(see my previous post about a mouse in our bed before reading this or it won't make sense)
so much for blocking the bedroom door, opening the window and hoping the little intruder would make a break for it. we were sitting at the kitchen table talking when he came pealing around the hall and under the table. jambaloney almost managed to catch him but he climbed up inside our baseboard heater!!! we quarantined the cats and moved all the chairs and got everything up off the floor and opened the kitchen door. and waited. jambaloney hunched over on his hands and knees on the floor and me sitting up the stairs to the living room. we waited some more. and some more. jambaloney noticed he snatched a crumb of something off of the floor (i am terribly embarrassed to admit that!), so we went and got him a little bowl of water and some bird seed. we put it near the baseboard heater so he could smell the food and hoped that he would duck out to get some food. he probably hadn't eaten or had any water for most of the night and all day - i hoped we could tease him out so that jambaloney could grab him and run him outside.
so we waited and waited. and then we decided to go upstairs to the living room and read. we hoped that he would come out, get food, and then run out the kitchen door. so we waited. all in all we waited about an hour upstairs and then we went searching for him. no sign of him anywhere. he wasn't in the baseboard heater nor anywhere else in the kitchen. we knew that once we let the cats out of the bedroom that they would let us know if he was still here. they have been lolly-gagging around all afternoon so we are quite comfortable that the little mouse, though probably traumatized, is at least free.
and after we strip the bed and re-make it - i will be able to sleep in it again. big sigh of relief there! whewwww!