Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Green Acres Is The Place For Me ... Uh, Maybe Not

Can you say M.I.C.E.?

Can you say S.N.A.K.E.S?

Can you say ... CITY GIRLS HAVE NO BUSINESS IN THE COUNTRY ON ANY RANCH WITH HER FOUR KIDS AND NOT THE RIGHT CLOTHES OR SHOES TO BE RUNNING AROUND WITH THE COWS AND THEIR POOP AND ARMADILLOS AND SNAKES AND GUTTING DEAD DEER HANGING FROM BEAMS IN THE BARN AND ALLIGATORS IN THE NEAR-BY POND AND MICE!!??

Okay ... take a breath.

That's what we did this past weekend. We ... went hunting. Well, I didn't actually do any hunting and neither did any of us girls ... but that was the point of this trip to our friends' ranch. For the boys to go hunting.

The first time we were invited to the ranch, my girlfriend said, "Now, Kellan ... you know that it is a ranch, right? You probably should not wear flip-flops or heels to the ranch. You know this ... right?"

I didn't grow up on a farm ... but I'd been around my grandfather's farm many times in my life. I knew that you didn't wear heels! I debated about just wearing a pair - with a sparkly top and foo-foo hair , just to mess with her. I didn't.

And I didn't this time either. But ... I did not pack the right stuff. Tennies are not really appropriate for the rough terrain or the cow patties and ... I really should have packed a hair net.

There are MICE at the ranch!

There were MICE the last few times we went as well. Along with bats in the attic and critters roaming the yard. But ... I never actually saw a MOUSE until this hunting trip! It's better when you don't actually see the MOUSE!

And ... these MICE are in the house. They live there. It's a log cabin and they have moved right in - because humans don't actually live in the house - they just visit. The MICE own this house. I saw MICE. I saw many MICE. It is a MOUSE-HOUSE.

I really don't like mice - particularly. I especially don't like them in my house (we've had one or two in our house)! I wasn't so disturbed that the mice were in the house(because it's not my house) and that I occasionally would see one dart across the floor and then vanish into a crack (there are lots of cracks in a log cabin house). This ... I became used to - really. You just have to put it out of your mind - hope one doesn't come running straight at you - hope you don't see them carrying off anything important. You just have to deal with it - it's a ranch house. You are at the ranch.

It was the NIGHT-TIME MICE that wore on me. If I would see a MOUSE (and I did) ... just before going to bed, say ... in my room (and I did) ... I could not get the MOUSE out of my head.

This was exhausting ... the last night we were there. I managed through the first night fine - not thinking much about the MICE and just fell asleep. The second night, however ... I definitely decided that I have WAY TOO BIG hair to sleep anywhere where there are mice liable to run across my face, trip and become entangled in my BIG OL' hair-sprayed hair! After this vision hit me - I COULD NOT SLEEP! Even ducking my BIG OL' HEAD under the covers - it was no help! It was physically and mentally exhausting! And HOT!

I needed a hair net. A cafeteria-lunch-lady-hair-net! Or a swim cap. Because ... I realized, that it was my head that I did not want the MICE to come near. Not that I wanted them crawling under the covers with me (Nope!) - but it was really my head that I kept trying to protect.

It was useless!

My husband ... lying next to me in the MOUSE-HOUSE-bed ... slept just fine. He apparently had no hidden MOUSE fears and neither did any of my kids. All asleep.

When daylight came ... I woke up. Somewhere in the restless night, I fell asleep. I don't know if MICE were on me when I slept - I have to imagine that they were ... saying stuff, while sitting on my chest, "Stay away from that one's hair ... get caught in that and you'll never get out."

On the upside ... Aside from the NIGHT-MICE ... we had a blast! We spent a wonderful weekend with our best friends. We saw a rattle snake up close, armadillo, alligators, raccoon, cottontails, cows (and baby cows too), deer and 7 of the most adorable baby owls nesting in the barn. My husband and son shot a buck (antlers will be mounted for my son), my friend and I rode motorcycles and talked a lot, the kids wandered around, took walks, took pictures, watched movies ... and we ate - lots! We had fun and the next time I go I will just have to remember to take something to cover my head. At one point, I asked my husband to go get me a straw so I could breath fresh air from under the covers - he just laughed and fell asleep (I wasn't kidding).







































































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55 comments:

Joanna said...

You are one brave woman!! I got a bit green when I saw the deer guts. I'm a city chick all the way!

Nicki said...

Wow! With your mention of mice and snakes in the first two sentences, I considered not even reading this post, but I am a loyal reader, even if I have to read ten in one day because I've been so busy. You are a whole lot gutsier than I! I probably would have been checking into a nearby hotel or even pitching a tent--they have zippers! I hope you are catching up on your sleep and I'm glad you had a good weekend (at least during the daytime hours!)

Cindy Breninger said...

Hehe, that is pretty funny. I love the pictures!
Cindy
www.adayinthelifeofcindy.blogspot.com

McSwain said...

Girl, you need you some cowboy boots! I think I'd have a hard time with the mice, too.

Family Adventure said...

A hair net? I think I'd be packing a full on head-to-toe body suit. I am *not* good with mice. At all. You were a good sport!

Glad everyone had fun!

Heidi

Katrina said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! Love the pics, hate the mice. *shiver*

Em said...

That is all quite normal for me, we live just outside a city and there are fields all around. This would upset you, they are building a new road about half a mile away and they have disturbed the drians and when driving by i have seen rats the size of cats!

We have a horses padock at the bottom of the road where my friend keeps her horse, i like my home comforts tho!

InTheFastLane said...

That made me laugh! I am glad the mice were afraid of your hair.

Brittany said...

You're my hero. lol Brave, indeed!

Ok, the gutting of the deer...gross. haha.

I love camping and being out in the middle of nowhere.... but I don't think I could handle the mouse, either. yuck!

Amanda said...

WOW! I would love to have a weekend like that!

Karen MEG said...

Oh I too, would not do well in a house of mice. Asking your husband for a straw to breathe - Kellan, you are truly priceless!
The deer guts were a bit ugh for me too. But the rest of the photos showed a great time - glad you had that quality time with friends and family...and mice.

Melanie said...

I do not like mice and I would have been wide awake all night too.

Other than the mice- sounds like a great time!!

Kristin said...

Did I tell you that I occasionally help butcher chickens? I like it better than I like the thought of mice.

All Adither said...

Oh, you should've warned about the deer guts.

That looks pretty rustic.

Nap Warden said...

Looked like a great time...minus the deer guts;)

Holly said...

You're a good sport, Kellan!

LunaNik said...

This is exactly the reason why this city girl stays far, far away from the country. It's just not for me. I don't like critters, especially not in my bedroom!! You're a very brave lady, I would have left the moment I saw a mouse in the house.

Holly said...

Small, furry things with tails aside, sounds like it was a fun family getaway. Ah...the memories, right?

Thanks for visiting my blog the other day. I like your upside view of things.

The Stevens Family said...

Snakes, no thanks. I wouldn't have been able to stay the whole weekend so good for you for toughing it out.

Jen M. said...

I think you should have worn the floofy heels. Then posed with the deer ;)

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Kellan, you are too funny! I can totally see you ducking under the covers,(not that I blame you one bit). You're a brave woman! Next time you should get one of those mosquito canapys like they use on safari! Glad you all had fun!

ValleyGirl said...

You ARE a brave woman -- sleeping with mice AND posting pictures of deer guts!!

Sleeping with mice reminds me of when we had mice in our house -- playing by my head one night while I slept in the basement in an effort to escape the snores of my husband, who was suffering some serious nasal congestion. After the scurrying footsteps running past my head, I decided I'd rather be kept awake by snoring!!

Don't your friends have cats that eat mice? That's how we handled our problem -- I let the cats in the basement the next morning and 5 minutes later, they were feasting on a mouse each. It's never been an issue since! Now the mice can't even get NEAR the house because we've got 4 voracious hunters living outside.

Never liked cats much until moving out to the middle of nowhere.... ;)

My Wonder-ful Men... said...

Sounds like fun, I'm not much for mice either.
I was a city girl gone country and it takes some getting use to believe me.
It's so worth the peace and beauty I see everyday though looking out my windows. I have to say I'm thankful we don't have mice though, maybe because we have dogs and a new house.

Zoe said...

you so lost me at mice. *shudder*

Mimi's Toes said...

I should have waited to read after lunch...when seeing the Bambi hanging there...see, I am a Bambi lover and never understood why people hunt and kill animals...that's just me..I know, I eat some meats and we need food..It's just me...
The Mice thing I can relate to...see, since getting rid of 2 cats last year, we have been invaded my mice...I don't want to put poison out because of my 2 small dogs. It is so upsetting to see the little mice dropping in certain places and they drag the dog food to different areas of the house....Anyone out there with mice advice?

Bren said...

I could do without the snakes but everything else sounds like a blast! What a fun family weekend. I love the outdoors and that looks like so much fun.

Heather said...

I am that way with spiders. If I see a spider anytime during the day, either live or in a picture or on television, I will have nightmares about spiders while sleeping. Usually, the are falling down from the ceiling onto my head!

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R Family of 4 said...

I like to pretend to be a farm girl when we go to my inlaws farm but I dont think I would win an acadamy award for my acting because I am a city girl through and through. Good for you for making the best of it.

Amy said...

my husband liked your post. he lives that outdoors stuff. i think he has a new appreciation for my blogging. he probably hopes this stuff will rub off on me and that i'll go hunting with him!

katy said...

I would have worried all night but my worry would have been that where there are mice running around....there are snakes. If it was warm at all there were snakes hiding around that house too looking for a nice squeaky meal.

Cathy said...

Mice are fine when they're kept in cages as little whiskered pets. It's stumbling across one (or evidence of one) unexpectedly that makes me cringe! Ugh.

I need mental preparation and the knowledge that said rodent is confined.

Kami said...

You crack me up... especially the straw part!
:-)

I used to sleep over a friend's house that was infested with the critters. I remember her waking me up in the middle of the night one time because she could hear the mice scurrying around. Didn't bother me then but now, I would be right there under the covers with ya!

Catizhere said...

I just love it when people say, "Oh, they are more afraid of you than you are of them" Ummm, no. I hates meeses to pieces!

Victoria said...

Ewww - deer guts! LOL! Loved the post and the non-deer gut pics! =)

girlymom said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! Not too crazy about the mice though. We lived in Hawaii for 3 years and it took me a long time to get used to the geckos in the house, climbing the walls. Great pics!

Karen said...

Ug...coulda done without the deer guts, but whatever. I would have totally freaked out about the mice in the house, too, and I live with a snake at my house!

Karen said...

Wow, how nice to get away to a place like that! The whole family has something to do.

My parents live just across the road on a farm and our kids spend so much time over there. It's good for them to be close nature.

Becky said...

Wow, what a great weekend getaway! You guys did and saw a lot...loved that water picture with the boat! Nice catch...bet your hubby and son were so proud.
LOL about the mice sitting there discussing you. I'm totally with you on the not wanting mice in my space thing. But if I had to choose, I'd take them over snakes anyday. They have some really great cowgirl boots even for girly-girl city slicker gals ;o), but it sounds like you held your own. Good for you!

Jennifer said...

Aww, poor deer.

EEK! Mice!

Jen said...

So, Kellan, how do you feel about mice? ; )

Pam said...

You are too funny! And brave! Love the pictures!

Leah said...

EWWWWW MICE! We had one in our house two nights and GOOD KITTY caught it. I love my cat....

I hope there's less mice next time around for you, but it seems that overall, it was a really fun adventure!!!

Anna said...

Deer guts...blech! Looks like you guys had a great family vacation...brave woman!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

THAT is why I will always live with cats. We have been mouse-free for over ten years thanks to Coal. Powder lives here, too, but I can't give his fat, lazy kitty self any credit for a job well-done since I don't think he's at all responsible.

Mice freak me out!

Nicki said...

Ok, the deer picture was just....um......OH MY. =) WOW, looks like an adventure girl!!

kitten said...

Sounds like over all you had a wonderful time.
Now, let me tell you. My husband brought some stuff from our shed and said he would deal with all that syuff by the week end. I wish he had of waited till the week end. See, I home school and I was teaching the kids different kinds of sentences. I yelled mouse! The kids say, oooo I know what kind of sentence that is. The next thing they know I'm standing on top of our table. LOL! I guess you can say that was the end of our schooling for the most part of the day.
Now, would you share how you make ornaments out of acorns?
Thanks!

carrie said...

Love the photos . . . well, most of them. That one of the deer kind of made me lose my appetite! Not that that's a bad thing, in fact, I owe you one! :)

Toni said...

Sounds like you had a great time. Deer season is about to start in my area. It is my least favorite thing about fall; I deplore hunting although I know it is for population control, food, etc. Still seems mean to kill Bambi!

Andrea said...

Ugh! Mice give me the heebie-jeebies!!! Glad you survived!

WorksForMom said...

Yay for you! That looks like a blast! What an adventure.

bermudabluez said...

My ex was a hunter so I can relate to the deer guts and the pics!! Two words for you regarding the mice....dryer sheets. Yep. Dryer sheets have worked very well for me since we got rid of our cats. Put a couple of them babies in your bed and you will be good to go.....or.....sleep!! Yeah, that whole thing with the hair and the mice is....scary!! You are a trooper!!

Christine said...

a mouse house!!! HAHAHAHA!

still, sounds like fun. . .

Lisa@Take90West said...

So funny! You are very brave, I could not have stayed in a mouse house.
Great pictures!

K said...

I'm the 54th comment! Wow! anyway, I have a line on good mice killing cats, my cats deliver dead mouse often and I'm pretty sure it is just our % of the catch. Our little block is now fairly mouse free and the neighbors have even thanked us for the service.

onthegomom said...

I wouldn't of been able to sleep either, not after seeing a mouse, a bug or whatever, nooooo way! Loved the pictures... well maybe not the deer one... but they were great pictures :)

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