Today I was supposed to travel about a hundred miles to participate in a picnic and meeting of my riding club. Sadly, it's been spitting snow, raining, it's windy and nasty. So guess what I'm doing? I'm staying home. And guess what I'm doing with my day? Cleaning my oven. Know why? Because a flipping mouse, avoiding the traps I have set inside the drawer of the stove and under the sink(I had an errant field mouse that was hanging out under my sink and the drawer, and my dog, well, she was busy sleeping instead of doing her job) well anyway, I caught one mouse, but apparently there's another...and it is completely avoiding the traps and has decided to go directly into my stove. I found out when I decided to cook a roast last Friday. I turned on the oven to preheat, and pulled out the broiler pan and noticed the tin foil was all shredded. At about the time I thought, crap, a MOUSE has been chewing the foil the heat created a huge cloud of, you've got it, mouse piss scented air freshener which hit me in the face when I opened the oven door. Yes it was lovely. No time to clean the oven last week, with company, a birthday party, and then work. So today I'm cleaning my oven (oh joy) and oiling our boots for the winter. The good news is the oven cleaning is going quite well, though I know the cleaner is eating holes in my lungs. I heated the oven,sprayed it, let it sit, and cleaned the worst of it out. Then a second spray and when I clean out the rest I should be able to cook non-mouse tasting food again. After the last roast disaster, when I poked a hole in the bottom of the pan and got 3 hours of drippings all over the bottom of the stove, it's well over due. The good news? I'm not driving anywhere, so I can sip toddies as I'm working. The kids are a little stir crazy, though. It's too nasty to go outside to play. We'll be having a tea party later, methinks.