The night before one of my kids birthdays means a lot of late night scrambling for this mom. Last night I had to finish my blog post, wrap presents, hang the birthday sign and bake a cake. By the time it was all done it was late. Maybe 11:15 pm, although the details are still fuzzy because of the trauma that occurred just after I turned out the kitchen light.
In my back yard, if you want to call it that, we have a big evergreen tree. The tree is beautiful; it looks like a Christmas tree to me. I keep lights on it year-round. After my frenzy of birthday prep I switched off the kitchen light and stood at the sink. I looked out the back window at my tree and reflected on this special day. Out of the corner of my eye I saw movement. My eyes darted to the little cement patio, and there in the glow of the Christmas lights was a RAT.
It was large. It had a thick tail. It was alive. It was nibbling on something under the table. I knew right away what it was, even though I have never before seen one “in the wild.” I don’t live in the city, or out in the country. I don’t have trash lying around, or any creepy hiding places…that I know of. I didn’t know we even have rats in Colorado?!?!
I went to open the back door and it took off. Who knows where.
I was freaked out.
I am freaked out.
Do they sell rat traps? WHAT WOULD I DO WITH IT IF I TRAPPED IT?!?!!
Should I get poison? COULD I HANDLE A DEAD RAT!?!?!
Should I pretend like I never saw it and do nothing? (that NEVER works ;))
Spending a sleepless night worrying about a job sounds like a dream compared to the restlessness of last night! Now I’m worrying about rats: the disease, the droppings, the nibbling, nesting, and infiltration of my home!
Send help, and suggestions. SHOW UP PEOPLE.