Of horses, cats and mice

Yesterday was all about a horse race in Australia (but not for me). It’s that one day of the year on which many people become expert punters, drink too much and productivity around the country falls away dramatically. For those, like me, who do not partake in all the Melbourne Cup fanfare, it’s an excellent opportunity to catch up on work while the office is quiet … just call me Miss Productive! Though horses haven’t been the only animals attracting attention of late …

In the last few weeks, we’ve had a few visitors of the mousey variety … and they have proved to be rather persistent house guests. We’ve been wondering whether we should add a cat to the household to act as aΒ deterrent to future little furry inhabitants … we’re not interested in running a mouse hotel here people!

Speaking of mice, or at the very least, a single mouse … since buying a Mac, I now have the pleasure of a new mouse. Unlike my old trackball mouse, my new mouse requires a mouse pad to keep itself comfortable. I’ve had a little bit of a look through madeit and etsy, but I’m finding the search to be a little overwhelming … I don’t suppose you’d know of any sweet handmade versions you could recommend? Even better, if you know of a local Australian designer / store that sells a lovely mousepad, please let me know, asΒ I’m in desperate need (… my current mousepad is a sheet of blank A4 paper).

However in my search for mousepad goodness, I did come across this adorable mouse on blue caravan – sure, it’s not a mousepad … but just look at that cute mousiness!?!!?


  1. bobbi

    speaking for experience I can tell you cats and mouse can become friends. So don’t get a cat to catch a mouse.
    Welcome in the Apple world (big apple fanatic here)!! Buy a mousepad in just on solid color or the mouse won’t work properly…it took me a while to understand that. I bought ten colorful and all decorated mousepad before finally understanding that the mouse gets confused with too many designs running under it, and starts jumping all over the screen!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Cats and mice can become friends??? … What sort of strange madness is this??? I’m quite literally amazed at this news! … That’d be just my luck … I’d end up with a cat that adored keeping lots of mousey friends, and then my problem would be intensified rather than relieved! πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for the warm welcome to the ‘Apple’ family … I love Apple too! I’m pretty sure a sizable portion of the household budget gets regularly spent on Apple related products! πŸ˜‰
      Also, thanks for the mousepad tip … I’ll definitely stick to a nice solid colour … I certainly don’t want my lovely new mouse to get upset! πŸ˜€

  2. jan

    My dogs seem to have made friends with mice. A stray cat adopted us a few years ago and caught four mice in her first two days. I kept her.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – How incredible that your dogs have made friends with mice … sometimes dogs aren’t good at the kinds of things you ACTUALLY want them to be good at.
      … Nice call on keeping the stray cat that found you … sounds like she does excellent work in the mouse department and puts the dogs to shame! πŸ˜‰

  3. Erika Lee Sears

    Welcome to the Apple World. My husband is a recently turned Apple Fanatic. Do you have an iphone yet? That’s the next step. πŸ™‚

    My dogs don’t chase other animals but they get very excited and think they have a new friend to play with.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Thanks for your Apple welcome … I completely understand where your husband is coming from with his Apple fanaticism (it’s so easy to do). I do have an iphone … after getting an ipod many years ago, it wasn’t too long before the phone needed upgrading … and now of course the computer has been replaced … our house is looking more and more ‘Apple’ by the day! πŸ˜‰

      I’m not sure how my dog would get on with a new animal addition to the household … he’s quite useless on keeping the mice away, but I’m not too sure what he’d make of a cat for a brother or sister … time will tell whether a catty addition is required! πŸ™‚

  4. Mel

    We had mice move in for a while a couple of years ago. I didn’t think I’d mind – I obviously wouldn’t welcome them, but I didn’t think seeing them would be a massive problem for me – but no, as soon as I spotted one I would leap onto the nearest chair squealing at the top of my voice like a stereotypical cartoon female! And they were a nightmare to get rid of πŸ™ Good luck with yours xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Oh you’ve had a mice problem too? They can be rather persistant! … Like yourself, I didn’t think I’d have a huge problem with them … I mean they’re cute and furry!! But I really don’t appreciate how they move about super quickly, eat food and make a mess … that’s just not on! I think our mouse problem is over for the time being, but I’m just worried we may just have a new mice family move in to take their place. If that happens, I think it will be time to say, ‘Why hello there, Mr Cat’.

  5. Jess

    I am right there with you regarding the horse torture πŸ™‚

    And squee, mice are so cute! But not when they’re trying to eat your food, I will admit. And who wouldn’t want a kitty cat?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jess – I honestly don’t understand horse racing (glad you agree). Horses however are such wonderful creatures and have such beautiful, thoughtful souls.
      Mice are definitely adorable … especially with those cute little ears!! πŸ™‚ … But yes, when you have to live with them, they kind of lose a bit of that cuteness. Cats are delightful, and it’s been ages since I’ve had one … though Lee and I were really trying not to add to our furry animal brigade any time soon, but it may just be required (aside from hoping to deter the mice, cats are wonderful on so many other levels too … so honestly I’m surprised we’ve been able to resist for so long!).

  6. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    I love horses, mice, cats, and all manner of gorgeous creatures…. but (GASP), I am sorry to say….. MY MAC DRIVES ME NUTS!!!!! There…. I yelled it at you all.

    Sorry about that.

    I think I must be the only person on the planet who just doesn’t like her Mac. I have one for work (we teachers lease them through the ed dept. for not much), and it gives me the gripes frequently. It won’t hook up to the printers at school properly (the tech guy has tried), it won’t open some files and is at times incompatible with the school’s intranet, it’s white and it looks dirty most of the time and I need a special block of magic ‘stuff’ to clean the keys and the surrounds, I can’t double click (need to get a mouse for it), and, I don’t use it for any of the fab media and photo stuff it does (more for writing and documenting), so….. it drives me nuts (I think I said that already).


    I said it.

    I feel heaps better for saying it even though now I’ve admitted to something that will no doubt see me viewed as some sort of loony woman who doesn’t know how to get the best from her Mac.

    Unfortunately our leases run 3 years, and I have a year and a half of ‘The Mac’ to go.

    Fortunately the tech guy did install Windows on all the Macs used in the school as the teachers with them were having so much trouble with our intranet and other things being incompatible, so I start it up in Windows mode each morning when I get to work, and then I feel better.

    Linda. xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – Oh my! You must be the first person I’ve encountered who doesn’t like her Mac!! After years of struggling with a secondhand HP laptop my lovely new Mac seems like a breath of fresh air … but, I completely get where you’re coming from. I think if I had to use a Mac at work I probably wouldn’t be as big a fan, because I’d be running into those same issues you face with connectivity / system compatibility etc (it certainly sounds like you’ve had more than your fair share of computer related frustrations!).

      I must admit that there are lots and lots of Mac features that I’m yet to explore, so I’m probably not currently using it’s full potential … but after reading your troubles, I’m feeling a little worried about the troubles I might find when I do! πŸ˜‰
      I hope in sharing your negative Mac thoughts you’ve been able to feel a bit better about things (sometimes a good vent works such wonders), and I bet you’re not the only one who feels like that! πŸ™‚
      I’ll keep my fingers crossed that your work related Mac woes ease rather than increase with time.

      Take care xx

  7. Linda @ Heartfire At Home

    LOL Tracey… yes, I think I’m the only one outside of my work I’ve ever encountered who feels that way! Mind you, I can see the Mac is full of amazing features and is absolutely brilliant for people who love working with all different types of media, graphics, music….. but I don’t need all that at work – lol.

    It’s just a personal thing for me. I know heaps of people who couldn’t live without their Macs, so I don’t think you’ll have anything to worry about! I bet you’ll be an expert at using all those fabulous features in no time!


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – I think a huge selling point for Macs for me (apart from the photo software and easy ability to coordinate itunes and my iPhone) is the space they save. My iMac is all self contained in the monitor, so I’m now able to fill up more of my desk space with books and notes! πŸ˜‰

      I totally get where you’re coming from with not needing all the features macs offer … sometimes you just want only what you actually use – and that makes perfect sense! πŸ™‚

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