Of mice and marauders.

Uhoh.  The tobacco is taking off.  It seems to like it hot in the greenhouse!It was just this tiny a couple weeks ago.   Yay! The ground cherries grew up while I had my back turned.  They were also tiny and dismally flea beetle bitten, and I left them a ton of space for a back-of-seed-pack-described potential I was skeptical they’d fulfill, but they just might.  They’re surrounded by volunteer tomatoes from when the greenhouse lived here. The potato beetles have found me.  I was told that was inevitable.  Gross.  It’s not too depressing a chore, though, to pick them off.

Ursa Minor moved into Alpha coop!  I’m very impressed with her initiative.  She posted up hard in the far corner.  I was summoned by the distress cheeping of chicks at bedtime, and she had retired leaving two of them outside.  She figured 50% was good enough odds.  I went back for the camera, and by the time I got back, the chicks had found their way in!  So grownup.

One of the chipmunks, surprised by my passing, took a plunge in a tank of water.  I thought about putting on gloves in case it bit me, then thought… nah.  I reached in to scoop it out but before I could get my hands around his body, it grabbed on my fingers with little back feet and climbed in desperate haste to reach the rim of the bucket with forepaws, and was gone in a flash.  Biting me didn’t cross its mind, I’m sure.

I unearthed a mouse nest buried in a Tupperware of electronics and wire.  Why?  Electronics?  It had been too full and the lid closure was compromised.  Irritated, I chucked the whole mess out into the grass.  A few minutes later I thought better of it.  I got a rag and wrapped up the two blind naked lima bean baby mice (voles really) in the soft shredded mouse nest and tucked it all in a new spot.  Mama came around soon despite my noisy cleaning activities.  She  tried to get back into the box first, so frantic I was able to walk up and touch her, then I saw her find the new spot, and boy did it shake.  She was in there rustling it all up.  This is all wrong!  But the varmints get to live.  My strategy is to keep them out of my stuff (I have all the good stuff- the dried grains, the dry space, and the cozy fibres), instead of killing them in retaliation for trying to get into it.  They’re being themselves.  I just have to do better at keeping them out.   But sometimes, a mouse gets in and gives birth in your box of “random chargers and old electronics”).


2 thoughts on “Of mice and marauders.”

  1. Hi Selka, I absolutely adore your blogs. Keep ’em coming. I had no idea about the work you do giving voice to books. That’s awesome. How is HW? I guess he isn’t involved in the bird ‘sanctuary’ as much as you are. That’s what most of the blogs have been about. Anyway, love to you and to HW. I hope to visit sometime!

    I’ve had a very busy year so far. One month in India to teach a class and meet with the natural farmers there who were inspired by The One-Straw Revolution. Then a few weeks home in Ashland before a six week trip to Japan…the first time I had been back in more than 40 years. Then I gave a natural farming class here in Ashland. Whew!

    Time for a trip to the redwoods.

    Love to you and to HW

    Please let me know that you received this message. I’ll write via regular mail if I don’t hear from you

    1. It’s true, the chickens and gardens and bees are all me. He’s guiding bike tours again. Thanks for commenting, L!

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