While Ali and Matthew are off at Scout camp this weekend, Megan and I thought we'd make use of a sunny afternoon to get the Christmas lights up on the house. It would be a surprise for them when they got back tomorrow.
Started hauling out boxes of decorations from the shelf in the garage where they've been stashed all year.
What's this? I don't remember that box having a hole in it.
Pulled a bit more, and found another hole and lots of shredded cardboard.
Then Megan shrieked as something scampered out from the box and darted off to a corner of the garage.
A rat had made a nest in our Christmas decorations.
So, before we even started we had to haul out and inspect all the extension cords and strings of lights for damage. He'd completely demolished a box of spare bulbs. He'd chewed through a few cords. We patched up a few more with duct tape where it was just a bit of insulation scraped away. Our lovely Christmas tree made from a spiral of lights was ruined.
We put up the rest. No lousy rat is going to get in the way of decorating!
I think we'll manage for this year, but I guess we'll have to budget for some new decorations next year.