Diane Young ~ Artist ~ Printmaker

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Incy Wincy Not

Manic Illustrator in a Panic

So I was sitting on the sofa for the latter part of the evening . The TV was on, then suddenly I caught some movement out of the corner of my eye, against the dark colour of the sofa something was moving, creeping.  I had already got rid of a live mouse in the morning, it had surely not enjoyed the trauma of being in a house with cats so much that it had returned?

This thing had just come out from the corner of the sofa, from behind me, in the gap between me and the sofa. This moving thing came into focus. It was a BIG version of the BIG house spiders.

It’s pace was steady, thankfully away from me. It was definitely unperturbed by my presence. I can deal with these spiders usually in a quiet manner,  usually with a glass and a piece of card but NOT when they have seemingly been ON me. Eurgh, it had probably been hanging inside my fleece before I put it on, Ewww, or crawled on me, then off me onto the sofa.  Why is it that I have to emit a small squeaky shrieking noise or strange sounds of disgust at this point? Is this evolutionary, or learned? Is it a girl thing? It really is reactionary and kind of ridiculous.   That spider gave me the heebie jeebies because it had probably crawled on House Spider like the one in my house!me.   He finally left by being ejected from a glass over the hedge in the dark.  No doubt he has found his way back by now….or perhaps he is on some other unsuspecting person’s sofa…..

 
Not the actual spider. I think mine had a smirk on his face!


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Mouse in the Corner, Cat in the Basket.

Meditating Cats

You know that if a cat appears to be meditating by staring into the corner of a room that something must be in that corner.  Tucked behind a bookshelf back to the wall was Mousie, looking quite wholesome and undamaged.  I think Simba Fangcat brought it in for a game or perhaps we have mice in the walls (as opposed to Wolves in the Walls -a favourite children’s picture book of mine, especially the illustrations).

 Organising Chaos

It took me an hour to sort out the situation with everyone surviving intact. I mean catching the mouse took a relatively short period of time.  Guide Mousie towards container and pop container over.  The rest of the time was spent finding a suitable container, moving items off the top of the bookshelf, clearing the area, putting the cat out and blocking the catflap with a bin, finding something to encourage the mouse out of the corner and a light to tracMousie makes his escape with a cherry ACEO by Diane Youngk progress behind the bookshelf, and finding a glove in case I needed to grab it on the way.  I also had to find a piece of card that would fit over the container which was two floors up in the attic studio.  At one point in trying to encourage Mousie out he was straddling wall and bookshelf in the gap like a furry mountain climber in a ravine.

Mousie Makes his Getaway

After dispatching Mousie to the far end of the garden I had to get the cat who had now come outside back in again or else I might to repeat the procedure over againSimba Fangcat Brings in a Mouse.  I still had all the stuff to put back and away….whilst Simba got back into his basket  to continue his nap as if nothing has happened.

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