The weather had been so nice and it is not buggy yet so we have had the back door open. This allows the cats to come in and out at will and Fluffy has been loving going outside again!!! The fence is good at containing them in the back yard too. So, we were running around unpacking this weekend and I went into the school room and saw Fluffy with a "toy". He was acting odd though and it made me check into what he had more, and sure enough it was a live mouse!!! I am sure he got it outside and then brought it inside---lucky us!! He was so proud and so excited with his catch. He began tossing it in the air and then catching it again----big fun!! Mike had thrown his back out and was fairly immobile and wasn't much help, so it was up to me :(
I got the front door open, managed to grab Fluffy and was going to take him outside and shake him until he released the mouse and it would be free. It was a great plan except the wind blew the door shut so I had the cat, with mouse in his mouth and was unable to open the door. By the time Lucy got to the door, Fluffy had released the mouse that was now loose in the house! In the meantime, Mike was hobbling around trying to get to the door, but there is stuff all over the floors that he was going through a maze and quite slow. Quite comical really.
I put Fluffy down to find the mouse, but he had lost interest at this point---it was nap time. So Lucy gets on the floor with a flashlight and looks under all the furniture and managed to locate the little guy under one of the couches. I devise a plan with a fabric box, to catch him in it and scoop him from there to put him outside. The trick was getting to him. We kept moving the couch, but the mouse would move with it so that wasn't working at all. We had to flip the couch over and when we did that, he ran to the other one. We then had to flip that over and finally we had a clear shot to get the box on him. Lucy had the box, but to actually get the box on the mouse it would require getting close to the mouse and she wasn't going to do that, so I got the box and trapped the mouse. We used got something underneath to trap him in there and I got him in the front yard for the release.
Needless-to-say, he was stunned. He had a big day!! He just sat on the sidewalk looking at me (with one eye--apparently the other was lost during the escapades of the day) I prayed for him and then he ran off. The girls have prayed for him diligently too and we are believing that he will be just fine and will go on to live a full and productive little mouse life...