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I have done nothing for two days but think about/obsess over/talk about/cry about mice.

I don’t think there’s anything I hate more than mice right now.  They have taken over.  The pest control said they cannot deem it an actual infestation yet…but he assured me its close. 

Its 5pm.  I am about to call my kids in from outside to get ready for church.  My nose hairs are burned out from using so much Clorox today.  I have cleaned a lot of the main floor…everywhere I see mouse evidence gets vacuumed and Cloroxed.  There is literally mouse droppings everywhere…on the curtains…the VINTAGE curtains, behind the washer and dryer, under the chairs, on the windowsill, counters, cupboards.  I hate this so bad.  Any possible surface you could think of…its been pooped on. 

I’ve cried a lot today.  I want my mom.  I want to move.  I want security.  I want the HOA to understand the severity of this situation and have someone check the whole building for holes or cracks where they can come in.  My eyes hurt from Clorox and crying. 

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Oh, and also we caught a snake.  Like mice weren’t bad enough.  Supposedly they follow the mice.  Yay for the food chain.  Right?! At least it was only in the garage, but seriously….I’m hanging by a thread with this mouse business. A thread.  A thin thread.  I’m seconds away from throwing my kids in the car and fleeing back to the Midwest.  Seconds.  Fleeing seems the only thing that can fix things right now.

One happy note: well two I guess…One: I hired a cleaner to come help clean up the mess. Something about having a backup coming gives me hope.  Two: my house…where I have cleaned…is very very clean.

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Thankful for today:
1. Vera. Vera. Vera.
2. long naps
3. the kids playing outside
4. built in playmates in the neighborhood
5. neighbor friends for me too
6. my kids are seriously the kindest, sweetest, most understanding creatures in the world. sometimes I think they know me better than anyone on earth.
7. Clorox
8. afternoon coffee
9. a clean (section of my) house
10. not cooking dinner tonight


  1. I can't believe you aren't through with mice yet.
    Please tell me you are since this post is a few days old, and I'm just getting to it.

    it reminds me of the time my kids got lice in the middle of the summer in orlando. we cleaned and cloroxed and put every pillow and stuffed animal in black trash bags in the garage…and did lice treatments for two weeks on all of us. fun times.

    feeling your pain!!!!!

  2. I've been reading your blog for some time now but never commented. I've had my share of "infestations" since I have moved South — cockroaches, carpet beetles, ants, mice, and now kudzu bugs. So many times I just wanted to rip my hair out when I thought about all the creepy crawlers. Anyway, that to say that I hear you and I have been there. I've so appreciated your honesty and your willingness to share your life. Hang in there, girl.

  3. I don't know if this will help, but occasionally we get a mouse and the research I've done has said that mice hate the smell of peppermint oil. Maybe smearing it around your baseboards might help? I've never had to end up buying it, because both times my cat caught the mice. I wish you luck!

  4. Oh my, you poor thing! Mice AND snakes? That would just about push anyone to the breaking point. We were getting mice in our house and couldn't figure out how it could possibly be since our house is stucco and steel. We checked everything to figure it out. Then one night we saw the kitty acting funny as she was looking out the window. There was a mouse crawling up the stone on the front of our house. It went up to the roof and under the shingles. Ugh, who would've thought?! Hope you get your problem figured out quickly.

  5. So sorry about the mice. My cat had a mouse last night (third in a month) and I told my husband I was packing up the kids and leaving. Joking…maybe! So awful. I am praying that the exterminator gets rid of them quickly!

  6. Love your heart and willingness to be raw. People will be changed; God loves to bring beauty from ashes. Mice suck.
    Hooray for a cloroxed housed and sweet kiddos!!

  7. Oh my dear sister. I cannot, CANNOT, believe you had to come home to that! I am So so sorry. I think you should flee . . . to Montana . . . until your HOA gets their act together. You should not have to live like that. I love you. Wish I could be there to help you with the Clorox.

  8. I'm so sorry to possibly add to your worry but when we had a mouse problem I discovered droppings under the burners in my stove!!! Please check there. It is a place I NEVER EVER thought mice would be.
    Best of luck with the invaders. As we could say, "this too will pass".

  9. Oh my goodness! Snakes and mice and mess and all of that!?!?! You are a TOUGH one. Thank God for backup…Hope the story gets better sooon!

  10. Oh my gosh….I seriously almost just picked up the phone to call you, but I thought that might be kinda weird…..but I have been in your exact same situation!! We had mice and a snake infestation and it was awful. I also had a baby at the time, which made me even more of a clean freak. I so understand your frustrations and feelings. I felt like I was going to go crazy and my poor friends at the time, I am sure they thought I was a nut job. I cried and cried all the time. Girl you can get them!! Get lots and lots of glue traps!!!

  11. Your a good mama. Those circumstances would drive anyone crazy!!! You should add to your list…at least your not in the middle of the Whole 30. FYI I quit.


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