Wednesday, November 20, 2019

You Dirty Rat...

When people think of rats, they think of disease, dirty deeds done by those lacking ethics, and traitorous turncoats. Rats are actually quite fastidious. The bubonic plague may not have been brought to us by rats, or even fleas from rats, but by human fleas! Computer models at the University of Oslo studying the spread of the plague, have indicated that the plague was most likely spread by human fleas. Humans can be rather filthy. King Rat and I are no exception.

Over the past two weeks, we have been nesting. The weather has been unseasonably warm and dry, but the air quality has been horrid, so we are housebound. When one is forced to stay inside for days on end, it can induce a state of climbing the walls. While wall-climbing, we noticed the layer of dust coating the walls, door frames, and frankly...every surface in the house. It turns out our indoor air quality may be worse than that of the great outdoors!

Armed with damp microfiber cloths, dry two-inch paintbrushes, a vacuum cleaner, and hepa air filter we have been performing a top-to-bottom "cage cleaning". As we human rats age, our eyesight for close scrutiny begins to weaken. It is easy to miss the dust that surrounds us. (Okay, that is really just a lame excuse as I believe the last time the house was cleaned from ceiling to floor was when we moved in and painted over twenty years ago!)

Our goal is to clean our cage (ahem, house) thoroughly each week.  Rats will clean their cages daily, but try as we might, we will probably never meet the standards of rattus rattus, but we can at least try to prevent the next plague by ensuring human fleas have no home with us.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Rat on a Wheel

All those working years...running on the wheel and never really getting anywhere.  The view never changed.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Monday, April 24, 2017

Domesticated Rats

When I was a young rat in junior high school, I had a choice of electives: foreign language, wood shop, home economics, art, or music.  What was an aspirational rat to choose?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Budget Envelopes - Squirreling Things Away

Have you ever noticed how many people think squirrels are cute?  Aww...look at those whiskers, cute eyes, and fluffy tails.  Those fluffy tails are the only things

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Pack Rats

Genus: Packus Ratus
Pack Rats...Us?  Oh yeah.

Salem set an all-time record for rain in February. This dampened our opportunities for outdoor fun, but it gave us time to work on clearing clutter from our lives.  I think we need another six to eight months of record-setting rain to fully accomplish this!

If you haven't read Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Scenic Byways - or Rat Mazes...It's All Good

The sun FINALLY decided to make an appearance last Monday, so we headed to the coast.  Whenever King Rat and I have celebrations, big decisions to make, or the need to connect with our creator, we head to the beach.

There is something about the reassuring continuity of the ebb and flow of the tides along with the vastness of it all.  It reminds us that life has its ups and downs, there are cycles to everything, and in the grand scheme of things, we - and our worries - are infinitesimal.  Beyond that,