I’m afraid that people are going to think I am obsessed with poop and toilets. I’m not, but it is quite a big subject at our house.
It’s getting cooler out. Therefore I have to start dealing with something I haven’t had to deal with for awhile. You see, I won’t eat chocolate sprinkles. And there’s a big reason for that… chocolate sprinkles look remarkably like mouse poop.
Our house is 112 years old. We live in front of a cornfield. Therefore, when the weather starts to turn cold we have many unwelcome guests. They are really cute guests, but quite unwelcome. They get into lots of places we don’t want them and either chew something of value up and eat our food. They poop. They poop a lot.
Believe me, we have tried many different things to try to keep the little buggers out of our house. I’ve shoved steel wool in holes and sealed it up with spray insulation. I’ve put anything that might be tempting into containers. My husband swears it’s impossible to keep them out. I’m of the opinion that while we probably can’t eradicate them completely, I’d like to make it as hard as possible for them to get in.
Our mouser died this past Easter, so I am a little worried now that it’s starting to get cooler outside. I haven’t seen any mouse evidence for awhile. All of our food is pretty much in plastic containers, but even then they try to get into them. At least the old Tupperware ones. I couldn’t believe it when I found that a mouse had been trying to eat its way through the tupperware container that we were using to keep our bread in. I replaced it with a different container, and set a trap back where I found all the “chocolate sprinkles”. It didn’t take too long to catch the sucker. Then I spent a day vacuuming all of those sprinkly looking poops out of our pantry shelves. I’m not really looking forward to that. As much as I love this weather, it’s making me a little nervous!
Incidentally, I still like rainbow sprinkles. If our mice start pooping rainbows I’ll really start to worry…
I won’t complain too much, because I know that my parents have their own source of poop frustration at their house. They have BATS! I’ll take mice any day over bats, because mice can’t fly over your head and swoop around you. They poop everywhere too. But getting rid of bats isn’t quite as easy as getting rid of little field mice, because they don’t just have any bats, they have endangered bats! They have to catch them and release them. I’ll stick with my mousies, thank you very much.
It’s not just the mice that are the source of my poop predicaments at our house.
Princess Poopypants has had trouble “going” pretty much as long as I can remember. She will hold it in until she is ready to explode, while pooping just a little bit at a time in her panties. One of two things happens, she either goes so much she fills up the potty, or it’s so big that it really hurts her. She has been on medication for quite a while to help her out. It’s just a powdered stool softener that we put in her juice every morning. As long as it dissolves, she can’t even taste it.
This is where we run into issues. We have made sure she knows that this is the stuff that helps her poop easily. She knows that if she waits too long, and I’m talking close to a week, that it’s not going to end well. As long as she is taking this stuff regularly, there isn’t a problem. However, lately she has been fighting us on taking it. She either refuses and puts it back in the refrigerator, drinks a little of it and pours it out, or pours the whole thing out. I realize that since we’ve had to cut some corners we don’t have quite the selection of flavors of juice that we used to. Target brand seems to have the best price, and since they almost always have a coupon that’s what we get. She really loves apple juice, so I didn’t really seem to think it was a problem. But lately she has been wanting some different juices. And she hasn’t always liked what I’ve bought. I’ve tried remedying by mixing the other juice with apple juice, but that girl is really smart-she just knows!
So when she gets backed up and has to go, we have the shrieking. Not just crying, SCREAMING! I’m sure our neighbors think I’m absolutely killing her. As well as people in public places. I’m surprised we haven’t been banned from Family Video after one of her screaming incidents. Earlier this week after one such traumatic potty episode I tried explaining to her that this is why she needs to just drink the darn juice and she wouldn’t have such issues. I can relate-I have to eat fiber enriched cereal just so I can go. I regret the days when I decide to have a pop-tart or something less filled with fiber. I’m hoping that she’ll see the light this next week. We have enough screaming from her already.
You could say after viewing this particular blog entry that some things in my life really stink sometimes… I kind of feel like it’s all going in the toilet some days! I’m sure though that this too shall pass. Oh my, the puns just won’t stop!