And mice are my thing, as you may have guessed by eyeing my blog banner (which also acknowledges my Year of the Rat birth). I believe I mention on my About page that my mother called me Mouse as a childhood nickname. I almost fell off the loveseat when I opened papers from China a bit more than four years ago and discovered that the Wee C herself was called Little Mouse at her social wefare institute! I wrote a poem called "Namesake" before she joined me, but since switching computers I can't find a copy to post here now; I'll hope to add it later. I think the ceramic mouse above is Royal Copenhagen; my favorite may be the Steuben one that doesn't photograph as well, on the middle shelf.