we have a small bathroom on the first floor.
lately it's been filled with the smell of a dead mouse, annoying all of us to no end.
i was in there the other evening, minding my own business, reading utne magazine (don't ask).
a tap at the door.
keaton yelled, hey don't take too long, we have to get going soon.
always with the interruptions.
never any peace.
stopping my natural flow.
as i was washing up, the dead mouse smell was getting to me.
so i searched again for the source.
this time getting on all fours.
i found it!
a one inch hole under the baseboard heating unit.
probably for some pipe that has long been removed.
most likely the dead mouse is in the basement ceiling just below.
a little plug and that would be that.
another job well done.
i couldn't wait to tell keaton and alix, who by now were pacing anxiously in the hallway.
so i came bolting out the bathroom door, stepped into the hallway and announced, hey i think i found the hole where the smell comes from.
they both looked at me like i had a third eye in the middle of my head.
then i said something that i seem to be saying a lot these days.
i said, what?!?!
keaton just shook her head and said, wonder of wonders.
then alix turned to her and said, tell me again! where exactly did you find him?
then it hit me.
i said, i'm talking about the mouse stink!
apparently there was some confusion about the stink source in question.