a cheese plate

a perfect little....cheese plate?

I saw this antique, covered cheese plate the other day. The space underneath the dome isn’t big, but I figured I could put a small wheel of some sort of soft cheese in it, or cut other varieties to fit….it was cute and inexpensive so I bought it.  But it seems there is a better use for it…one that I could not have imagined. It is perfect for rescuing the mice and snakes that our cats bring inside. I found that I could easily cover the critter up and then slide the pink dust pan underneath it (without hurting it, because I could see if part of it was getting trapped) and then bring it outside to be released. Fred and Eleanor had a snake in the living room a couple of days ago, and within a minute I had it securely under the dome!

about to be returned to the wild outdoors!

I didn’t really need a covered cheese dish, but I really needed a way to capture critters….the universe always provides. Sometimes we just need to expand our minds to see the solution.

“Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.” Richard Bach

37 thoughts on “a cheese plate”

    1. I’ve only tried it on mice and snakes so far Barbara (but I bet spiders will be next)

  1. Mary – Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to discover that the perfect solution to a problem is right in front of you? “Expand our minds” – what a perfect way to express this idea. I need to practice expanding mine more often! By the way, I love your hot pink dust pan.

  2. Absolutely brilliant! I am also a member of the “drinking glass and cardboard club,” but that means an awkward grip on the glass and the question mark about whether (in our case) all of the spiders’ long limbs are safely tucked in. Now a handle on top and a pink background to help assure the little critters’ safety — perfect!

  3. Any time I try this with critters my Welsh Terrier brings inside, she gives me a dirty look that says “Go catch your own mouse. Do you have any idea how hard it is?”

    Remind me to tell you about the squirrel one day. . . Thank goodness for big, friendly neighbors who are willing to wrestle armoires around.

  4. Ingenious, Mary! You are a master at thinking outside the box. I, too, use the “glass and cardboard” trick to put outside creatures back outside. I may just try to find a cheese plate to give them a safer and more elegant trip.

    Funny you should post this very thing this morning. Last night, a friend of mine, whom I always thought was very in tune, told me that she had had a mouse in her kitchen. She bought one of those traps that has the sticky bottom. She caught the mouse, who of course, couldn’t “unstick” himself, double bagged the trap and the mouse (still alive), and threw it in the dumpster. I tried not to get angry. I kept my voice calm and said that if there is a next time, she might want to find the humane traps that allow you to transport the mouse to a park or some other field, and release it. She actually laughed and said she’d like to let it loose in her office. I was up all night, literally, thinking about that mouse in the dumpster, dying slowly and horribly.

    All I can do is hope and pray that it goes as quickly as possible, but it really gave me pause to realize that this woman, whom I’ve known forever, could not see how her actions belie everything she espouses about energy flow, the universe, etc.

    So I guess this is where I’m supposed to stop myself from being judgmental, eh? I think I’ll need to stew in the “judgmental sauce” for a couple of hours on this one before I can jump out of the pan. Guess I’m not perfect either. Thanks for a great post that took me in a whole different direction!

  5. Whew! I was starting to think there was something wrong with me. Now, I can come out of the closet about this. I have been catching spiders for a few years with the glass and cardboard thing, but didn’t really have a problem with mice until I moved. This fall, it seems that they all decided that my place was where they wanted to be. So, I bought 3 live traps and placed them on each level of my tiny cottage. I regularly catch the cute little furry beings and transport them down the road a few miles to the nearest corn field. Sometimes I worry that they will be caught and I will forget to check the traps and they will get really thristy…..peanut butter can do that you know! Of course I don’t really tell anyone that I am such a freak because no one else “catches and releases” around here. I guess I can safely share that here 🙂

    1. Oh Holly, I’m so glad to see your very honest post! I felt like I was taking a chance by writing mine, but I was so upset over the whole scenario that I just figured I’d let it all hang out, if only to get it off my chest. Most people where I live look at me as if to say, “Oh, here’s one of those ‘animals-have-little-lives-too’ crazy persons.” You’re right, I think we’re safe here!

      1. Thanks for sharing Suzanne…i have a feeling that there are a lot of us who feel like you do (I know I do)…and the older I get, the more I find that I care about all creatures (It makes it hard to drive on a rainy night, trying to dodge all of the frogs that seem to want to cross the road!) Loving thoughts to you, Mary

  6. Every now and then our cats will bring a mouse or some other creature through the cat door from the garage into the house. We keep an empty coffee can handy for the purpose of catch and release. Sometimes a chipmunk will come in and then it is a scramble to get the little guy out. One day we just opened the front door and the chippie just sauntered out, looking back at us as if to say, we’ve done this before. The cheese keeper is a great idea and looks so pretty on the table.

  7. I do love you all! I am always saving bugs and small creatures. I even go out in the rain and save drowning earth worms. My problem is that my cat brings in rather large creatures that won’t fit under a jar or glass. I have chased baby rabbits through the house, birds and other nameless creatures. They do demand a challenge! So far no snakes! (thank you) This is a safe place for confessions.

  8. Mary, I love your glass creature catcher. I am remembering the story of my husband putting out a have a heart trap for mice and forgot to check on one for a couple of days. Well, one little mouse was in the trap and not doing well. My husband gave him a bath, feed him and took him out to the woods. Hopefully he was fine, but if the stay in the hotel trap for the two days didn’t stress him out, the mouse bath might have. I love his big heart and also all the comments from the flock.

    1. Myrna, your husband should get a feather from the flock for that lil’ mouse bath and feeding – too sweet!

  9. Mary, you certainly are not a “girlie, girl”! Kudos to you. Just goes to show that those Adirondak women know how to get things done!!!

  10. OK girls, here’s my desert critter story – I was barefoot in my house folding laundry and with the basket in front of me (could not see my feet) I went to the kitchen to put dishtowels into the dishtowel drawer. I set the basket down to get a drink of water and turned around to see a big furry tarantula! – at least 5 inches in diameter, in the middle of my kitchen floor, – I had JUST walked that path and could have easily squashed him. I thought, oh my gosh, how am I going to get him out of here? I quickly thought of an empty coffee can, but didn’t want (or have the courage) to slip a cardboard under him. So (tile floor) I place the can on top of him, and gently scooted the can a foot at a time, stop, make sure his crawlies are all tucked inside, and then another foot. I opened the front door, took a deep breath and gave an upward forward sort of toss, and he sailed through the air and landed on a bush. Flying tarantula!! – but he was fine, I hope. They say they are really good for gardens – they eat all sorts of things like scorpions, etc. You’d think I would never go barefoot anymore, but I still do! OK, top this one for scary critters ladies!

    1. Good for you, Susan, for saving him! I would have done the same thing….just as soon as I regained consciousness.

  11. My hometown here in Santa Cruz has a universal reputation of being the capital of ‘tree-hugging, bleeding-heart, peace-loving’ land of wackos and enviro-radicals. After reading these comments, you ALL get honorary keys to the city for your critter consciousness! Huzzah.

    1. Well now that it’s all hanging out, I will also admit to being a tree-hugger and a full-blown lover of the Earth. So there. And I proudly claim my set of keys to the city! (I’ll pick them up just as soon as I complete separating the glass from the cans and the plastic from the newspaper.)

      1. You’ve both brought back a most vivid (actually more like an olefactory!) memory – to this day, in my most memorable day top ten, was a hike with my friend Bonnie in 1989, Sept. 8th to be exact) in Sedona, AZ, land of the red rocks. Just two hours from Phoenix, a respite of incredible beauty and about 20 degrees cooler. I so remember the both of us hugging this HUGE tree – so big in diameter that she on one side and I on the other, our hands never linked. But what I remember more than the size of the tree was its sweet smell, a sort of cotton candy headiness, and looking up into the blue blue sky. Feeling a wee bit down? Absolutree! (r intended) Go Hug a Tree!

      2. There’s a spare bedroom for you when you come visit! And we don’t have to separate the recycles anymore—they all go in the same bin, same truck.

  12. Mary, love your repurposing story for your cheese/critter carrier. I love the earth and all her creatures, but must confess I have squashed a few spiders and other crawly things pre-enlightenment. I have a relocation technique at my house that I’ll share with everyone. I scoop the spider up with my broom and from a safe broom handle distance I transport them to the empty lot behind my fence. I’m pretty sure some of them make it back, but I just repeat the process until they pack their little hankies on a stick and go to the neighbors. One particularly large garden spider persistently rebuilt his web at my head level on my front walkway 3 times! I think he liked to watch me do that little dance as he would swing from his web toward me from the end of the broom. I’m pretty sure I provided one of my neighbors with some pretty cheap entertainment with my relocation program. Tree and critter huggers unite!

  13. I really love you people, you are the kindest and best. I live in the city and my cats are indoors, and I’m quite sure if I found a snake in my living room I’d be velcroed to my ceiling. I do gently pick up spiders in a napkin and take them outside. Even though my cats are indoors this has been a bad flea season, they got brought in somehow. And I have to admit, I’ve had no reservations about killing those little beasts.

    1. Oh Sally, you are so funny! I can picture you velcroed to the ceiling! Loved your comments! I am laughing out loud as I sign off and head for my end of day, pre bedtime, “little” bowl of ice cream!

  14. I have chased many a squirrel,chipmunk and bat thru my house to catch and release.
    My children were raised the same way and G-d forbid anyone kill any small creature when they can be saved. Any life is precious.

  15. This is an awesome entry! Hope the plate and dome have found their place,never to be used for edibles again!
    I don’t have cats but still had a small snake under a bin in our back entryway. He slithered under our generator. Hopefully he won’t make it into our bed!! (We live in MA but in a wooded, creature filled spot.) It’s lovely here.
    Your part of the world is just beautiful. I met you briefly at Maria’s Gallery last Saturday. 🙂

  16. Before I say nightie’ night, I am jealous of all who met up at Maria’s Gallery last Saturday! Maria, so happy to read of the great success and happy days you and Jon shared with so many last weekend! Bray, Simon, bray! What a way to start our day!

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