The Great Mouse Chase

Sounds like a Disney movie, right? But, alas, it was only the title I’ve given to last night!

I have to preface by saying that we live very rural and since our home was purchased in ’96 by my husband, we’ve had our fair share of woodland visitors. We met in ’98 and married in 2000 so we’ll say, for the sake of argument, that in 17 years we’ve had visits from a bat, several wayward birds, a chipmunk (or 2), snakes, and countless field mice. We are humane. We never set out to kill animals for being animals. After all, no bird flies by thinking it would be great fun to become stuck in someone’s kitchen! Catch & release has always been our policy.

Buster, being a non-human, has a more of a catch and eat policy. We’re not sure if he is trying to play or that Whippet side of him wishes to hunt and eat its prey. The bat & birds were pre-Buster and got in during a remodeling of the kitchen. They escaped unscathed. Mice have been casualties of war. Field mice are almost a given in rural areas. Humans encroach on their space. Winter comes. So on and so forth.

My husband is pretty good at catching them without incident when possible. Several have not made it past Buster. R.I.P. Unknown Field Mice. Truthfully, since we did some fixing up several years back, I haven’t seen any mice at all. But, a few weeks ago, Buster began pacing and sniffing around. I thought perhaps he’d caught a scent through the open window or that the Febreeze plug-in was bothering him. Occasionally, he dislikes the scent! I told my youngest son that whatever it was, ‘Bus was on the case!’. We watched him awhile then followed him into the kitchen.

Sure enough, there was a tiny and I do mean tiny, field mouse trapped in a corner under the heater. Safely removed and non-Bustered, we figured that was the end of it. *Sigh* I was wrong. Around midnight, last night, Buster barked. Now, he doesn’t bark unless there is something not right. Usually, it’s an animal outside (deer, a cat, coyote, etc.) When I woke up, and got my glasses, I saw Buster laying in front of my dresser. It has double doors in the front and 3 pull-out drawers on each side. Doing a funky dance, Buster was growling, standing up then laying down.

Being that my husband isn’t the type of man who one wakes up unless they are steps away from Heaven or the house is burning, I crept around Buster to turn on a low-wattage light. I have to admit that I felt a bit like Shaggy following Scooby. I saw the double doors lightly move. Buster was on it! He jumped into action but his lack of opposable thumbs didn’t allow him to open the doors himself. I’m not stupid so I slipped on my tennis shoes and put on ski gloves. Work gloves would’ve been best but it was midnight!

As I bent over to tie a shoe, I heard the doors bump again and Buster jumped. A growl followed and his focus went to a drawer that I saw was ajar. This line of action repeated which just affirmed my thoughts that we did indeed look like Scooby and Shaggy. Somehow, Mr. Mouse was alternating between drawers and as Buster picked up his scent, it drove him bananas! All this commotion awakened my youngest.

He’d crept down the hall and scared the snot out of me when he asked from the dark hallway, ‘Are you ok?’. Thankfully, I stifled the scream. As we watched the uncoordinated Buster dance of jumping between drawers, we decided to go all do or die. Clad in my pajamas, ski gloves and tennis shoes, I grabbed the double doors and threw them open. They revealed- nothing. Drawers were opened one and a time. Finally, with one left, I sent my son to get a shopping bag to snag Mr. or Ms. Mouse. My mistake was turning my head to talk to him while
opening the drawer.

Yes, you guessed it. As the drawer opened, because the mouse HAD to be in the LAST drawer, he/she made her majestic leap to freedom. Buster in his sonic speed mode missed it by a millimeter. Past me, past my son that determined little bugger ran like The Flash. *Sigh #2* We lost him. I swear even Buster groaned at our epic failure. My son, speechless, walked back down the hall and simply closed his door. I had no idea where to look or go and by now, it was 3 AM. How we didn’t wake my husband is well beyond me!

I looked at Buster and told him we should just go to bed. But, he never gave up. When my husband woke, 3 hours later, for work, Buster was still diligently placed in front of the dresser. We will find the little intruder. For his sake, he should hope I find him before Buster does. I must salute him though for outwitting 2 humans and a pit/whippet! Good show, little mouse. Good show!

The ‘Eyes’ of March From Beauty Box 5

Outside temps may not be an indication, but we are halfway through March. Of course, this means our Beauty Box has arrived! My box was a tiny bit late this month. Usually, it’s here about the 17th & I got it on the 20th. Being rural, you’ll have that sometimes. But, BB5 is always a welcome, mailbox surprise. In fact, I thing they’re the best subscription service around. Each month, 5 new, new-to-me or even old faves, arrive via USPS. For $12 a month, you can try before you buy and have fun with beauty products again. Sometimes, we’re gifted with full-sized products. I’ve never had a box without at least 1.

This month we have 4 full-sized products. We’re all about eyes this month. Here we go!

We’ve all seen them- people who are sporting false eyelashes that look, well, fake. I had no idea how to apply them the first time I tried. Full disclosure: I learned from YouTube! New innovations and better products have resulted in a much more natural look. ‘Sweep’ delivers 2 of this month’s products and both are obviously full-sized. Both are for falsies.

(Do yourself a favor and buy adhesive. It isn’t included in the box.) First, we have the lashes themselves. They do look natural. With eyelashes, you get what you pay for. I’ve used Dollar Store brands and Brand name. Trust me, there is a HUGE difference. A set of 5 is $15. Honestly, that’s a pretty good price. Plus, the second product from Sweeps is a ‘Lash Helper’. If you’re into the falsies, this little bugger is indispensable. Easy to handle, it aids in placing the lash as close to your natural lashes as you can get. No more glue fingers. For those of us with shaky hands, it makes this beauty step a whole lot easier. It’s worth the $9.99 price.

‘Manna Kadar’ is a familiar name from BB5. Their Lash Primer is our only sample-size this month. Those you want to skip the false eyelashes still want their mascara to make their eyes pop. This primer’s promise is to achieve the false look without the fuss. Well, I tried it, not once but twice. I applied it underneath- ironically- mascara from Maybelline’s ‘Falsies’ collection. I saw absolutely no difference. The second time I even used only mascara and no other eye makeup. Still, no difference. With its MSRP of an eye-opening $24, it’s a pass for me.

Bellapierre Cosmetics adds its full-sized, ‘Cosmetic Glitter’. Lest we not be sparkly enough, this one can go anywhere- hair, lips, eyes, etc. Zing! Sparkle on, ladies! It definitely is a Renaissance product with a resume like that. For me, and my mundane life, I don’t have much use for such a dramatic look. However, if I was a decade (or 2) younger, and went to places other than ones with grocery carts, I’d love this. I appreciate that it can be mixed with other products like a powder or eyeshadow. If shine is your game, go for it! It has an MSRP of $15 but if you’re having fun, then it’s worth it.

Prestige Cosmetics generously adds a full-sized product, too. ‘True Metals Eyeshadow’ is almost too pretty to use. While the color in my box wasn’t exactly what I’d pick, I still liked it. It seems to go on light so it doesn’t appear out of control. Of course, applying more gives a deeper, darker look. I love that it’s a wet OR dry shadow. That opens up a lot of possibilities. It’s MSRP is $9.75 which is pretty competitive.

Add them all together (especially since 4 out of 5 are full-sized) and we get a total of $73.74. By getting them from BB5, you save $61.74. That’s a nice chunk of change!
Visit http://www.beautybox5.com to see full product info and most importantly, ordering info. You’ll love it.

*I received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine and your experience may differ.