the final score was Murphy 2, Gwen 9, and The Sphinx 3.

    Notice, I finally won something!

  15. Victoria April 6, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    You have to admit, thats a really cute mouse. Not many people would take the time to trap a mouse humanely- but Im glad to know that I am not alone in doing that!

    I didnt know you had a cat! Hes incredibly cute and that picture of scout def. made me crack up laughing. What else are pets for?

    • Deborah April 6, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      We have TWO cats! ‘Puter is the blue point Siamese wearing the crown and Mishka is the chocolate point Siamese tucked in for a nap.

  16. Zuzu April 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Love! Bet that little mousey was glad to move on. :)

  17. Oklahoma Granny April 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Oh, my. You’re kitties are so pretty! And Scout is just adorable!

  18. Claudia@DipityRoad April 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Soooo happy to see you here! Thanks so much for the note!! Im glad you are posting again.

    Now, that said… UGGGGGGGGGGH!! I have such an dislike to mice – *shivering* When I was a young girl… we visited my Aunt in Kansas… with my two younger sisters we sat on the porch floor to play jacks. Spread our legs out, touching one anothers feet ever so slightly… As I bounced the ball and grabbing random jacks a mouse… RAN UP MY shorts leg and stopped in my croch!! OMG!!! I stood up doing some sort of hyterical dance!

    Let’s just say — I am forever scared. And frankly… :) I think I have a pretty darn good reason.

    Tell you kitty — I wouldve paid her good shopping money to catch that thing!! hahhha!

    Lovin from Utah

  19. Laura Ingalls Gunn April 7, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Alas a certain type of creature in my home would make it that all of my attention would be focused on its removal above all else.

    Still, your Stuart is quite cute. And really who wouldn’t find your accomidations lovely?

  20. Leslie, the Home Maker April 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    Isn’t Mishka gorgeous!?!?!?
    Likes cat food, rather, does she? 😉
    We once had a mouse in our apt. we trapped it, put it outside and it cam back in!
    The next time, we weren’t humane—sad to say.
    (Our girls were babies, and I didn’t want anything weird-mousy-related to happen to them).
    Ah, well.
    What a cute post–your pets have quite the vocabulary!

  21. Cass at That Old House April 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Oh dear.
    I confess — I loathe mice, except in Beatrix Potter illustrations and stories. But in my house? Nuh-uh. I do not mess around. I won’t go into the details, but I take no prisoners.

    We’ve lived in the past in dwellings where mice ran amuck, where boxes of crackers were empty when you took them out of the pantry. Yes, they are cute, but any mouse hapless enough to wander into That Old House is quickly sent to meet his Maker. Humanely.
    I use something that’s much more reliable and far more humane than the typical mousetrap or –horrors!– the glue trap.

    And it is not our dog Dion. He has the attitude of your cats. “What, me worry?”

    Your little mouse is cute, I have to admit. I adore watching our myriad chipmunks. . . outside!
    Hope you are doing well, my fellow Jersey girl.

  22. Kathleen April 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Deborah: So good to see you again. When I wear my purple earrings, I think of you! And to let you know, my Mom wears her scarf tucked into her Spring coat. She always mentions your kindness. Thank you again!

  23. betsy April 8, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Love the pictures of the cats and scout is sooo cute.
    We have field mice here often, especially when the weather changes after summer.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and nice comment,

  24. Pam April 8, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    I saw your comment on Cass’s blog and had to stop by at check out your house. We live out in the country sort of (farm fields around me) and we have a huge problem with mice. I’ve never seen them come inside the house, but they are in both garages and have totally overtaken out shed. I have Bounce dryer sheets in my attic so they don’t go up there. I guess there is something about the smell of them that they don’t like. Glad I stopped by. I am a huge postcard lover although I don’t have a ton of them yet.

  25. Alaina April 9, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Deborah, I would have expected from you to do a no kill capture. I hope all is well with you. I think we are all missing the chats at chit chat and honestly, the old whit. Spring is well on its’ way and I walked through the gardens this morning to see new growth. Have a wonderful weekend.

  26. beth April 9, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    He he. That’s how our cats would react to a mouse in the house, too. In fact, the last time we had a mouse in our house, the cats acted like they were afraid of it. I guess, what can you expect out of overfed housecats. :)
    I love that quote at the top of the page, too. We get a lot of little ants in our house in the summer, and I say, might as well leave them alone. They do clean up any of the crumbs that I miss underneath the dining table!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  27. Anna Poole April 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    The Fairfield Mouse

    That’s gotta ring to it.

    • Deborah April 9, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

      Where were you when I racked my brains for a title? Not a squeak out of you. :)

  28. Kate{Starr Family} April 11, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    I read this awhile ago.. and I am just now catching up with my commenting.

    You know full well how I feel about mice invading homes :) Dare I say it… he’s kind of cute? Maybe, just a little bit? :)

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