Green Acres is the place to be

The snow is finally starting to melt away over here in Bucks County, PA. We had temps up in the 50’s this weekend which made a lot of that white crap go away! I was really enjoying my time outside this weekend. I was able to walk around and check on the new bushes that were planted last summer. Some made it out of the blizzard without a snapped twig. Others did not fair so well but there is still hope for them yet! Dan and I even got to assemble the Adirondack furniture that we received this past Christmas. While I was taking my tour, I noticed some strange patterns in the grass. I had a flash back to that day when I saw the snake and thought about that size it would be now. I thought it was not possible that a snake would make these patterns. Then I thought MAYBE they were made from the existing snow that was still melting. You know, like a run off or something. As I walked, I noticed a few more areas that had this strange maze looking pattern. Later on, I was walking around with Dan and I pointed these areas out to him…

Strange right? So, I asked him what he thought they could be. Do you know what he said?
He said, “Oh, I think it’s a little mouse. He was probably living under the snow.”
“A WHAT?”, I exclaimed!
“A little country mouse”, he replied making the size of an inch with his thumb and forefinger.
“One little mouse can do all that? There are a whole bunch of these trails all over the yard!” I questioned with caution.
“Well, yeah. Or it would have been a whole bunch of them. I think there is a family of them living undergound next to the porch. I saw one sitting in by the window the other day,” Dan remarked without thinking this was a big deal!
Now, I know I live “in the country”. I have deer, fox and wild turkeys that frequent my back yard. I am fine with that. But knowing where mice are living… knowing that I have a snake that likes to hide out in my mums because the dryer vent is right there, a random scared bunny scaring the living crap out of me… That is to much! Out of sight, out of mind! So, as I was looking at my coveted lilac bush earlier, I was apparently standing right over a nest of mice! And all I can think of is: they better not be eating the roots of my plant, there are probably gross little furless newborns down there and a BIG pile (chills up the spine on that one!) AND they better not find a way into the house!

NOW I can’t stop singing the Green Acres theme song… now you can’t either? Here are the lyrics to help you long…

Green acres is the place for me.
Farm livin’ is the life for me.
Land spreadin’ out so far and wide
Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.
New York is where I’d rather stay.
I get allergic smelling hay.
I just adore a penthouse view.
Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.
…The chores.
…The stores.
…Fresh air.
…Times Square
You are my wife.
Good bye, city life.
Green Acres we are there.
Spring is just around the corner! I have gardens to plan, plants to buy and a lot of digging to do! I am now waiting with guarded anticipation for the weather to warm up, the ground to dry and the start of my “Digging in the dirt” sessions to begin! The mice heed my warning better stay away!!

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