It took a long moment for his words to register in my brain, his thick Russian accent playing tricks on my ears, or so I thought....
"You have very big poops."
He said it several times in response to the alarmed look on my face...
"Very big poops! Not good."
Standing in my living room, I took a step back, almost in self defense, and to distance myself from the potential conversation this near stranger was attempting to have with me. Joseph had been washing my windows, inside and out, for the past ten years but we were hardly on friendly enough terms for this type of chit-chat.
Again, with one last ditch effort to help me understand he said...
...As if saying it slower and louder would make it easier for my brain to comprehend.
And then he held up his hand to show me, his thick fingers unfolding to reveal mouse poop.
Oh thank gawd!
Seriously, the first thing I thought was that now I didn't have to find a new window washer because I definitely would not hire a poop talking guy again, but alas, it was only mouse poop.
Then the words sunk in. Mouse poop!
Joseph found the "big poops", three small droppings, upstairs in my office. That meant the "mouse" was INSIDE my house-- In fact, it was on the floor next to my sewing machine.
Instantly my head hurt.
Thirty minutes later I was at Ace Hardware buying mouse traps in small, medium and large sizes to capture the pooping pest and get it the hell out of my house. Eleven traps ought to do it, don't you think? (I hope, I hope!)
But before I raced to the store, I closed my bedroom door-- Right after I scoured it high and low for any trace of mouse droppings. There were none, thank gawd, otherwise I'd have to move into a hotel until the deed was done and the mouse, which, in my imagination was growing by leaps and bounds, lived elsewhere.
So now here I sit, with legs crossed under me so there isn't the slightest possibility of our four-legged friend scurrying over my feet to get to the peanut butter filled traps. And yes, I have said several sincere prayers that the traps are indeed for a mouse and not it's much larger cousin.
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Any secrets to scaring away mice? I mean mouse, please god, let there only be one!
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