She is quite feisty. As I've said, not a fan of rodents, so I don't really touch Hermione (named by Jake) unless necessary. You will not find me cuddling with her or taking her out of her cage while the boys are at school. During all the construction we had a mouse get in the basement that was quickly captured by David and disposed of properly. Freaked me out. So, anyway, back to the feisty little hamster. On Tuesday morning I woke up and walked into my closet to get dressed and there was what appeared to be a mouse turd on the floor. I quickly scanned the room and cleaned it up. Then I saw more in the corner of our bedroom while making the bed. I hollered at David, who was in the shower, "I think we have a mouse problem!" I did not say this calmly. He responded, quite calmly, "Yeah looks like a mouse, just let Lucy in our room today to find it. If she doesn't we'll set traps tonight." As if I could spend all day in a house with a mouse. I asked if he thought maybe Hermione got out and he brushed it off, nah, how could she? I figured he was probably right and went waltzing on down the hallway in the dark to get the boys up for school. I was almost to the steps when I screamed cause I about stepped on the hamster. David says "oh good we don't have a mouse problem" and I screamed "catch her!" We both knew we were a.lucky to find her and b. lucky the dog didn't find her first (she was still locked in her room for the night). The feisty one had apparently grown accustomed in just one short night to freedom and promptly bit David on the finger when he caught her. So bad that he had to dermabond it closed just to work that morning. We discovered that she had popped off a cap at the top of the cage to get out. This cap just covers a hole that can expand the cage with more tubes. David put her in and left for work. I duct taped the cap back on and bougt new tube extensions to prevent this from happening again and cleaned the whole house.
I also bought one of those exercise balls thinking she could play in that while we cleaned her cage and added the new parts. She liked it and Jake wanted to put her back in the cage himself except she escaped his grasp and then proceeded to hiss at us all for trying to catch her. Have you heard a hamster hiss? I didn't even know they could do that! So, while Jake loves her, she's not the sweet little thing we thought she'd be.
As always it was a busy week, Scouts, Alliance meeting, basketball practices and games, and a friend's party. I seem to have caught the head cold that's going around and so have been kind of puny today, but plan on scrapping soon! Plus we missed out on all the snow that they got north of us and instead got flooding rain. I took this picture from our local news station's site.
They also dug out the side of our yard that needs a retaining wall and delivered gravel to complete that. The boys were of course quickly drawn to the large pile of mud.
And I was playing with the camera the other day and got a few decent smiles from the boys instead of their recent pained expressions they call smiling when the camera comes out.
Enjoy the super bowl and I'm over on the 3SB blog with a project life post!