Not a Creature was Stirring…

…not even a mouse.

Oh wait, yes they are. And definitely at night.

We used to get mice at our old house in the Ohio suburbs, too, especially at this time of year when they want in from the cold. So it was no surprise that we’d get them at the new house, which is in a rural area.

But it turns out that country mice are smarter than suburban mice. At the old house, I’d use tip-traps to catch them, and they worked fabulously. We did not have our pantry food in airtight containers or anything, they’d go for the peanut butter in those traps every time.

But here, they’ll go right on past the traps conveniently on the floor and climb up the pantry shelves for the good stuff. We even tried a different type of live trap. No mice, at least not in the traps. They were continuing to enjoy our pantry, however. We bought airtight pantry containers and put everything we could in them. The mice still managed to find the few items that wouldn’t fit, moving on to my protein shake mix when nothing else was left out of a sealed container.

My husband got tired of dealing with it and bought some guillotine-style traps. These at least kill them quickly, unlike the old-fashioned kind, or <shudder> glue traps. They’re now his problem.

What I’ve Been Reading

Mice haven’t stopped me from enjoying some fiction! With all the extra to-dos that the holidays bring (though I’m not getting stressed out about it), I was in the mood for a nice light, contemporary romance. Always Remember by Sheila Seabrook fit the bill perfectly! What I really loved about this story was how the heroine was living the life someone else (her mother) wanted for her, and came to realize that what she wanted for herself wasn’t as out of reach as she thought. Recommended!

What I’ve Been Writing

<sigh> Once again, not much, even less than last week. I did get a couple of nights in, but that’s all. Just over 500 words. This WIP will never be finished at this rate. But I remind myself that it’s the holidays, will all the extra to-dos (that are worth it, for friends and family), and that we’ll soon be back to normal. So this week, getting any writing in at all will be a plus. I’d like to get two days in before our daughter and her partner arrive on Tuesday. 


This past week was also the end of the quarter for ROW80. I was still buried with the move when the round started, so I didn’t set any goals. I wrote less than 5,000 words this whole quarter. I used to write that much in a week without a problem! Of course, I also hadn’t moved house since I began writing, so maybe I’ll cut myself some slack. 😀 I’ve seen plenty of folks already stating their 2020 goals, but I’ll figure mine out next week.

What about you–have you had mice in your home? How did you handle it? Have you read anything good lately? And how are you doing on your goals, whether writing or otherwise? I love to hear from you–please share in the comments–and have a wonderful holiday!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. I’m glad you’re cutting yourself some slack. Moving house is a huge project. Especially for someone who has been settled in one home for a while. Lots of sorting, packing, unpacking, and arranging and re-arranging to do.

    Yes, mice are a problem at my house off and on. (and my supposed Yorkies don’t “rat” them out!) I search for the places where they get into the house and fill the holes I find. They can get into some pretty darn small holes. And I use guillotine-style traps. Nothing else seems to work.

    This month’s writing goals will not be met, but I am cutting myself some slack as well. Overall, I’ve done well for 2019. So I do what I can this month and know it will get better at some point.

    Merry Christmas, Jennette! May your unpacking go smoothly and your writing goals be reached!

  2. Ugg. I hate mice. We have them here too. They can get into the tiniest of spaces. And the cockroaches here are a huge problem as well. Everyone calls them water bugs, but they’ll always be cockroaches to me.

    I really enjoy Sheila’s books as well. She tells a nice fun light-hearted story.

    Hang in there with the writing. It’s always hard this time of year.

    Merry Christmas!!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  3. Oh no! Not your protein shake mix! Mice are such a nuisance. Haven’t had any for a few years. I didn’t know about the guillotine-type traps. Wow! Hope you get rid of those pesky varmints.

    We’re waiting for our daughter, hubby, and baby to get here. They’re stuck in traffic. The baby is 5 months now and I can’t wait to see him. It will be a fun Christmas this year. Hope you guys have a wonderful time celebrating in your new home. Merry Christmas, Jennette!

  4. Had one mouse at our old house once. Yes, just one. How do I know? Because when we finally killed that sucker, the problems stopped! He’d had free range of the whole house, too, without my knowledge. That’s what I get for having a messy room. But that was then. No mice here. Yay! Of course, I do keep most stuff in Tupperware or Rubbermaid, mainly to keep them fresh, not free from varmints. 🙂

    Got a lot of reading done during the cruise. Even found a new author to follow (yay!). But I need to get back to writing and editing (got my edits back and need to work on Finding the Perfect Mate). Just haven’t been super motivated. Between travel, holidays, and now a cold, I just want to RELAX! Yep, relax from a vacation. People do that, right?

    Maybe we’re both just waiting until January rolls around to do any serious writing. That sounds good, doesn’t it? I’m okay with that excuse if you are!

  5. Lynnette, doing what we can is all we can do, right? Hope your Christmas was great!

    Patricia, I figure any writing done over the holidays is a win! And ugh, to roaches too.

    Lynn, I hope your time with family was wonderful and you’re enjoying that baby! I ordered more shake mix. 😀

    Stacy, totally with you on relaxing from vacation, LOL! And it looks like we got the last of the mice since we haven’t seen any further evidence of more. I’m good with your excuse too!