I have no idea who said that, but they were right.
We had a massive tree go over earlier this week, doubtless as a result of the soil being so wet from the rain we had this summer. When it went, the drain field on the septic tank system was heavily damaged and the septic tank is non-operational.
This being so, my wife and I have temporarily displaced to the apartment, which is configured so that it shares no systems except the telephone. Losing the septic tank temporarily on the house has no impact on the septic system out there. I am in the process of negotiating for repairs on the house system and should have it back on line in a week or two, depending on how soon the septic service guys can get to me.
Although I have been spending a lot of time dealing with that, I pulled some long stored items for re-inventory out of the barn storage. Although the storage tubs were sealed and were stored in the climate controlled spaces, mice got into them and destroyed about 16 boxes of large wooden matches. I have no idea why they liked the matches, but they certainly did. They also got into two tubs and ate every single package of seeds stored there. That's all the damage I have discovered so far but I am sure there will be more.
I have relocated the two ferrets, Spike and Jet, to that space and they are currently rooting around in between the stored goods. They don't eat mice (I hope not, anyway) but they will kill them. I am really hoping just the smell of the ferrets will get rid of the mice but if not, the ferrets will handle it. Some ferrets don't hunt at all anymore, it's been bred out of them, but these two young males do. Previously I didn't consider that a positive aspect of their personalities, but now things are different in view of the damage the mice did.
I know I chided people about killing the mice, and I would still like to avoid it, but it's one of those things I won't do unless I have to, and now I feel like I have to.
There's a lot of email to answer. Don't think I am ignoring people, it's just that I have more work to do when I can't use the water system in the house. For instance, this morning I have to go to town to do our laundry at the laundry mat. We are cooking in the apartment kitchen so at least I don't have to haul dirty dishes out there, but they do have to be washed by hand. Lots of little things.
All things considered, it's aggravating and it's going to be very expensive, but at least we had a fall back position. If I had to live for two weeks without using the house water system and didn't have the apartment, I'd have to get a motel room in town for us and then drive out here to do the chores. Now that would be a real pain.