2. Stock up on lots of paper goods so there will be more fun and less work.
3. Drag out loads of scrapbooking materials and spread them all over Timbuktu (the kitchen table). And since the Cat is not there to eat, the Mama Mouse will make easy and interesting meals such as biscuits and apple slices. (The little mice loved it!)
4. Set up a Play Dough station in the kitchen where little mice can make a huge and continual mess for days. 5. For the first time in 13 years and for the entertainment of little mice, the Mama Mouse donned a pair of roller blades and brought much laughter to her brood (and a neighbor girl). The Mama Mouse was a bit apprehensive after making a quick call to her sister who owns the roller blades and was informed they had no brakes! To be cautious, she used a broom to help steady herself. (No, the Mama Mouse is not worried about what everyone is thinking of her, she is too busy making memories.) She really wanted Papa Cat's ski poles but was afraid she might make them look like twisty ties before she was done. (And she did not want to explain that to him!) Now Mama is tall for a mouse and with the blades, she reaches 6'. That was a loooong way for her to fall to a sitting position, and she was wishing she had strapped on a pillow. The other problem was getting up after a fall; her feet kept rolling out from under her! Despite the feeling of uncertainty and impending doom on wheels, aching backbone and concrete embedded paws, it was fun!