The Arsenal of Gun Jesus Cave

Hah! That got you to click, didn’t it?

An absolutely gorgeous morning, still and even warm! To the point where even a long sleeve shirt got to be too much during the morning walkie. After which we went to Ian’s Cave to finish a load of laundry, and while the machine was running I finished gathering up and cleaning the traps from this past summer’s war on mice. Which, for once, I won*. But at a cost…


Literally, like it cost me money. This is, I believe, the largest collection of new and fully functional mousetraps I’ve ever owned – and they were all deployed all over the cave, and nearly every one of them has at least one kill marked on its fuselage.

Then there was what used to be one of my favorite chores, and is now an exercise in painful physical therapy…


…then home for tea and doggie treats.

Speaking of pain, I’ve recently acquired yet another joint brace. Over the past five years I’ve acquired quite a collection. During 2018’s chronic back pain a Generous Reader sent me my first back brace: I was skeptical but it turned out to be exactly what I needed. So earlier this year when my right knee went south I procrastinated less about getting a knee brace – which to my surprise fixed the problem instantly. A day with the brace on and I might not need it again for weeks. Don’t ask me why.

So this time I thought I’d try a shoulder brace…


I didn’t really see how this was going to help but I didn’t understand it the first two times either. This one isn’t the instant fix the others were, but it does ease the pain marginally more than it increases my overall discomfort, so I guess I’ll keep using it for a while.

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*Special circumstances. A permanent win against mice is normally not possible but Ian’s Cave is normally impenetrable. I just failed to notice a new entrance point until at least one nest was well established inside. After I fixed that screen it was just a matter of hunger driving them to the traps till they were gone. Call me Joel the Baby-Killer. Ar.

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5 Responses to The Arsenal of Gun Jesus Cave

  1. Anonymous says:

    Two pics of the same brace?

  2. Joel says:

    (Insert rolling eyes emoji here) How’d I miss that? Fixed, thanks.

  3. Tennessee Budd says:

    I understand, Joel–I have knee, ankle, and wrist braces, and a sling for my arm, when necessary. That’s in addition to my cane & wheelchair. All that damage adds up to more & more, the older I get. I thought I’d die younger. Now the bill comes due.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Did you try the OTC medicine? I’m about the same age as you, and I seem to pull a lot of muscles. A single advil, as recommended by O.J. Simpson, takes off enough of the edge that I can move the offender around, and it does help the healing considerably. I would guess that the brace(s) would accomplish the same task.
    The advil has the blood-thinning bennies of aspirin, so I guess you’d have to ask your doctor if ibuprofen is right for you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Joel
    About 5 years ago I started sleeping in my braces, then take them off and give the joints and muscles exercise during the day. My carpal tunnel in my wrists rarely gives me problems anymore, and my knees are also doing much better. I believe that the braces let the joint recover from the inflammation due to use during the day and have actually managed to let the joints heal themselves some.

To the stake with the heretic!