Wow, another weekend flew by too fast, I hate that! And our rodent saga is really heating up in the garden. So far I have caught and relocated four mice and two rats using three humane cages and monitoring activity in our garden during the night using a camera. No evidence that they are in the house yet, they appear to be nesting and living in the lining of our garden beds which Ron will be sealing once we’ve confirmed all the critters have been relocated.
It’s interesting that this issue started so abruptly, our garden was thriving with tons of green tomatoes from massive tomato plants just a few weeks ago. Then I noticed a few half eaten green tomatoes and a mouse running from that garden bed one evening. Now the tomato plants are destroyed with no tomatoes left because the mice climb the vines to eat the tomatoes while the rats are too large for that and chew through the base stalks to bring the plants down and get to the tomatoes. Ugh!
Of the two types of cages I have, the rats will not go near the large one like they already know what it is and how easy that one trips, so I got a couple of different style rat cages online and found raw almonds are their favorite bait so far and can be placed in the cages in a way that forces them to interact with the trigger mechanism to get to them. Hopefully they are enjoying their new home in sprawling farmland miles from our house in the middle of nowhere.
Miko is hanging in there, happy to nap the rest of the day inside enjoying the AC after his long morning walks when it’s cool. He has a follow up vet appointment next week to make sure his kidneys are doing okay with all his medication adjustments. And he enjoyed plenty of plain pasta set aside for him as a treat last night.
It’s been a fun week of eats and with salads packed with cucumbers from our garden and plentiful amounts of tomatoes from my sister’s garden. Also kicky curry soy curl stir fry and trying a vegan protein alternative I found at Grocery Outlet in a simple salad.
We found another fun deal at Grocery Outlet our freezer is loaded with now, Strong Roots Broccoli & Purple Carrot Bites which are basically healthier frozen veggie tots perfect for air frying and serving with kicky dipping sauces. Also simple pasta dishes with plenty of weekday leftovers and more garden salads with blended hemp seed dressings.
It has been awhile, but we finally got back out to Zest Kitchen for a toasted pesto veggie sandwich and taco trio.
Then stepped out to a fun, outdoor summer concert – remember the Spin Doctors? I listened to them so much in the 90s and they were playing at a local amphitheater where we sipped beer and took a memory trip back to high school.
It was a fun evening and productive weekend. It will be an interesting week at work as I need to weigh a big job change decision which has been an ongoing adventure for the last few weeks and me doing a lot of thinking on what I want. Hopefully everything goes well! And this short list is a good start to your week!