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Time Travel

The speed with which time is passing must be controlled by some unseen force that enjoys making life challenging at times. Summer is a very busy time for me but thanks to time travel I suddenly find myself living the same day over and over; I offer as evidence that I am about 2 months behind in where I should be by this time on the calendar.  I have chores for the summer that include food preservation for the coming fall and winter. These include making jams, jellies, pickles, and canning our fruits and vegetables.  The only thing I have accomplished is dehydrating but that’s only because I forgot to bring in the herbs I had picked one evening and the hot sun managed to dehydrate them without using the electric one we had purchased some years ago.

My other big chore when summer is deep cleaning our home before holiday season is upon us. Time travel somehow managed to ensure I had to do this task much earlier than I wanted.   This is how that unknown force behind time travel went back three days that saw one of our cats bring in a live mouse. Sadly, it did not survive nor did it show itself anywhere. The stench of rotting rodent became very strong and disagreeable. Living in rural Canada, rodents are not a rarity in most homes, most do not have the benefit of feline assistance however.  I searched everywhere, following my nose, but it eluded me. Nothing left to do but pull everything apart and search. still I could find nothing. There is some sage advice out there that says to follow your nose, which I did. Still no resolution. Not a corpse to be found.

There was nothing left to clean, wash or disinfect. Nothing remained untouched.  Life had to go on in spite of my best efforts.  As a way to compensate for the madness that had taken over I made my husband’s favourite supper.  Soon enough, we had eaten our meal, ate our desserts and drank our tea cups dry.  Time to do the dishes, I blame time travel, but the time had come, I couldn’t delay any longer; time to do the dishes.  I am fortunate enough to have a portable dishwasher to help me with this chore and I began to wrestle it to the sink.

As I moved it out wrestled it to the sink, our marmalade cat hopped up on the top for his favourite time, riding the dishwasher. I think that must be the kitty’s idea of time travel, going from one place to another without any concept of how short a distance it actually is. I have no idea when he decided it was  something he loves to do.  The little bit of moving the great, white beast and the smell got even worse.  I shook the great, white beast once again and sure enough, out falls a rodent carcass. It had been hiding in the  insulation around the motor of.  I think it likely had a heart attack while feeling safe in this makeshift nest but the constant attention of three cats was likely the culprit. I removed the carcass, sadly I have had a lot of experience with this but they are usually a fresh kill, then proceeded to clean everything with bleach water and Lysol spray.

The silver lining, the cleaning is done and I have free time coming up this fall. This time I got one on the power behind the time travel, I’m done my heavy fall work. As a matter of note, the pet door is now sealed and I let the DRC’s (dirty rotten cats) in and out through our screen door. My little way of being in charge of what comes in and out of our home.

By the way, the house smells clean and fresh with a tingle of citrus.



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