Sunday, December 06, 2009

and the Sylvester Antonio saga comes to a most satisfactory conclusion!!

Of course you remember Sylvester Antonio, my diabolically clever kitchen mouse.

Well, today, after months of avoiding all the exterminator's best-laid plans, the little bugger trapped HIMSELF in our cylindrical garbage can (easy to climb into, way hard to jump out of). That's what he gets for being greedy!!

This means I was able to lift the plastic bag out of the can, walk the squirming fellow downstairs, and free him in the street. The RM wanted to spray him with Fantastik or something equally inhumane--their mutual struggle was rather more painful for the Rally Monkey than for Sylvester Antonio, and alas grudges that deep are hard to fight--but I prevailed. So:

a) Sylvester Antonio is no longer living with us rent-free!
b) nobody died! (at least, not in my kitchen; whether Sylvester Antonio can outsmart the neighborhood cats is now his problem)

Which, I think, really brings us back to Lou Monte.

18 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh! Hurray! It's a happy ending!

Kate said...

c) You didn't have to touch anything gross.

Congratulations to all of you!

Dawn Simon said...

Woo-hoo! It's as if Sylvester Antonio wrapped himself in holiday ribbon just for you. :)

Laurel said...

One does wonder if Sylvester Antonio was one of the three guests you mentioned had driven you to eating pudding for breakfast?

At any rate, hooray for all. I was wondering about that little guy.

Ann Victor said...

I *love* happy endings! Good luck to the intrepid Sylvester Antonio in his new adventures.

Bernita said...

And you, no doubt, are also glad that Sylvester Antonio was not Sylvia Antonia.

Whirlochre said...

Hope he doesn't return.

With kick-ass Street Mice...

storyqueen said...

Moonie, seriously I would really read a children's book called Sylvester Antonio, the Kitchen Mouse.

Seriously.

Maybe you ought to write it, you know, to make me happy.....

Shelley

stephanie said...

Must *wave* at Shelley. And second her suggestion. A fine title it's already got, too.

Melanie Avila said...

The Fantastik is totally how I kill bugs. I'm glad the mouse didn't get sprayed though. Something tells me it would take half the bottle.

Charles Gramlich said...

But did you hear him say, "I'll be backkk"

Rebecca Knight said...

Hooray for Sylvester Antonia! I picture him in a very fine hat w/ a briefcase going to seek his fortune in the streets of New York. Good luck, l'il buddy, and God speed.

Our condolences to the RM :(. It's tough to lose a grudge match to a mouse.

Scott said...

Sylvester Antonio's relatives come and visit us at the office every year in the fall/winter. We have humane traps set, and then our IT guy takes the lovely little critters out to the woods and releases them.

Juniper said...

Congratulations! However, in case he (or a different one) comes back, next time you catch one, you might want to drive him a mile away before releasing him. They've been known to find their way back in from outside (if my old mice were any indication).

Sarita said...

lol Rodents are smart. Are you sure he won't find his way back into your home?

I wouldn't count on this being the end of the story.

And I agree with storyqueen that Sylvenster Antonio, the Kitchen Mouse would make a great children's book!

Kerry said...

what a heartwarming story. no, really. my heart is all hot now.

dylan said...

MoonRat

I think you oughta start a pool as to how long it takes the bugger to find his way back to his cozy kitchen in his home sweet home.

Word Ver: mouseyze

I kid you not. Maybe not as "easy" as it sounds.

dylan

Claire Light said...

I'm sorry to say this, but Sylvester Antonio has a very good chance of finding his way back into your house. If you just dumped him on the street outside, he's going to head for the nearest warm place with food in it, and you will have left a trail of your scent back to the familiarity of your kitchen.

Generally, when you trap rodents in a humane trap, it's advisable to drive them to a field or outdoors area farther away and release them there. Then they won't head back to your house, or to one of your neighbor's houses.