As many of you know, it is not at all uncommon for Jim and I to find a variety of woodland creatures dead in our pool. Whether it be chipmunks, mice, moles, and one time a baby bunny (THAT was sad) I'm pretty used to it and it doesn't even phase me at this point.
This morning, I went outside to put out the trash and I notice a teeny, tiny, mouse sitting on the top rung of one of the pool ladders. I figured, if this mouse was smart enough (or just plain lucky enough) to get itself safely onto one of the ladders, then it clearly deserved to be rescued. I went into the house, told Jim what was going on, grabbed my iPhone, and went back out to save a life.
It was quite simple, actually....after a quick photo-shoot, I grabbed the net we use for skimming the pool, knocked him off the ladder, which sent him swimming, and then I was able to pluck him from the water.
He/she was not at all thrilled about being captured, but even so, he/she grabbed onto the net, and then once I lifted him out of the pool, he let go of the net, fell to the ground, and took off into the woods behind our house. I was happy to have saved him, but BELIEVE me. If he gets any crazy ideas about coming back to the area (or our house) when the cold weather rolls around, I will be more than happy to trap the sucker and that will be that. Swimming in the pool or running around the back yard is one thing, but if that thing sets one of it's little, furry, paws in my house, he's done.
Side note: I'm sure Jim will crank up the chemicals for a day or two just to be sure there are no mice germs left behind.....he's not a fan of mice at all, especially when they try to use the pool without permission.
Other than that bit of excitement, I have nothing too exciting to report. I have a softball game tomorrow afternoon, but it's supposed to rain, so that may be cancelled. I have two games scheduled on Sunday and one on Monday night, which should be very fun, since we're playing on the Boston Common.
That's always a good time. :-)
Have a very happy Friday - and a GREAT weekend!!!
Moments before the rescue...