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Old 09-08-04, 09:22 PM   #26
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I live on 105 acres....lots of animals of all species everywhere. My immediate lawn is always well-kept. We did mow the front pasture recently.....maybe that scared some field mice up to the house.
Wow.. my neighborhood of 250,000 people is on 105 acres.
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Tuesday, I had a morning of dealing with rowdy 4th graders who have more to talk about than any kids I have had in 20-something years of teaching, an afternoon of being poked, prodded, stuck, tested, and scanned in the hospital (who will be getting my very last dime when I have to pay the 20% that the insurance doesn't pay.
Be well, Ms. Vicki. And keep up the good work with your 4th graders!
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Pest? I'm sure you meant P-E-T-S, right? If so, I concur. Tho' you really sohuld get her a friend. Rats are social creatures and one alone can pine away from loneliness no matter how much 'human' time they get.

We have 13 in our mischief. So much love coming from such tiny creatures!
Any of them named Nicodemus or Justin? Mrs. Frisby and the Rat of NIMH is still one of my favorite stories. I just read it again with my six-year-old daughter.
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just be glad you don't have 4 inch long roaches runnin around yer house. they are much worse.
In West Texas they have a variety that long, reddish-brown in color...and they fly.
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In West Texas they have a variety that long, reddish-brown in color...and they fly.


Hell, those are almost as long as I am!!

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dude...i got stampeded by roaches wednesday walking home from the LBS....power was out in town and while corssing hte street, suddenly out of nowhere was about 30 roaches and they were running towards me

Needless to say I screamed like a cross between a disturbed madaman and a little girl on helium and took off like a jet. i hate cockroaches, especially the ones bigger than my big toe.
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dude...i got stampeded by roaches wednesday walking home from the LBS....power was out in town and while corssing hte street, suddenly out of nowhere was about 30 roaches and they were running towards me

Needless to say I screamed like a cross between a disturbed madaman and a little girl on helium and took off like a jet. i hate cockroaches, especially the ones bigger than my big toe.

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Any of them named Nicodemus or Justin? Mrs. Frisby and the Rat of NIMH is still one of my favorite stories. I just read it again with my six-year-old daughter.

No Nicodemus, but we do have a Nikki... and a Brando, Quinn, & a Pym. I haven't read any of the NIMH books yet, tho' on my list for sometime beforeI die.
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No Nicodemus, but we do have a Nikki... and a Brando, Quinn, & a Pym. I haven't read any of the NIMH books yet, tho' on my list for sometime beforeI die.

Way more creative than the name of the pet white rat I used to have....Jack.
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So, post a few of them!
These are a couple of my favorites:


A Mouse in My House
by Rexanna

I was standing at the stove cooking stew in my kitchen one summer day and I needed to get a bowl out of my bowl cabinet. When I opened up the cabinet, I screeched EEEEEEEK! because a mouse was sitting in the cabinet staring at me. The mouse squeked and was scareder than me though. He went running for cover and I went running for my mama. I was blabbering to her about there was a mouse in the house and she said "CALM DOWN, REXANNA!" and then we went back to the kitchen and discovered the stew had burnt!!!




Rats!
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Rats are pesky rodents and sometimes when they get to living in your house they won't go away. Mrs. Vicki told us a story about a mouse in her house and now it is time to tell you a story about the rats that were in my cousin's house one time. It is a story that might make you sick but maybe not. You see my cousin Nichalas lived in an old house with a lot of holes in it so animals could just go slinking in there whenever they wanted to! Well one night Nichalas was asleep and he woke up because he felt something on his bed and it was a rat!!!!! He screamed bloody murder and his parents came running to his room because they thought he was dead or something and the rat ran away under some furniture but they were so scared by what happened that they sold there house and moved. Thank goodness for that because I sure didn't want to visit them with all those rats in there house!!!



(Keep in mind that I teach beginning 4th graders...9 year-olds... who have not had a great deal of writing experience in the past. I have them write in a journal every day as well as write stories about everything I can think of. I typed these just as they wrote them...mistakes and misspellings and all. Looking back, it seems that I need to work on punctuation skills, but their creativity is great.)
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they were so scared by what happened that they sold there house and moved. Thank goodness for that because I sure didn't want to visit them with all those rats in there house!!!
There you go, instant solution... sell up the 102 acres, the pool and the house and move. Gets rid of the rat/mouse problem any day!!
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There you go, instant solution... sell up the 102 acres, the pool and the house and move. Gets rid of the rat/mouse problem any day!!

I'd rather get rid of the mice.



(And it is 105 acres.. )
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I was tearing the stems off of spinach leaves to make a salad for dinner, listening to the radio, and I heard a story that put me in mind of this thread. If you are interested in young students learning to write beautiful and creative stories, check out the audio link on this page:

http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=3917986

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NPR's Melissa Block talks with Sam Swope, author of I Am a Pencil, a book based on his work with students from 21 countries on creative writing projects. What started out as a 10-day writing workshop with third graders in Queens turned into a three-year project. He tells stories of the imaginative ways they explore their dreams and problems through writing. Their greatest adventure in writing was spending time in Central Park experiencing nature for the first time.
The piece actually brought a tear to my eye with the words, written by a child: "The trees shiver their leaves to the ground."
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