Elegant Survival

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Since 2006

M-J's Miscellany


Posted on January 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM

You must understand the enemy in order to thwart him. Mice can wreck your life in an otherwise desirable house or apartment. Here is an excellent tutorial on what motivates mice, and preventing an insalubrious infestation, by my good neighbour in Victoria, B.C., Steffani Cameron: Six Tips for Mouse-Proofing Your House

An Additional Tip:

Get a cat, but make sure that you keep the dry cat-food in plastic buckets with a tight lids.

Cats are cheap to keep, and will rid your home of dangerous, unhealthy vermin.

They are also calm and beautiful to look at, while being good companions.

Domestic felines are good company for humans, but once they are living inside one's home, mice are apt to avoid your place like the plague that vermin are famous for spreading.

Cats are elegant and clean--the perfect house-pets!


©M-J de Mesterton 2011



Posted on June 6, 2011 at 1:00 PM

From the Guardian: Is It Safe to Eat Salad?

Roasted Green Chiles of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Autumn Harvest Autumn Harvest VegetablesVegetables that Can Be Cooked or Roasted

Wacky Uses

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 12:59 PM

I heard Joey Green on the radio this morning, and looked up his interesting, useful site:



Cleaning Jugs and Pans

Posted on September 19, 2009 at 2:03 PM

I use a combination of vinegar and baking soda for scrubbing pots, jugs and pans. It is non-toxic and makes things gleam.