Today was...interesting. I woke up early to go to the food pantry this morning but before I did much of anything, I took note that I woke up on my own, rather than having my cat knead at me or start purring in my ear for food. When I looked into the living room, I saw her looking up at me quizzically with what looked like a little toy by her paws. But it wasn't a toy - it was a tiny dead mouse!
Gah. I've only had to deal with situations like this twice before but I do NOT do well. The first time actually involved me jumping cartoonishly up on a chair and yelping. The second time I made G do all the work. Both of those times, though, the mouse was alive in the beginning and still scurrying about but this time the little tiny thing was definitely dead. I stood stock still for about two minutes, wondering if I should wake G up to help me but once Haxan, my cat, started pawing at the thing again, I had to do something before she batted it away in a corner or I don't know what. So, shaking, I got the dustpan and swept it up, shakily opened the window and tipped the poor mouse outside. Oof. So, it was a natural occurrence and had to be done and I am more proud of my cat than sad for the mouse (though it was kind of cute - ack!) but I still feel weird. How do you all, as vegans, deal with mice or pests? Just wondering. Or maybe you don't have these problems. (By the way, our apartment is pretty clean and I've never noticed any mice living here. I'm not sure where it came from, but it must have snuck in from outside.)
Here's my fierce widdle kitty:
She got a treat with her morning food but I didn't have much appetite after that. I did eat some overnight oats with chia, yogurt, blackberries, and jam because I knew I'd be out for a while. I went to the food pantry (more harukei turnips!), ran some errands in the city (including mailing out foodzines!), and came home to the UPS man just about to pull away! I caught him just in time, luckily. He was delivering my new vegan shoes!
These are Saucony Jazz made of canvas and hemp. This was sort of the final step in my vegan-ness. I never wear fur, probably own some wool, and actually rarely buy my own clothes new (I either get hand-me-downs or buy from the Salvation Army) but I figured since I was adding to the consumerist mess I might as well try to make a difference and buy something specifically vegan. Do you guys steer away from all non-vegan products that aren't food-related? Or do you not bother one way or the other?