Friday, January 30, 2009

The Adventures of Ada and Grace

Meet FH's new friends:

Ada

and

Grace

FH has been wanting to have a "wuffie" (read mouse or rat) for a few years now. Normally when I look at them at the pet store I think they're cute and walk away. Today however I saw a calico mouse. I did a double take. She actually has calico coloring and little tigeress stripes on her back.

So I suddenly found myself purchasing a habitat and proper food for a wuffie and pointing out Ada to the salesperson. I got home and set her up in the mouse house. When FH got home he was very happily surprised. We quickly came to the combined conclusion that Ada, who was yet unnamed, needed a companion. We went back to the same pet store and he picked out Grace.

FH is a computer programmer, thus he named the girls after faous women in the field of computer programming. Ada's namesake is Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. She was the only legitimate child of Lord Byron. Grace is named for Grace Hopper, who wrote the first compiler for a programming language and programmed the Harvard Mark I calculator.

The new girls are causing quite a stir with the household cats. They are very much interested inteh comings and goings of the mice. We decided their habitat must be locked in FH's craft room whenever we are sleeping or out of the house for any length of time. Confetti is already known as a successful mouser. Unlike the rabbits, the mice can't bully the cats back.

The Shabby Chic room will be finished soon I hope. It's hard to work on a project when FH keeps late working hours. I never know when he's coming home on nights like these last few. Hopefully I will get the walls put together tomorrow and get more little things finished.

3 comments:

Miz Minka said...

Cute! I'd rather have a rat than a mouse, though. Mice are too stinky, and I don't think you can teach them not to pee on you while you're letting them run around on your shoulders. Or so I'm told. :)

Karen B. said...

Good luck with your new pet friends. Keep them safe from the felines! I love visiting pet stores. I've succumbed to many similar purchases-hamsters and gerbils, mainly.

Alice said...

Aw, cute x 2! It is fun that mice come in colors. It is good that you have girl mice. Boy mice stink!

Keep 'em safe from the kitties. It can be traumatic to lose your favorite rodent to a cat. (Don't ask me how I know.)