Good morning to everyone on this fine December day! Only 2 days until Christmas and all through the apartment, not a creature was stirring except for a mouse. But fortunately he is only stirring in the walls at the moment, actually for 2 days now. That is the way it always works, it takes them a while to get enough courage to come inside. Then there is a lot of stirring! Until Muffin finally catches the critter and I toss it outside for the birds breakfast. It is obviously another deer mouse, basically all that comes in this time of the year.
I don’t like deer mice, they carry disease such as hantavirus, which has been found in deer mice in our area. They also carry salmonellosis and lyme disease. All of these are dangerous, especially the first and last one. With hantavirus 37% of people who get this disease die from it. That is a high percentage. But even besides that, if people survive they often end up with health problems the rest of their lives from it. So, I don’t really like having these critters in my apartment.
It is snowing a bit this morning, there was an inch (2.5cm) of new snow when I went out with food for the birds this morning. There is another half an inch out there now. The grosbeaks were a little late showing up this morning but they are sure busy out there now. So are all the other birds. Then there is Junior. He came along this morning as well, but he came onto the deck this time. That is not good, so I had to chase him off the deck. If someone sees him on my deck they might call the police. I do not want that to happen.
That is why I am not feeding the deer right now, for one thing I don’t know what my new neighbors are going to be like, so I have to be a little careful. You will probably notice a bit of a change in my posts over the holidays. I will still be here since Muffin and I have no plans for Christmas. But my mystery story will not be around until we start with our new stories on January 1st. But I will fill that spot with other posts while our PI team has a nice quiet Christmas.
The blue jays are finally back again. They were having a noisy reunion with a bunch of their friends and relatives. They do this sometimes, though I’m not really sure why. There was at least 30 or more of them, but my regular 8 are back again getting peanuts. The snow has basically stopped and we are left with 2 and a half inches (6.5cm) of new snow. Well, I must be off for now, but I will be back a little later. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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