Obviously I have nothing against food hoarding, but…

…you’re not allowed to hoard MY FOOD.


This is a portion of a secondary food hoard at an undisclosed offsite location.


This is a random partially-expended tea stash, stored with a secondary food hoard at an undisclosed offsite location.


These are tiny piles of white rice, stored inside a random partially-expended tea stash, stored with a secondary food hoard at an undisclosed offsite location. I started finding these little piles under/inside nearly everything I picked up in the structure.


One of these is the trap that murdered the mouse that was stashing tiny piles of white rice, stored inside a random partially-expended tea stash, stored with a secondary food hoard at an undisclosed offsite location.

Thus endeth the lesson: Thou Shalt Not Screw With Uncle Joel’s Stash.

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6 Responses to Obviously I have nothing against food hoarding, but…

  1. Ben says:

    Before Joel stepped in, that was likely the richest mouse for miles around!

    I suppose that now you have some semi-fouled rice for the chickens?

  2. PaulB says:

    Hate it when critters find my hoard. Almost enough to make me want to lay waste to them on general priniciples.

  3. Jean says:

    This is why we have cats. They love killing little thieves like this. And that is why I prowl for coyotes, etc. that might want to eat my cats.

  4. Prepper rodents need not apply!

    For the edification of those of us who keep track of what does and doesn’t work – how was the rice stored? Bag – or HDPE bucket? I’ve always assumed rodents could – given time and motivation – gnaw through HDPE buckets – but can’t recall hearing much about that.

  5. Joel says:

    This has happened before, where some critter (usually rodents but one time it was birds) find an unsecured bag of something that got forgotten about. In this case I haven’t yet found where the rice came from but strongly believe it will turn out to be an old bag. There are two buckets of rice in there and neither are damaged. I’ve never yet had a rodent successfully chew through a bucket. The day is young, of course.

  6. John says:

    The day is young 🙂

    After finding this Blog years ago, events I never before experienced came to pass. Rats ate wiring in my van, twice, and I’m guilty of my first negligent discharge of a firearm in seventy years. 🙁

    Remaining learned protocols, rendered the later of no consequence, (Besides severe embarrassment… I was alone! So why do I share this?).

    And, I nailed the rat !!! (haha, just one, I can wish?)
    By its nose I did, with a mouse trap as it squeezed through a garage door gap. Piece of luck. Rat, meet Murphy!

    Yeah, Victor mouse traps are to small ! Three of the first four I deployed (expecting mice) got tripped but where empty, then three just disappeared. Perhaps attached to an annoyed rat?

    Discipline. And Artillery !!

To the stake with the heretic!