Wine and rat traps- life in this semi-rural waterfront town can be quite interesting- one minute Joanie is polishing the sterling and ironing the linens for a pre-wedding dinner party 0n the terrace and the next minute she is hearing ominous scratching noises from the attic. Rats!
Her Dear Paul, ever the cost-conscious entrepreneur, is absolutely convinced that “a few more candy bars should do it!”- meaning the extra strength rat killer bars he gets at the local feed store down the road should finish them off. He has even begun nailing the bars down in the attic because some of the greedy beasts actually pick them up and haul them off to who know where up there!
Well, last week her granddaughter Cassie May announced “Grandma there’s something upstairs! I hear it scratching!” This occurred as she was watching a dvd at Joanie’s house. Well, that did it! She has put up with various sounds over the years as ones tend to do when living in an old house, but now not only did she have scratching, she also had thumping, smells AND flies! Even her troublesome pup Teddy can hear them!
So, Joanie got online and made contact with the apparent (self appointed) guru of rat trappers- Jeff of the Rat Patrol. Jeff would be only so happy to come out to the house for a full inspection and diagnosis for a mere $300.00, and she would have been happy to pay it. Turns out Jeff is actually from Tacoma, a ways away, and did come out, only to poke around with Paul in various and sundry places to announce “Oh yes Ma’am, it’s rats all right but it will be hideously expensive for you to hire me to trap them since I have to come so far over here…” So, Dear Paul of course is delighted, because not only can he save money, one of his life’s ongoing goals- and can go back to his “candy bar” cure, but for Joanie, she thinks traps are in order. Good thing her sister Janis has a whole pile of them, and- bonus- a son that happens to excel in rat trapping!
So, Sister arrives early Sunday evening, armed with wine and rat traps. Which reminds Joanie of another story she will tell one day soon about the time her other sister and she drowned a rat in a garbage can one hot sunny day after one too many gin and tonics… they don’t think the kids have ever recovered from that one. I’ll keep you posted. Amen and good night.