Flies, Spiders, and Mice, OH MY

Happy Hallo October

“Flies, Spiders and Mice, Oh MY”

There are lots of people decorating for Halloween.  Bushes are covered with stretchy fake webbing, and lighted ghosts and goblins are on lawns.  This is all in anticipation of Trick-or-Treaters coming by for something sweet.

Yet in any house, at any time, one can find unwanted visitors;  Flies, Spiders or maybe a mouse!

I  do really like animals.  But I don’t like some these creatures in my home.  Actually, I’m okay with a few spiders in the basement.  They eat the insects that I don’t want in my house.

I try to be creative and caring about nature. I approach getting them out of my home in some quirky and odd ways.
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In fact, just before I wrote this I was folding laundry in my bedroom when a small spider was suddenly there, dangling in front of me.  Unlike Miss Muffet in the rhyme I did not run away.

Here are some things I do to get rid of these critters….

With the spider I grabbed a large plastic container… one I got from a chinese restaurant when we ordered soup- reusing it – and scoop spider up into the container.  They are not too difficult to get into the container.With it in the container I then went outside and shook it off into the bushes.  All was well again.

With flies: I don’t want to expend my energy trying to race around after something so small that can hide anywhere  and try to splat it with a fly swatter.  I instead open a couple of windows wide, one in the kitchen and one in living room.  I close the bedroom and bathroom doors and wait.  Well
actually I go back to what I was doing before the fly was noticed.   It will inevitably land on the screen to try and get out of the house.  Then I quickly close the window and trap it in the window. Next the tricky part, I open a window a little and push up the screen and close the window. Eventually the fly goes outside, and all is well again. It works….  Not instantly, but it is a lot easier than chasing it around the house.

Then there is a mouse.  hmmm, a mouse.  We haven’t had many, but we have had one or two here and there.   The mouse is entering dangerous territory when it comes into the house.   We don’t mess around with them.   I will admit here they have this ability to actually spook me… especially at 4 in the morning when I’m not really awake yet  and finishing going to the bathroom.   I’ve had one literally zip by me within inches of my feet, to escape the human (me) in the night.  I can’t help but think about this.  I wonder why the mouse didn’t just stay hidden until I shut the light, left the bathroom and went back to bed.   But the mouse panicked and ran past me.    I guess you could think of that as brave too…. or maybe too brave,    Me, I ended up letting out a scream and started shaking because I was spooked.  That spelled the beginning of the end for that mouse.

We had a mouse in the house just a week or so ago.  And I will tell you it was rather brazen.
My husband told me he was watching TV when it went across the floor. In front of the TV, when the lights were on, people awake and around.  It looked right at him.  Froze.  When he moved the mouse zipped away.   What was it thinking…that it wouldn’t be seen?

I came out of the bedroom when he told me. A little while later, when I was standing in the livingroom it zipped by me.    I must say I’ve never seen anything move so fast as a mouse in the way it does.  In a moment its there, then its gone.   Spooky!   Another evening it zipped under my chair at the table while I was on the laptop computer.    We had traps around in the kitchen and the living room.  My husband had put peanut butter in them, saying that mice like it.    We had our neighbors cat come in for a time.  No sign of the mouse then.   I do wish I wasn’t allergic to cats, because If I wasn’t I’d have one.

Another evening my youngest daughter and I were sitting on the couch. She didn’t see it , but I did. It did seem a little more intelligent.  It tried going by the other side of the table in hope that the obstacle would prevent me from seeing it.  But I didn’t miss a beat on that one.  I saw it.  I yelled out “Noooo”.  Not that that helped. It ran and hid.

One of our neighbors mentioned some don’t like peanut butter.  My husband put cheese in the traps.  Next day, mouse was caught.   You might say here: “When all else fails.  Cheese.”

Lisa G.

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“50”

Happy Birthday

“50”

Feb 7th is my birthday and it happens to be a milestone birthday , 50.

wow.
“…how did I get here.” (line from Talking Heads song)

I’ve had mixed thoughts about this approaching age.
Though I know it’s just a number, I can’t help the many thoughts that come through.

What stands out at this point in my life?

What’s been coming up is remembering to Surrender.
Surrender… to allow life to ebb and flow.
Don’t count on an intricate plan, for I have learned how that doesn’t pan out.

One of my favorite quotes is from “Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck.
“Best laid plans of Mice and Men often go awry”.

“Ah, yes”, I say to myself when I think about that quote.  I have experienced that and have gained that wisdom, even though I may need an occassional reminder.

I can remember when I graduated college, back when, and how there was a stirring Big feeling of “Taking on the world”.
Hmmmm.
Well it didn’t pan out as I had expected and planned.  No surprise there.
There were challenges that I faced off and met.  Yet  there were also some wonderful and amazing things that happened to me that I couldn’t have even imagined.
Rather rich and fulfilling.
Things to learn. And things to embrace with wonder.

To allow.

My experiences has been that as much as I use my head to figure things out, and even use my heart in conjunction,  I will at times go with my gut feeling on things.

Maybe it’s because I’m an artist.
My sensitivity, awareness and observing levels are pretty acute.

That gut feeling has felt like an inner compass to me and has faired me well, I must say.
That gut feeling has proven to be right so many times…  spot on in fact.

With all that said, I must then continue my my journey with all I have to guide me.

Feel free to email me about your own experiences of “going with your gut” or what came up when you hit a Milestone birthday.

Warmly,
Lisa G.

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The Road Ahead

Happy New Year

A new day.
A new year.

Being open to what may unfold.  Open to all that life can bring forth.

Here’s a quote I felt resonates at this time.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Blessings
Lisa G.

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Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.