Archive for August 17th, 2011

Upholstered Mouse Nest

After rearranging the pressure washer pipes, I hauled the grill out on the driveway and opened the lid. My Shop Assistant denied putting that ball of fuzz in there:

Wool ball in propane grill

Wool ball in propane grill

Gingerly prying it open revealed a mouse-sized pocket in the middle:

Wool ball interior

Wool ball interior

And a bit of investigation uncovered the source of the batting. Evidently, the corner seam of the ancient lawn couch thing (which came with the house and has been unused for over a decade) sitting on the patio had burst, leaving just enough room for an industrious mouse:

Source of the wool ball

Source of the wool ball

They’d been camping inside the cushion at least over the winter and evidently used the far corner as their latrine. We bagged the whole cushion and added it to the van full of trash headed for the town’s bulk collection, which fortunately occurred that weekend.

Now, to haul the frame to the metal recycler and take advantage of the current commodity price bubble…

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