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What's That In My BBQ!! - Maybe I should use it more often??!!

Updated on December 4, 2013

Why me, Why now?

The other day my stepdaughter was up for dinner and I decided to try my hand at the BBQ once again. I am still learning and you might ask "how does one reach this age and not know how to BBQ". Well first off I am not telling how old I am, but I will explain that my husband, who always handled the BBQ passed away a couple of years ago and I am trying to master this dubious way of cooking. It is after all a brand new piece of equipment bought just at the time that we were finding out about his illness and so it was never used much. Here it sits on my brand new deck, begging to be used.

So I prepared what I thought would be simple - hamburgers - after all what could go wrong with that. And it doesn't hurt that Paula is not a fussy eater. She will usually eat anything and everything that I prepare, not being much of a cook herself. I should add in my defence that I am a pretty decent cook - in the kitchen - and so that is where I always prepared and my husband took care of the outdoors.

I was actually feeling pretty good because I had in fact tackled it a couple of times through the summer to practice on myself. The time had arrived; Paula was here and we each had a glass of wine - Pinot Grigio (a favourite of both of us) in our hand and we went outside to light the BBQ. Remembering the basic instructions, I lifted the lid to get ready to fire it up and just stared, stunned, and not quite understanding what I was seeing. There, nestled under the grills and below the units that bring in the gas sat a great big wad of dried twigs and grass. Looking at Paula and then back at the mess in front of us I blurted out "what the heck is that" and then immediately a vision ran through my mind of the last time I had used the BBQ, just three weeks before - and remembered something scampering off and down a space in the deck when I lifted off the cover. A mouse!! Damn, we have a mouse nest in my BBQ!




Now I Feel Guilty - But Not Really!

Now, as it happens a neighbour across the way has just come out on his deck to light up his BBQ. As we are in a townhouse complex we are in close proximity so I can call over to him without alerting the entire neighbourhood, and with a terrified voice I do just that. "Jim I have a nest in my BBQ". He replies "a hornet's nest?" - and then "I'll be right over". Up on the deck he comes, has a look and then says can you get me something - a pencil or something to lift it out with. Meanwhile Paula who is an animal and everything flying or squirming kind of lover is saying "Look there's babies in there. Don't kill the babies; put the nest down near the end of your deck so the mom can come and find them".

At the same time I am telling Jim "I'll do better than that - I'll go get a bag, my garden gloves and trowel" - all of this much to the disgust of Paula who is now insisting that she is getting not only upset but is definitely getting mad at me. Am I supposed to feel guilty? Do not all of God's creatures deserve a chance to live? These are only babies after all! It doesn't take me long to say "I'm sorry but I am not putting this nest down beside my deck, so the mom can come and find them, and then next thing I know they are all having a party in my house. Paula's retort - "Well that's why you should get a cat"!! Bless her, but sometimes I just do not try to reason with her.



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The Next Day

Well we got through that night with Paula deciding that she would still speak to me. I think the Pinot Grigio had something to do with it, but whatever works is good. And I could just hear her father saying "For God's sakes Paula, don't be rediculous, they're rodents". In fact when I told Jim that upon first discovering the nest I immediately said "And Craig just where are you when I am needing you". His comment was "He was standing right here next to you, laughing". And I didn't doubt it for a minute.

The next day I got the bright idea that I should ignite the BBQ and burn everything off, sort of a sanitizer. Before I did that I recalled that I should once in a while take out the little container that sits under the BBQ, where the grease drops into, to empty and/or clean it out. Reaching underneath I released it from its holder, pulled it out and looked inside to see two tiny baby mice - dead - inside. Now, it's a good thing that no one was out on their deck at this time because they would have seen me holding this little can with two tiny mice in it - out at arms length, hopping around and saying "Oh s*** - over and over again, finally taking it through the house and out into the garage to dump into the garbage.

This story actually had a bit of a bizarre twist to it because just a week before while having coffee with a good friend she commented that she wanted to get out and get a new BBQ. This time she wanted a small one that could just sit on their outside table because in fact they had not been using their old BBQ very much and mice were trying to nest in it. What? I had never heard of such a thing. Indeed in all of the years that my husband had BBQ'd I'd never heard him tell of it. Maybe it had happened and he had not mentioned it, not wanting to freak me out. Who knows? But what are chances that she would be talking of this just a week ago and it would happen to me!

So now, I have put one of those little Cascade dishwasher sachet packets into the grease cup under the BBQ hoping to deter another mother mouse from using my BBQ as an incubator. Another thing I do is, if I'm not using my BBQ, every couple of days I check it out to make sure nothing else is going on in there. Once is enough; I don't want to repeat that again. So far, so good. Who knows; possibly the Cascade is working.

WOW - A Nomination for a Nugget

I have just found out this Hub is one of six to be nominated for a "Nugget" for new writers. I will keep my fingers crossed. But even so, It is nice to be nominated and it even makes having that mice nest in my BBQ worth it - somehow? Naw -well maybe not!

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Lynda. Good job you had someone remove the mouse nest..funnily enough I saved a mouse from drowning in the dogs water bowl only last week, and it repaid me by coming into the kitchen and making mouse mess all over the place. It also ate the bait out of 2 traps but escaped uninjured until the cat finally caught it. I can well understand you looking heavenwards and asking your late husband " where are you when I need you " I do it all the time too. Great hub Lynda, and good to see you on hubpages...well done you :)

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Anne. I wanted to start with something short and sweet and this just came into my head so I sat down and wrote it. It was an experience I don't want to have again - LOL.

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      Cuz Mary 4 years ago

      Don't feel bad most women really know how to use the barbecue as good as men. I have never even tried to use one at least I give you credit you are trying. Mice are so small but they sure get everyone up in arms.

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      Ann 4 years ago

      After knowing you for some years now, I can well imagine your disgust at finding the mouse nest and the two deceased babies. These little creatures really love the BBQ. Reading the story, I actually found it quite humorous (sorry) because I could picture the whole scenario. Also I do believe your late husband was right beside you, laughing. Good job my friend.

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Actually I was glad it was humorous, because that was part of the intent too - : ) humorous but scary at the same time!

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      I'm still laughing! My hubby always does the barbecueing and I'm sure if he's ever discovered what you did in there he wouldn't share that info with me!

      Congratulations on your hub nugget nomination for this entertaining and hilarious true story. Am going over to vote for it now.

      Am also voting this up across the board and sharing it with my followers.

      You might want to add a blurb at the end of this hub alerting readers to the fact that it's been nominated.

      Good Luck,

      Gail

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much Gail - and I am happy (not to make a pun) that I have your name now!! LOL. Also thanks for the suggestions on the blurb at the end of the hub. I'll go over and do that.

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      Michelle Simtoco 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. This link is where readers can read and vote https://hubpages.com/community/Back-to-School-HubN... :) I enjoyed your funny BBQ experience. And I smile because on my birthday we had a BBQ in our garden. It was fun.

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you for your comments, and also for the link. Don't know if I can win this because I only have 8 followers so far - but I have contacted all my email and facebook friends - still - it's hit and miss. But even so the nomination in and of itself is nice.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Congratulations on your nomination! You have 9 followers now, and I will be sharing this. : )

      By the way, we have a mouse who has been trying to build a nest in our grill all summer. Fortunately, we use it often so she's never gotten very far. It's been a few weeks since we've seen any sign of her so maybe she got the hint!

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks very much Deborah - and for sharing too. I have not learned how to share yet. Everytime I click on share - it suggests my email friends and Facebook friends - I don't see anything about followers. I have to have a look more closely at the help area. : )

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      I really enjoyed reading your hub. I thought it was very funny. I had a similar experience when I moved. The mice "family" had built in my garage in a soft tool bag...babies and all!! I am divorced and my neighbor's husband was called and they were removed. We couldn't kill the babies either and dropped them in a field next to the house. Happy grilling!!

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Leslie for reading, and for your comments of a similar experience. In case you are interested in voting, my hub has been nominated for a nugget for new writers. Here is the link http://hubpages.com/living I appreciate this very much.

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      Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

      Hello Craiglyn -- and congratulations on your nomination. I was nominated for a Hubnugget a couple of years ago and won (believe it or not) and that so encouraged me to go on and be a part of Hubpages -- and I'm so very glad I did. I'm sorry for the loss of your husband but delighted to know you're able to communicate with him -- very impressive indeed. I admire your marvelous sense of humor and will be looking forward to more of your good work. Best/Sis

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much Angela. I so appreciate very much your supportive comments. Congratulations on your win also. It does encourage one to continue on. I am just awaiting a book that I self-published about my husband and I, and the many signs and messages I have received from him in these two years since his passing. In the meantime Hubpages has been a great way to continue on improving my writing skills.

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      ttagpine 4 years ago

      Congrats on your nomonation. It was a great story. I voted you up.

      My wife & I had a mouse in the house one time. She didn't want it dead, she just wanted it gone. So I had to build a live trap. It took a couple of nights, but the trap caught him. I took him to a field about two miles from the house & let him go. We didn't have any more mice after that.

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi - well lucky you that you didn't have any more mice. I wasn't going to take the chance - : ) We are in a new community and I think the building has upset a lot of wildlife, as is usually the way, we seem to have a lot of mice and a lot of rabbits. So far none in the house - I'll keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for your comment and voting me up.

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      ttagpine 4 years ago

      To be honest, I have a cat now. He is a hunter. He has brought me many gifts.

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      Great hub, very useful, thanks for sharing and congratulation to your nomination:)

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Beata. And I did win a "hub nugget" for this story so that was kind of neat.

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      GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Now thats funny! Great hub and congradulations on your nomination. This is a very fun hub about a simple task that went bizare. Great Job. Voted up!!!

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you very much Glstng - and I did win for this. What a hoot. Although I didn't think it was a hoot when I first saw that mouse next - : )

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