So in other news, I was down in the basement yesterday mixing glazes. Whereas the studio itself was very cold, outside temps having gone down to 27 overnight and me running the fan to pull fumes away from the kiln (and pulling the heat out of the room in the morning too) the basement was very warm and pleasant. Just like in June, when outside it was nearly 100 and I mixed glazes in the basement--nice and cool then.
Anyway, this mouse, or one of his friends or relatives, ran by me, quite slowly. I grabbed him, gave him a lecture, and showed him a nice place in the woods where he could take up residence. Mice are on the move when the first cold of the year hits, I just don't need them inside my very old house, which has a million entrances for small rodents. Good thing we have 2 attack cats. And an attack beagle.