This has just been one of those weeks where I have stopped asking myself "what next", because I haven't had to wait long to find out. Started off with a shockingly cold shower bright and early Monday because our 2-year-old heater decided to complain about an impressive collection of dust/lint, and the week has gone steadily downhill from there. Today's episode of "As the Mother Loses Her Mind" introduces a new character into the mix. Not too sure what it is, but it sounds sizable anyway. Also sounds like it's eating the ceiling in my bedroom. At this point? I say, dig in. Seriously though, we've had possums in our garage and they were none too pleasant. While I can't imagine how a possum would have gotten into my attic, I *really* don't want to be surprised by one. I did go up there, well, at least I opened up the hatch into the attic area and turned on the light and nothing showed itself. I also slammed the hatch back into place - didn't hear any scurrying but did continue to hear the munching. I swear, it sounds like something just chewing on the ceiling. I know I'm not hearing things because as soon as I got off the ladder, Elsie the killer cat jumped up to the top of it and then jumped onto the shelf in our closet. Was looking up at the ceiling and pacing back and forth, growling. I'd like some opinions on what kind of varmint would eat drywall, and do it loud enough to make this kind of crunching noise. Carpenter ants/termites wouldn't make this much noise, would they? Do squirrels chew on wood/drywall? I know the possum made a nice nest out of some spare insulation we had in the garage, but ... do they eat dry wall? Is it possible this really is a mouse? (If so, no way in heck do I want to meet him/her!!) I'm going to turtle it now - go to work (involves headphones, thank goodness), and punt this problem to my beloved husband... who in turn will probably punt it right back at me and tell me to call an exterminator. Do pest exterminators take care of wildlife? Given the course of this week, I suspect whatever it is will be joining husband and me in bed (having eaten thru the ceiling) before I can get someone out here. Sigh.... Bring it on!