Friday Free-For-All 06/29/18

Friday Free-For-All

Our well water is finally safe to drink! The initial water test before we bought the house came back as no good, so the seller shocked the well. But because the well cap was still open, bacteria was likely still getting in, and a second test was still no good. We closed the well cap and then let it go for a while because inertia. We’ve been buying bottled water for drinking since we moved in, which has been kind of expensive and less than ideal. Two weeks ago Ben did a really thorough chlorine treatment, and our third water test this week came back with “Acceptable for human consumption”! Hooray! Just in time for us to bring a baby home. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

It’s supposed to be brutally hot this weekend. Like, in the mid- to upper-nineties, and I am SO not here for it. Our house usually stays pretty cool, but that’s still quite warm, especially for a preggo, and especially for a preggo who was already heat-sensitive to begin with. Is it bad that I’m hoping to go into labor just so we can be at the hospital with air conditioning? If not, we may need to find a swimming hole. That is, if I can fit into my bathing suit…

We recently started feeding both cats prescription food. Rocket has been on a special diet since his urinary blockage back in the winter. Because it’s more expensive than regular food, we were continuing to feed Creemee the “normal” stuff. But she would regularly try to steal Rocket’s prescription food, while he would try to eat hers, so we had to constantly watch them during meal times, which was getting old, fast. We checked in with our vet, and since there’s no harm in eating the food if a cat doesn’t need it, we’re just feeding them both the same kibble, and life is a lot simpler now. Both cats are happier and eating better, and we don’t have to constantly police who’s eating what. Sure, it will be more expensive in the long run, but I think our time is worth it. Speaking of cats…

Our cats have been catching mice in the house like gangbusters. I think we’re now up to a grand total of six adult and three baby mice that have been either caught (and subsequently removed by me or Ben) or killed by our kitties since we moved in. While I’m glad that the cats are doing their job, it’s kind of gross. We need to do some reconnaissance to see if we can find where the mice are coming in and block up the hole. It can be pretty damn difficult to make your home completely mouse-proof, but the evidence seems to suggest we could do a better job. Considering that we live in the middle of a gigantic field, mice are always going to be a challenge for us.

Cat owners, do your cats do a good job of pest control?



8 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All 06/29/18

  1. Jenn @ Fairest Run of All says:

    My cats have never encountered mice, but they are practically USELESS when it comes to bugs. I mean, sure, they’ll stare at them for 70,000 hours straight, but the only way to get them to make a move is to drop them directly on top of the bug for squishing purposes. >D

    • Rae says:

      Haha! My cats love to eat bugs too, thankfully. They will not rest if one is zooming about. Which sounds great, except when it’s three am and you have a cat crashing drunkenly around your bedroom…

  2. txa1265 says:

    We had moles wreaking havoc in our yard back in Mass … and when we got our terriers that ceased to be an issue :). As for cats, the one that just died used to be a terror – he brought mice, birds, squirrels, chipmunks and bunnies … our other two are indoor cats, and I think the older one that we saved would definitely be scared of a mouse 🙂

    Hope you are weathering the heat OK – and that baby girl arrives soon!

  3. SuzLyfe says:

    We all know that Zoe is worthless.
    Even Ridley is worthless. She was scared of a fly yesterday. Alex killed it. SHE WAS STILL SCARED OF IT.

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